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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

 -  Horror  -  24 May 1979 (USA)
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Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

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Dr. Foster
David Early ...
Mr. Berman
Richard France ...
Scientist
Howard Smith ...
TV Commentator
Daniel Dietrich ...
Fred Baker ...
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James A. Baffico ...
Wooley (as Jim Baffico)
Rod Stouffer ...
Young Officer on Roof
Jese Del Gre ...
Old Priest
Clayton McKinnon ...
Officer in Project Apt.
John Rice ...
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Following the events of Night of the Living Dead (1968), we follow the exploits of four survivors of the expanding zombie apocalypse as they take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall following a horrific SWAT evacuation of an apartment complex. Taking stock of their surroundings, they arm themselves, lock down the mall, and destroy the zombies inside so they can eke out a living--at least for a while. Tensions begin to build as months go on, and they come to realize that they've fallen prey to consumerism. Soon afterward, they have even heavier problems to worry about, as a large gang of bikers discovers the mall and invades it, ruining the survivors' best-laid plans and forcing them to fight off both lethal bandits and flesh-eating zombies. Written by Curly Q. Link

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In 1968, George Romero brought us "Night of the Living Dead." It became the classic horror film of its time. Now, George Romero brings us the most intensely shocking motion picture experience for all time. See more »

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24 May 1979 (USA)  »

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$650,000 (estimated)
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The other Bikers besides Blades and Sledge have names. Including Mousey, The Tommy-Gun Biker riding in sidecar (played by the late Larry Vaira who had also worked as the Biker wrangler and kept The Pagans Motorcycle Club in line during their scenes in the movie) (His name is mentioned by Blades during the scene when the Bikers and their girlfriends are about to break into Monroeville Mall during the scene where Pasquale Buba's Serape Biker says to Blades; "Let's go blow the God damn Lock!" then Blades responds "Hey Mousey's got the Machine Gun!"), Moonbaby (played by Marty Schiff), Blades' Sidekick (his real name is Charlie. But his name is never mentioned in the mov ie. And in the original script during the scene where he and Blades are about to catch Peter, Blades would say "Charlie?... Hit the gates...We gotta get that Sniper".), Jack, the Seltzer Bottle Biker who is also one of the Biker Leader's (Radio Operator wearing Helmet) Lieutenants (played by Nick Tallo) (Blades hollers his name out "Hey Jack!", and then Jack throws him the seltzer bottle during the scene when the Bikers have their Pie fight with the Zombies and spray seltzer water in their faces and mouths. And then we hear Blades holler out his name again "HEY JACK!" during the scene when Peter starts shooting at The Biker Intruders and he ends up blasting Blades' seltzer bottle. And then Blades, Jack, Sledge, and Moonbaby run upstairs to find out who the person is who is shooting at them), Butchie, the Wild Haired, Bearded Biker riding Harley-Davidson Panhead Motorcycle with Sidecar, Mousey's rider (played by Butchie, who then then worked as one of the art department crew members for the Night of the Living Dead (1990) remake where he also appeared in a Biker cameo at the very end of the movie where the towns people celebrate the killing of Zombies at the picnic party),), Pedro, the Sombrero Biker (played by Tony Buba, who also the Sound Man for the movie), Mary known as Chickie, the Blonde Biker Chick (wearing long earrings) driving the Gang's Van (played by the late lovely Barbara Lifsher who worked also worked as The Set Decorator for the movie) (Joe Shelby''s Biker Van Driver character (wearing cowboy hat and glasses) mentions her name just as she is shooting the zombies clawing at her window; "Get em' Mary! Come on!". Her name is also mentioned in the original 11-Chapter Book by Suzanna Sparrow and George A. Romero), Timmy, the Biker who takes the TV Set for a minute and just as his friend (also played by Butchie) asks him; ''Hey Man, what the Hell you gonna watch on that thing?!" then he replies "I don't know man" then he throws it down and calls out to Sledge; "Hey Sledge!" then Sledge tosses him the Sledgehammer and Timmy breaks it to pieces (but his name is never mentioned in the movie), and Old Nick, The Biker in Santa Claus Suit (played by our Director, Writer, and Editor, George A. Romero himself) (but his name is never mentioned in the movie. But only in the original book). See more »

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When Peter and Roger drive to the truck depot, Peter whoops, "Three more." In the background, a van can be seen driving past everything. See more »

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Peter: Get its head up. Get its head up. Roger, get its head up, man!
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Composed by Dario Argento, Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli,
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The best horror film of its kind
27 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After being introduced to "Halloween," I was introduced to other horror movies for which I heard my peers talked about in school and after watching this movie on the movie channel, I was introduced to something more gruesome than anything else. "Dawn of the Dead" is the sequel to the popular cult "Night of the Living Dead" in which two national guards, a reporter and a pilot have escaped Philadelphia on a chopper after finding out that the whole globe has been affected with zombies resurrecting from the dead and attacking the living. The four of them hide out in a deserted mall where they think everything is safe until they realize that the reporter is pregnant and that they're zombies invading the mall. After exterminating the zombies, the survivors make the mall their own home where they shop for food, steal the cash and turn a small room into a personal resting place. "Dawn of the Dead" is by far one of the best horror films and sequels I have ever seen. It's dark, mean and much more violent than the original black and white horror film.


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