It doesn’t matter if you’ve got zombie fever or are on the verge of punching the next person who starts talking about The Walking Dead in the face, you have to recognize that zombies have changed horror forever. On Thursday, the Halsey Institute screens Birth of the Living Dead, a documentary about the iconic horror movie Night of the Living Dead. “This documentary falls in line with one of the Halsey Institute’s tenants — demystifying the creative process,” says Lizz Biswell, the curator of education and public programs at the Halsey. “Birth of the Living Dead does a great job of pulling back the curtain on George Romero’s film lab to share his thoughts, frustrations, and hopes while he was creating what is arguably one of the most iconic films in popular culture.” While Night is responsible for influencing much of the zombie entertainment today — whether it’s TV, movies, comics, books, or video games — it isn’t the sole cause of the legions of undying fans. “It would be like saying that Twilight made everyone love vampires when the movie version of Interview with the Vampire was a success,” Biswell says. “When a new film or book is released, we renew our interest.” The documentary has won recognition at film festivals around the country. “George Romero is such a character, and when you listen to him speak about filmmaking, it’s easy to understand how he could convince all sorts of layman to join him in making Night. Plus, it’s October, people. This will be a great way to get into the Halloween mindset,” says Biswell.