Night of the Living Bread
|Night of the Living Bread|
|Directed by||Kevin S. O'Brien|
|Music by||Ken Hymes
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures:
Night of the Living Bread is a 1990 American independent short film comedic parody of Night of the Living Dead, directed by Kevin S. O'Brien. Bread comes to life, spreads its condition throughout the United States, and preys on the living in this eight-minute film.
Two people are attacked in a cemetery by slices of bread, which is hurled at them. The people escape in their car as more bread hurls itself at them from offscreen. They make it to a farmhouse where they and others are besieged by rampant slices of killer bread. One person is smothered to death, leaving behind a corpse strewn with white bread. News reports speculate that an explosion at a bakery is animating all manner of bread. During Catholic Mass in an emergency shelter, the worshippers are attacked by Communion wafers. The group in the farmhouse fortify their defences, using toasters (instead of torches) to frighten off the bread, and barricading the doors and windows with sandwich bags (instead of wooden planks). Two women seek refuge in the basement, unaware that there is a lunch bag next to them. The bread inside kills them and one of the men, leaving only one person alive. 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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