As it turns out, Barbara’s dress was blue.
Partially due to the incredibly small budget at his disposal, George A. Romero shot game-changing debut feature Night of the Living Dead on 35mm black and white film; “I always felt that [with] black and white, the blood looked more real,” the late Romero commented a couple years back, noting that the decision wasn’t merely financial.
Of course, Night of the Living Dead has been crudely colorized in the past for home video releases, but we’ll never truly see what the film would’ve looked like had Romero shot it in color. Which is why these behind the scenes photos that came to our attention over the weekend, in bright and beautiful full color, are truly special.
Fan Don Swaynos tweeted out a few color photos from the set of Night of the Living Dead the other day, which inspired us to dig for a couple more. Like Don noted in his tweet, the photos are somewhat mind-blowing, as we’ve only ever seen these characters, and this fictional world, in black and white.
Wonderful find, Don!
I’d never seen these color photos from the set of Night of the Living Dead before and they’re kind of destroying my brain pic.twitter.com/N6ZfudJKXe
— don (@donswaynos) January 11, 2018