Friday, October 9, 2009

They are coming to get you!

Happy Friday!! Everyone excited for the weekend?  I have my #23 horror movie pick to announce so I guess I will do that first.  I chose Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968).  Sure, it's a bit cheesy but that's part of its charm.  Director George Romero is often referred to as the father of the B-horror films, and became especially well-known for his zombie apocalyptic films like this one.  The film has a very simple plot.  A group of people are hiding in a house from bloodthirsty zombies outside.  Many people considered this film groundbreaking at the time, due to its many themes and apparent critique of the 1960s.  The "living dead" can be viewed as representative of America's zombie-like state entering the Vietnam War, as well as our conformity driven lifestyle with consumerism/materialism.  Some also believe that the film deals with the issue of racism since the protagonist is a black man and he is being surrounded by white people outside who want to kill him...  But even if you are not watching the film to find deeper themes, it is still a lot of fun.  Despite working with no real actors and a very small budget, the film is great and has become a real classic.  If you have never seen it, you are missing out!

You can actually watch the entire movie here, so check it out.

And on a slightly unrelated note, President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize this morning. You can read more about it (and see a video of his speech) here.

1 comment:

  1. Night of the Living Dead, omg. I remember when it first came out - I loved horror films. It was cheezy even then but such a kick.

    Thanks for stopping by The PopArtDiva Blog and remembering John Lennon with me!