Zombie Film Fridays: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

How can one consider the Zombie greats without considering Dawn of the Dead (1978)? I saw this film when I was about 10 which was 10 years after its release and immediately loved it!

Following the events of Night of the Living Dead, 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.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The movie was filmed in the Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, PA, the weapons store featured in the film was never a part of the Monroeville Mall; Romero shot those scenes in a gun shop in downtown Pittsburgh and edited the footage in to make it look like it was a shop in the mall, and the skating rink shown in the film was part of the Monroeville Mall; it has since been replaced by a food court.

And now it’s time for the trailer!

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