George A. Romero’s recent appearance at the Maryland for Monster-Mania Con led to the news that Romero had found 9 minutes extra footage from his modern zombie classic ‘Night of the Living Dead‘ which was originally released in 1968.
Romero has been digging around through his old footage for a project that he has been working on with Martin Scorsese, who is rumored to be working on a full restoration of the original movie using the original negatives.
‘Night of the Living Dead‘ has suffered over the years due to a mistake where the original distributor neglected to put a copyright notice on the title card when the movie’s name was changed from ‘Night of the Flesh Eaters‘ to ‘Night of the Living Dead‘, thereby putting the film into the public domain, leading to many opportunistic companies pushing out substandard prints of the movie at cheap prices.
The unseen footage is said to all take place during the part of the film where the protagonists are holed up in the basement of the house as the zombies are surrounding the place…..one of the most intense sections of the film, so it will be interesting to see what footage was cut out.
Given that ‘Night of the Living Dead‘ has been released on home media countless times over the years it is probably okay to assume that Scorsese is planning what could be the definitive version, especially if it contains the missing 9 minutes of footage.