Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead

DVD - 2004
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The corpses of the recently-dead are returning to life & attacking the living, devouring their victims. Two members of the Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team & their friends land in a shopping mall occupied by the living dead. They secure the mall through brutal battles with the creatures, but can they escape both the bandits & the zombies?
Publisher: Troy, MI : Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2004]
Edition: Special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD DAWN 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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ManMachine
Jun 11, 2015

You certainly may not agree with me on this one - But, I think that slow-moving zombies (especially the ones who walk around like they've just crapped their pants) are so uncool, so out-of-date, and so laughably goofy. They really are.

And, of course, these were exactly the sort of idiotic zombies who were featured here in 1978's Dawn Of The Dead. I mean, let's face it - If you can literally knock a zombie down (who's right in your face) with just a light, limp-wristed tap, then, how the hell could director George Romero ever expect to instill any semblance of genuine terror into the viewer with this total wimp-of-a-movie?

And, on top of my above complaint - Not only was Dawn Of The Dead boring, predictable and way too long at 2 hours and 10 minutes - But it also featured some really terrible soundtrack music, and plenty of annoyingly pathetic acting, as well.

I personally think that Dawn Of The Dead is the sort of sub-par horror movie that could only be appreciated by the most die-hard fans of the zombie genre, and no one else.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

The first of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead spin-offs features a tired old plot that has become something of a cinematic cliché (although it was fresh enough when Dawn was first released): a group of people holed up together in order to survive a zombie apocalypse must face animated corpses, marauding gangs, and their own personal demons. The reason behind the hordes of hungry undead is never made clear...is it a virus? a curse?....but the effects on American society are all too clear as law and order give way to vigilantism and anarchy. The fact that the survivors choose a mega mall in which to make their last stand does provide a nice touch of social commentary though, giving us endless scenes of drooling, mindless ex-shoppers shuffling past flashy displays of consumer goods in search of fresh meat. Romero’s comic book vision is highlighted by some amusing visuals (zombie Hare Krishna, meet zombie nurse), fountains of fluorescent red blood, and an odd musical score of supermarket muzak and menacing chords offset by background television noise. I remember sneaking over to Detroit in order to see the uncensored version of this film because at that time the former Ontario Film Review Board was a little too eager with the scissors; but thirty-five years later the exploding heads and ripped guts are passé and the glut of sequels, remakes, and copycats have set my zombie tolerance to zero.

Mocha6ft3 Aug 28, 2013

There have been a few movies that my friend and i have watched together that had her holding my arms or pinching my legs. Two films even had her digging her nails into my arms and i still have the marks to prove it. HOWEVER!!!!! This film gave her the incentive to add a another mark on my arm with her teeth. The scene that's responsible for it, including my friend, is when this woman see her husband or boyfriend and he bites her. Not once but twice!!! That scene looked real to my friend and her reaction was to do the same and scream at the same time. OUCH!!!!! I will admit the special effects for that scene had me clap my hands while watching it on my HOMETHEATER!!!!!!! This movie has more all around sound, but i did like the music for a scary effect. I first saw this movie on 42nd street many years ago and i'm proud to add it to my collection. When i ask my friend if she liked it she said hell yeah!! I asked if she wanted to see it again? "Oh,hell no!" "It's gross" With that, i'm giving this horror classic 5 stars!!!! An excellent biting scene, cool scary music in some scenes, and an ok story. A large pizza with everything on it. and red kool ade.

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DirtyHarry55
Jul 03, 2012

I love this movie! I first saw it when I was like in the 3rd or 4th grade. I saw it with my son the other day and I said "When this came out, it was state of the art!" Watching this now, one must keep that in mind. I am a huge fan of the zombie genre. The story was good, but the SFX are lacking by today's standards. Romero's first, "Night of the Living Dead" was much better.

Buk_Lau May 27, 2011

The zombies look like someone spraypainted a bunch of people purple and the so-called "Ground-breaking gore effects" are laughable. the acting is ,meh, and the writing stale. Soundtrack Guarunteed to get on your nerves.

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tj_is_cool
Mar 24, 2011

Not bad. Fairly entertaining.

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Tigerlover
May 31, 2010

this movie is seriously not scary its actually funny. the zombies are ffunny

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DirtyHarry55
Jul 03, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: I saw this when it first came out and I was in the third or fourth grade. It scared me. Now? My son (he is 14) said "This is a good movie, but the graphics are ghetto". The idea is frightening, but the visualization in this case is not any longer.

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DirtyHarry55
Jul 03, 2012

Violence: Violence a-plenty. People being eaten and zombies being shot.

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DirtyHarry55
Jul 03, 2012

Coarse Language: Quite a bit of swearing.

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DirtyHarry55
Jul 03, 2012

DirtyHarry55 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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DirtyHarry55
Jul 03, 2012

Typical zombie apocolypse survival movie. In this one, our survivors shack up in a mall. Like every other zombie movie, their safety does not last forever.

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