24 July 2014

Dawn of the Dead (1978)
128 min.
Directed by George Romero.
With Gaylen Ross, Ken Foree, David Emge, Scott H. Reininger, Tom Savini, David Crawford, David Early.
The sequel to his 1968 masterpiece Night of the Living Dead, this is director Romero's 1978 zombie classic and the second entry in his Living Dead franchise.

With the gutmunchers now well on their way to chaotic world domination, a group of the still human seek refuge in a Pennsylvania shopping mall.

Surrounded outside by the flesh hungry demons, but buffeted inside by the pleasures of capitalism, a stalwart band of would-be survivors hope they can outlive the deadly plague that rages on...but will optimism reign?

This is THE Wild Bunch of the terror genre (with nary a close competitor in sight). Dawn not only revolutionized the way onscreen violence was presented, but also proved itself a paradigm of the undead subgenre. Required regular viewing.

Also known as Zombie.

Followed by a sequel Day of the Dead in 1985.

There would be three subsequent entries in the franchise: Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2008), and Survival of the Dead (2010).

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