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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

           In this classic horror film, Night of the Living Dead, a group of people barricade themselves in a barn in an attempt to survive a zombie attack.  This film was produced in 1968 by Karl Hardman and Russell Streiner and directed by George Romero.  The film was made on a $114,000 budget.  Most of the scenes were filmed in Evans City, Pennsylvania.  Special effects and props were sparse due to the films low budget.  This lack of special effects has contributed to its lasting appeal with audiences.  It was forced to rely on good writing and acting as opposed to wowing audiences with expensive special effects.  After years of re-releases, it has grossed over $42 million.  The film has gained a cult status and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.  It has forever changed the horror genre.  It pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in a film and inspired the making of many other films.  There have been two remakes of the film made, one in 1990 by the same name, and Night of the Living Dead 3D in 2006.  Neither of these films could match the popularity or financial success of the original. 
          The films popularity is partly attributed to its public domain status.  Because a copyright notice was omitted on the original film, the movie automatically entered the public domain upon its release.  This meant that theaters could play the movie without paying royalties to its producers.  Originally Romero planned to release another version with added scenes and a different name.  This version never materialized.  Modern films are automatically copyrighted when they are released, hower this was not the case in 1968.  This wide availability lead to its enduring popularity.  Because it is in the public domain it can be watched legally for free here.  The film is available from many sources, but I have selected the best quality version that I could find.

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