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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 #65. Posted on November 10, 2011, 01:18:27 AM by CalrissianFoxxSteele
i love this film.
But I do say i really loved the remake.
Yes, zombies can't run. But they did (and talk) on Return of the Living Dead.
That's sort of a comedy yes, but it's still happening in more of a comedic effect.
The remake just went through something different on "what if zombies could run?", it would be terrifying. It's just a different view on zombies.
You even saw on this film that it's extremely easy to get passed them if you are paying attention. The running was just an extra boost, that's all.
People take the "zombie running" thing way too seriously. A zombie apocalypse is scary, but it could easily be taken care of if planned.
Running zombies is just a scary thought that a living fat guy could not outrun a skinny dead guy. It's just a whole new challenge.
There's only so much that can be done with zombie movies, it gets boring. So someone had to refresh the idea a little. That man was James Gunn (Super, Scooby Doo, Slither, Tromeo and Juliet.)
Re: Dawn of the Dead
Reply #66. Posted on February 09, 2013, 05:07:11 AM by stephen38
Not just one of the best Zombie horror films ever made but one of the greatest horror sequels of all time.

A masterpiece.
Re: Dawn of the Dead
Reply #67. Posted on February 10, 2013, 06:18:05 PM by Umaril Has Returned
All comments aside from the viewer and reviewer alike, the original Dawn Of The Dead had a very bleak and somewhat hopeless view of the world, and it was just the right mixture!  Cheers

From the beginning where the news station was falling apart, to the citizens in the apt. building arming themselves for their own safety (and their fight with the authorities) and our heroes taking off into the uncertainly of the night, the whole movie was just about the best opening 30 or 40 minutes of any horror movie past or present. It gave a real sense of society's downward slide into anarchy and chaos

While the main story centered on our 4 heroes, the occasional glimpse into the outside world thru the TV broadcasts and their initial ordered manner and the eventual plunge into chaos on their last broadcast was a nice touch too..Romero created an atmosphere where the viewer got just enough of a hint of society's downward spiral and left the rest up to us to fill in or expound upon.  A film like this couldn't happen again. it was a one time deal.



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