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Dawn of the Dead Reviews

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Christian C

Super Reviewer

August 8, 2014
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.
Apeneck F

Super Reviewer

July 22, 2007
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 ...
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

February 29, 2012
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.
Mark B

Super Reviewer

April 20, 2012
Remakes generally suck. And to remake Dawn of the Dead (the penultimate zombie apocalypse movie of its time) would have to beat very high expectations. (Yes, Night of the Living Dead started it all but it moves too slow for most Gen X and Y'ers),

Borrowing from 28 Days Later "zombies-on-speed", Zach Snyder's debut is at its best in its opening sequence of suburban mayhem, including the gripping title sequence (played to Johnny Cash's "When the Man Comes Around") and in the final credits (accompanied by John Carol's "People Who Died"). Like the original, the movie meanders a bit in the middle with a few original "gore" scenes for the zombie diehards. Cameos by Tom Savini, (make-up artist) and Ken Foree (the protagonist) from the original film make it enjoyable for those of us old enough to have been scared out of our mind back in the 70's.

And to top it off, it reiterates one of the best tag-lines of all time:

"When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."
Jason C

Super Reviewer

August 11, 2011
As far as creating gore, this is a pretty slick movie. Overall, it's a pretty mediocre horror flick. The zombies are way faster and stronger than most you'll see, but they come across far less creepy than their meandering predecessors. The real flaw in this movie is it's ability to create suspense. The real charm of a zombie story is the tension amongst the living, a poor job was done establishing anything here. Of course, the characters were all pretty weak anyway. This was all style, and no substance. Still, you could do worse.

Super Reviewer

February 27, 2011
A horrible movie, its cheesy, boring, stupid, and not scary! A group of survivors from a zombie apocolypse try and survive in a mall, but they can't stay there forever. The plot begins with a final destination formula, and then it turns into a video game where they have a bunch of colorful characters all locked up in one mall, it was very stupid. These people may be the dumbest bastards alive, and thats coming from the guy who saw Just Go With It. It may be gory, but even for a zombie movie there isn't much killing, which was a huge disappointment.. Im a big fan of zombie films, but this was just to terrible for my taste.

Super Reviewer

October 23, 2006
A group of survivors of a zombie holocaust hide out in a shopping mall which is under siege from a horde of the undead. Zack Snyder's update of George Romero's seminal classic impressed me a lot when I first saw it, but upon a rewatch its quality is obviously a result of its riffing off of the superior idea of another rather than because of its own merits. The most glaring problem for me is the whole "fast zombie" idea. Somehow, it's far more unsettling to be besieged by shuffling, decaying, mindless zombies than the hyperactive speedfreaks we have here, which means the oppressive air of crushing inevitability of Romero's film is sorely missing. As is any semblance of the social commentary and sly wit that coloured the original. The characters are really just a bunch of action movie stereotypes so it's very difficult to give a crap about any of them and it all chugs along at a pace that leaves little room for the building of tension or suspense. It does have some nice ideas; the disturbing zombie crack baby for one, and the inclusion of near cameos by Matt Frewer and the neighbouring gun shop owner Andy make for the most interesting characters in it (which does also kind of highlight the inadequacies of our heroes in comparison). Snyder does fall into the MTV trap of getting too bogged down with slo-mo ammo porn but the action sequences are very well done and the effects are great which makes the film feel far more like a good, solid sci-fi action thriller than a true zombie flick. More Land Of The Dead than Dawn Of The Dead, but if you enjoyed that you'll no doubt enjoy this. And it's the best remake of a Romero zombie film by a country mile.
Coxxie M

Super Reviewer

June 3, 2009
better than the original, but then... so is every other movie?
Aaron N

Super Reviewer

May 30, 2006
Michael: So what's the plan?
CJ: The plan is you drink a nice tall glass of Shut The Fuck Up.

Less of a remake, and more of a reimagining of the original, director Zach Snyder and writer James Gunn have made a film that takes the original's premise ramps it up into the new millennium.

While taking out the social commentary of the original, this version really turns into an action movie...with zombies, and that is not at all a bad thing. And these zombies follow the recent sprinting zombie style, oppose to the barely alive mode.

Michael: Truck's not gonna make it to Fort Pastor.
Steve: No, forget the truck. That place is fucked, man. Bloodbath city.
Kenneth: How do you know?
Norma: We just came from there.
Kenneth: Is everyone there dead?
Steve: Well, dead-ish.
Kenneth: Is everyone there dead?
Steve: Yeah, in the sense that they all sort of, uh... fell down... and then got up... and started eating each other.

An interesting cast composites the survivors including indie movie queen Sarah Polley, Mekhi Phifer, Ving Rhames as a guy who you know wont have problems dealing with anything, and Jake Weber as level headed Michael who knows how to get a handle on things.

Michael: There is no other place to go!
CJ: Well, that's YOUR problem, not mine.
Kenneth: How about I put my foot up your ass, will that be your problem?

Sticking with the same premise, we follow a small group of survivors to a deserted mall after an outbreak of undead begin to inexplicably roam the earth. From there the survivors must deal with the stress that comes with the end of the world, as well as make as many head shots as possible.

What helps is how much dark humor and fun moments there are in this movie, it is definitely one of the more fun horror movies of recent years, complete with some sweet gore shots, some pump you up action moments, one-liners, and a neat visual style to go along with it. Very entertaining.

The County Sheriff: Danny, put another round in that woman over there! Look! She's a twitcher!
Lewis C

Super Reviewer

June 21, 2007
I'll always associate the Dawn of the Dead remake with my freshman year in college. Myself and a few of my friends had a great time in the theater watching it, and checking it out again a few years later, it's still a fun time. I credit it and 28 Days Later for really bringing the zombie movie back in an awesome way.

Dawn of the Dead does almost everything right. There are some really horrifying events, plenty of scares, a good cast of characters played by capable actors, lots of action, a few moments of levity, and tons of zombie mayhem. It avoids the overwhelming deluge of heavy-handed social commentary that so many zombie movies drown in (Land of the Dead, anyone?), but it's also not just a completely shallow experience.

You can't really go wrong with Dawn of the Dead if you're even slightly a fan of the genre. It starts with a bang from the very beginning, and rarely lets up the intensity. See it.

Super Reviewer

March 14, 2011
Dawn Of The Dead has got to be the best horror remake ever. Zack Snyder has done a fine job of refurbishing George A. Romero's classic film. The result is a film that is well executed with plenty of scares, gore and good acting. Now like every seasoned horror fan, I absolutely love George A. Romero, I see the original Dawn Of The Dead as one of my personal favorites of his, and course view it as a horror classic. Zack Snyder delivers a new intriguing twist on Romero's classic film, and he crafts the strongest remake since Cronenberg's The Fly. A work of incredible horrifying filmmaking makes this remake a film to be seen by hardened horror fans. A very well done film thats action packed, thrilling and scary, Seeps the basic elements of Romero's classic, but gives it a bloodier upgrade. The result is truly impressive. Dawn Of The Dead is gross, gory and scar, exactly what a remake of this stature needs. The film possesses traits that many of today's remakes don't possess. I love zombie films, and this is the best zombie film since Shaun Of The Dead and 28 Days Later. Zack Snyder has crafted a fine horror remake that will be viewed in horror circles in the years to come as a classic. Not only that, but as a correct way as to how to successfully make a remake that doesn't suck. It's very rare that a remake is almost as good as the original, but in the case of Zack Snyder re invisioned film, he delivers a film thats almost just as good as the original, and he manages to create with this remake something different in the process. Dawn Of The Dead is one of the few horror remakes that does justice to the original, and in time it will be seen as a horror classic. Good gory fun and worth watching. A near flawless remake.

Super Reviewer

January 23, 2007
a remake only in the loosest sense, this film is almost entirely different from the original aside from the setting. this is actually one of my favorite zombie films. the film takes more unexpected turns than most of the genre, and although it would have been fun to see the characters explore the mall a bit more like they did in the original, most of this film was executed rather well. a great zombie movie.

Super Reviewer

November 24, 2010
4 stars
Spencer S

Super Reviewer

January 24, 2010
Penance for not having seen the original George Romero directed zombie walk aside, this similarly authentic horror film packs the zombies in shoulder to shoulder, with original scenes including the birth of a zombie baby, and a lost dog's retrieval. Amazing stuff.
Richard C

Super Reviewer

June 23, 2010
awesome, bloody, and entertaining

Super Reviewer

October 5, 2006
This is the best zombies film of the year - the cast is excellent, the cinematography and editing exciting and innovative, and the makeup and "creature" effects are top notch.
The plot is pretty straightforward, and relies mostly on cliché themes to move the story along.
As Ana, Sarah Polley convincingly plays a waif turned survivor with just the right amount of emoting. She is strong and vulnerable at the same moment, trying to remain reasonable in unreasonable times. Jake Weber also fits this bill as Michael, a man with a shady past full of regret who tries to fill others with hope while remaining a stark realistic. And Ving Rhames' performance clearly commands the most attention.
Director Zack Snyder moves the horror film along briskly and effectively, keeping the action scenes tight and the dramatic scenes quiet.
Horror remake of George A. Romeo's 1978 Dawn of the Dead.

Super Reviewer

December 5, 2006
Watch it on TV, lost first quarter of this movie, but turns out to be an interesting movie... I didn't realize that this one was a Zack Snyder's... Well, I must say Snyder is doing a great job in this movie, especially for the ending, love that...
Dean !

Super Reviewer

December 31, 2006
A brilliant modern day zombie film. Not seen the original yet, but this has the same appeal as 28 days later. A great cast, modern take on the genre with good gory effects. Well worth checking out.
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

September 7, 2009
I was a little horrified when I heard they were remaking this film. firstly, what gives you the audacity and secondly, how can you improve on the best? The simple answer is you can't. That said, Snyder made it quite clear that this is a loving homage to the genres that is based on the original film but is not really a remake. He did a good job too, he might not be the most original director in the world but he is a faithful fan done (and doing) good.
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