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Dawn of the Dead (2004)



Critic Consensus: A kinetic, violent and surprisingly worthy remake of George Romero's horror classic that pays homage to the original while working on its own terms.

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A re-envisioning of George Romero's apocalyptic horror classic, "Dawn of the Dead": An unexplained plague has decimated the world's population--and yet, the dead aren't dying. They've become zombies, stalking endlessly in a quest to feed on the flesh and blood of the few remaining living. A ragtag group of desperate survivors in a Wisconsin town seek refuge in a large indoor mall, where they must learn not only to protect themselves from the ever-increasing zombie horde, but also to co-exist with each other as a last bastion of humanity. Sealed off from the rest of what used to be the world, the group uses every available resource, in their against-all-odds fight, to remain alive and human.more
Rating: R (for pervasive strong horror violence and gore, language and sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: James Gunn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 28, 2004
Box Office: $58.9M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Sarah Polley
as Ana Clark
Ving Rhames
as Kenneth
Jake Weber
as Michael
Tom Savini
as The Sheriff
Scott Reiniger
as The General
Ken Foree
as The Televangelist
Boyd Banks
as Tucker
Ermes Blarasin
as Bloated Woman
Sanjay Talwar
as Doctor Rosen
Tim Post
as Reviving Doctor
Matt Austin
as EMS Technicians
Philip DeWilde
as EMS Technicians
Colm Magner
as Armed Neighbor
Luigia Zucaro
as Naked Woman
Geoff Williams
as Metro Bus Driver
Mike Realba
as Maintenance Man
David Campbell
as Squished Zombie
Philip Charles MacKe...
as Thrashing Zombie
Laura DeCarteret
as Washington Politicia...
Georgia Craig
as Anchorwoman
Tino Monte
as Istanbul Reporter
Chris Gillett
as Older Anchorman
Derek Keurvorst
as Scientist
Dan Duran
as Confused Reporter
Neville Edwards
as CDC Spokesman
Sandy Jobin-Bevans
as CDD Reporter
Natalie Brown
as CDC Reporter
Liz West
as CDC Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Dawn of the Dead

All Critics (181) | Top Critics (36)

The new version has its share of disturbing moments, but writer James Gunn and director Zack Snyder have stripped away the social satire of the original and put little in its place.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The remake, from first-time director Snyder, keeps much of the gore and loads up on the laughs, but eschews all pretence at cultural criticism in favour of high-octane, almost nonstop action.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There are scares aplenty in Dawn of the Dead; enjoy them and be well. Twenty years from now, though, I know which version I'll still be watching.

Full Review… | October 21, 2013

One of the genre's best pure zombie-fest films featuring regular folks against an army of the undead.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Nicely respectful of the original film, this remake amps up the adrenalin-charged action while skimping on the depth to deliver a gripping but empty-headed thrill-ride.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011

Extremely gory horror movie; not for kids.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Dawn of the Dead

Although the acting and make up are weak, is there really any honor movie where that can't be said? Cliché script and poor character development prevent a higher score for what is otherwise a surprisingly exciting and interesting film -- well, for a horror film, that is. Certainly a good remake.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

The end of western society...
Or:"I love the smell of zombies in the morning...!"
Entertaining? It's my fav zombie movie.
My fav Zack (lowbrow, lowball) Synder movie too ... to date ...

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Sometimes its difficult to make a good remake, especially if its a remake to George A.Romero's 'Dawn Of The Dead'. This may not be as memorable, as powerful or as funny as the original. However, it doesn't stop this film from being a faster and intense take on a zombie apocalypse .

As a Romero fan, I wasn't very fond of the idea of having running zombies. To me, this form of the undead ruins the idea of what a typical zombie is. The film tries to give intensity to individual zombies. However, this doesn't really top how terrifying a large group of slow moving zombies can be.

Overall,its nothing like the original, but introduces a new, zombie apocalypse with a faster pace. For Horror/Zombie fans, this is a must watch/buy.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

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