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When young Barbara loses her brother in a zombie attack, she finds herself in the company of daring young man Ben (Duane Jones). The two hide in an abandoned house where they encounter a young couple and a family. They soon discover they need to fear each other as much as the zombies. This breakthrough horror reached fame with an intriguing script, naturalist, documentary-style approach and its dark, ironic ending, which Romero pulled off despite studio objections. The film is a sharp social commentary on the Cold-War era American society simmering with racial tensions. Revealing the basest human impulses in the fight for survival, Romero demonstrates that the community is more at risk from inner conflict than from outside dangers.
One of the pioneers of horror film whose satirical take on the so-called zombie apocalypse (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, etc.) hugely influenced the subgenre, earning him the title of the father of zombie movies. With a heavy dose of black humour, his work is often a criticism of contemporary society.