Night Of The Living Dead is coming to get you, America—and we've got free tickets

Sure, technically you could watch Night Of The Living Dead (1968) on YouTube, thanks to the copyright registration error that’s made George Romero’s game-changing horror masterpiece also one of the most famous public-domain titles of all time. But those versions won’t be the 4k Ultra HD restoration of the film, which…

George Romero says Brad Pitt and The Walking Dead killed zombies

The zombie genre is dead. So says George Romero, whose indie horror film Night Of The Living Dead injected life into the zombie genre back in 1968. They weren’t called ”zombies” in that film, but they were beings who returned from the dead craving human flesh, and zombies pretty much have that lifestyle on lock. The…

What supposedly terrifying movie doesn’t scare you?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The 25 scariest opening scenes in horror-movie history

At least a half-hour passes in Psycho before Marion Crane takes that fateful shower. Even more running time elapses before John Hurt gets some very nasty chest pains in Alien. And the best fright flick of the new millennium is half over before anything remotely frightening occurs. Plenty of great horror movies, in…

Time-lapse video illustrates 100 years of popular zombie evolution

What is it about zombies that’s so engrossing? They’ve been a point of fascination for comic-book fans, moviegoers, and gamers for decades. In 1944, the fiendish Solomon Grundy was an early revenant and foe of Green Lantern, 1985’s The Return Of The Living Dead introduced everyone to the concept of zombies eating…

From pufferfish poison to Hollywood trope, the winding myth of the zombie

What it’s about: On movie screens and bookshelves alike, zombies have been a played-out fad for several years now. But the zombie myth goes back more than a century before Night Of The Living Dead, to Haitian mythology, with possible earlier origins either from West Africa or Haiti’s indigenous Taíno people. Zombies…