Monday, October 3, 2011

The 31 Days of Halloween: Day 3

Halloween is the best time of the year. It's a wonderfully indulgent time, where your inner ghoul is given societal license to be put on display. To celebrate it to it's wicked fullest, the Midnight Cheese will be posting every day in October with excellent ways to enjoy the season. Whether it's horror films, video games, books or activities, check back every day for some new Halloween fun.

Night of the Living Dead

Romero's 1968 masterpiece ran on all the channels every Halloween when I was little. Yup, all six channels we had in those archaic, pre-cable television days. I think I may have fist seen it in '86 or '87 (around when I was six) and it made an immediate impact on me, as such things were apt to.

To this day, zombies are still my favorite flavor of the horror spectrum. The hopelessness that pervades the entire film, the surrounded feeling, the quiet desperation of those willing to fight back- these themes make Night of the Living Dead a timeless film that's especially fun around Halloween.

It shouldn't be too difficult to find a version to watch- there were issues with it's copyright- so you can usually find it on steaming services, no problem. It also usually gets air play on TMC the week before Halloween and is available on YouTube too. Just make sure to watch it in the original black and white.

If you've never seen it, now's the time ghouls and ghosties.

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