Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Back of the box. . .
“The corpses of the recently dead are returning to life and attacking the living, devouring their victims. In the big cities there is nowhere to hide.
When two members of a Philadelphia S.W.A.T. unit decide to escape the city with two friends, the four take flight in a traffic helicopter. However, when the gas starts to run low, they must land on the roof of a mall now occupied by the living dead.
Armed with weapons, the four humans manage to secure the mall through a series of brutal battles with the living dead creatures.
Will the besieged four escape the bandits and the grisly flesh-eating zombies?”
Director: George A. Romero
Starring: David Emge, Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross
Watch the Trailer
This is George Romero’s follow up to Night of the Living Dead and the gore bar has been raised considerably. It also has a lot more humor and even a tiny bit of romance. If I had to pick—right now, I’d say Dawn of the Dead is my favorite of the original “Dead Trilogy.” Romero’s heavy-handed metaphors feel like they get sillier as I get older but when I watched this as a teen, his critical look at consumerism really struck a nerve in me. I was like, “Yeah, Fuck the mall! And all those brain dead sheep! Have fun pissing away daddy’s money, fuckin’ zombies!” Now I’m like, “do we have time to stop at the food court?” Anyway, watch this movie!