Friday, October 8, 2010

"Dawn of the Dead" move number 6

The movie synopsis is once again straight from IMDb
In this first sequel to Night of the Living Dead, a group of four people take up residence in a deserted mall while trying to stay alive amidst the armies of the dead and a vicious gang of militant bikers.Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Directed by the great George A. Romero the movie was released  May 24, 1979.  Starring David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, and Gaylen Ross.
Our movie opens in the midst of chaos in a TV station. There are shouts back and forth about channels going off the air and what they should be doing to try to stay on the air.  The TV show they are trying to broadcast now has a man talking about "dead coming back to life," It is obvious we are in the middle of a zombie outbreak.  We meet our main lady Francine  (Ross) and her sometimes man as she says Stephen (Emge).  They are planning on taking the studios chopper to escape away from the chaos.
Elsewhere we see a police unit of some kind getting ready to storm a apartment building searching for survivors and zombie alike.  We watch as they barge into the building shooting sometimes without abandon.  We reach a downstairs basement area and we are established with our other main characters Peter (Foree) and Roger (Reiniger).  They go into a blocked off room and find a pile of zombie's, some sewn into pillowcases to keep them trapped.  The following quote says it all.
Roger: "Why did these people keep them here?"
Peter: "'Cause they still believe there's respect in dying."

Soon we have a small unit trying to escape the epidemic, our leads end up meeting and taking the news copper hoping to go to Canada.  Soon they realize that the gas they have isn't going to be able to take them.  They finally come to their big stop, a shopping mall.  A swarm of the undead are lingering around the doors but they land on the roof and break in.  It isn't long before they realize they have everything they could need in the mall and they decide to do some "cleaning up"

Their is one little thing that happens but I won't go into here because I don't want to give it away in case you haven't seen it.
our charcters settle into a routine, enjoying the shopping spree they can have in their haven.  Taking wads of cash from the bank just for fun, eating whatever they want, wearing whatever they want.  It's obvious they have it made.  Soon however cabin fever begins to set in and Francine demands to learn how to fly the copper in case something happens.  Wrong move entirely.  A band of road warriors sees the movement and decide to raid the mall to take what's there's...
A pretty brilliant and original zombie movie from the zombie man Romero, the make-up by Savini is always superb, the script from help from horror director Argento is pretty enticing itself.  A definite see for anyone who loves the horror genre.  For being such a fun time this movie deserves 5 out of 5 skulls.

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