An Oral History of Night of the Living Dead

PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER

In 1968, Night of the Living Dead made its world premiere at the Fulton Theater and put Pittsburgh on the film industry map. As the city prepares to celebrate Night’s 50th anniversary with a special screening and other events, City Paper spoke with three central cast and crew members about how they went from making commercials and industrial films for their small production company, Latent Image, to making one of the most influential horror films of all time.

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Jeff Whitehead
'Night of the Living Dead' Crew Member Reiterates Its Social Commentary Was an "Accident"

COMICBOOK.COM

The zombie subgenre often allows filmmakers to explore social issues in ways other horror films can't, with some audiences pointing towards George Romero's Night of the Living Dead as a defining example of addressing racism through its tale of the dead coming back to life. The filmmaker regularly refuted the idea that he was attempting to address social issues, with member of the crew Gary Streiner confirming the commentary on race was an unintentional result of the film.

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Jeff Whitehead