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An Excellent Film
on 21 August 2015
"Dawn of the Dead" is regarded by many as one of the greatest horror films ever made and after watching it, it's easy to see why. It is by far my favourite film in George A Romero's "Dead" movie series, a franchise of films that many horror fans call legendary. When writing this review, I have watched all the films in the series up until "Land of the Dead", a film I didn't like which is why I had no desire to see "Diary of the Dead."
The films plot is well-known by now, it's basically a zombie apocalypse and carries the story on from "Night Of the Living Dead" (released in 1968.) I love the setting in this film, the mall is a fantastic location for the main events to happen in the movie. The film is well-paced, has some enjoyable action scenes and well-written character moments. I like the cast best here (out of all the films I have seen in the series so far), the acting is strong and Romero's directing is top-notch. There are many memorable moments, the movie has a very epic feel to it and the Zombies themselves are good here. You will not be disappointed with the ending either, the films climax is very well though out. "Dawn of the Dead" does has some comedy scenes, but these instances mix in well with the action and suspense. The tension is built up effectively and you always feel in the film that threat is never far away. Stephen King considers this one of his favorite horror films and that should give you an idea of how great it is.
The picture quality is good as well on this DVD. "Dawn of the Dead" is superior to "Night of the Living Dead" and "Day of the Dead" in my eyes, being much better than "Land of the Dead." It's not my absolute favourite horror film ever, that would go to "The Shining." But I can see why the movie is labelled as a classic zombie film. Romero was on top form here, it's my favorite movie of his to date.