|Night of the Living Dead poster|
This is the film that is pretty much the Bible of zombie movies and set the standard for all imitators to follow. Since then, others have added their own twist to zombie lore such as running zombies which has become a controversial topic amongst zombie fans. You're either a fan of slow zombies or fast zombies. There's usually no middle ground. In NOTLD there are only slow, shambling zombies. The closest we get to a fast zombie is when the first one that appears (Bill Hinzman) in the film chases Barbra (Judith O'Dea) through a cemetery. He doesn't so much run as he does a swift but awkward, stiff-limbed stumble.
I almost forgot to tell you that the word "zombie" is never mentioned in NOTLD. The living dead in this movie are referred to as "ghouls". Also, the zombies in this movie do not have a preference for brains. They're perfectly content with gnawing on a juicy thigh or meaty arm. That was something that originated in Return of The Living Dead, which while not considered a sequel, does make indirect reference to the events of NOTLD but is more of a parody.
So if you're looking for something spooky or creepy to watch for Halloween, make some popcorn, turn off all the lights and let George Romero's Night of The Living Dead feast on your fears.
They're coming to get you!