“I never thought of them as zombies. People started writing about Night of the Living Dead and called them zombies. To me, they were dead neighbors.” George A. Romero
We recently marked the 50th Anniversary of George A. Romero’s seminal zombie shocker Night of the Living Dead. Related festivities included theater screenings, mobile apps, and even the announcement of an upcoming tabletop game. The milestone also inspired us to make this “November of the Living Dead”, meaning our monthly horror movie challenge is completely zombie-themed!
A short film produced by our friends at Fright Rags is an outstanding tribute to Romero, Night of the Living Dead, and the film’s enduring legacy. Dead Neighbors portrays Romero as a young man with an extremely active imagination, illustrating how the horrors of childhood can have a lasting impact. While hardly terrifying, the aesthetic and mood are spot on, making Dead Neighbors an effective acknowledgment of a true Master of Horror. Romero passed away in 2017.
Dead Neighbors stars Leo Hogan-Roy, Chris Tanski, and Russ Streiner (who played Johnny, the character who famously teased “They’re coming to get you Barbara!” in the original Night of the Living Dead). Give it a spin below and let us know what you think in the Comments section or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!
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