31 Days Of Monstrous Horror: Dawn Of The Dead

There are very few zombie movies that have inspired the genre to such a degree but George A. Romero’s follow up to his 1968 Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead (1978) has inspired every zombie that has followed in it’s wake.

The film starts off with chaos breaking out at a television news station as the outbreak of the living dead has reached epic proportions. The station’s helicopter pilot and his girlfriend plot to steal the chopper to make a break for it. Meanwhile a couple of police SWAT members decided to flee the city when things go wrong during a raid on an apartment building. The four of them steal the chopper and flee the city. After flying for a while they decide to land on the roof of a shopping mall. After clearing out the mall of the dead and sealing things up, everybody settles in and lives it up. Then things start to go wrong.

The film was made for $500,000 and grossed $55,000,000 at the box office even though the film was released unrated in theatres. It received an X rating for all the gore and it was decided to release it unrated. Romero has a knack of creating unease and tension and it really shows in this film. The setting of the mall becomes slowly unsettling as both the cast and the audience realize that it’s more of a prison than a paradise. And then there’s the legendary gore. The film inspired tons of rip-offs including Lucio Fulci’s unofficial sequel Zombie (1979) and a 2004 remake that feature those annoying fast running zombies.

Author: Shane Hnetka

Shane Hnetka spends most of his life watching movies and reading comic books, using his vast knowledge of genre culture for evil instead of good.

7 thoughts on “31 Days Of Monstrous Horror: Dawn Of The Dead”

  1. Shane,
    I mentioned to my husband this morning that you were writing these articles. Awesome! He loves old films and was thrilled to learn someone was writing about old horror movies. I remember watching an horror movie around 1975, when I was around 10, featuring vampires and can still picture the gore. I have always wondered what it would be like to watch that film again, now that I am much older. Keep up the good work!

  2. This is may very well be the best zombie movie ever made. I’ve only seen it once, when I was a teenager, and I’ll bet it’s still as good as I think it is.

    Have you been watching The Walking Dead series? Season 2 just started last week.

  3. Isaw this for the 1st time last July.
    It was actually pretty good.

    I didn’t know that Robot-Chicken’s ending music was taken from this flick. lol

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