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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 

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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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Re: Dawn of the Dead
Reply #57. Posted on October 07, 2008, 06:57:54 AM by Mike A.
Dawn of the Dead '78 was so damned good, I consider it perhaps in my top five of all movies ever made.  Although, I cannot watch it any further because it really got me post necrophobic when I saw it several times during dark winter months and had to walk home after work at 11 pm, (quite often living people resemble zombies at a fair dstance), it remains one of best flicks ever!  Mystery items that might shed some light on certain questions was as follows for me:  1.)  Did Hell reallly get that full?  What about the good people going to Heaven (there just might be some individuals)?   2.)  Could zombies really feel, or think, perhaps both?  Would we not have actually left the body and lived in our old shells, trapped by death, but not actually 'resurrected'.  In other words, could we be experiencing something that would be like living in a generic nightmare, in search of living human flesh?  If so, would wwe see in color or black and white?  3.)  What would their aveage and range in I.Q. be in respect to their condition?  If they were 'pure motorized instinct', as a scientific doctor and government advisor called the zombies, would they not need a very minimum of ten I. Q, points simpy to move and bite. 4.)   Were some zombies smarter than others, such as is the case amongst the living?  The Hare Krinshna that chased the girl upstairs in the mall, he figured out that Steve 'Fly Boy' was trying to get through some doors in the hallway.  Did he simply guess when he deviated from the other zombies, unaware or thinking something else?  5.)  A grisly thought came up at a party once.  What if a woman had a stillborn fetus?  Could it hideously enough start attacking from inside the uterus, vaginia, or even the doctors and nurses, that might be there during delivery?  6.)  Off the far side!  Are they capable, or even motivate, to rape?  Is it possible that one of the walking dead, being a sex offender in living life, be potentially a threat in that regard?  If so, wouldn't the organs invovled basically fall off before or during such a horrific action?  7.)  Why don't the living fighting these things use a flame thrower, or, malatov cocktails (flammable glass bottle bombs)?  They burn quickly and effectively, no longer concerned about attacking.  8.)  How could they sneak up on a person since rotting flesh and dead bodies give off putrid odors?  If someone had a good sense of smell tell if one is nearby, regardless of visibility?  There were scences that cry out for some logic, or the potential of such.  A.)  Did the people at the television station make it out, or were they overrun by the zombies?  B.)  Why was it a legal consideration regarding the taking of the helicopter and who was around to enforce that, if available to do so?  C.)  Did it ever occur to the band of suvivors in the mall that pouring hot burning oil over the top sides of the building work in at least, slowing down the advancing zombies below?  (It worked on armies besieging a castle in the Dark and Middle Ages.  Why not modern day zombies)?
D.)  Why didn't the roving motorcycle gang realize the inevitable outcome as a result of breaching the mall and being trapped inside the mall's interior?  Many things, such as the psychotic, rascist S.W.A.T. cop, Wille.  Why did he hate othe races, especially Martinez, the leader of the fortified project building filled with the undead (yet supervised and contained inside)?  Any answers or additional arguments are welcomed.  Together.  I am confident that we can find the answers, at least not most of them. 
Re: Dawn of the Dead
Reply #58. Posted on December 15, 2008, 11:38:36 PM by drunkenbubba
Dawn of the Dead '78 was so damned good, I consider it perhaps in my top five of all movies ever made.  Although, I cannot watch it any further because it really got me post necrophobic when I saw it several times during dark winter months and had to walk home after work at 11 pm, (quite often living people resemble zombies at a fair dstance), it remains one of best flicks ever!  Mystery items that might shed some light on certain questions was as follows for me:  1.)  Did Hell reallly get that full?  What about the good people going to Heaven (there just might be some individuals)?   2.)  Could zombies really feel, or think, perhaps both?  Would we not have actually left the body and lived in our old shells, trapped by death, but not actually 'resurrected'.  In other words, could we be experiencing something that would be like living in a generic nightmare, in search of living human flesh?  If so, would wwe see in color or black and white?  3.)  What would their aveage and range in I.Q. be in respect to their condition?  If they were 'pure motorized instinct', as a scientific doctor and government advisor called the zombies, would they not need a very minimum of ten I. Q, points simpy to move and bite. 4.)   Were some zombies smarter than others, such as is the case amongst the living?  The Hare Krinshna that chased the girl upstairs in the mall, he figured out that Steve 'Fly Boy' was trying to get through some doors in the hallway.  Did he simply guess when he deviated from the other zombies, unaware or thinking something else?  5.)  A grisly thought came up at a party once.  What if a woman had a stillborn fetus?  Could it hideously enough start attacking from inside the uterus, vaginia, or even the doctors and nurses, that might be there during delivery?  6.)  Off the far side!  Are they capable, or even motivate, to rape?  Is it possible that one of the walking dead, being a sex offender in living life, be potentially a threat in that regard?  If so, wouldn't the organs invovled basically fall off before or during such a horrific action?  7.)  Why don't the living fighting these things use a flame thrower, or, malatov cocktails (flammable glass bottle bombs)?  They burn quickly and effectively, no longer concerned about attacking.  8.)  How could they sneak up on a person since rotting flesh and dead bodies give off putrid odors?  If someone had a good sense of smell tell if one is nearby, regardless of visibility?  There were scences that cry out for some logic, or the potential of such.  A.)  Did the people at the television station make it out, or were they overrun by the zombies?  B.)  Why was it a legal consideration regarding the taking of the helicopter and who was around to enforce that, if available to do so?  C.)  Did it ever occur to the band of suvivors in the mall that pouring hot burning oil over the top sides of the building work in at least, slowing down the advancing zombies below?  (It worked on armies besieging a castle in the Dark and Middle Ages.  Why not modern day zombies)?
D.)  Why didn't the roving motorcycle gang realize the inevitable outcome as a result of breaching the mall and being trapped inside the mall's interior?  Many things, such as the psychotic, rascist S.W.A.T. cop, Wille.  Why did he hate othe races, especially Martinez, the leader of the fortified project building filled with the undead (yet supervised and contained inside)?  Any answers or additional arguments are welcomed.  Together.  I am confident that we can find the answers, at least not most of them. 
1) Hell wasn't full it was just a metaphor that Peter talked about. Good people still went to Heaven I am sure.
2) Nope. The doctor with the deep voice on the tv made it pretty clear, that they were just slow moving killing machines
3) Zero - they're dead.
4) No. The Hare Krishna and a few others were just following motorized instinct, and got lucky. Plus Romero needed some more tension in the film and it worked.
5) Maybe - providing it was born with teeth and was strong enough to do anything. I'd figure a doctor or nurse with a strong Hoover attachment could fix that problem fairly quick however.
6) I really hope not.
7) Well I am sure in parts of the country they did. When the world falls apart your left to use what you have. Can you make or gain access to a flame thrower. Ever made a molotov? They are only as good as your throwing range is. Your better off with your deer gun picking them off before they get close.
8) Most zombie movies have lapses of logic in them. Still I have no clue how a rotten zombie can sneak up on someone in an enclosed place either. Unless the smell of the rotting dead has permeated the outside world and you no longer notice.
9) I think they were either overrun or lost power. The broadcasts stopped with no explanation
10) Who's going to stop them? Zombies generally don't fly helicopters and the military already has its hands full - it was also stated that they had WGON ID so they didnt technically steal it.
11) Ok where will they get the oil? How will they boil it? How will they carry it from the place they boiled it to the roof? Whats the point, boiling oil doesnt do anything to zombies but make them crispy. Better off saving it for making chicken fried steak.
12) Because they were drunken drug addled Outlaws or 1%'s looking to plunder the mall. They didn't care about keeping the mall just plundering what was inside of it then moving on. They had been surviving on the road by looting and killing both zombies and survivors alike most likely and this was just another day for them.
13) Willie was a racist who was or became unbalanced due to the events unfolding around him. His feelings towards African Americans and Hispanics just came to the surface because of the pressure.


Now my turn, great review, as I type the European Cut of Dawn of the Dead (my preferred version more action less hokiness ) is playing. DOTD is probably in my top five all time favorite horror movies, and I'm kind of shocked that so many don't like it here. You cant live on Hostel, The Devils Rejects, or Saw movies forever people. Sometimes you have to look a little deeper and sit through the "dead" spots in the movie. I'm not going to do any lectures about consumerism or anything in regards to this movie since its been done to death, but there are some great messages about our society (non consumerism) that are within this movie. Its no wonder people have written their  doctrinal thesis's on this one.       
Re: Dawn of the Dead
Reply #59. Posted on February 04, 2009, 11:44:23 AM by Yc
C'mon, dawn of the dead is one of the best horror movies of all time. You gotta be either really stupid or really slow to think such a smart movie is bad.Saying this is bad is confessing to be the just like the zombies in the movie.
Re: Dawn of the Dead
Reply #60. Posted on February 04, 2009, 11:47:49 AM by Andrew
C'mon, dawn of the dead is one of the best horror movies of all time. You gotta be either really stupid or really slow to think such a smart movie is bad.Saying this is bad is confessing to be the just like the zombies in the movie.

I don't think you read the review.  Did you?  You have to be really stupid to make a comment about a review without even reading it.
Re: Dawn of the Dead
Reply #61. Posted on February 04, 2009, 01:10:07 PM by Mr. DS
C'mon, dawn of the dead is one of the best horror movies of all time. You gotta be either really stupid or really slow to think such a smart movie is bad.Saying this is bad is confessing to be the just like the zombies in the movie.
How many times do we have to hear comments like this? Just because the site is "badmovies.org" doesn't mean everything reviewed is "bad".  Like Andrew said, try reading the review before making rude comments.  Lookingup
Re: Dawn of the Dead
Reply #62. Posted on February 05, 2009, 09:40:18 AM by Flangepart
C'mon, dawn of the dead is one of the best horror movies of all time. You gotta be either really stupid or really slow to think such a smart movie is bad.Saying this is bad is confessing to be the just like the zombies in the movie.
How many times do we have to hear comments like this? Just because the site is "badmovies.org" doesn't mean everything reviewed is "bad".  Like Andrew said, try reading the review before making rude comments.  Lookingup
Dude, it might behoove you to calm down, and re-read Andrew's work...ya might just learn about good writeing. You only stand to gain.
Dawn and the Zombie Rules
Reply #63. Posted on February 03, 2011, 02:44:36 AM by Videoport Jones
Here's our take (from Videoport, the best indie video store left in the world):
videoportjones.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/zombie-war-2-dawn-of-the-dead-1978/

And our definitive collection of The Zombie Rules:
videoportjones.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/the-zombie-rules/

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Re: Dawn of the Dead
Reply #64. Posted on February 03, 2011, 03:11:14 AM by Trevor
Update: There is a little known practice known as "Mall Walking", the primary participants being the elderly. I came about this information doing mall security at night. At 4:20 A.M, I unlock the doors to let the "Mall Walkers" in.IT IS EXACTLY LIKE THIS MOVIE!! Zombie-like creatures stumble up and down the common area, grunting, groaning, farting and smelling. If my company provided firearms, I would have lost it long ago and acted out some of my favourite scenes from Dawn of the Dead.

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