Run Time: 76 mins
Those interviewed include the maestro himself, who is very grounded and honest (I could listen to his anecdotes all day), and the producer of The Walking Dead and The Terminator, Gale Anne Hurd. Although it covers the making of the film in great detail, it isn’t anything die hard fans wouldn’t already know but that doesn’t mean it’s any less engrossing. It’s a thoroughly entertaining, richly detailed account of the genesis of one the most popular sub-genres in horror. It’s a shame that the film only covers the first of Romero’s zombie movies, as his series of exceptional horror films is ripe for the same treatment as the fantastic Never Sleep Again, a lengthy bum numbing documentary covering the entire Nightmare on Elm Street series which is fascinating throughout. Although the reason for that is probably answered towards the end of the film, as it is brought to light that the original distributor forgot to copyright the film. Meaning Romero barely made a penny and anyone was able to distribute the movie without paying royalties and fees, which probably explains the bazillion re releases the film has had over the years, and the excruciatingly baffling extended version which I remember seeing in one of the ‘Trilogy of the Dead’ box sets. It’s an inspiring documentary, which shows the ins and outs of low budget film making and the beginning of a sub-genre that is still capturing the imagination of audiences to this day. Essential viewing for any horror fan.