"Night of the Living Dead" is a horror film by George A. Romero released in 1968.
Back when it was released, "Night of the Livind Dead" was way ahead of its time. Not only because of its then extreme violence, but also because of its effort in tension and suspense.
Though the movie was made with very little budget, it is surprisingly well made in athmosphere and thrills.
Fortunately, it does not try to explain the situation, but instead depicts what would really count in such a situation: life will.
The protagonists try to survive, and survive only.
It fascinates much more seeing the protagonists trying to stay alive, locked away in a small house than watching the modern splatter fests nowadays.
Sure, if you are into gory splatter flicks, it is not unlikely this movie will be too tame for you, but note it was made in the 1960s, and is one of the grizzliest movies of that era. (SUGGESTION: watch the black/white version in order to get a good athmosphere)
(SPOILERS may follow:)
If you consider it a 60's movie, the violence is extreme.
If you consider it a zombie movie, the violence is tame and infrequent.
Note that there is both a black/white version, and a colored version. I only watched the black/white version and i suggest you to do the same.
In the opening scene, a zombie attacks a woman, who escapes but instead the zombie kills her brother by bashing his head against a grave.
In a jump scene, we see a corpse, whose flesh was eaten off of its face. It looks like a gooey skeleton with eyeballs.
A zombie is drilled into its brain with a metal stick (partly off-screen, we see the results).
We see zombies feasting upon two dead bodies in a car, which exploded earlier in the movie. There are bloody bones, chunks of flesh and even some viscera.
In the end all of the protagonists are killed. One man is shot by another. A young girl which was sick throughout a movie, dies and becomes a zombie, killing her mother with a spatula-like object in a way similar to the shower scene in "Psycho" (we never see the impact, but the object going up and down and some blood on the walls). The man who was shot falls down the stairs and has his arm ripped out by the young zombie girl. He then becomes a zombie himself and gets shot.
A girl is torn out of the house, leaving her fate unknown, but it is pretty much clear she dies.
The last one remaining is shot because he is mistaken as a zombie.
Several zombies get shot, sometimes with bloody results, but it is not much.
Note that the zombies don't look like zombies seen in horror movies nowadays, but rather human. Mature viewers 14 and up should handle the movie, since it is not as violent as nowadays movies. Also note that this review and suggested age restriction is about the BLACK/WHITE version of the movie. I have not seen the colored version (and I don't want to), but I bet that the color makes scenes such as the feasting scene much harder to watch, so make sure which version you are about to watch!
Suggested rating: R for some gory violence (bordering on a PG-13)