The independent horror film Night of the Living Dead was directed by George
A. Romero and starred Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea. It was completed on
a $114,000 budget and became a financial success, grossing $12 million
domestically and $18 million internationally. The film has been a cult classic
ever since. Night of the Living Dead has been selected by the Library of
Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry, as a film deemed
"culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
George Andrew Romero turned 76 in February.