The flesh-eating undead stumbling across a dreary, foreboding landscape in search of human prey. In 1968, the post-apocalyptic world of “Night of the Living Dead”– relentless zombies on a carnivorous rampage — looked pretty much like it does now, as envisioned in shows like “The Walking Dead,” only with less blood and gore.
Quaint to think George Romero’s subversive horror flick was criticized (by non-teens) for being too gory. By today’s standards, the film is far from explicit, and the special effects are straight out of the you-get-what-you-pay-for prop department — the entire production cost less than $120,000.
Still, the premise stirs deep-seated fears, and Romero builds the tension expertly.
“The film opens with a situation that has already disintegrated to a point of little hope,” Romero said, “and it moves progressively toward absolute despair and ultimate tragedy.”
It’s no feel-good film, except when you’re glad to leave the theater with all your limbs. As for the hot dogs at the concession stand, eat hearty!
Monday, October 15. 7 p.m. $10. Sebastiani Theatre, Sonoma. 707.996.2020.