G. Deacon, Civil Engineer, B.E(Bachelor of Engineering), Trenton, New Jersey
Answered Oct 08, 2019
No, the Night of the Living Dead is not the first zombie movie but it is the first zombie movie that made a lot of people become interested in zombies. Because of this movie, people started to research more about zombies and what can possibly cause people to become zombies.
There are two theories on how people can become zombies. The first one is that those who are already dead are willed to live again but already in their rotting state. The second one is that there is a potential disease that may spread from one person to another that will cause people to act like zombies. This movie is so successful that it made zombie movies more common after it became a hit.
The first real zombie is indeed from "Night of the Living Dead" or at least zombies as we know them. There have been other books that touched on what might be considered to be a zombie, but none has ever brought them to life like George Romero did in his book and in his movie too.
It is impossible to know, however, what books may have been written that no one ever mentioned or maybe that no one even read. Who creates what in their minds? Was Romero the first to ever have the concept of the dead coming back to life and walking around? Doubtfully. The main thing is that "Night of the Living Dead" introduced the zombies that started the zombie craze of present day and should therefore be given the credit.