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.
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
The bit in the movie where Roger slides down between the escalators was Scott H. Reiniger's idea, Savini recalls how he and other cast and crew members did the same thing during the film's production. He does joke that you can't do that now, since all escalators have metal posts sticking up at the bottom. "You think that's because of us?" asks George. "I'd love to say that it's because of Dawn of the Dead," Savini replies. See more »
As the Trivia Section notes, shooting of the movie was done during the Christmas Season and was suspended during the holidays to avoid the cost of re-hanging decorations. As a result, JC Penney (the store of which they keep going in and out), has a sign in the window saying "After-Christmas Sale" later in the movie. See more »
The zombies overrun the mall throughout the course of the end credits. See more »
DVD of the theatrical cut released by Anchor Bay in 1999 contains some extra footage during the dock scene (in which Joe Pilato plays a police officer). This scene runs slightly longer than in the actual 126-minute theatrical version, but is not complete as seen in the "director's cut", or Cannes cut. See more »
When There's No More Room in Hell, The Dead Will Go Shopping
This movie has always been a big favorite of mine. I went through a zombie phase in high school and this is, hands down, the best zombie film ever made. With all the crap coming out today, it still stands out.
Dawn is a great satire of materialistic modern society. All of the performances are spot on, George Romero's writing and direction is flawless as usual, and the gore is brilliant. What could be better than a bunch of zombies taking over a shopping mall? That's right, nothing.
If you call yourself a horror fan and you haven't seen the original Dawn of the Dead, you need to get with the program immediately! No one messes with Romero, no one!
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