Dawn of the Dead (1978)

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Avg Rating: 4.2 / 5. Voted: 32

No one cared thus far. Do you?

AKA: Zombi
Directed by: George A. Romero
Starring: Ken Foree (Peter), Scott Reiniger (Roger), David Emge (Stephen), Gaylen Ross (Francine)
Country: USA; Effed Up American Films
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Runtime: 02:19:23
Genres: Zombies, Gore-Gruesome, Cops

Plot – Spoilers:
This here is the Extended Cut aka Director’s Cut of the Romero classic.

The second in the Night of the Living Dead series sees a traffic-watch pilot and his pregnant girlfriend pair with a couple of runaway cops as they attempt to flee a zombie outbreak in Philadelphia on a stolen helicopter. They take up residency in an abandoned mall, but the zombies just won’t let them be. All four of them have useful skills and useless failings that add intra-dynamics within the group, as they try to outlast the outbreak.

There are all types of flesh-craving zombies here, including an ironic Hare Krishna one and several of the deaths have since become memorable iconic moments like the one where a square-headed zombie is scalped by helicopter blades.

The choice of the mall as the primary setting and the subsequent events there, surely were also part of a careful consideration to lend symbolism to the whole picture. The living and the zombies seeking comfort in consumerism – it is so ingrained that they can be killed but will still return to it. In that sense, the mall with its spread of goodies is perhaps like a Garden of Eden. In this paradise, you have the elites who’ve taken first possession, desperate to keep the riffraff out. And when the middle-class attempts to rise, the elites hope the two will fight it out and eliminate each other.

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Regan MacNeil
Regan MacNeil
August 11, 2023 6:41 am

Blondie wanted black cock as soon as she got in the helicopter . . . It was written all over her face. Ending of the movie confirmed it with the two survivors. That’s what the entire Living Dead series was about: White women and black dicks . . . Turns out to have been very prescient.

July 31, 2022 8:47 am

Love this trilogy. ????

July 31, 2022 8:44 am

I have watched this 2 times the past 2 days. Can’t wait for day of the dead. Or obviously the best surviving the dead. Lol

July 30, 2022 3:33 pm

A bit too plinkerty-plonk. Too many easy mistakes and a lady who constantly gets left alone as the blokes go out a hunting. Not sure who the middle-class people are represented by but there was far too much clothes shopping for me. A worthy classic of a film but it has been superseded by better ones.

Zed Man
Zed Man
July 30, 2022 9:06 am

This film was quickly banned in Australia before its release and that was the censored version. Nice to see it here in its entirety as the director intended it to be. I am not a big zombie fan but i enjoyed this one because its a classic of its genre and was well made with no CGI. A good trip down memory lane and well worth checking out.

fred fat
fred fat
July 29, 2022 6:30 pm

prefer Martin – im the first person in prison to make a stupid comment about a sacred cow