Evans City Cemetery, Evans City, Pennsylvania
Evans City Cemetery, Evans City, Pennsylvania | Photo Credit: Wikimedia - Willjay
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“They’re coming to get you, Barbra!” These were the eerie foreshadowing words spoken at the beginning of one of the most influential horror films of all time, Night of the Living Dead. With a small budget and a spooky story, Director George Romero and his crew traveled out to this rural Pennsylvania city to film on location. The resulting film cemented the terror of the undead and contributed to the horror film industry’s focus on zombies.

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In the summer of 1967, with only a $100,000 budget, the cast, crew and director of the Night of the Living Dead converged on the rural community of Evans City, Pennsylvania. Various locations were used in the filming including an abandoned farmhouse, nearby bridge and most notably, the Evans City Cemetery.

Johnny & Barbra in Night of the Living Dead film (1968)
Johnny & Barbra in Evans City Cemetery in Night of the Living Dead film (1968) | Photo Credit: Public Domain

The opening scenes of the film reveal siblings Johnny and Barbra driving through rural Pennsylvania to go visit the grave of their father. As they pull up to the secluded cemetery, Barbra seems uneasy as if she is not too sure of visiting the location. Her brother begins to tease her and say, “They’re coming to get you, Barbra!” These words foreshadow the fact that there were the undead nearby and one would ultimately kill Johnny but Barbra was able to escape (at least this time).

Many fans of this classic horror film make the visit to Evans City to see the historic city and most notably, the Evans City Cemetery. The iconic chapel and several headstones used in the filming are still visible today.

Evans City Cemetery, Evans City, Pennsylvania
Evans City Cemetery, Evans City, Pennsylvania | Photo Credit: Wikimedia – Marty Aligata

Plan Your Visit

Evans City, Pennsylvania is located about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. There is a plaque located in downtown near the corner of S. Washington Street and Center Alley. The plaque marks Evans City as home to the Night of the Living Dead.

Just a short drive south of downtown at 8000 Franklin Road, lies Evans City Cemetery. Here visitors will find many of the headstones used in film including the old chapel. Please be respectful of the cemetery and gravesites when visiting this location.

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