The mother of all zombie movies, Night of the Living Dead (iTunes) is an excellent film and, due to the way it is lit and filmed in black-and-white, it’s rather frightening. While zombies from later films will be much scarier and more realistic, Romero does an excellent job of bringing this favorite villain of cinemaphiles everywhere to the big screen in one of the most iconic films of all time.
The ending is typical of most early horror films, in that it ends in tragedy, just when it seems as though the protagonists will survive. Of course, there is some excellent humor in the ending of the film, as well. I also quite loved the way that the zombies were referred to as ghouls. In fact, it’s a name I wish they continued to use.
If you love zombie movies, and you still haven’t seen this one, you should watch it and all the Romero films. You won’t regret it.