October 11, 2019, 7:00pm, Regent Square Theater
Night of the Living Dead
Romero Lives Film Series presents
A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master George A. Romero
Where it all began… When Romero and his friends graduated from commercials and segments for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood to shooting Pittsburgh’s first feature film, none of them could have expected what their film would become. Shooting in and around Pittsburgh and Evans City, the film was known at various stages as “Night of the Flesh Eaters” and “Night of Anubis” before landing on the instantly iconic title “Night of the Living Dead.”
Night inaugurated a new era in horror movies, and a new era of filmmaking in Pittsburgh. The first modern zombie movie – though the movie never once uses the z-word – it was a landmark in the genre and one of the most influential independent films ever made. Gorgeously shot, scary as hell, gory, and armed with an utterly savage sense of social critique, the film was controversial but quickly became a sensation. Its reputation quickly grew, so that a film that was initially dismissed by more conservative critics as a cheapie grindhouse movie was being feted at the Museum of Modern Art a handful of years later. More than fifty years later, Night still carries a visceral charge, but Romero’s remarkable artistry, and the force of his social commentary have earned his film its status as an undisputed classic of American cinema.