One of the greatest horror films ever made is this Romero film that recreated the zombie genre film with a long lasting influence still being felt in mass media today. The underlying social message, which according to the director wasn't consciously created, makes the film even more timeless. Famously shot low budget over a long period of time the film is quite seamless with strong performances especially Duane Jones
It is not only a zombie film but also very political film. Protegonist of the film is an Afro-American. It was shot on 1968 which was the year of Martin Luther King's murder. And the end of the film is terrific and make the audience think. Bravo Romero.
This film established a genre thats still pumping out films once a month. And its still the zombie film that can not be topped. Also, it changed the face of horror forever with its political subtext, graphic violence, use of setting and casting of a black actor in the lead role. And its still very creepy! Masterpiece.
Since it set up, yet doesn't avert the cliches, it's not as engrossing until the subtext starts rearing its head when the other survivors show up. While it was accidentally reflective of the Civil Rights Movement, it more works as an allegory of how partisan beliefs/opinions can lead to mankind being destroyed from within when they clash with opposites. It's also rough in drama and uneven, but that climax is tops.
I almost lost my mind watching this the first time. That scene in the basement! So far beyond anything I could even think of. Being a young person at the time I also thought the nudity was very cool. I didn't get the social commentary until years later. The sequel 'Dawn of the Dead' was my favorite movie for a long time.