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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!
  • 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.
  • 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.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

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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Dawn of the Dead
Reply #49. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Allen
I love the nurse zombie, who's dancing around. And the bald one with the glasses who likes like the Dalhi Llama. Great flick! 5 out of 5 I'd say.
Dawn of the Dead
Reply #50. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by R.P.GEMMELL
A classic zombie film of all time as well as a social satire. The film also focuses on the nature of the human condition, greed and America at war as well as the graphic zombie terror. It is an accurate view of a world gone mad, a world deluged with zombies, a world where the only hideout is a shopping mall where people can live out their dreams and not give a toss about the chaotic world outside. George A. Romero undersands the social aspects in horror very well as it is obviously depicted in a way that hasn't been equalled since. I have the totally uncut 140 minute version in the 'Trilogy Of The Dead' boxset which includes 'Night Of The Living Dead'(1968) and 'Day Of The Dead'(1985) as well as a bonus feature disc which has 2 documentaries (available from Anchor Bay in the UK).

NOTE: Do not see the 2004 version as it is crammed with CGI effects and guess what the zombies even run and it completely loses the touch and sensation of the 1978 version.

If you do want to see the new version then go ahead but you will see that there is truth in what I have just said after you have seen the new version.

MY RATING: 1978 VERSION: 10/10
           2004 VERSION: 4/10 (Because Georgie boy took  part in this - writing credits)

Dawn of the Dead
Reply #51. Posted on June 06, 2005, 12:21:09 AM by Eyebiter
If your a fan of George Romero zombie movies, check out The Homepage of the Dead website at
Dawn of the Dead
Reply #52. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Felicity
Iím going to go against popular opinion here and admit that I didnít like this movie.  I found it incredibly boring.  I kept waiting for the real movie to start, but it never did; they just kept going on this rambling, random tangent about this handful of people and their trek across the zombie-filled country.  I didnít feel any attachment to the characters, and especially not to their tiresome, formulaic personal problems.  Much of the movie was set in cities and of course in that mall, and yet it still violated my ďno post apocalyptic wastelandĒ rule--with the entire world turned into a wasteland overrun by zombies, without a larger civilized world outside that mall, what was the point of caring about anything?

It might have helped if someone had told me beforehand that it was a sequel.  I kept waiting for them to get to the part where they explain whatís going on, how this zombie business all got started--something that should have happened near the beginning, but didnít.  It was the exact reverse of my experience of watching Army of Darkness--nobody told me it was Evil Dead III until after I saw it, so I thought it was a relatively complete stand-alone movie.  I wondered why the beginning of it had a summarized quality, like reading the description of the premise on the back of the box for a video game, but the point is that I understood what the hell was going on and didnít feel that the charactersí lives were pointless.
Dawn of the Dead
Reply #53. Posted on February 11, 2005, 07:41:45 PM by NinjaMidget
I loved how this movie was so not scary but so good. I like when the zombies went ice skating
Dawn of the Dead
Reply #54. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by jmsynth
There is little I can add about "Dawn", but I'd like to say "Day of the Dead" is very underated, it's the most ambitious of the films and the "evolving zombies" make the film fascinating.
Dawn of the Dead
Reply #55. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Crazed Fan
As a fan of zombie movies I say this is one of the best, if not the best. Romero invented the genre so naturally his (zombie)films are the best. Humor, adventure, zombie carnage, and TOM SAVINI! You can't go wrong with George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead!!
Re: Dawn of the Dead
Reply #56. Posted on December 04, 2007, 07:24:53 AM by asimpson2006
Love it, it's a true classic that horror fans or zombie fans in general should watch.
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