July 16th, 2017 was a truly dark day in the history of the horror genre, when pioneering independent filmmaker George A. Romero passed away at the age of 77. Romero directed lots of great films, but is and always will be best remembered for his zombie efforts.
Romero created the modern style of undead, flesh-eating zombie in the 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead, meaning that everything from Return of the Living Dead to Shaun of the Dead to The Walking Dead owes the man a debt that can never be fully repaid.
Romero would of course go on to make five more zombie movies, with the final being 2009’s Survival of the Dead. Now, to celebrate Night of the Living Dead’s 50th anniversary, EW reports that Romero’s seminal black and white tale of terror will return to theaters.
As with many classics that return to the big screen, NOTLD’s anniversary screenings are being put on by Fathom Events, and will take place on October 24th and 25th. The print shown will be a remaster that was supervised directly by Romero, prior to his death.
Romero could confidently lay claim to the title of “master of horror,” also counting films like Creepshow, The Crazies, and the underrated Monkey Shines on his resume. If you haven’t seen his original apocalyptic masterpiece on the big screen, you owe it to yourself to do so.