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Dawn of the Dead

DVD - 2004
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Dawn of the Dead
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?


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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 28, 2013
  • Mocha6ft3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 17, 2012
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 08, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Laughably bad SFX, and a few things that were beyond the suspension of disbelief such as someone learning to fly a helicopter in only a few lessons. That said, I can see where the video game "Left 4 Dead" got 99% of its imagery.

There's a couple of points in the story that an actual plot reared its head, but thankfully the people involved didn't bring them to fruition. The Lord only knows what they would have done with them.

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.

Mar 24, 2011
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not bad. Fairly entertaining.

May 31, 2010

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


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Dec 17, 2012
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 17, 2012
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Quite a bit of swearing.


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Dec 17, 2012
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

DirtyHarry55 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Dec 17, 2012
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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