Dawn of the Dead (1978)

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George A. Romero's zombie masterpiece Dawn of the Dead keeps getting better with time. Everything is working in this film from Romero's playful direction to Tom Savini's incredible make-up effects to Goblins' pulsing prog electronic score. The main cast of four zombie apocalypse survivors, played by David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, and Gaylen Ross, all deliver memorable performances. After some horrifying zombie skirmishes, the four main characters lock themselves up in a giant mall full of zombies where they fight to survive. Beyond the action thrills and bloody horror, the film has allegories to the Vietnam War, mindless consumerism, and toxic media culture. And this movie feels even more relevant in our currently unfolding apocalyptic times, with our main characters all making difficult existential choices while the world around them is falling apart. Why should one bother having kids or going through with marriage when the present seems hopeless? Such are the choices one has to make in times of zombie apocalypse. Dawn of the Dead is one of the greatest horror movies of all time, and it is undoubtedly the greatest zombie movie ever made.

Dawn of the Dead (also known internationally as Zombi) is a 1978 American horror film directed by George A. Romero. It was written by Romero in collaboration with the Italian filmmaker Dario Argento, and produced by Claudio Argento, Richard P. Rubinstein and Alfredo Cuomo. It was the second film made in Romero's Living Dead series, but contains no characters or settings from Night of the Living Dead, and shows in a larger scale the apocalyptic effects on society. In the film, a phenomenon of unidentified origin has caused the reanimation of the dead, who prey on human flesh, which subsequently causes mass hysteria. The cast features David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, and Gaylen Ross as survivors of the outbreak who barricade themselves inside a suburban shopping mall.

Dawn of the Dead was filmed over approximately four months, from late 1977 to early 1978, in the Pennsylvania cities of Pittsburgh and Monroeville. Its primary filming location was the Monroeville Mall. The film was made on a budget estimated at $1.5 million and was a significant box office success for its time, grossing approximately $55 million worldwide. Since opening in theaters in 1978, and despite heavy gore content, reviews for the film have been positive. In 2008, Dawn of the Dead was chosen by Empire magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time, along with Night of the Living Dead. The 25th anniversary issue of Fangoria named it the best horror film of 1979 (although it was released a year earlier), and Entertainment Weekly ranked it #27 on a list of "The Top 50 Cult Films." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it four out of four stars and proclaimed it "one of the best horror films ever made."

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