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01/28/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Best Zombie Movie of All-Time

It took me a long time to catch this movie. I am a huge Zombie movie fan, and this has become my favorite. This movie was perfect. It was excellent in delivering powerful underlying themes throughout the movie. Some of my favorites expressed in the movie were how we have been conditioned to stuff to where we cannot let go of frivolous things, even in the face of destruction. Consumerism and politics were still playing a part in the word even at the cliff of doom. I also found it interesting that the main characters saw themselves as something greater than looters when they talked about other people heading to the mall. Romero was brilliant at delivering this themes and many more. I wish the zombies were a little more vicious and able, but they would have had to have more characters in ord...

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02/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Dawn of the Dead (1979) review

The deceased human beings transform into flesh-eating zombies. Its epidemic is unknown and it has spread around the country. Roger and Peter, in which both are SWAT, escape Philadelphia with Francine and Stephen. They all try to survive in a mall. Most of the characters lack common sense as such the zombie nearing and girl just staring while another empties his gun by shooting shadows. Despite this irritating aspect, the gore, direction and themes of the film resonate. Subjects on consumer society, voracity, survival, humanity, death and even racism were exhibited. Screenplay was good with quotes: Old priest – “When the dead walk, señores, we must stop the killing... or lose the war.” Stephen – “Some kind of instinct. Memory, of what they used to do. This was an important place in ...

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01/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Dawn Of The Dead" by Yojimbo

A disparate group of survivors from a zombie holocaust hole up in an abandoned shopping mall that becomes beseiged by an ever-increasing horde of the dead. The performances may not be of the highest calibre and dated as some of the effects may be, Dawn Of The Dead is still THE zombie movie. Romero's zombies are of the "true" kind in that their mindless shuffling gait reminds us of own own mortality and the inevitability of our own demise and eventual decay as well as the animal instinct within we try so hard to mask with a civilisation that so quickly crumbles into chaos. It may not have the visceral impact of Night Of The Living Dead, but the sly social commentary on consumerism and greed combined with humour and observations on the human condition makes for one of the most influential h...

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05/20/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Dawn of the Brilliant

George A. Romero virtually single-handedly invented the horror sub genre "The Zombie movie". Night Of The Living Dead (1968) was the first of his trilogy and 10yrs later came the highly acclaimed Dawn Of The Dead (1978), which become a massive worldwide hit when released (Day of the Dead followed in 1985).
Enlisting such luminaries as Dario Argento (as producer) and former Vietnam combat photographer Tom Savini to create the gruesome yet highly imitated makeup effects, Romero served up an instant classic.
I read an excellent review by Dave Kehr on the Chicago Reader website in which he said this film taps into two dark and dirty fantasies, wholesale slaughter and wholesale shopping. I couldn't have put it better myself.
DOTD is a fantastical attack on Consumerism and American excess wh...

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09/23/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Zombie Film with Meaning

Even though this movie is more amusing than scary, I enjoyed it because the creepy tone was consistent. Even if something funny is happening on screen, danger is always looming around the corner so the audience is always prepared that something bad will happen. I think the premise of it is brilliant for its time: what place better to settle when zombies are everywhere than a mall where one can get pretty much everything he or she needs to survive? I actually imagined myself in the characters’ situation and found that I would’ve done the exact same thing as them: try on clothes, run around and eat food as much as I want, whenever I want. As for the movie’s special effects, such as the zombies biting into bodies while blood and guts are spurting out, they look really fake… but they look rea...

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01/23/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Wonderfully Haunting + Beautifully Depressing

Dawn of the Dead is often cited as both the best of Romero's "Dead" films and the greatest zombie film off all time. While both points are open for debate, there's no arguing that it is a wonderfully crafted film. Picking up shortly after the events of 'Night', the Zombie infestation has become a widespread epidemic.

The film opens with fast pace action before settling down as it follows our four star characters to a shopping mall, hoping to "free" themselves from the horrors that plague the outside world. Despite the many great action and zombie sequences this film has to offer I think the greatest aspect is how well it creates a sense of hopelessness and despair. The film is down right depressing at times, as we're left to watch our hero's attempting to "live" their lives. They may...

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