DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978)

 

 

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The great debate among the Romero faithful rages on. This is my personal favorite of the original trilogy if for no other reason than it’s the first one I saw. Shortly after I caught this at home on the VCR, I went Christmas shopping. I arrived at the store late, couldn’t find what I was looking for and was reminded by the lady on the loudspeaker that the store would be closing in ten minutes. Five minutes later half the lights went out and I was instantly back at the Monroeville Mall with a strong desire to grab the closest thing to me so I could get the hell out of there.

 

That’s what a good film can do, stay in your sub-conscience and play with your emotions or let you consider the “what-if’s”. DAWN OF THE DEAD does that for me. Like most of Romero’s films it never gets old. It is shot so creatively, it makes the largest environments claustrophobic, it may be gory, but it’s more psychologically terrifying than anything else. This film, like DAY OF THE DEAD, has a lot to say but it never beats you over the head with it, it just nibbles at your brain instead… your delicious brain.

See you on forty deuce,

 

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Jon Abrams

Editor-In-Chief at Daily Grindhouse
Jon Abrams is a New York-based writer, cartoonist, and committed cinemaniac whose complete work and credits can be found at his site, Demon’s Resume. You can contact him on Twitter as @JonZilla___.
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