UPDATE: Sadly, this video is no longer available. 🙁
A friend of mine posted a link to Youtube, where the entire movie – albeit with Portuguese subtitles – is available. All 100+ minutes are there in their starkly riveting glory.
Of course, if you like the movie, I suggest buying it (somehow, though I don’t know how you can do that offhand) because as an artist myself, I believe every artist deserves to profit from their work.
I, like many others, acknowledge Mr. Romero as king/godfather of the modern zombie. I even put a dedication to him in the afterword of my first book. More than any other one person, he’s raised zombie fandom and interest throughout the world. And before you start throwing The Walking Dead at me, let me remind you that Night of the Living Dead was released in 1968, 10 years before Robert Kirkman was even born.
It all started with NotLD, then went to Dawn of the Dead, and of course then Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, and so on (with many remakes sprinkled in there). But the core ‘trilogy,’ if you will, is Night, Dawn, and Day. Of the three, Night was the one that affected me most when I first saw it, but Day was probably the most inspiring to me. Without a lot of psychoanalysis, I can tell you that the idea of survivors in an underground bunker after an apocalypse – mine, not the movie’s – was clearly inspired by that movie, if unconsciously.
Woah. It didn’t hit me until just now how similar they are. Of course, my books are a little bigger in scope, but still… hmmm…. Sorry, George!
In any case, Day was a seminal movie in zombie film, and really set us on the path to where we are now. Though naturally filmmakers like Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), Danny Boyle (28 Days Later), and the aforementioned Kirkman are doing their own thing and trying to put their own spin on something that has become almost solidified in the mind of the modern movie-goer and zombie reader. It’s only when you start looking at things like fast zombies, reanimated zombies (Warm Bodies) and various other versions of the standard monster that you start seeing real innovation.
There are still many stories to be told in the realm of zombies, and I don’t believe the ‘craze’ for them is going to die down anytime soon. TV Shows, movies, comic books, regular books, and various other media with stories like The Walking Dead will continue to spark the imagination of many an horror lover for years and years to come. And that’s a great thing, especially for this zombie writer.
But there will always be a first – and for all of us, it’s Romero, with his original trilogy. So go check out the movie, buy it if you can, and revisit why we fell in love (or loathing) with zombies to begin with.