I first saw George Romero's Night of the Living Dead sometime in the mid 1970s. As a kid, I was a big horror film fan and loved the old Universal monsters.
Hammer upped the blood and gore content in the late 50s and early 60s with their Dracula and Frankenstein films, but Romero blew the roof off with 1968's NOTLD. An instant classic that forever changed horror films.
I initially liked the 1979 sequel, Dawn of the Dead, a little better than the original, but I've since changed my mind. Nothing can top GR's first zombie flick.
The remake of Dawn of the Dead was excellent, and added a new wrinkle to the mythos: fast-moving, ferocious zombies. Anyone can outrun a lumbering corpse, but it's hard to escape a crazed creature that's sprinting after you.
Another fave is Shaun of the Dead, which expertly combines humor with great zombie thrills and chills. Highly recommended.
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