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Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Romero's Best Film! A must see for serious film students!
George A. Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD is simply the best zombie horror film ever made, and very likely the best one that ever will be made.
It is THE GODFATHER, GONE WITH THE WIND, STAR WARS, KING KONG (the list could go on and on) of zombie films. The film starts a couple of weeks after the events of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Whereas in that film things seem to be under control at the end. In the first 10 minutes of DOTD we see that is definitely not the case. The dead are rising and devouring the living at a rate that society can not handle and it is collapsing on top of itself. Four people (two SWAT team members, a news helicopter pilot, and his girlfriend) decide to leave Philadephia and try to head anywhere to escape the coming apocalypse. After almost buying the farm trying to refuel the helicopter they land on the roof of a shopping mall. The rest of the film details their attempts (and failures) to make their own utopia inside the shopping mall.
The cast is great, the script excellent, the special effects the stuff of legend (FX master Tom Savini is responsible). Romero never had more complete control of any film he made before or after. And he and Savini are the perfect match. Romero writes and directs and Savini executes (in more ways than one) the special effects. DOTD is simply put George Andrew Romero's MASTERPIECE. Not for the faint of heart but definitely if you're up for it a must see, 11 out of 10.
If you watch this just remember it's two hours of your life you'll never get back.
I've scanned through some of the comments on FIREPROOF and folks this is a C or D grade film with the sole (or maybe more accurately "soul") purpose is get people into Christianity by hook or by crook. This is not, I repeat NOT CITZEN KANE or CASABLANCA here.
The acting is lame. The screenplay has as much subtlety as a brick through a plate glass window. The direction is passable (just). That's about the only thing good about the entire film.
My major objection to FIREPROOF is the Bible bashing "We're the only way to eternal happiness. Join us or else burn in Hell thanks to a loving God(?)" message crammed down out throats. I agree with the poster who said that marriage is a two way street. It takes two to make it or two to break it. Not in FIREPROOF. It's all the guy's fault. and Kirk Cameron falls for that all the way. It's a overhanded bludgeon of a message.
I know that this is just my opinion and I don't wish to offend anyone. But proceed at you own risk if you watch this film.
.5 out of 10.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
One of the three most influential horror films since 1960
In 1968 George Romero and a group of his friends raised $115,000 dollars and made one of the most influential horror films of it's time. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD changed how horror film were to be made for ever after. For the first time, without the help of a major motion picture studio a group of people made a horror film, and in doing so showed the rest of the world that it could be done.
THE Texas CHAINSAW MASSACRE and HALLOWEEN certainly could not have been made the same way had NOTLD not been made. Much has been written about the documentary feel of the film as well as the realism of the film in particular the fact that everybody dies at the end of the film. And it is all valid. This is one creepy feeling film. This is not a feel good film. It exposes the dark side of humanity with no holds barred. There are no real heroes in this film. Harry Cooper is always sited as a class A jerk. But Ben is only a little better. The constant arguing between the two is no little contribution to the demise of the whole group.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is must viewing for any serious horror movie fan. In it one can see the influence it had (and still has) horror films to follow. Next to PSYCHO in 1960 and HALLOWEEN in 1978 it is simply the most influential horror film in the last 49 years. Not bad for $115,000.
The Elite DVD and Extreme DVD are by far the best to buy. 9 out of 10.