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Superior Sequels: Night of the Living Dead vs Dawn of the Dead

This week’s Superior Sequels discussion is about two of the most influential horror movies of all time.

Night of the Living Dead (1968) vs Dawn of the Dead (1978).

Writer/Director George A. Romero practically invented the zombie movie genre, and as a result he gained the title “Father of the Zombie film”.

He and his series of films starting with 1968s Night of the Living Dead are directly responsible for the zombie movie’s popularity in modern pop culture.

The 1978 sequel, Dawn of the Dead is often regarded as the best zombie movie ever made, but is it..? I watched it for the first time earlier this year having only ever seen the 2004 remake (which is one of my favourite horror films) and I didn’t really enjoy it (see my Dawn of the Dead: Original vs Remake post).

Night of the Living Dead also got a remake in 1990 which is really faithful to the original and definitely worth a watch if you haven’t seen it - BUT we’re not looking at the remakes today, just the originals.

So what do you think?

Is the original black and white classic that started it all the better film, or is the 70s gore-fest sequel, Dawn of the Dead superior?

Have your say in the comments.

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