“I was still in college when Night Of The Living Dead came out, and when I went to see it the first time, I went in the afternoon. The place was full of kids, mostly from five to eleven. I have never in my life, from the time I was a kid until now, been in an audience where children were so quiet. They were sitting gape-mouthed; they were simply stunned. Total silence. It was the best argument for the rating system that I have ever seen. I don't have anything against either of the Dead movies, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, none of those movies. If it scares somebody, I think that it is serving a valid purpose. It is doing what the filmmaker intended. But, it is not something that you hand to kids. You just don't do it. You have to be old enough to take it. Kids are just not prepared for it. I think most of us can remember from our own childhood, just in the Disney cartoons, things that frightened us profoundly. For me it was Bambi, the scene when the forest was on fire. That was something I had nightmares about. I can't imagine being a little kid of eight and seeing Night Of The Living Dead with living corpses eating the flesh of living people.”
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