So much of the 20th century’s mythology is tied up in complex legal copyright issues as well as other commercial considerations it’s generally considered impolite to focus on. In the case of what we now know as the “zombie movie,” it’s actually kind of incredible to think of how a simple title card slip-up could be plausibly said to have given birth to that entire genre, an idea explained in KaptainKristian‘s new video essay Night of the Living Dead – Horrors of Copyright.
The recently departed (and so far not un-departed) George A. Romero pretty much created the zombie genre with his 1968 horror movie Night of the Living Dead – before that, zombies were brainwashed living people, a big part of Caribbean folklore and a component of many a horror film and pulp novel, but different from the undead ghouls in Romero’s film. Night of the Living Dead – Horrors of Copyright lays out how that film’s accidental entry into the public domain made an unbelievable deluge of zombie media possible.
Check out Night of the Living Dead – Horrors of Copyright below, and as always it’s worth checking out KaptainKristian on YouTube here for more.