Today in Horror History

Horror History — Night of the Living Dead and the MPAA rating system

Night of the Living Dead
Released October 1, 1968

The attached pictures are from Reader’s Digest, condensed from a longer article published in the Chicago Sun-Tribune, written by Roger Ebert. In it, he describes families taking their children, or leaving them alone entirely, to the movie. Ebert feared for the children’s mental well-being considering the movie was more graphic than the majority of horror movies at the time, featuring children killing their mothers, cannibalism, bodies burning, and all major characters dying. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) started a voluntary rating system in favor of censoring movies to all conform to certain criteria, giving parents information regarding the contents of a movie so they could make an informed decision as to whether or not they approved of their children watching certain movies, but this didn’t go into effect until November 1, 1968.

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