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The Ending.
« on: August 23, 2006, 07:31:47 AM »
Now this was my first time watching this movie and Mike Commentary was funny and all. But thing got me about this movie is the ending. After everybody gets eaten or whatever. Ben is the only one who survive. The next morning theres a bunch of rednecks shooting zombies and at the very last second Ben is shot by one of the rednecks. But They should have  known he wasnt a zombie. None of the zombie in this movie have enough energy to pick up a rifle. Let alone use one. Now i dont know about you. But i like my Disaster/Zombie Movies to have someone who survives to the end. This movie makes you think Ben is going to live and kills him at the last possible second. Anyways just some of my two cents. Ill be quiet now.


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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2006, 07:45:11 AM »
I rather liked the ending, because I didn't see it coming.

I'm actually a big fan of movies without a happy ending. I like being surprised.

12 Monkeys? Se7en? Awesome.
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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2006, 12:55:30 PM »
Night of the Living Dead has one of the best endings of all time.
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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2006, 04:16:36 PM »
Well maybe im just a sucker for happy ending.  Forget i said anything. Maybe im just use to movies like Jurassic Park were Samuel L. Jackson and the fat guy from Seinfeld get eaten and the rest get off the island alive. I dont think the ending was bad or anything. But i guess when you watch movie after movie with the same Clich?. Its kinda of a shock when a movie dose something totally different.
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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2006, 04:32:55 PM »
I see your point actually.

I was kinda disappointed in the ending of NOLD... Of course, I'm an American-cinema-brainwashed Californianite.

I thought for sure that if Ben was going to die, then the blondie he was boarding up with him would live... But nah - the rednecks triumph unjustly....
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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2006, 11:07:56 PM »
Its just shows the hopeless of it all...  Romero redid the ending for his re-release..  well at least tacked some crap on the end.

I enjoyed the 1990 remake.

Has anyone else here seen the "directors cut" disc that came out for the original?  It had some preacher gettting bitten and surviving becuase of his faith.

Strange.


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Re: The Ending is brilliant.
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2006, 11:30:17 PM »
I've always thought of NotLD's bleak ending as the frosting on the film's rich, delicious social commentary cake.

Casting a black man as the hero and having all of the white characters look to him for guidance was pretty gutsy stuff back in 1968.  Ditto the film's underlying message that, when shambling corpses have surrounded your house in hopes of chowing down on your viscera, the relative darkness of your pigmentation doesn't matter a whole hell of a lot.

The ending snaps the audience jarringly back to reality and reminds us that, in some ways, real life is more screwed up than the fictional zombie apocalypse.  It comes as a huge shock when the guy who we've all been rooting for -- and at the time of the film's release, no doubt a few were rooting for Ben in spite of themselves -- is suddenly brought down by none other than a gang of white rednecks.  Oh, the injustice!

And that gut-wrenching sequence of black and white stills over the end credits -- the ones that show us our hero's corpse being tossed roughly and anonymously onto the pile of zombies for disposal -- never fails to remind me of those old lynching photos.

Romero doesn't get enough credit for his capacity to weave these sorts of themes into his movies.  He is truly a master.

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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2006, 12:08:56 AM »

Has anyone else here seen the "directors cut" disc that came out for the original?  It had some preacher gettting bitten and surviving becuase of his faith.

Strange.

I think you are talking about the Anniversary Edition abomination that had newly shot footage edited into it. Romero had nothing to do with it. It was all John Russo (who wrote NOTLD w/ Romero). For some fun reading you should see read Harry Knowles review at aint-it-cool-snooze. I can't stand that site but his review at the time seemed genuine.

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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2006, 06:00:19 AM »
What's worse is that version is what most video shops have.

I like the ending but then I also love Miracle Mile and other apocalypse-style movies.
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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2006, 07:18:56 PM »
The preacher screaming about how God cured the zombie affliction is just laughable.

I do like the 1990 remake though.  Its pretty well done.


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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2006, 03:58:24 AM »
agreed.
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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2006, 01:42:26 PM »
I do like the 1990 remake though.  Its pretty well done.

The first Return of the Living is pretty good too.


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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2006, 04:02:54 AM »
But They should have  known he wasnt a zombie. None of the zombie in this movie have enough energy to pick up a rifle. Let alone use one.
I don't think the shooter exactly got a clear view of Ben, so I doubt his rifle even came into play.  He was just gung-ho and assumed some silent human figure must need shooting.


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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2006, 05:21:31 PM »
I don't think the shooter exactly got a clear view of Ben, so I doubt his rifle even came into play.  He was just gung-ho and assumed some silent human figure must need shooting.

Exactly, he just saw a moving figure and assumed it was a zombie.

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Re: The Ending.
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2006, 08:47:43 AM »
yeah, I think all that "social commentary" stuff is completely accidental or purhaps "Rorschach"ed on to the film. I've heard in interviews that Romero didn't really have a black lead in mind when writing the script, Duane Jones just happened to be the best of the actors that auditioned for the part.

The depressing ending is pretty standard in the zombie movie genre. There's just something kind of "right" about it
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