Seven out of 10 girlfriends can thank George Romero for Sunday nights spent hiding their eyes from zombie slaughters. Romero didn’t actually invent the now-ubiquitous undead flesh eaters — they’ve been lurching through films since the 1920s — but he did revolutionize the horror genre with his 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead. And it’s not just that he kick-started a zombie craze, he created a sublimely resonant piece of cinema that spoke to social and political turmoil in the 1960s. Plus, it looks cool. Birth of the Living Dead examines that phenomenon in depth, looking at how Romero pulled together a ragtag bunch of everymen in Pittsburgh and shot the low-, low-budget film in a way that echoes through the works of Sam Raimi, Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas and Peter Jackson — just to name a few. Pay tribute to the zombie master as the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., screens the documentary at 9:40 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $9.50. Visit thetexastheatre.com.
Oct. 25-27, 2013