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Night Of The Living Dead

Released 1968
Distributor Continental Distributing

One-time industrial filmmaker George Romero’s seminal Pittsburgh indie (an unauthorized re-imagining of “I Am Legend”) changed the face of horror films and redefined the word “zombie” for a generation. It spawned a flood of imitations, but a copyright snafu sent Romero’s signature work into the public domain and he had to remake it in color to reclaim rights to what became a popular series. Filmed around the countryside near Pittsburgh PA in 1964, four years before it was released, on a budget of $114,000.

About George Hickenlooper

Writer-director George Hickenlooper‘s feature film credits include Factory Girl, about Andy Warhol and his muse, Edie Sedgwick; the internationally acclaimed documentary, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, the psycho-sexual drama The Man from Elysian FieldsThe Big Brass Ring, a political thriller adapted from an Orson Welles screenplay, and Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse for which George received a directing Emmy.  His interest in movies and filmmaking began in childhood – stemming in part from his Great Uncle’s (conductor Leopold Stokowski) involvement with Disney’s Fantasia. On October 30, 2010, George died suddenly in Colorado while prepping for the Denver Film Fest premiere of his last film, Casino Jack. All of us connected to this site will always treasure our relationship with George, a true cinema buff who revered film history enough to join us here at Trailers from Hell.