The dead walk: Our 10 favorite zombie movies
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3. 'Night of the Living Dead' (1968)
This is it: The grandfather of all modern zombie films. With a meager budget, a tight script and some eager Pittsburgh-area extras, a young George A. Romero shocked audiences with a very non-Hollywood take on the undead while simultaneously setting up the basic rules for cinematic zombie romps to come. The film's gruesome B&W gore and subversive subtext would become the cornerstones of all great zombie films going forward. And the sudden, haunting ending is still one of the best of any horror film (or any type of film) ever made.