Macabre...ish Horror Review: Dawn of the Dead
Dawn of the Dead, 2004/ 100 min.
The remake of George Romero’s 1978 original, more of an homage because the focus of the story does take place in a mall but that is about it has in common with the original, outside of it being a zombie movie. Having said that, at a stand alone, I still found this movie enjoyable.
First off, we’re introduced to the apocalypse by a neighborhood girl enters the house of one of our main characters, a nurse, Ana and attacks her husband and she has to flee her house to survive. After she crashes her car into a tree, she joins a group of people who take refuge in a mall.
They make an uneasy truce with mall security who aren’t interested in taking in outsiders for fear of the infection. They end up letting in more people and as expected, the infection gets in.
Meanwhile, they make a plan to escape, that includes shuttle buses, a boat and the gun shop across the street. They just have to make it through a city full of zombies.
They are forced to move up their schedule when they are thwarted by one failure after another. From a traumatized girl chasing a dog, a dick not being at his post, reckless chainsaw usage and a few unexpected infections and deaths.
There were some good, solid characters in this one, some funny moments, good lines and good pacing. The zombies and effects were very good, bloody and gory in all the right places. Plus I love that so many zombie/horror movie icons are in this one from Tom Savini to Ken Foree, Boyd Banks and Ving Rhames. Along with other recognizable faces, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Kelly, Ty Burrell and Matt Frewer.
It’s a fun zombie flick with everything I hope for in a decent one. Bonus points for zombie kids and babies!!
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