Night of the Living Bread
|Night of the Living Bread|
|Directed by||Kevin S. O'Brien|
|Music by||Ken Hymes
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures:
|Running time||8 minutes|
A plot familiar to viewers of zombie movies and those casually acquainted with the genre is, the dead come to life, spread their condition throughout the United States, and prey on the living. However, in this 8 minute film it is not the dead that become re-animated, but bread, with the bread credited as "playing itself".
Two people are attacked in a cemetery when slices of bread hurl themselves at them. They escape in their car as bread throws itself at them from offscreen. They make it to a farm house where they and others are besieged by rampant slices of killer bread. One gets smothered to death, leaving behind a white bread-strewn corpse. News reports speculate that an explosion at a bakery thus animating—as opposed to re-animating—all manner of bread. Even Communion Wafers attack people when priests using their Churches as Emergency shelters lead Mass. The group then barricades their sanctuary farmhouse, using toasters instead of torches to frighten off the bread and barricading the doors and wall with sandwich bags instead of boards. The two women go into the basement to keep safe, not knowing that there is a lunch bag next to them. The bread kills them and one of the men leaving only one person. At the end of the film, the sole survivor is smothered by the bread.
- Vince Ware as Ben
- Katie Harris as Barbra
- Robert J. Saunders as Tom
- Gina Saunders as Judy
- Kevin S. O'Brien as Jeff Drexel (as Wolfgang S. Saunders)
- Stephen R. Newell as Father Brye
- Steve Herminghausen as Johnny
- Michael R. Saunders as Body
Of its screening at the 1993 Zombie Jamboree in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called the film "a hilarious black and white parody". The film was picked up by Columbia Pictures after it aired on WPGH. A tribute to this film was aired during an episode of the TV series Bump in the Night. Of its addition to the 2002 Night of the Living Dead "Millennium Edition", DVD Talk opined "It's hilarious and a clever addition to the disc".
This short is included on the 1994 Elite Entertainment laserdisc, 1995 "Special Collector's Edition Digitally Remastered 2 Tape Set" from Anchor Bay Entertainment and the 2002 "Millennium Edition" of Night of the Living Dead, released by Elite Entertainment. All of these releases were authorized by director George A. Romero.
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