In keeping with the evil spirit of the season, allow me to commit a little blasphemy: I enjoyed the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead more than George Romero's original, which I've always felt was pretty clumsy with its social commentary. The remake has nothing on its mind other than gore, laughs, and thrills, and it delivers them in buckets.

That's why I've chosen it as the Free Flick of the Day at SlashControl. 'Tis the season, you know. Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames star as a couple of the suburbanites holed up in a shopping mall as zombies take over the city. These are the speedy zombies of the 21st century, you'll recall, not the lumbering, cow-like creatures of yesteryear. While I agree with the logical argument that you wouldn't be light on your feet if you'd just crawled out of a grave, fast zombies are a lot scarier. I'm just sayin'.

The film has a wicked sense of humor, too. I love the scene of zombie-hunting set to a cheesy lounge-singer version of "Down with the Sickness," and the way the bored refugees kill time by picking off zombies that look like celebrities. If you've got 100 minutes to kill, why not head over to SlashControl and enjoy some late-October mayhem and carnage?

Watch Dawn of the Dead at SlashControl.
categories Cinematical