George A Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead has arisen once more, heading to this year’s Licensing Expo to kick off the 50th anniversary licensing and merch programme for the iconic film.
Billed as perhaps the ‘most influential horror film of the last 50 years,’ the movie has now been restored to its original glory by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation.
Night of the Living Dead co-creators, Russ Streiner and John A Russo will now be on hand at this year’s Expo in Vegas to launch the 50th anniversary licensing programme.
“It’s an honour and a thrill to have MoMA restore and present a horror movie that I and a group of Pittsburgh friends created nearly 50 years ago,” said Romero.
The restoration was overseen by Romero and Image Ten. Over the past 50 years, Night of the Living Dead has set numerous precedents for motion pictures across the globe.
The film maintains its cult status as a classic horror masterpiece, spawning a culturing thirst for zombie movies that has since moved into books, comics and video games.
Since its release, Night of the Living Dead has been selected for preservation by the Library of Cngress and the National Film Registry.