Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Director: George A. Romero

Starring: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Crawford, David Early, Richard France

More info: IMDb

Tagline: When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.

Plot: Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

My rating: 9/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

#64 on Drive-In Delirium Volume 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

This has to be my favorite zombie movie. There are so many great ones but this one has so much going for it...and it's from the guy who kicked off the modern zombie movie sub-genre. There's so much to like and I really don't have any major complaints. Tom Savini's makeup effects are great as well as his small role. The story is very well thought out and executed. What the four main characters do makes complete sense as well as the timeline in which they do it. They don't play until their work is done. I dig the humor, too although it gets downright silly sometimes like when the bikers throw pies in the faces of the zombies like it's a Three Stooges bit. It's corny but fun. You could nitpick this film and bring it down but there's no use because it's a really fun horror flick. Oh, one more thing. I REALLY like how Romero starts this film like he did with THE CRAZIES (1973) by having pure chaos from the get go. It's only 5 minutes worth in this one and a good 20 minutes in THE CRAZIES (I really dug it in that film) but man, oh man, does it get things rolling. Great flick.

1 comment:

  1. Funny, I just watched this again last night. Excellent film, indeed! George Romero's best, in my opinion.