I decided to give this a watch tonight, it's been a little while, and we've been talking about it a bit. Time for a new thread to talk over a couple points? Of course it's a classic, and we all pretty much have an appreciation of it. I watched the Millenium Edition, and it really doesn't get much better than that one would think. The picture is crisp, the audio pretty good. Anyway - on watching it tonight I was struck by a couple things. 1. The zombies in this film are actually quite smart. Take for instance the first zombie attack, when he's trying to get at Barbara in the car. He tries the near side door, finds he can't get in, so walks around to the passenger side. When that doesn't work, he picks up a rock, smashes a window, and tries to climb through it. There's some thought process at work there, they're not lumbering monsters. There is talk of them being "the recently dead", or the "unburied", which I think was changed for later films (allowing for more gore effects). 2. The whole thing about whether zombies can run or not is thrown into a little doubt. Here's a link to an online script: CLICK. The part that's intriguing is: Of course this is still open to some debate, but I found it curious. What do you think? 3. You know, I honestly don't think Romero moved the story on too much after this one film. We've had four sequels now, and while the "message" of the films vary a bit - we've had the addition of color film, some extra gore, and excellent soundtracks - I think the case could be made that none of them really better or improve on what is in this, the very first film. From the race element, to the gore, to the wonderful photography, Romero had really achieved everything with this first film. Is consumerism really a match, as a "message" goes, to race? Not that it's a competition, of course, but it just struck me that in the end the central entertainment factor wasn't upped as the series moved on. I've enjoyed Dawn and Day of course, but Romero was quickly repeating himself. Hell, the zombies themselves look better in Night, aided by the black and white image - the blue faces are just poor...... So yeah, a few things to think about this time through. The main two elements that make this work are some great writing, and Romero getting lucky with decent actors. This could so easily have been just another low budget film, but it's not. How does everyone interpret that dialog? Were the zombies "chasing", as in running?