• Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead

Release Date: February 22nd, 2004

DVD Release Date: October 28th, 1997

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

As hordes of zombies swarm over the U.S., the terrified populace tries everything in their power to escape the attack of the undead, but neither cities nor the countryside prove safe. In Pennsylvania, radio-station employee Stephen (David Emge) and his girlfriend, Francine (Gaylen Ross), escape in the station helicopter, accompanied by two renegade SWAT members, Roger and Pete. The group retreats to the haven of an enclosed shopping center to make what could be humanity's last stand.

Cast: David Emge, Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross, Scott H. Reiniger, David Crawford, David Early, Richard France

Director: George A. Romero

Genres: Horror

Keywords: 1970s, Survival, Girlfriend, Escape, Melodramatic, Police officer, Sacrifice, Death

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Dawn of the Dead is one of the best horror films ever made -- and, as an inescapable result, one of the most horrifying. It is gruesome, sickening, disgusting, violent, brutal and appalling. It is also (excuse me for a second while I find my other list) brilliantly crafted, funny, droll, and savagely merciless in its satiric view of the American consumer society. Nobody ever said art had to be in good taste. show more

  • 100
    Eric HendersonSlant Magazine

    Romero’s distinctly Pittsburghian sensibilities can’t be underestimated when explaining Dawn’s appeal; the Monroeville Mall perfectly evokes the feel of a hollow monument standing at the center of a community that couldn’t be bothered to define itself any more distinctively than could be represented by their choice between Florsheim or Kinney’s shoes. The mall, in essence, shoulders the burden of their identity. show more

  • 100

    Where Night of the Living Dead was a straight up horror film (with some minor social commentary buried beneath the ever-present threat of the shambling undead), Dawn is something a bit more intriguing. Sure, much of Dawn's first thirty minutes or so has the same unrelenting feel of the earlier film, but once our heroes arrive at their final destination, the tone changes. show more

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