Directed by horror master George A. Romero, Living Dead is a great story of independent cinema. Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, this midnight hit turned box-office smash became one of the most influential films of all time. In this deceptively simple tale, a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls (cinema’s first zombies). Romero’s claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre by combining gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role. Stark, haunting and the most downloaded film of 2017, Night of the Living Dead must be seen on the big screen.