Fun fact: NotLD was immediately placed in the public domain upon release, due to a notice mistake by the distributors, which was required at the time for copyright.
Still holds up quite well.
Such an un-Hollywood ending too. Wow.
(Mild spoiler below)
...And then post-filming but before its release, Dr Martin Luther King Jr was shot, giving the film's treatment of Jones character an unexpected tone in context. Romero mentioned this in one of his interviews to illustrate another way in which the film was shocking to its audience (beside the then never-seen-before level of gore in the movie -- something that has gone mainstream since then and may get lost when watching the movie).
In any case they fixed that with later releases but that's why a lot of the versions you see on TV are so crappy looking.
Most people who aren't into the genre think that horror is all Jason-style slasher flicks. Horror is so much more than that. If you want to try something that I recommend, The Void was just released on Netflix, which is genuinely scary in a non-slasher way (although it has a lot of that too).
RIP George A. Romero
Its about learning how to survive the zombie Apocalypse because of his zombie movies.
(fan video of the song.. All I could find)
" It's the end of the world
We could gather half a dozen friends
We'd live in hiding over at JC Penney
Construct a wall to keep the mutants out
When it's the end of the world
We'd land a helicopter on the rooftop
Somebody breaks in through a boarded entrance
Maybe we could make a run for it
I know all I need to know...
I know all I need to do...
I learned everything from George Romero, Dario Argento
Maybe Tom Savini, Stuart Gordon, and Sam Raimi
Going to home to see their mother's grave
There's an old man who's clothes are decayed
John can see that she's frightened
So he tries to lighten the mood
They're coming to get you, Barbara
They're coming and they'll be here soon
Don't be afraid
They just want your brain
And they're coming to get you"
I didn't like their work but appreciate what they did.
Well Romero's earlier work. His latter movies were just crap.
PS I'm a big fan of the genre of Romero's.
Frankly I enjoy Knightriders far more than NotLD. The characters are more developed and the situation more complex than the zombie movies. I'm sorry that it doesn't get more play - I almost never see it on TV. Glad I have it on BluRay - the commentary track is the best part.
oh, they got you.