Night of the Living Dead

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

'60s zombie classic is still intense and gory.

NR 1968 90 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 52 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 17+

It clearly is the one that started them all...

I am not a horror fan, however the genre has ebbed and flowed and is currently in an exciting era with Get Out and Us. Watching Night of the Living Dead feels like recognizing every zombie television show, every horror film schtick...it feels like I have seen it all before because I have, Night of the Living Dead is the a priori, it started it all. Romero may not have cast Jones for his skin color, but it is impossible to not imbue current racial politics onto these bodies. An excellent ending to a well made film.
age 15+

Classic, but not very scary.

This may be a classic and may have been extremely scary for audiences that saw this in 1968 and unlike anything they had ever seen, but it is not as violent as CSM says it is. I do not understand why ‘60s ads and commercials put an X rating on this movie for how extreme the violence is. The violence is not extreme and is extremely dated. This movie is also very talky and there is plenty of time spent in this movie without a zombie in sight. I would say that some of the members in the group serve as positive role models for their bravery in surviving the zombie apocalypse and getting through it even if it were to involve their lives being gone. I liked this movie, but there are PLENTY of horror movies that have more gory, grisly violence than this one.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

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