Horror icon George A. Romero's second film in his 'Living Dead' series, 'Dawn of the Dead,' exposed our addiction to material things by setting the story inside a giant shopping mall in rural Pennsylvania. A marvel to audiences for 1978 (it even had a skating rink!), the Monroeville Mall location would quickly become a destination for horror fanatics.
At the heart of the story are four people who escape Philadelphia, now completely overcome by flesh-eating zombies. Flying in a helicopter in hopes of finding any humans who've survived, they come across an abandoned shopping mall and realize they have everything they need there to survive. But gradually the zombies in the area converge on the mall, leading to the famous line: "This was an important place in their lives."
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