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Oct 01 2018

Beauty vs Beast: She's Got the Brainnnsssssss

Jason fromMNPPhere for another round of "Beauty vs Beast"and on a very special day at that - not only is today the first day of October,marking my favorite season of the year (the spookey season) but today is also the 50th anniversary of George A Romero's masterpieceNight of the Living Dead!There were "zombies"of a sort beforeNotLDcame out - mostly folks put under "voodoo curses"or the like - but Romero refined the monster to its modern form and created billions upon billions of dollars for entertainment executives in the process.But nothing's gonna top the stark simplicity of that original 1968 nightmare.

Facing down the horde I was torn between choosing our hero Ben (the magnificent Duane Jones) or his leading (comatose) lady Barbra (Judith O'Dea) - I went with the latter because Barbra gets a bad rap if you ask me.Ben is the hero we'd like to be - Barbra is the we we're probably gonna be.People don't like to want to think we'd go into total shock in an apocalyptic situation but you know what?Watch your sibling get eaten by a strange man in a cemetery and get back to me.

PREVIOUSLYAnd speaking of siblings (and now I'm picturing a zombie rampage at the March house)last week'sLittle Womenoffbrought the expected results,because Amy's awful,that little book burning witch,we hate her.Jo with 80-plus percent,huzzah!Saidchasm301:

"Evil finds a human form in Amy March.Only Kiki stans are voting for her.But wow I love everything about this movie.I watch it multiple times a year.Winona is perfection and the score is one of my faves."

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Barbara is rather zombie-like through most of NOTLD,but I favor her over the zombies b/c when she does finally awaken from her zombie-ish trance she comes out swinging and she tries to fight off the invading hoard of the living dead.It doesn't work,and she gets eaten,but she went out swinging.Here's to you,Barbara.

October 1,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRob

The zombies in Romero's horror classic ate everything in sight not just the brains

October 1,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Zombies,of course.Barbra is not the reason entertainment executives cashed billions upon billions of dollars after this movie

October 1,2018 | Unregistered CommenterTheBoyFromBrazil

I just wanted to say that the "cons"on zombies made me LOL

October 2,2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Her Name is Barbra?

Apparently this BARBRA is spelled correctly according to the IMDB page.

Yet,I thought there was only ONE "BARBRA"in the annals of Hollywood history....
Who also happened to had a movie released 50 years ago in 1968 !!!

October 2,2018 | Unregistered CommenterGay Senior

just sue me,but i think this is one of the top 100 films of all time...

October 2,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJesus Alonso

Without getting into details,I'd say this answer was a NO BRAINER!!!Hyuk hyuk hyuk

October 2,2018 | Unregistered CommenterNick T

Ok,Nat,you made your point clear

October 2,2018 | Unregistered CommenterTheBoyFromBrazil

Gay Senior -- I was shocked her name is spelled BARBRA too!

October 2,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJason

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