Okay. It's incredibly influential. It's got a smidgen of social commentary in there. It has a black protagonist, and the fact that he's black is not commented on (remember this was made in 1968). But is it any good now?
Yes. I can happily say that it is still a good film. The first act is my personal favourite as it is actually proper scary. There is something incredibly unnerving about a relatively make-up free zombie trying to smash his way into a car with a rock. He is fairly slow moving but there is a strong urgency to his actions. You can easily imagine that he has very recently died and now he wants some flesh.
This is a blessing and a rating-lowering curse. The first part is so convincing that when some new characters are introduced in the farmhouse, and their acting is not up to scratch, it all starts to look worryingly amateurish. Which it is. But it spoils the feeling of watching a documentary that has recently been unearthed. It starts to pick up again when many of these Mary's dads have been killed.
At least the zombies get to do a bit of munching. Compared to the zombie antics in more recent films - the shark eating zombie in Zombie Flesh Eaters perhaps - these are positively polite. You could take them home to have tea with your gran. Granted they eat some barbecued humans, including entrails, but at least they wipe their mouths with a napkin afterwards and ask if they can leave the table. Possibly.
(Average score for the season so far = 7)
If you like this you could also try:
The Plague of the Zombies, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead.