George A. Romero's sequel to 'Night of the Living Dead' is regarded as one of the great zombie movies. The flesh-eating undead roam the Earth, leaving the living searching for refuge wherever they can. Media types Ross and Emge team up with two burnt-out cops to seek sanctuary in a disused shopping mall, where they can indulge their consumerist fantasies to the full - once they have disposed of the zombie shoppers around them.
George Romero's 1978 follow-up to his classic Night of the Living Dead
is quite terrifying and gory (those zombies do like the taste of living flesh). But in its own way, it is just as comically satiric as the first film in its take on contemporary values. This time, we follow the fortunes of four people who lock themselves inside a shopping mall to get away from the marauding dead and who then immerse themselves in unabashed consumerism, taking what they want from an array of clothing and jewellery shops, making gourmet meals, etc. It is Romero's take on Louis XVI in the modern world: keep the starving masses at bay and crank up the insulated indulgence. Still, this is a horror film when all is said and done and even some of Romero's best visual jokes (a Hare Krishna turned blue-skinned zombie) can make you sweat. --Tom Keogh