Feast Your Eyes (and Brains) on These ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Facts
It’s one of the most famous and important horror movies of all time: Night of the Living Dead. But did you know that wasn’t always the title? The film was originally going to be called Night of the Flesh Eaters, until it was discovered that a movie called The Flesh Eaters already existed. Director George A. Romero preferred the title Night of Anubis, in reference to the Egyptian god of embalming, but with so few people knowing who Anubis was (much less praying to him), the title was eventually changed to the one that became synonymous with movie zombies. That’s just one of the facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Although Night of the Living Dead is credited with inspiring the zombie horror subgenre, the world “zombie” is never actually spoken in the film. Instead, the flesh eaters are referred to as “ghouls” and “those things.” The extras on set weren’t eating real human flesh, of course; instead, the zombies dined on roast ham covered in chocolate sauce. Sounds gross, huh? It was; so gross, in fact, that it made many of the extras nauseous, with the added bonus of turning their skin pale, and making them look even more sickly onscreen.
You Think You Know Movies? is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the cinematic worlds of your favorite movies and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known. We’ve already tackled Star Wars, The Avengers and Spider-Man, but this time we’re feeding your BRAAAAAAAAINS with Living Dead trivia. Watch more installments of ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ below and let us know in the comments what movies we should cover next.