Dawn of the Dead (1978, U.S.)

dawnofthedead1978One thing you should always remember when it comes to the eventual Zombie apocalypse is that it is better to hang around Rednecks in Redneck country than to (a) go it alone, or (b) hang with neo-nazi motorcycle gangs. The rednecks have just as much fun, but it’s more of a family environment. I learned this, and much more, watching George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978).

Picking up where Night of the Living Dead left off, Dawn of the Dead follows Stephen and Francine, two employees of the local TV station, and eventually Peter and Roger, two of the stupidest SWAT policemen ever portrayed in film, as they use a helicopter to escape Philadelphia and head out to the countryside, and eventually to the room of an abandoned mall, where they find a huge stash of government survival supplies. For some reason, not content in their little defensible and well stocked section of the mall, they decide to implement a complex plan to secure and clear out the mall so that they can use some of the goods in the mall, such as fur coats, bling, and useless cash. Well, the plan has it’s “problems” but they eventually succeed. Now you would think they would be satisfied with what they have and try to keep a low profile, but oh no!

I liked the film a lot. Building on the Romero style of social commentary and epoch scale Zombie infestation, the special effect were good for the era (i.e. if it was a new film we would laugh) and the story was good, although the antics and just plain dumb behavior of some of the characters, as usual, was their own downfall.

Dawn of the Dead (1978, U.S.), reviewed by Don of the Dead on 2009-11-21T21:28:40+00:00 rating 4.0 out of 5
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Don of the Dead was once a fun loving family man with his own law practice. Now, as a member of the undead, he focuses his attention on his fellow undead. Don resides in Rhode Island, USA. ZZN Webmaster. He can be reached by email here.

Frightful Discussion

  1. Gilgamesh says:

    Great Zombie movie! Must see for any Zombie lover.

  2. This movie should be number 1. BEST zombie movie EVER!!!

  3. I’m sorry, but I think this movie should be #1. Hiding out somewhere where you have supplies and are comfortable is an idea that Shaun of the Dead took from this movie- which I know is obvious and part of the reason for its being. Unlike SOTD, where the group just ended up there with no plan, the 4 people who take to surviving in the mall see the opportunities immediately. The can park on the roof, safe from the hordes. The have a room full of food supplies, enough to keep them until they can decide where to go next. And a mall full of everything they might need if they need it. If not for the foolishness of one man in their initial set up to close the mall off for themselves, they could have stayed there for years venturing out to look for fuel for the helicopter or even a nice army vehicle if they chose to leave.
    Of course NOTLD is the movie that started it all, but since the main characters were all crazed due to their circumstances, it is more a story of how NOT to survive. Really, is it not in the back of everyone’s minds that they want to survive a zombie apocalypse?

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