When George A. Romero decided to direct a zombie movie on a $114,000 budget in 1968, little did he know that he would also be launching a career for himself as a horror director, not to mention an entire film genre, one still popular today.

While 'Night of the Living Dead' wasn't the first zombie film, it's the first to posit the zombie-as-army theme, which has been revisited time and again (most recently in the excellent 'Zombieland') since. Whereas prior to 'NOTLD' zombies generally did their dirty deeds solo, Romero envisioned a narcoverse in which the undeadheads worked en masse if not in concert, kind of like the New Jersey Nets.
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