Sunday, April 10, 2011
Race Relations in Night of the Living Dead
I was actually surprised by how entertained I was with this film. At first, it seemed rather cheesy with the slow zombie chasing after the girl constantly falling down (not that it doesn't also have other cheesy parts as well). But what really stuck out to me the most was the use of a black man as the lead character in the film considering the time period. His death at the end of the film bothered me and it seems a bit racially charged. But, I wanted to look into this more and found something on wikipedia that said the director, George Romero, cast this guy because he gave the best audition not because of his skin color (and he was an unknown actor at the time who would later go on to be in a bunch of other horror flicks). But, he could have also kept that to himself and had an open audition. Intentional or not, I thought it was very progressive but kind of flounders in the end because of how he is killed off and leaves behind all of the irrational white people.