I watched this with my son last weekend. He was suitably scared/fascinated by this first of the modern zombie movies. I was afraid he’d be upset by the nihilistic ending (spoiler warning?) but it didn’t bother him at all.
Story/Plot/Characters–Characters are thin and dialogue is functional, but it’s well-acted and well-made for such a low-budget film. (2.5 points)
Special Effects–One of the first gory movies. Primitive by today’s standards but still effective. (1.5 points)
Scariness–Yes. (1.5 points)
Atmosphere/Freakiness–I’ve mentioned before that one thing I’m looking for in horror movies is a sort of sense of isolation, like there’s no escape from the situation. This has that in abundance, plus it’s atmospheric in a more traditional sense as well (fog, cemeteries, etc.). (2 points)