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'Birth of the Living Dead' looks at the rise of zombies in pop culture

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Still from the AMC show "Walking Dead." AMC

Last weekend, 16 million viewers tuned in for the season premiere of "The Walking Dead."

Nearly 10.5 million of them were young adults, more than any other show in the new TV season. "The Walking Dead"'s main attraction? Hordes of flesh-eating zombies, and the brave band of survivors who battle against them.

Zombies are all the rage now, but that wasn't always the case. In fact, we might never have known zombies as we do today were it not for a 1968 film directed by a college drop out, "Night of the Living Dead."

A new documentary looks at how this remarkable film was made and the effect its had on both the cinema and our modern culture. "Birth of the Living Dead" executive producer Larry Fessenden joins us now to talk about it.  

"Birth of the Living Dead" trailer

 

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