I absolutely loved Night of the Living Dead but there was one aspect that I found to be very strange. Why did Romero feel the need to include an explanation for the presence of the zombies? I actually think it would have been more terrifying if there wasn’t any explanation given at all. I thought that is where the movie was going based upon the quick opening and the location. The first zombie attack was so quick and almost random, despite how ridiculous parts of it were. However, the suddenness of the attack along with the lack of communication was what created more fear.
The setting at a remote farmhouse also made me believe in the beginning that there would not be an explanation for the presence of zombies. I was actually a lot more terrified when I thought they were going to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with no connection to the rest of the world. After they showed the news reports, I think the tension was greatly cut. It would have been more terrifying to constantly wonder throughout the movie whether or not the zombies were isolated in that area or even whether they were the only ones left alive. I love a good zombie movie and, for me, the best ones create a feeling of isolation that I don’t think Romero completely captured.