Dawn of the Dead (1978)

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Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Genre: Horror
Photography: Color
Running Time: 126 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 1, 1978 (Italy)
April 20, 1979 (United States)
Directed by: George A. Romero
Written by: George A. Romero
Distributed by: United Film Distribution Company
Starring: David Emge
Ken Foree
Tom Savini
Scott Reiniger
Gaylen Ross
Previous film: Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Next film: Day of the Dead (1985)
Land of the Dead (2005)
Diary of the Dead (2007)
Survival of the Dead (2009)

Dawn of the Dead is a 1978 American horror, drama, comedy film.  It was directed, written, and edited by George A. Romero, musically composed by Dario Argento and the band The Goblins, filmed by Michael Gornick, distributed by United Film Distribution Company, produced by Richard P. Rubinstein and Laurel Group Inc., starred David Emge, Ken Foore, Tom Savini, Scott Reininger, and Gaylen Ross, and the special effects were done by Tom Savini.  It's a sequel to Night of the Living Dead (1968), and had many sequels, including Day of the Dead  (1985), Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007), and Survival of the Dead (2009).  

Why It Rocks

  1. After the success of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead helped further popularize the zombie genre.  
  2. The first in the series to be in color.  
  3. It's considered one of the few sequels to be superior to the original.  
  4. Amazing gore effects done by the master Tom Savini.  
  5. Aside from the gore looking good, this movie also raised the bar in terms of how much gore you can show in a movie.  
  6. Incredible acting by every single actor.  
  7. Lots of really sad scenes, the saddest being when a bunch of kids has to be gunned down before the turn into zombies.  
  8. The filmmakers managed to throw in some comedy relief too that didn't seem out of place.  
  9. The Mall setting was absolute genius.  Lots of people imagine what it would be like to have a whole Mall to themselves, and the movie takes full advantage of it with the comedy scenes.  


Dawn of the Dead has a 93% critic rating and a 90% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 4/5 on Letterboxd, and an 8/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB).