Zombie Film Friday: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Romero’s follow-up to Night of the Living Dead is Dawn of the Dead and it came out the year I was born. I can remember seeing this film for the first time in my teens and I loved its cheesy goodness!! And the idea of hanging out in a mall after the end was attractive in some regards. If you haven’t seen the film yet, be sure to rectify that as soon as possible!

Following 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.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: Filming at the Monroeville Mall took place during the winter of 1977-78, with a three-week reprieve during the Christmas shopping season (during which other footage, e.g. the TV studio, was shot). Filming at the mall began around 10 p.m., shortly after the mall closed, and finished at 6 a.m. The mall didn’t open until 9, but at 6 the Muzak came on and no one knew how to turn it off; The scene between Roger and Peter in the trucks when they are kidding each other about their height was entirely improvised by the two actors; and Tom Savini choose the gray color for the zombies’ skin, since Night of the Living Dead(1968) was in B&W and the zombie skin-tone was not depicted. He later said it was a mistake, because many of them ended up looking quite blue on film.

And now it’s time for the trailer!

4 thoughts on “Zombie Film Friday: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

  1. Not just the best Zombie film of all time, but also an excellent movie in it’s own right. A real classic of contemporary American cinema – too many people focussed on the gore and ended up missing the message and the social commentary. Just posted a piece on Zombie culture myself if you are interested.http://cor1olanus.wordpress.com/…/12/planet-of-the-dead/

  2. Always going to be a classic! Romero doing some great work again, have you seen the 2004 remake of this? Very good if I’m honest, not as unique as the original but a great show of how far things have progressed since 1976! Good post 🙂

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