From the initial introduction, it is clear that this movie is of a very experimental nature, both with filming techniques and story progression. For example, just over the first half an hour of the movie includes a large amount of rapid shot types, ranging from over-head, to extreme close ups and wide shots. I believe this reflects the current chaos ensuing within our film; the experimental plot entails scenarios told from different perspectives within the same area. I think this works well, because as our four protagonists eventually arrive at the iconic shopping mall, it tends to slow its pace to give the audience a breather. What follows is a roller-coaster ride of action, tense horror and even some light comedy. As far as the effects and music go, I find Dawn of the Dead to be a landmark in film history. Albeit, some effects are rather dated and the score sometimes misfitting, I believe it adds to the quirkiness that rightfully gained it's cult following. The use of prosthetic is very admirable, with a few standout shots that demonstrate the talented makeup artists. The props and dummies look well done too. The music, by Italian band Goblin, feels slightly date stamped and stuck in time; the use of synthesized pop is very dated and over experimented. When it does get it right, however, it gives the feeling of goose bumps. No doubt some themes were the source of inspiration for a lot of modern horror movies. The acting within Dawn of the Dead is quite solid. I find Ken Foree (Peter) and Scott Reiniger (Roger) to be particularly memorable, with Foree as the resourceful leader figure, and the latter as the mentally unhinged sharpshooter. The editing is brilliantly structured, the sets are undeniably influential and the tense yet relentless action leaves you on the edge of your seat. Whether a fan of horror films or not, this movie is a classic that shaped an entire genre of movies and needs to be experienced by everyone. For an avid film-maker like myself, Dawn of the Dead is a perfect example of stellar cinematographic art at its finest.
To start off, I'm just gonna say that considering the cast involved, this movie could have been a lot better. I love both Will Ferrel and Zach Galifianakis' acting, but I feel like the writing was poor. So much more could have been done with the story and characters that I felt for most of the movie I was just waiting for something that never happened. It lacked the spark that other films like Anchorman and Step Brothers possessed. I felt like the premise of the movie was something more suited for Adam Sandler. A slightly above average comedy, with some interesting visuals and jokes, but in all a disappointment.