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DAWN OF THE DEAD - 4 Slimes
Unrated (Intestines are bad for that.)
Copyright 1978 Laurel Group
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Peter - A shining example of having your head screwed on straight here, though a little confrontational at times (like when you almost shoot him instead of the zombies).
  • Steve - Often called "Fly Boy" since he is the helicopter pilot. Good thing he can do something useful, since shooting straight is not his strong point. Gnawed on by zombies before coming back to join them.
  • Francine - Knocked up by Steve and you want to like her as a character, but it is not happening. She acts far too disturbed.
  • Roger - Spunky little guy and a very good shot. Dies from an infected zombie bite and comes back looking like the Grinch.
  • A Biker Gang - Wandering group of heathens that invade the mall. End up as zombie chow.
  • The Zombies - Absolute hordes of wandering undead that are taking over the world. For the most part they appear to be people with gray makeup.

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The Plot: 

Things are looking bleak for humanity in this sequel to Night of the Living Dead. The infrastructure that makes our modern world function is breaking down. Citizens blockade themselves into fortified buildings while experts and leaders beg the populace to destroy dead relatives. Destroy them before they can arise as zombies!

Francine and Steve are working with a television station, the environment there is fairly safe, just very stressful. Pete and Roger are members of a SWAT team that storms a building full of militants. Between one FNG becoming a FDNG and a police officer going psycho violent racist both decide leaving would be a very good idea.

Having teamed up the characters wander for a little while, trying to avoid authorities and zombies alike while finding fuel for the helicopter. Eventually they find paradise and it is a giant mall. Supplied with power and stocked with everything from food to firearms, it is exactly what they were searching for. Too bad the place is full of zombies, apparently going through the motions of their previous lives.

To make a long, but interesting, story short - they blockade the doors and destroy all the undead inside. After that is an unsavory cleanup and watching Roger slowly succumb to his wounds.

We watch the characters struggle to deal with life as it now stands. They are fortunate enough to have safety in a crumbling world, but are unhappy. Before cabin fever can work any permanent damage the bikers arrive and life becomes real interesting real fast.

Zombies are everywhere and I mean everywhere! It is a neat angle that the characters have plenty of firepower and training to deal with the undead, but being constantly in a fight or flight mode soon fatigues them. So they are not particularly attentive for five minutes, that is when a slowly advancing zombie gets too close for comfort. It is a reoccurring idea and entirely plausible.

I would like to bestow kudos for a character with military/police training finally being a survivor. Admittedly surviving in a world crawling with zombies is going to involve a lot of luck, but the unusual number of reporters and doctors who are running around long after Marine Recon have become kibble offends me. Of course Francine makes it too, but mainly on account of the men protecting her. Let's hear one for chivalry!

Having so many zombies allows for some varied situations, like the one stalking Roger as he fueled the helicopter. Unfortunately for the hungry cadaver it has to climb over some boxes to reach him and stands up into the rotor. Hopefully someone hollered at fly boy for landing so close to an obstruction afterwards though.

Another funny thing happens to Peter. While exploring an office he notices that something starts opening one of the doors. He promptly unloads a number of rounds, shooting through the door at about the height one would expect to find the brain housing group (of the sneaky little zombie) at. Imagine his surprise when the door still flies open and two zombie kids rush out!

"Dawn of the Dead" is an excellent zombie movie, definitely a must see for horror fans. In addition to the obvious social commentary, the film contains some wrenching moments. Steve's losing battle with a group of zombies in the elevator jumps to mind there. Being trapped in a small space with dead people who want to gnaw on you cannot be fun, no sir.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • If you can't be with the one you love, eat the one you're with.
  • Sheets can be used as straitjackets.
  • Helicopters are not equipped with radios.
  • Zombies have a difficult time with escalators.
  • Fat guys make bad mimes.
  • Mall security gates are bulletproof.
  • Motorcycle gangs shall inherit the Earth.
  • Zombies just don't get the humor of a pie in the face.
  • Blood pressure machines are deathtraps.
  • Walls are not built out of cardboard for a reason.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 6 mins - Oh no, no racism here.
  • 8 mins - Now that was an exploding head shot!
  • 21 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A CAR!
  • 35 mins - Gandhi?
  • 43 mins - A pretty unfair version of Russian Roulette going on here...
  • 62 mins - I personally would be playing a private game of Death Race 2000 with the zombies.
  • 76 mins - Why is Roger shooting them in the gut?
  • 83 mins - Listening to mall music for every minute of every day, this is definitely Hell.
  • 93 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST MANNEQUINS!
  • 95 mins - Sex life unfulfilling huh? (There is a breast shot here, but it is a very listless and unhappy breast.)
  • 108 mins - They stole the zombie's wallet. These people are truly depraved.
  • 111 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A TELEVISION!

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note dawndead1.wav Official: "Every dead body that is not exterminated becomes one of them. It gets up and kills, the people it kills get up and kill!"
Green Music Note dawndead2.wav Francine: "What are they doing, why do they come here?"
Steve: "Some kind of instinct, memory, what they used to do. This was an important place in their lives."
Green Music Note dawndead3.wav Peter: "I mean it man! Now you're not just playing with your life, you're playing with mine."
Green Music Note dawndead4.wav Francine: "There hasn't been a broadcast for three days. Why don't you give it up?"

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The sheer number of zombies wandering around and Peter's sharp shooting start taking their toll on the bikers. Being pulled apart (like some Chinese pork dish) is probably an unpleasant experience.

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Reply #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Chris
I just saw it last year the year before and it's great film like the first one. I saw for first time on The Movie Channel and then Showtime. I really like the ending because the black guy Peter don't die this time around. And for you trivia buffs that's Ken Foree B-movies all time hero like in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 and ect. he is also on that show with the two guys for All That on Nick.
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Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Zach
One of my top 5 favorite movies. The Greatest Zombie Movie of all time. It's a classic. My favorite character is Peter. He's a bad ass hero. He's like Shaft
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Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by
I like this movie.It's a little slow,but still very good.But martin is Romero's masterpiece
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Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Steven Millan
   Forget about the ever dreaded,Richard Rubinstein-backed
upcoming remake(!?!),and Romero's recently released revenge
-themed crapola dud "Bruiser"(another revenge-themed genre
flick!?Doesn't anyone have a f'ing original concept anymore!?),for this is the ultimate horror epic that not only ushered in a new era in nonstop splattery gore,but showed that the horror genre can both make a thoughtful social commentary(the mall is where you can purchase anything to live your dreams)and treat the title monsters(the Zombies ala the Living Dead)in both a comical and respectable way.Massive high kudos to both George Romero and
makeup FX maestro Tom Savini for paving the way to keep the
horror genre endlessly moving on for the next oncoming centries....Viva "Dawn of the Dead"!
Dawn of the Dead
Reply #29. Posted on November 18, 2001, 06:36:23 PM by Super Saiyan Goku
Youre right, Roger does look like the Grinch! I bet Dr. Sues wasnt pleased.(P.s. if youre wondering,im the same super saiyan goku on some of the other reviews you did)
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Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Gweneth
About mall walkers...I worked at a B. Dalton at my local mall for about six months, and I opened about half the time. This was something I absolutely dreaded. Dawn of the Dead is the reason why. Top honors on a very short list of horror movies that bother to develop their characters while retaining the ability to scare the p**s out of zombie-obsessed young ladies like myself. See, modern "horror" movie guys? You don't have to sacrifice gore or character development! You can have both! (Romero would be wise to remember that too. I wonder if he was even present during Bruiser. What a bomb. Not THE bomb, mind you. Poor old Georgie has really gone downhill recently.) Anyhow, what can I say that hasn't been said here already? Oh, yeah. Flubenfleeben.  
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Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by BC
For me, this flick wasn't long enough.  That's right, you heard me...NOT long enough!  Some people complain that it was too lengthy, but not me.  I could watch a 10 hour version of it and still be captivated.  The only con I can think of is the ending.  The proposed alternate ending would of been the icing.  With all 4 heroes dead, it would have been a dark and creepy exit...
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Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jen
Dear God I watch this movie once a month!! I have to agree though, you WANT to like Francine's character, but it's just not happening!
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