Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Night of the Living Dead (Original) and Anchor Steam
Since I started this blog I knew I would have to review the original 1968 version of Night of the Living Dead. I was pretty nervous about trying to review a film that been reviewed so much by people much more experienced and better trained than myself. This is the type of film that gets reviewed in classic cinema courses. On the other hand to have a zombie blog and not review this movie would be an insult to the very genre. So I spent the last two weeks trying to figure out what beer should be paired with the grandfather of all zombie movies. I thought Yuengling would be the most appropriate since it is the oldest brewery in the US. But, Night of the Living Dead isn’t the oldest zombie movie. White Zombie, starring horror icon Bela Lugosi, came out in 1943 and there were several others after that. Night wasn’t the first, but it was the one that changed everything. I read a review a while back that said “it was the film that changed horror from family friendly to disturbing and nihilistic”. I still haven’t seen a lot of pre 1970 horror so I’m not sure about how true that is but I’m willing to bet it’s true enough. This information, while interesting, still didn’t get me any closer to finding a beer to pare with the movie….then it dawned on me! Anchor Brewing Company’s Steam beer. It’s not the oldest but it was the unique product of American innovation in craft beer. A beer that changed beer.