Zombie Politics

Dawn of The Dead

Director: George A. Romero, Feature Film, 120 min, USA, 1978

“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”

GEORGE ROMERO, the modern master of the Zombie movie passed away on the 16th of July. A filmmaker of low-budget subtlety, he made his entry with Night of the Living Dead, a black and white shocker about a small group of people, the heroine is white, the hero is black besieged by a zombie herd of nice middle-class folks. Critics didn’t miss the film’s references to the voracious appetite of the silent majority.

“Where Night of the Living Dead is rough, fuzzy and decidedly cheap-looking, Dawn of the Dead makes a giant leap forward in terms of presentation, professionalism, thematic complexity and groundbreaking special effects. It took Romero 10 years to get his first sequel off the ground, but he ups the ante in every way possible. The plot is more engaging and smartly satirical, with anti-consumerism themes that become apparent as a crew of survivors hole up in a tacky mall overrun by the walking dead. The zombie’s flood in, not specifically to chase the survivors but to simply wander, as the character speculate that something has compelled them to return to a location that was “important to them in life.” Special effects wizard Tom Savini turns in his first really great adventure in gory experimentation, raising the bar for everyone else who ever wanted to explode a zombie head on screen in the years to come. Dawn is often cited as the all-time greatest zombie film. The violence is rather gleeful, but the sobering reality of the collapse of civilization contains a nihilistic streak common to zombie apocalypse films, and strikes a balance. This film sets a specific tone that future zombie films attempted to either duplicate or subvert. Nearly every zombie movie since 1978 has made some attempt at channeling Dawn.” 

Review by Jim Vorel

Event Details

Name Dawn of The Dead
Date Fri 18 Aug 16:00