NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Marilyn Eastman, Karl Hardman. We thought it would be very appropriate to have one of the greatest horror films of all time on our bi-centennial double feature. You all know the story: A group of people are surrounded in a country farmhouse by flesh-eating zombies, brought back to life by a strange radiation from outer space. There are so many great scenes and moments. Director George Romero used stock music themes that were heard in countless movies before NOTLD, but it almost seems as if these themes had originally been meant for this classic film--they work so well. A great, great film. The opening theme is found in another film from one of our current batch of Drive-in Double features, Incredible Petrified World, which is the first feature on Drive-in Double Feature #9. Transferred from a nice 35mm print.
THE HAND OF POWER (1968, aka THE ZOMBIE WALKS) Joachim Fuchsberger, Siw Mattson, Wolfgang Kieling, Pinkas Braun. A cool German-made Edgar Wallace chiller. When a laughing corpse comes back to life to kill its heirs, Scotland Yard is called in. The “undead” killer is dressed up in a skeleton outfit and kills its victims with a poison-filled scorpion-shaped ring. Over-the-top, but still lots of fun. This is the English language version. Nice color, 16mm.