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Dawn of the Dead


David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross View All


George A. Romero (Director), George A. Romero (Screenplay) View All

Released: Sep. 2nd, 1978
Runtime: 2 hours, 7 minutes
During an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
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The way Romero punctuates some of the drama is mesmerizing, like the reveal of zombies still occupying the parking lot when a tennis ball drops from the roof, or when a one eyed scientist is hammering his reasoning home to a small audience of frustrated politicians.
One thing Dawn of the Dead does much better than any other zombie movie I've seen, is that it cares about it's characters.
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Effects expert Savini thought that the blood used in the film was too bright and almost luminous, which according to sources was actually down to a mistake on behalf of the production team but Romero actually ran with it and talked Savini round due to the comic nature of the blood adding to the comic nature of the film.