December 23, 2010

Dawn of the Dead (Zombie Classic)

On the eleventh day of zombie, my true love gave to me.....

     11 bikers looting


Director: George A. Romero
Writer: George A. Romero
Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross, and Scott H. Reiniger

SYNOPSIS: In the grips of a zombie epidemic, two SWAT officers, a helicopter pilot and his girlfriend all abandon their jobs and seek refuge in a shopping mall. Once they clear out the zombies, they have everything they want, but as they grow more complacent they do not realize more and more zombies are being drawn to the mall.

BEST LINE: "When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."

BEST SCENE During a biker raid on the mall, a zombie takes a machete to the forehead.

CLASSIC STATUS: Dawn of the Dead not only pushed the envelope of gore with its special effects, but its comic book attitude and satirical sensibilities managed to both frighten and amuse audiences for decades to come. George A. Romero likes to say that current zombie films are more influenced by zombie video games than his movies, but I'd argue that zombie video games today were influenced largely by his Dawn of the Dead with its emphasis on action, adventure, survival, and lots and lots of zombie kills. Dawn of the Dead has had such a long life precisely because of its morbidly fun attitude. It was also ahead of its time in its critique of consumer culture.