Dawn of the Dead (1978) Movie Review

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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

1978 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action, Adventure
127 minutes / 2h 07min

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Dawn of the Dead Plot Synopsis:

Following the events of Night of the Living Dead (1968), we follow the exploits of four survivors of the expanding zombie apocalypse as they take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall following a horrific SWAT evacuation of an apartment complex. Taking stock of their surroundings, they arm themselves, lock down the mall, and destroy the zombies inside so they can eke out a living--at least for a while. Tensions begin to build as months go on, and they come to realize that they've fallen prey to consumerism. Soon afterward, they have even heavier problems to worry about, as a large gang of bikers discovers the mall and invades it, ruining the survivors' best-laid plans and forcing them to fight off both lethal bandits and flesh-eating zombies.

Dawn of the Dead (1978) Review

Dawn of the Dead (1978) is a 2h 7-min American independent action-thriller-horror movie that is the second film made of the Living Dead series. Dawn of the Dead does not contain any characters or settings from Night of the Living Dead (1968), but it does pick up from where Night of the Living Dead left off. Zombie horror fans are in for a treat with this sick and twisted movie that will satisfy all your horror needs. Director, editor, and writer George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead (1968), Land of the Dead (2005), The Crazies (2010)) did an excellent job executing this top notch 1970s movie that is still full of life today. I am a huge zombie fan that plans on watching all zombie related films out there and TV series.

Dawn of the Dead revolves around an unidentified origin causing the reanimation of the dead who feeds/feast off of the human flesh resulting in a mass hysteria. A few survivors barricaded themselves inside a shopping mall. The movie starts in a television studio where we see the panic/confusion that the public is facing. Helicopter pilot Stephen (David Emge - Hellmaster Robert (1992), The Booby Hatch (1976), Basket Case 2 (1990)) and his girlfriend Fran works at the television station. Stephen decides that he needs to let Fran (Gaylen Ross - Killing Kasztner (2008), Dealers Among Dealers (1995), Caris’ Peace (2011)) meet him on the rooftop and leaves the station.

An S.W.A.T. team prepares to enter a housing project where some of the tenants do not want to kill their family members that have turned or become zombies. S.W.A.T. members Roger (Scott H. Reiniger - Dawn of the Dead (2004), Knightriders (1981), Document of the Dead (1985)) and Peter wants to leave the mission because they had enough of the zombies from the housing project. Roger decides to head out of town with Stephen and invites Peter (Ken Foree - General Hospital (1963), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Water for Elephants (2011)) to join them.

Roger, Stephen, Peter, and Fran decides to stop at a mall to find supplies but instead found a place with everything they need, but they have a major problem on their hands. Zombies are roaming everywhere, so they decide to block off the mall doors and kill all of the zombies in the mall. Fran discovers that she is pregnant while one of them is bitten. The trio was having a fantastic time until a group of bikers who are looters decides that they want the mall for themselves. The bikers enter the mall allowing zombies also to enter which leads to mass destruction. What will our trio do to save themselves?

I applaud Tom Savini for doing an amazing makeup job on all of our cast members and brilliant FX work. All of the cast gave us fantastic performances that could not have been better. Weak stomach fans should prepare themselves for zombie gore including head shots, bodies ripped in half, and other graphic images. The zombies were done marvelously, and I cannot get over how terrific they look. The action scenes are one not to miss. I would recommend all zombie fans to give the movie a try because I am pretty sure it will be a film that you will return to again when you need your zombie fix.

  • Dawn of the Dead Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 8.44
  • IMDB: 8.0
  • MetaCritic: 7.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.3

About Dawn of the Dead 1978

Title: Dawn of the Dead
Year: 1978
Runtime: 127 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action, Adventure
Reviewer: Score: 4.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 4.22/5 stars from 100,981 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 100,981 MPAA Rating: R
Dawn of the Dead Cast Starring: Tom Savini, Ken Foree, David Early, George A. Romero, Christine Forrest, Rik Billock, David W. Butler, Joseph Pilato, John Amplas, Debra Gordon, Joe Shelby, Ralph Langer, John Harrison, Sharon Hill, Butchie, Tommy Lafitte, Taso N. Stavrakis, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, Marty Schiff, Rudy Ricci, Richard France, Adolph Caesar, Warner Shook, Joe Abeln, Barry Gress, James A. Baffico, Jon Hayden, Sharon Ceccatti, Clayton Hill
Dawn of the Dead Writers: NA
Dawn of the Dead Director: George A. Romero
Production: United Film Distribution Compa
Language: English, Spanish
Country: USA, Italy