Mike Matei / October 31st, 2013
You can view the commentary with the links provided below.
October 31, 2013 at 7:01 am
Thank God it is over! Friday the 13th series next year please! Keep up the good work though James!
October 31, 2013 at 10:22 am
Personally, I’d go the other direction and say “too bad it’s over”. I really enjoy these. And yes thank you james and mike. I couldn’t have asked for a better finale.
October 31, 2013 at 10:36 am
You can say that again
October 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm
yeah really, wtf y2j420??
Too bad it’s over.
A full length commentary, that’s an amazing bonus.
Thanks for all your hard work James and Mike.
October 31, 2013 at 1:22 pm
I hope James does so to regarding the Friday The 13th Franchise and maybe in the future Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween as well but this, the Alien/Predator franchise/movies James covered very well plus many undead movies too!
October 31, 2013 at 2:11 pm
That’s the thing…he already did the Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street series…he won’t do the Friday the 13th series because he says they’d take up too much of the month…despite the fact that he could do them in a week and a half or just one week if he did 2 movies a review…as opposed to the half a month it took to do all the Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street sequels from a couple of years ago…
October 31, 2013 at 5:02 pm
@Y2420 I know he is busy right now, but at some point he could do them outside of Monster Madness…
October 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm
When I brought up my hopes for Friday the 13th early on I figured I was one of only a few.. Apparently not.
Friday the 13th is to Monster Madness as ET is to AVGN.
November 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm
I too would love a James review of the F13th series… Loved the new F13th documentary that just came out Crystal Lake Memories as well, seen it multiple times since getting it even though it’s over 7 hours (the two disc’s and bonus disc)… Most of it is interviews from the His Name Was Jason documentary a few years ago, but most of them are extended or new that was cut from that movie…
October 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm
October 31, 2013 at 7:03 am
Wow, thank you James, this is the most cool review for a movie ever, thank you again!
October 31, 2013 at 7:04 am
Happy Halloween everyone!
October 31, 2013 at 7:06 am
I’ve been waiting all night for this one! 😀
October 31, 2013 at 7:14 am
Haven’t watched yet, but I seriously stayed up for this! Now to sit back, enjoy the film, and listen to some commentary from one of my favorite commentators. Cheers!
October 31, 2013 at 7:15 am
Woot home for work just in time! this will be my third time watching this in about 2 weeks
October 31, 2013 at 7:16 am
October 31, 2013 at 7:17 am
I’ve been refreshing for this day’s installment for so long. I can’t say I expected a better surprise! Happy Halloween James, and thanks for the best Monster Madness yet!
October 31, 2013 at 11:54 am
Surprise? He specifically said in the last review that the finale would be a full length commentary on Night of the Living Dead.
October 31, 2013 at 7:18 am
Agree completely about the beginning. Best opening ever…..the music adds so much to the perfect images, even the opening title is well chosen.
October 31, 2013 at 7:36 am
Today is so bittersweet. Loved every video this month and hate that Halloween is almost over.
October 31, 2013 at 7:40 am
October 31, 2013 at 7:49 am
I appreciate all of your work, but try as I might, I just can’t find it in me to care about commentaries at all. I’ll try to watch it, but I have zero expectations for this episode, sorry. 🙁
November 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm
Really? James has announced that this will be a whole movie with his comments. It even says in the title of the video “Night of the Living Dead (1968) FULL COMMENTARY”.
If you want to watch an entire movie without anyone’s comments, you can watch it free on YouTube. This movie is public domain.
October 31, 2013 at 7:51 am
I prefer Romero’s original take with regards to the racial issue. The best way to get past something like that in a movie like this is to just ‘ignore’ the issues and act like it’s normal. I do think that’s hip and progressive for the time, and it’s the way they had to go.
October 31, 2013 at 7:56 am
Nice nod to RiffTrax (“Sorry God”). Thanks for accompanying me on Halloween James!
October 31, 2013 at 8:03 am
PS. Judith Ridley? Got the job because she was a receptionist of Hardman? Eh, just look at her, nothing to do with being drop dead gorgeous or anything!!!
October 31, 2013 at 8:15 am
As always, I’m sad to see Monster Madness go. Thanks for all you do to inform and entertain.
October 31, 2013 at 8:16 am
Good job with monster madness! Glad you found time being so busy. I know a lot of your fans like everything you do, but with this commentary it seems from the opening that it’s a bit of a “hockey play-by-play” commentary style. You don’t need to tell us what’s going on (“okay…they are coming up the hill”) etc. It’d be more interesting just to get your thoughts out more. I know if you state controversial stuff your bound to get swamped with e-mails.
Saying things like “most important public domain films” doesn’t make much sense to me either. It’s an important film, but the fact it’s public domains doesn’t mean that much. does it? You also mention the hand-held shakiness, but I can’t think of any films at the time that did that. Are you comparing it to films of the day?
Otherwise, I like some other thoughts you have like how the dead are already an inconvenience to people in the first bit.
October 31, 2013 at 8:29 am
Just a quick note for later on. Night of the Living Dead is not the first horror film with a black lead.
Check out Son of Ingagi
I actually like the fact Romero didn’t have any political content in casting Duane. But the fact that people picked up on some political content in Night, I think George pushed it a bit too hard in films like Dawn and especially Day. In those films, there’s always this magical black person who comes in to save the day. Not that I don’t want heroes of different races, but it feels really forced in those films and feels way more natural in Night.
October 31, 2013 at 8:20 am
James: Have you checked out that WNUF Halloween special? Just curious. I am hearing all about it, and it seems to be GOOD things…
October 31, 2013 at 8:32 am
Do Friday the 13th next year and Chucky
October 31, 2013 at 8:41 am
I’m late for work now, good job-enjoyed the commentary and all the reviews
October 31, 2013 at 8:43 am
Thanks for the effort you’ve put into these extensive, well thought out reviews.
October 31, 2013 at 8:47 am
Thanks for the AWESOME monster madness already looking forward to next year 🙂
October 31, 2013 at 8:52 am
Nice way to end MM.
Good as always, thanks for putting in the time to do it again. I know your very busy with a lot of stuff right now so its very appreciated.
Happy Halloween !! `,`
October 31, 2013 at 9:00 am
24 minutes? is there goin to be a part 2
October 31, 2013 at 9:14 am
Its already all there. Wait or skip to the very end of the vid and it’ll auto-start to the next part. Does this a few times.
October 31, 2013 at 9:52 am
October 31, 2013 at 9:01 am
HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO EVERYBODY FROM MEXICO 😀 😀
October 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm
October 31, 2013 at 9:10 am
color version : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErH0j_IBpqU
October 31, 2013 at 9:20 am
A very good Monster Madness October, thank you James and everyone involved in the creation of the best Halloween spectable on the internet!
October 31, 2013 at 9:51 am
to see the killer klowns review and i will come back
October 31, 2013 at 11:45 pm
Thanks for all your hard work, James. I agree with the others that there should be some on the Friday the 13th movies, but they would have to be mashed together some how. I personally like the more secluded, lesser known films better.
October 31, 2013 at 9:54 am
Watched this movie a real number of times, it’s like you say. Since the camera it’s not stiff but alive you notice everytime something different.
But, yeah, i didn’t watch many zombie movies the first time i saw this so it was grounbreaking and set the bar for expectations in anything i saw after. Also, that ending was the first bad ending i ever saw in a movie. That made me love bad endings, when they have a reason for it, not them ugly cliffhangers that now everybody likes to do. The very next “horror” movie i saw was Christine by Carpenter and i hated that ending for years until i started collecting and reading King books and it gives another part, that was cut in the movie, that gives a reason for the bad ending. Now i like it, because i know what’s to come next in the book and i know that movies need to make an impact on different feels. Thank you for this year Monster Madness! Sure it was the maddest one to edit.
October 31, 2013 at 10:06 am
whoaa never never expect to whact the complete movie whit james comment. sorry for my english
October 31, 2013 at 10:33 am
I tried watching it, but I can’t, I just kept thinking “Dude, James, stop talking and let me watch the film!” I appreciate the idea and the work you’ve put into this, but it completely doesn’t work for me. Sad to see the last episode of this year’s Monster Madness to be a dud. 🙁
October 31, 2013 at 10:43 am
That’s true, I think I’ve even mentioned that. The thing with all these reviews is “just go watch the movie”. With Night of the Living Dead, you CAN, very easily. It’s public domain, so go find it.
Wait, your complaint about a movie with commentary… is the commentary? If you haven’t seen the movie before, you should have watched it on your own. The point of this video IS the commentary.
October 31, 2013 at 11:13 am
October 31, 2013 at 11:44 am
Complaining about the commentary on a commentary video…um ok.
October 31, 2013 at 12:05 pm
Wow, you completely missed the point!
November 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm
October 31, 2013 at 10:47 am
October 31, 2013 at 10:56 am
Happy Halloween James! Thanks for an awesome month! Great video today and every day! Thanks again man!
James an enormous thank you for doing this again and even more for this awesome special!! Have a Creepy Halloween! This was an great year for Monster Madness!
October 31, 2013 at 11:43 am
I just saw Rifftrax riff on this last week! Hilarious.
October 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm
A bold move to punch Barbara, but it was exactly what needed to be done. There’s no way she was going to listen to reason. It was a good call, and it was a logical way to remove Barbara from the movie temporarily.
The ending terrific. Ben is killed so casually like it’s no big deal because, to them, it is no big deal at all.
October 31, 2013 at 12:02 pm
I love how casually Ben is killed. It’s so very realistic. There was no need to dramatize his death because it was all in a day’s work to them. They thought they saw a zombie, and they shot it. End of story; end of movie.
October 31, 2013 at 12:17 pm
This was a great commentary!!! I’ve loved this movie for such a long time!! I was 12 when I first saw it! I had seen the original Dawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead when I was about 10 and I was just completely mind blown- I just had to get a hold of a copy of this. Watching this just brought back memories of me watching this for the first time! I really can’t wait for next years Monster Madness, Maybe next year you could possibly do more commentaries on more Great, classic Public Domain Horror movies! This was a great conclusion for this year’s Monster Madness! I love being able to listen to your thoughts on Classic Horror flicks! You’re the man James! \m/ \m/
November 1, 2013 at 12:45 am
yes! more full length commentaries! I know it would be very difficult to do this for anything that’s not public domain but if you could get hammer to let you do some commentaries with their classics under the premise that they’d sell tons more copies of the originals, that would be great! In fact I would pay 2 or 3 bucks for a download of a hammer film with your commentary on it. Think about including Mike on some; the interaction between you guys is so entertaining!
October 31, 2013 at 12:23 pm
loved waking up to horror reviews all october, thanks james.
October 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Thanks for this, I was waiting for a full length movie video because I really like your reviews and voice, so I enjoyed this a lot. Happy halloween!
October 31, 2013 at 12:34 pm
I actually feel like it’s much better that they didn’t play up the racial aspect of the film. You can feel it, boiling up just below the surface between Ben and Cooper, but we didn’t need it overtly spelled out. Whether or not it’s intentional, it’s still there, but it’s subtle.
I like that Ben wasn’t defined by his race, and was just a guy like any other, struggling to survive. To me, that’s much stronger than overtly throwing it in your face, like so many movies and TV shows insist on doing nowadays.
October 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm
Thanks for all the insights given into this movie. Much obliged for another great Monster Madness, you guys are awesome.
October 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm
October is my favorite time of year, and Monster Madness always adds a little backdrop and flavor to go with the season. It’s become something I always look forward to. I know that, eventually, there will be no reviews left to do. So I feel like these should be appreciated before they become a thing of the past. Thank you guys so much for all your hard work; it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed!
October 31, 2013 at 1:28 pm
I find it interesting that pretty much every characteristic of the zombies in this movie has become a common defining feature of zombies in other films/media.. except for the fact that they’re afraid of fire. For some reason that one got overlooked. Too bad, I like the idea.
October 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm
This has been a crazy Monster Madness
October 31, 2013 at 1:45 pm
A phenomenal month! Well done, James.
October 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm
Next year B Movie-a-thon!
November 1, 2013 at 12:40 am
I second the notion. I would prefer to se a Giallo-a-thon, but a b-movie-a-thon would be cool too(even though I guess its kind of similar to camp cult). I’ll be happy with anything you do!
October 31, 2013 at 2:16 pm
It’s funny that you did an entire commentary yourself. Mike should have been on this…
October 31, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Unlike our Dracula (1931) commentary, I didn’t feel I had much to add for this one. So it was best left to James alone. I will say though, I AM the one who found the actual stick from the movie! http://cinemassacre.com/2010/07/12/night-of-the-living-dead-cemetry/
October 31, 2013 at 2:42 pm
well I kind of like the fact that you didn’t do this one bud. Your great Mike but when James is with you he only talks to you and James is at his best when he is talking to us. The audience.
October 31, 2013 at 2:21 pm
This commentary is great! Honestly James, I hope you drop AVGN after the movie and become a full time film director and actor. Your work is hilarious, insightful, and takes me right back to my film school days.
October 31, 2013 at 2:34 pm
I really hope you can make full length commentary like this more oftern. So awesome!
Much of the music was used in government-made documentaries about Communism and in particular, the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961, before they appropriated it for Night of the Living Dead.
October 31, 2013 at 2:40 pm
Seeing this makes me realize I don’t even own this version on DVD! Checking IMDB I have the 30th anniversary edition, what a bummer. This ending is sooooo much better. Well, time to buy it again, I guess, only this time the real version.
October 31, 2013 at 2:41 pm
Judith O’Dea looks like Teri Garr from Young Frankenstein in this
October 31, 2013 at 2:50 pm
October isn’t October without my Monster Madness fix. Thank you Mike and James for all of the handwork. Happy Halloween! 🙂
October 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm
Oh I hope you premier the AVGN movie in Austin! I’ll help advertise!
October 31, 2013 at 2:56 pm
You should do commentary on 1964 The Last Man on Earth! Public domain baby!
Wait… If they ever brought back something like MST3K, you are THE GUYS that should do it. That would be fucking amazing!
November 1, 2013 at 12:35 am
I agree I agree I agree! ive been thinking the exact same thing… mst3k was the greatest television event of al time. if james doesn’t bring back Monster Vision, Joe Bob style, then he should bring back mst3k james, mike, and like Robbie the robot style or something like that. I know rifftrax exist but I want james and mike dammit!
October 31, 2013 at 3:16 pm
If you add it up, this years monster madness was 4 hours, 58 minutes, and 36 seconds. Longest and best MM ever!
October 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm
And with all the other videos on the site, this october, there’s been 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 20 seconds of content on the site! Thanks for a great month James!
October 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm
“Wish I was that smart.” referring to the insanely ambitious AVGN Movie there, huh? 😛 Well, you know you’re going to get through it! And possibly make even more great stuff like it. I can’t wait for the film hah!
October 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm
Damn, my 3 DVD Special Edition just came last week, so spent Yesterday watching it once in B&W, then Bonus stuff, then in Color with Audio commentary, then Bonsu stuff from that DVD, then documentary on Disc 3 and some more bonuss tuff.
And now, to topp it all off, James Review.
October 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm
Amnd of course James Review/Commentary is much better than the one on the DVD. xD
October 31, 2013 at 4:08 pm
Even though the cuase to the zombie epidemic is not definitely explained, I am pretty sure I’ve heard George A. Romero say, himself, that chanon is indeed that it is caused by radiation from the sattelite.
October 31, 2013 at 4:15 pm
around the 78th minute, that one has pretty good table manners. She just needs a napkin and a fork.
October 31, 2013 at 4:20 pm
Hey James! What an amazing Monster Madness marathon. The end piece of Night Of The Living Dead was the icing on the cake. You have an amazing tone of voice and well knowledged I must say. I felt the same way about many elements of the movie like the talking scenes and radio/tv scenes were very much needed for the tone of the movie. Again amazing job James and hope the best for you in future endeavors. nicholas
October 31, 2013 at 4:30 pm
Wait, you just said the movie came out after all the exploitation films from the seventeens, with the martial arts films and stuff like that, but Night of the Living Dead is from 1968, right? It couldn’t have come out after the seventeens then. Was it a mistake? Or did you write the wrong year in the title?
October 31, 2013 at 4:31 pm
Oh, I am sorry, I thought you said it came after, but you said before! My bad!
October 31, 2013 at 4:34 pm
Man, I remember watching this for the first time on sci-fi channel, early on Halloween morning when I was 11. Even then I thought Ben was the only character with a brain. That ending fucking shook me. Never had seen anything like it before. Of course I had to be a zombie that night. Synching this commentary up with my blu-ray copy. Thanks for all the work you put into this month James! I don’t know how you find the time with everything you have going on but a lot of people really appreciate it.
October 31, 2013 at 4:38 pm
Too fucking bad it’s over !
October 31, 2013 at 4:39 pm
Actually a great movie where the zombies are a little more intelligent is Warm Bodies. It’s a movie where the zombies slowly get more and more intelligent as time goes on. It’s very well done. I think you might like it James.
October 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm
I started out okay, now I can only get 24 minutes of the movie..wth!?!
October 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm
78:46 is what I was talking about. She just looks so dainty eating that leg.
btw, problem solved.
October 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm
It’s been an excellent month Mr. Rolfe. Your videos have been fantastic all month, and have helped make October extra special. Thanks for the hard work.
October 31, 2013 at 4:58 pm
*loudest sigh in the world* too bad we haveto wait a whole another year! I really loved this years monster madness, I wish it didn’t have to end!! But at least we have his top tens and AVGN episodes to hold us back 🙂
Great commentary really enjoyed it, keep it up James, you’re the best.
October 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm
Resident Evil series next year. PLEASE
October 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm
82:40 You know, this scene would have been a lot more effective if in the scene with Barbara escaping in the car before, the zombie hadn’t picked up that rock.
It’d have added a whole new level of danger given we didn’t ever know they used tools like that
November 1, 2013 at 1:59 am
On the other hand, it keeps the movie more consistent. It’s not like they’re just bringing some random idea out of no where, so I think it could work either way effectively.
October 31, 2013 at 5:29 pm
It’s my birthday today. Thanks for the awesome gift James!
October 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Great commentary. Every year I look forward to Monster Madness and this year has been the best IMO. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication James and Mike.
October 31, 2013 at 6:07 pm
“MONDSTER MADNESS!! ….. godzillathon”
October 31, 2013 at 6:08 pm
Nerd Science Theater 3000. lol
November 1, 2013 at 12:28 am
seriously, if james, matt, and someone else (shitpickle? I dunno)started doing mst3k style of rifftrax I would never stop watching them for the rest of my life.
October 31, 2013 at 6:09 pm
I’ve always wanted to make a zombie movie completely from the news angle. It would surprise me if no one has tried this before, but my favorite part of Night of the Living Dead was the news reports and how much it added to the world it created.
Imagine a movie that’s pretty much just a guy flipping through the channels and we see all of the news spin as the zombie plague breaks out, the confusion, and stuff like the bible network freaking out and local news affiliates getting better more raw footage. I’d take a more realistic approach and not have zombies take over the world rapidly with a more localized set of outbreaks that get contained. I’d also use cameras, equipment, and actors who authentically come from a newsroom environment. It would be a great vehicle to examine how the news reports tragedies and disaster events like Diary of the Dead tried to but put a more authentic and coherent take on all of it.
October 31, 2013 at 11:43 pm
Go for it!
That actually sounds pretty interesting, and relatively easy to make on a budget.
October 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm
can anyone tell me why im only getting 24 minutes of video? am i missing something?