Not rated. (Would likely be rated R if released in 2020.)

"They're coming to get you, BARBARA!" The classic George Romero film that kicked off the zombie apocalypse genre! Is it timely? Let's hope not!

How to Watch

  • Free on YouTube (embedded above)
  • Amazon Prime Video (included with Prime)


  • This film was originally conceived as a horror-comedy about teenage aliens visiting Earth, and gradually morphed over a series of drafts into the premise of the released film.
  • George Romero drew inspiration for his "ghouls" from the 1954 novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. The novel was later made into a 2007 film starring Will Smith.
  • The word "zombie" is never used in the film. (Instead, the creatures are called "ghouls".) The term "zombie" originates in Haitian folklore, with a somewhat different defintion. It is unclear exactly how "zombie" came to refer to the type of creature depicted in Night of the Living Dead. The creatures are eventually referred to as "zombies" in Romero's 1978 sequel, Dawn of the Dead.
  • The film's premiere was controversial. Hollywood had not yet established the MPAA rating system, and the film was released in most theaters as a Saturday matinee, attracting many children who were not prepared for its gore and dark themes.

Discussion Prompts

  • Did you see this film when it came out? How old were you? Where did you see it? Did it scare you?
  • How do you think the zombie film genre has affected our society on a psychological level?
  • What's your zombie apocalypse survival strategy?
  • Do you prefer the 1968 original, the 1990 remake, the 2006 remake, or another remake? Why?
  • What is your favorite movie, game, comic or book in the zombie genre?