You ever wake up one morning, brew yourself some coffee, then go outside to get the morning paper and you see a goddamn zombie in your front yard eating your poodle? That shit really pisses me off! George A. Romero must share my hate for these things cause he make a really kick ass movie about it in 1978 called Dawn of the Dead (Zombi internationally). It was written by Romero in cooperation with film making legend Dario “I’m a super cool bad ass filmaker” Argento!
Dawn of the Dead is basically Night of the Living Dead part 2. Well not really. It goes on to show what happens after the events of Night of the Living Dead. It reveals how mankind has to deal with the zombie apocalypse and it’s effect on society. The reason for the dead returning to life and cannibalizing loved ones is still unknown but the situation is completely out of control. Local law enforcement, government officials, the military, and the media are all stressed to their limits as mass hysteria and growing hordes of the undead begin to tear down the veneer of society and civilization.
The movie soon evolves into a survivalist game where bad ass has to be a badder bad ass just to survive in this “Only the strong survive” scenario. A group of survivors end up holding up in a shopping mall where they try to eek out an existence. Things seem to be going well until a band of road warriors show up and then the shit hits the fan!
The Living Dead franchise would go on to have many sequels and Dawn of the Dead even got a remake in 2004. Though the remake was pretty good, it can not stand up to the originals grittiness and surreal take on the fragility of society. The make up is awesome! The acting is more realistic given the circumstances in the movie.
So shoot the zombie, shoot the poodle, and brew up some more Joe cause “Hell has ran out of room!” as we present to you Dawn of the Dead!!
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