”Night of the Living Dead” made our countdown of the 13 scariest movies of all time
The horror movie whose zombie escapades inspired a thousand more, Dead was filmed in black and white for about $100,000, some of which was reportedly contributed by lead actor Russell Streiner. Although the film, about radiation-poisoned corpses on the hunt for fresh meat, was made on the cheap (any flub in the sound was covered with the chirping of crickets), some estimates put the total gross at around $50 million. Due to legal problems with the original distributor, the filmmakers saw only a fraction of the grosses, inspiring a remake in 1990. Stick with the original — the Blair Witch Project of its day.