Night of the Living Dead (1968) FULL COMMENTARY

Mike Matei / October 31st, 2013

You can view the commentary with the links provided below.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four



  • y2j420

    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.

      • NING KYLE

        October 31, 2013 at 10:36 am

        You can say that again

      • Kieran St James

        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!

      • y2j420

        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…

      • Lukas Sprehn

        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…

      • Lanlost

        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.

      • xZOMBIEx

        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…

    • JamesIsTehBest

      October 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm


  • Adrian Oliva

    October 31, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Wow, thank you James, this is the most cool review for a movie ever, thank you again!

  • joao vaz

    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! 😀

  • Johnathan Alexander

    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!

  • valnn

    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 7:17 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!

    • juggalo747

      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.

  • badgerno1

    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.

  • Dan Homa

    October 31, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Today is so bittersweet. Loved every video this month and hate that Halloween is almost over.

  • FrZnScout

    October 31, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Cool video

  • Kano777

    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. 🙁

    • Tomislav Veljaćić

      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.

  • Cilliandrew

    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!

  • badgerno1

    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.

  • A.

    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.

    • A.

      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.

  • Cilliandrew

    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

  • badgerno1

    October 31, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I’m late for work now, good job-enjoyed the commentary and all the reviews

  • Cameron VanDamme

    October 31, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for the effort you’ve put into these extensive, well thought out reviews.

  • Anthony Abozyid

    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 !! `,`

  • Anthony Abozyid

    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.

      • Anthony Abozyid

        October 31, 2013 at 9:52 am

        ok 🙂

  • MonsterMovieSciFi fan

    October 31, 2013 at 9:01 am


  • Anthony Abozyid

    October 31, 2013 at 9:10 am

  • Snejku

    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!

  • MonsterMovieSciFi fan

    October 31, 2013 at 9:51 am

    i’m going
    to see the killer klowns review and i will come back

    • Shane Ross

      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

  • Kano777

    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.

    • JD Fox

      October 31, 2013 at 10:43 am

      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.

    • JayRam

      October 31, 2013 at 11:13 am

      …um, wow…

    • Kanger

      October 31, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Complaining about the commentary on a commentary video…um ok.

    • Lukas Sprehn

      October 31, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Wow, you completely missed the point!

    • Tomislav Veljaćić

      November 1, 2013 at 12:32 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.

  • BladeRunner

    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!

  • luconator

    October 31, 2013 at 11:13 am

    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!

  • Kanger

    October 31, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I just saw Rifftrax riff on this last week! Hilarious.

  • JD Fox

    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.

  • JD Fox

    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.

  • Atomos1293

    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/

    • amos white

      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!

  • William Humphrey

    October 31, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    loved waking up to horror reviews all october, thanks james.

  • Ryo

    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.

  • Christopher Talley

    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

  • Tim Harrod

    October 31, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    A phenomenal month! Well done, James.

  • Jacob Edwards

    October 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Next year B Movie-a-thon!

    • amos white

      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!

  • geddon

    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!

      • therabbitslayer

        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.

  • ryan janik

    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!

  • Blutszauger

    October 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    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.

  • Forsythia

    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.

  • ryan janik

    October 31, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Judith O’Dea looks like Teri Garr from Young Frankenstein in this

  • Berkeley_Bum

    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! 🙂

  • ryan janik

    October 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Oh I hope you premier the AVGN movie in Austin! I’ll help advertise!

  • ryan janik

    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!

    • amos white

      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!

  • Lukas Sprehn

    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!

  • Oropher

    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.

    • Oropher

      October 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Amnd of course James Review/Commentary is much better than the one on the DVD. xD

  • Lukas Sprehn

    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.

  • Lyle Gillis

    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

  • Lukas Sprehn

    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?

    • Lukas Sprehn

      October 31, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Oh, I am sorry, I thought you said it came after, but you said before! My bad!

  • Bright Anderson

    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 !

  • avgnfan370

    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.

  • Lyle Gillis

    October 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I started out okay, now I can only get 24 minutes of the movie..wth!?!

  • Lyle Gillis

    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.

  • luigiwiiUU

    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 🙂

  • October 31, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Great commentary really enjoyed it, keep it up James, you’re the best.

  • Jacob Price

    October 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Resident Evil series next year. PLEASE

  • Murdock129

    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

    • JD Fox

      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.

  • Sondre Gundersen

    October 31, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    It’s my birthday today. Thanks for the awesome gift James!

  • Tim LeFevre

    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”

  • Dempsey H

    October 31, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Nerd Science Theater 3000. lol

    • amos white

      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.

  • Ricky Coulter

    October 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    can anyone tell me why im only getting 24 minutes of video? am i missing something?

    • October 31, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      It doesn’t show you the time until the video is over. It shows you the time until the next commercial.

  • Max_Groadie

    October 31, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    /Users/bwood/Desktop/sharks vs. Snix.JPG
    happy Halloween old internet friend.

  • John Schwartz

    October 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    This was the first time I kept up with Monster Madness during October and I gotta say, I’m really gonna miss waken up to a new monster movie review tomorrow. Thanks James for putting all the time and effort into this great series! Can’t wait for next years Monster Madness!!

  • Necramonium

    October 31, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Only seem to get a 24 minutes only video…

  • Francisco Lovera

    October 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks for putting so much effort into this year’s Monster Madness, I always look forward to these every October

  • October 31, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I’m also only seeing the first part (24 minutes) of the video. After the ad, it just cycles back to the beginning of the first part I just watched. Sigh.

    • October 31, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      It may be a Mac thing. It looks like my Windows machine can jump to the second part.. too bad that machine sucks for watching videos. Ah well..

      • greedo

        November 1, 2013 at 3:32 am

        I have a Mac, and it works fine. It jumps to the next section, once the first one is complete. It seems that the problem is on your end. Maybe a problem with the flash player?

  • Vontux

    October 31, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  • Entrenaturaleza

    October 31, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Titanic work james, It´s so much appreciated

  • Joshua Perez

    October 31, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Make one for giant monsters overall, not just Godzilla and Gamera, but the other, lesser known B Movies

  • SirSuperSouthern

    October 31, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Thus concludes the best Monster Madness yet. I’m ashamed to admit I’d never seen the original NotLD before, but the commentary helped keep me interested.

    It’s unfair to characterize the movie as being cliche since it was the movie that started it all, but without the commentary I may have gotten a bit bored. Thanks James, and happy Halloween to all…

    • JD Fox

      November 1, 2013 at 1:58 am

      The movie definitely has some slow sections. The 2 ending scenes are definitely worth the time though.

  • erik37

    October 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    That was cool ive seen this movie so many time an still enjoy it, nice commentary James an Happy Halloween love the Monster Madness an cant wait till next year hope you do another one of these commentaries next Halloween, fucking sucks 31 days went by so fast.

  • October 31, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    This rocked! Thanks for doing it. Just as fun as seeing it on the big screen with Rifftrax. Did that last week.

  • handsome pete

    October 31, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    All the early Romero zombie movies have a setting that feels very real, giving you a feeling like it’s really happening on the other side of the screen. But one thing that annoys me about this movie is that the zombies seem wrong, they don’t act the way that was made famous by ‘Dawn Of The Dead,’ instead they act more like the voodoo zombies from ‘White Zombie.’ I don’t have any proof, but I believe that ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ borrowed its zombie style from a 1975 movie called ‘Shivers.’ That movie is actually about sex zombies, but it’s the earliest movie with that zombie type that I can find, and I can see how a movie like that would influence a lot of filmmakers but not be known to normal people; it’s way too disturbing for a movie made in 1975. I saw it last year and it left me feeling weird for days, so just imagine what it would do to audiences who were scared by ‘The Exorcist.’ Also, it was confirmed as a major influence on at least one other movie, which was 1979’s ‘Alien.’

  • October 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Same with me, using Google Chrome and only getting 24 mins. I am going to try with internet explorer and see maybe if it’s browser based. Otherwise I don’t see another part to this commentary, just one around 24 mins and it does not automatically continue to another video or anything.

  • October 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Watched most of videos. Great job James! Can’t wait til next year already!

  • Boo Daclown

    October 31, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    happy halloween

  • Orionsaint

    October 31, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    It’s also on Youtube if you wanna watch it.

  • October 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm


  • October 31, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Just saw the live Rifftrax of this, so it’s great to hear it from James too.

  • Jeron

    October 31, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for a great year of monster madness! It was great as always

  • October 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this. This was the PERFECT companion for our Halloween. The kids are out, the candy set, this running in the background with all our decor and the spirit of the nught ever present. You have made a new classic presentation for us to have with our Halloween!

  • October 31, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Am I the only one who wonders why the first zombie went after her instead of staying an eating her unconscious brother?

  • October 31, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Great job! I put it on expecting to listen to just a little bit, but ended up sitting back and watching the whole thing. Very fun, very interesting, very funny. If I have any suggestion, it would be that next time you invite somebody like Mike to sit in with you.

  • October 31, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    This is the best commentary I’ve watched in my entire life, this made me buy the Cinemassacre app for android. Amazing work James.

  • Joorum

    October 31, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Not enough days in October. Thanks, James!

  • culwin

    October 31, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    The one thing that bugs me about this movie is how the women are so stupid. It’s pretty annoying.

  • October 31, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I’m sad to see Monster Madness end again.

  • Wheatballs

    October 31, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    James awesome work as always. Would love to see some more full reviews with you and Mike. Maybe a MST3K type style. I know it would be alot of work maybe once every 3 months public domain and such.

  • October 31, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    The basement was a stupid choice. It was a death trap. If they wanted to stay in the house, they should have gone upstairs. wedge one door on the steps so they can’t walk up, then pile up items on the steps so they can’t climb over it. The zombies would literally never be able to get up there. They can’t smash their way against gravity. They would end up just walking around and reaching up in futility. If they do get even somewhat crafty about going up the steps, smash out the steps. If the zombies were still there in a couple days, clothing rope ladder down the side of the house and get out of there.

    That’s the other thing. The smarter option, these zombies were so incredibly slow and stupid they shouldn’t have even bothered a barricade. Just walk away. That’s all it would take. Look, a zombie up ahead, better just slightly turn and walk in another direction. Oh now, now it’s 10 zombies! OK, light jog, avoid all of them.

  • October 31, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I love how you mentioned “The Last Man on Earth”. I’d love to see you do a review or commentary on that someday. I feel in a lot of ways it’s as much the ancestor of today’s zombie films as this movie is.

    I say this because, these days zombie-ism tends to start with a virus and spread into a worldwide apocolypse, and both of those elements are found in “The Last Man on Earth” but not “Night of the Living Dead”.

    That’s not to dismiss this film, which is certainly the genre-defining classic we know it as. I just want to point out the importance of another film as well.

  • November 1, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Thanks for a great month!

  • Kieran St James

    November 1, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Just finished this. and with perfect timing, Halloween and Monster Madness are officially over. (by my current time 12:14)
    That was fun. 🙂

  • November 1, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I really love the Monster Madness. Thanks James

  • Diego Perez

    November 1, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Awesome! I can’t wait for next year. ^_^ Thank You, James

  • November 1, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Love the rifftrax reference… knew you were a mst’y from other references! keep circulating the tapes

  • candlewax

    November 1, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Return of the Living Dead a good movie? Wut? That movie was fuckin shite. It got more and more goofy until return of the living dead part 3. Does “GET THAT DAMN SCREW DRIVER OUT OF MY HEAD” ring any bells?

  • elcalvo

    November 1, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Good commentary. I think the transition from classic horror also is noticeable in a music change when the zombies start eating the living.

  • Hito_kun

    November 1, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Is there a way to download this? I would love to watch this on the XBOX 360.

  • RMBowie

    November 1, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Great job James

  • thomas souliere

    November 1, 2013 at 2:40 am

    seriously, james, you have a gift!

    I was really not in the horror movie, nor the older gen movie (universal, japan, hammer film and all ) and i must say i didnt watch many of the movies you ever presented and reviewed, but man, you made me watch all your reviews!

    You have a way to look at these like if they were part of your own life, part of your past i assume. You got me focused on that review of a movie that i nearly never heard of(yeah im only 21, and i have young parents), even more, you made me wanna watch it!

    Same for the old universal and hammer film. I’m facinated by how you present them and now i want to watch it sometime. It is very particular…

    One other thing that i like is that you make some good research about thoses movies and it is nice to have some random/fun facts and some little comments that are interesting to know. It dosent feel like you bullshited that and it is appreciated that you make some reviews like this! a review by day for whole october is really nice! made my day… well my month XD

    One more thing, sorry about my english, i made some mistakes here and there but it is not my native language (im canadian french from QC)
    thx for the good work and continue like this!

  • fcabanski

    November 1, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Dang it, I wanted full commentary on the Giant Claw.

  • fcabanski

    November 1, 2013 at 3:28 am

    There can be no more powerful statement on race than he was hired because he was the best actor. Acting ability, not race, was important. But people, including Romero, have been so conditioned by the race mongers in this country, that they want it to expressed in a “better” way.

  • November 1, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Yesterday i was scared to watcht this but halloween has passed and micheal myers is again murdered so i can sleep peacefull

  • greedo

    November 1, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Well, I certainly wasn’t expecting this! I was expecting a review, but you went above and beyond my expectations! This was a great idea. I felt as if I was watching the movie alongside you. Thanks for a great ending to this year’s Monster Madness! It was one of the best ever!

  • doguapo

    November 1, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Happy Halloween!! Thanks for all the Monster Madness…this Halloween special was very enjoyable!! Keep up the feature length commentaries when possible!

  • November 1, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Fantastic way to end the month, James. Thanks for another great Monster Madness!

  • November 1, 2013 at 5:32 am

    The ending of Night of the Living Dead, does a lot for me. I was really shocked when I saw it but it’s such a ballsy move that you can’t help but love it.

    • November 1, 2013 at 5:33 am

      Also thanks for the Monster Madness, it’s been another brilliant ride!

  • Rubizon

    November 1, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Thank you James for this work. I was home alone watching the full commentary, but I didn’t felt alone. Thanks to you mate!

  • jars

    November 1, 2013 at 8:35 am

    James, i love ya for doing this. you really know how to do Halloween the right way. great Monster Madness this year. never stop.

  • Hypoxic

    November 1, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Brilliant stuff, and very informative. I never get tired of watching Night of the Living Dead each year.

    Thanks, James, as always.

  • skwij

    November 1, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Hellz yeah, you helped to keep it a classic! This was awesome, man! I loved the commentary, the way you made it look like a real TNT Monster Madness flick, your Riff Trax worthy wit, and that you know about the parody with the name as long as your arm. I reckon this was probably a lot of fun for you, but a lot of work as well. Thank you so much for this. Please keep it going and thanks for a great October!

  • Brad Ardizzi

    November 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I’m happy to have found a dvd copy of this movie that was based on the original.

  • Benjamin McElvany

    November 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Great job James! Made Work FUN!!

  • J5

    November 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Great Commentary but a little stell in some parts; but great review! lol!!!

  • skyking50

    November 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    the music from nold was on Capitol Hi-q studio rental music. The only place I know to get it now is from Hank Moore who must have one hell of a collection. He will make copies of individual volumes. If you only want nold, get the cd entitled “They Won’t Stay Dead.” The best soundtrack album I evr bought.

  • Joker83

    November 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks so much for doing this man, watched this whole thing on Halloween – it was great, super informative, interesting, and fun!

  • fantasticfink

    November 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks, James! Looking forward to next year.

  • damien cartagena

    November 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    i really wanna see him do V/H/S 1 and 2 because its hard for me to describe the movie and i wanna see him review and comment on it cause the movies are very different. Or tremors because that movie just happened to be good and they made 3 more movies and a tv show

  • Matthew Sims

    November 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Eh,I don’t like the movie.I prefer the sequels.

  • com85

    November 1, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Great commentary James !!

  • ninjamohawk

    November 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    that shot at around the 19 minute mark is the one moment that flashes to mind when I think of the movie. The zombie staggering back to reveal a group. The rapid onset of the waking dead. I saw this as a little kid some 20 25 years ago and to this day I still remember that moment.

  • Truehare

    November 2, 2013 at 12:07 am

    This is the first time I’ve ever watched a movie with commentary. Good job, James, you made me do it! 🙂

  • spvtryan

    November 2, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Thank you for another awesome Monster Madness. You really outdid yourself with a full length commentary. Great job, and always keep up the great work!

  • November 2, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I really enjoy your commentary and would enjoy if you would do this with other films. I would be awesome if you host Montervision type program.

  • FNHot

    November 2, 2013 at 4:50 am

    I want another 80’s marathon! Evil Dead, Sleepaway Camp, Night of the Demons, Phantasm, Amityville Horror, Waxwork, Prince of Darkness, Shocker, April Fools Day, Dolls, Prom Night, tales from the darkside, graveyard shift … I loved the sequels and i love monster madness, but more 1-off movies next year! gotta love the 80’s!


    November 2, 2013 at 5:01 am

    You definitely played your part, dude. Excellent work. Please don’t ever stop trying to get people excited about the classics.

  • Salculd

    November 2, 2013 at 5:58 am

    For what little it’s worth, I ended up watching this for the first time yesterday (in its original format) solely to have context for listening to your commentary. I liked it. (Both the original and the commentary. I must admit that the suddenly naked zombie caught me off guard to the point that it made me laugh a bit. It DOES make sense, but I wasn’t expecting it.)

    • JD Fox

      November 3, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      The naked zombie part was like “ASSSS!”

  • fcabanski

    November 2, 2013 at 6:07 am

    That was entertaining. Thanks.

  • thecorduroysuit

    November 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks, I really enjoyed that. I’d like to hear you do commentary tracks on other films. Do you have any plans to do so in the future?

  • November 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    It’s like a bad piece of art that people see way more into than there really is: a cheap amateur rush job of a zombie movie.

  • November 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I missed a shot in which Barbara is ripped into parts.
    Could it be there existed such a version? I guess I saw it in the early nineties on German television.

  • November 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Watching this movie with you made it much more entertaining. Thanks a lot, it was a great experience. I hope that there will be more like this in the future!

  • skinnyluigi

    November 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Fantastic! Really awesome stuff, and knowledgeable commentary. Keep it up, brothers!

  • Smokingspoon

    November 3, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I think those music can be found on the net, dawn’s one anyway, but the artist names have been lost, prolly forever. lol…
    And notld 90’s is fun, annoying music (too much music)and not superb, but it’s fun, especially because it stars one of my favorite actor, Tony Todd. It’s fun to see Patricia Tallman too, but that’s because of Babylon5, which I liked very much.

  • November 3, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Great job again this year James. I really enjoy the Monster Madness vids. The Sequel-A-Thons are a lot of fun, but if I may make a suggestion for next year, I’d like to see a Creature-A-Thon. Changing the creatures week to week from vampires to werewolves to mutants, killer animals and demons. Whatever you do will be cool, but just a suggestion. Keep up the good work.

  • twistedtxb

    November 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks so much again James for another awesome monster madness. Already counting the days until MM 2014!!

  • EvilDead159

    November 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I know its a classic but I cant stand her acting, and lines like your ignorant when hes trying to scare her….just sounds weird. plus all she does is scream, than again I guess that was the norm back then

  • EvilDead159

    November 3, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    God shes a terrible actor lol

  • Griznif

    November 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    EXCELLENT work as usual, James!!!! I looked forward to watching a new review every night before i went to bed. They caused a few nightmares, but it was well worth it. Great job!!!!

  • milkyway

    November 4, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Thanks for this!!!! I love your videos James. You are actually A big inspiration and definitely a huge reason why I also started making videos.
    Thanks James

  • Senna4ever

    November 4, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Where is the whole movie/commentary?
    This vid cuts off after only 24:47 mins.

    I’ve seen this flick many times, I know it’s longer than 24 mins.

  • November 8, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Almost expected James to say “shitload of fuck” around minute 28 when he was dissing the 30 anniversary version lol

  • November 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Awesome work as always James! I’ve seen most of your videos and I don’t think I would’ve watched this on my own, as a child of the 80’s I didn’t feel the urge to see this. I was thrilled to be wrong.

  • Brandon A

    November 9, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Made this account to say Thank You for the movies you recommenced over the last few years. I can say I became a horror film buff because of you. Love your videos, can’t wait for the Movie, please make more.

  • November 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    So Night of the Living Dead isn’t the first zombie movie?

    • Senna4ever

      December 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Nope, no one ever claimed it was either.

      However, this is considered the first “modern” zombie flick. The one that set the template for everything we know about zombies now.
      As James covered in the commentary. There were several zombie films previously. But a zombie was something very different then, more like a person being controlled by someone/thing else.

      This was the film that introduced the idea of the living dead/flesh eating concept that would become the common zombie we now know.

    • HomingMissiles

      December 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      I don’t remember James mentioning it in this commentary, but Romero said multiple times that he was heavily inspired by the novel I Am Legend (which was adapted to the screen multiple times, more recently with Will Smith playing the lead role). The novel had vampires, but the basic idea of an overwhelming legion of humans turned into creatures that prey on the uninfected was there.

      So yes, the ideas for zombies were already floating around before NotLD, but Romero and his crew do deserve huge credit for both assembling them into its popular modern form and for making a spectacular series of movies that ranks up there in horror film history.

  • paul richards

    November 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    PAGE OF THE DEAD dedicated to the undead in cinema, literature and video games.

  • November 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Why’s it only 25 minutes? =(

    • November 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      It’s not. It loads the rest if you just wait.

      • Senna4ever

        December 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        No, there was a problem with the vid earlier and it would only play 24 mins. I posted on the same issue a few weeks back. Even the time-scale on the bottom of the player would only display and play 24 mins, then the vid would stop.

        Now it’s displaying and running at 96 mins.

  • Strazdas

    November 13, 2013 at 5:31 am

    The film is 55 years old. That is older than 50 years so its public domain anyway. I refuse to accept the joke of the lobbied extension the companies pushed through lately, 50 years is too long as it is.

  • December 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Could you have Hammer-Thon next year, that would be awesome or Sequel-A-Thon 3 with Friday The 13’th, Universals series of The Invicible Man, Childs Play and Saw. Or maybe Monster Madness 8 with other great horror flicks like Night Of The Demon (1957), Omen and Bad Taste?

  • McCabe Luther

    January 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    My dad he said that it is well y’all known.

  • Juozapas Spokas

    January 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I created an account just to say that you’re awesome.

  • Aaron Reyes

    January 28, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    You wanna know what’s scary about a car driving up a road? Try watching it late at night for the first time on an old TV, in the dark, by yourself when you are 10 years old like I was!

  • Jared Bucey

    March 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Hey James for the next Monster Madness you should do all B-Movies

  • April 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    james next year for monster madness you guys should do a wolfman/werewolf thing. could review curse of the werewolf from hammer and werewolf of London from universal as well as other lesser knowns. but I will admit I’m shocked there’s still no hammer mummy review lol. shocked brah

  • May 26, 2014 at 2:32 am

    I love this. It’s like you’re sitting next to James.

  • Thepop culturechannel

    June 15, 2014 at 1:07 am

    I already watched this movie on You Tube and, it was scary as shit. But it’s pretty good movie.

  • Erepyon

    July 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    James, when you said that when he showed this movie to his friends and they were like saying that this is boring, where is the zombie, they’re just talking, etc. etc. etc…
    I think you’re right… You were lucky that you saw this as the first time.

    Many people right now will say that this is boring, because almost every Zombie movies nowadays are full with action. Zombies are running, people blow the fuck out of zombie’s head, blood smeared all of the place, that’s what it’s all about.

    Not that that’s not a good thing, it’s great actually. But, to like this movie, you just have to think what would it like when there is no zombie movies before (the one that eating human flesh) and this is the first one… Only then you can appreciate the classic masterpiece.

  • Erepyon

    July 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I specially like the ending…

    A little girl ate her own father’s flesh and then stabbed her mother to dead?
    And also no one survives this hell, even a child?

    That’s how you should end a movie! 😀

  • July 27, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Motherfucker it requires java or Adobe or something

  • August 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    An excellent video, James. It was great to find out amazing facts about the process of the film being made, and “easter eggs” if you will.

  • Don Skiver

    September 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Oh man… I seriously think that “Barbara” is kinda hot.
    “They’re coming to get you, Barbara…they’re coming to get you!”
    Yes…yes they are…and I don’t blame them. 😉

  • September 13, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Great review of a great movie, have you read George Romero’s new Marvel comic Empire of the Dead? It’s pretty cool, full written review here:

  • September 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Can you do sleepaway camp or Friday the 13th series next year please

  • September 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Woo! Watching this, stoked for MM2014! Thanks for all the years of entertainment James and Mike! If you do a full commentary this year, I hope you do it together. I know it’s all probably done by now, but one can hope.

  • Jahute

    October 21, 2014 at 5:53 am

    I really think this could be turned into a TV show. There are so many horror movies and James’ insight is way interesting. Also, it doesn’t seem like talks way too much. It’s almost like a movie smart buddy sitting and watching it with you.

  • November 4, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I know that this is a year old, and I know you guys are super-busy putting all the finishing touches on the AVGN dvd, but I really enjoyed James’ full-length commentary on this classic horror flick, and I hope you can find time to do more! Keep up the great work James and Mike!!

  • Jack Campone

    February 16, 2015 at 4:27 am

    One of the best classic horror movies.

  • April 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I would honestly pay to download commentaries like this from you. You should do these up in the same style of Rifftrax, put audio commentaries online we can line up with the actual releases of just your observations and the like on them. I know copyright issues prevent you from posting these things most of the time but audio commentaties would work great and I think you’d get a lot of takers…

    • Tom Nopa

      June 24, 2015 at 3:07 am

      I think that’s a great idea, I’ve loved the reviews and the commentaries are a great way of rewatching the classics

  • Dr. Juice

    June 26, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    that stabbing scene is brutal! it made me cringe, and i kind of wanted to skip over it.

  • October 13, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    i found one scene to be funny in a way, where the zombies are eating flesh, the zombie eyes are just normal, so it looks like its regular people eating meat, and they look quite happy too, since i grew up with resident evil zombie type, it looks quite funny to me, zombies went a long way to what we have now.

  • Raymond Colbert

    December 24, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    The one thing that bothered me about this one is that when her brother was killed in the cemetery the zombie then goes after Barbra when it should have done what zombies do started eating johnny. I know I’m
    putting things under a microscope but it just bugged me. Awesome commentary James.

  • horrorlover1994

    August 4, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    I Just Got 1968’s Night Of The Living Dead And 1973’s The Exorcist On DVD Today.

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