Birth of the Living Dead Review


Contrary to popular belief, zombies aren’t brought to life from infected reanimated corpses; no, they are born! Bursting from the loins of a college dropout with high ambitions for his unprecedented visions, Night of the Living Dead created a genre of movies that have since become cult classics and formed a beloved genre that is showing no signs of slowing down today.

Birth of the Living Dead chronicles the story of how George A. Romero came to direct Night of the Living Dead and brought his vision into the minds and hearts of a generation. Some documentaries have touched on the subject before, but none have gone as in depth and personal as Birth of the Living Dead, making it a must see for zombie fans.

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Despite being a self-proclaimed zombie fanatic, I never enjoyed Night of the Living Dead. I know, I am the worst kind of person imaginable. Looking back, I think it was because I had been exposed to “modern” interpretations of zombies prior to viewing Night of the Living Dead. By today’s standards, it simply doesn’t hold up. I didn’t think it would be a film a zombie fan could go back to and truly appreciate. I thought wrong.

Birth of the Living Dead shows Night of the Living Dead in a new light; a light that will make even the most biased naysayers start to appreciate the film for what it did and its powerful, forever lasting hold on film culture. It’s truly amazing to see the conception of one of the most iconic films of all time. In its presentation, Birth is quite a simplistic documentary, but it’s still executed flawlessly in what it’s trying to do. Visually, it’s a lot of people involved in the creation process sitting in front of black backgrounds, b-roll of the film, and various still frames, but that’s all it needs to be to make the viewer feel engrossed.

Make no mistake; Birth of the Living Dead is about the origins and completion of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and it’s influence in the world of film, not about zombies in general. The focus on Romero’s role in zombie culture may put off some viewers, but those looking for a peak inside Romero’s mind and the creation process of the most iconic zombie movie of all time are going to be pleasantly surprised. Birth of the Living Dead introduces Night of the Living Dead to a new generation of zombie fans in the way they should be introduced to it.

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In Theaters: October 18, 2013
On Demand: October 15, 2013 [Buy Now]
Runtime: 76 min
Rating:  Not Rated
Director: Rob Kuhns
Cast: George A. Romero, Larry Fessenden, Mark Harris, Gale Anne Hurd
Genre: Documentary
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