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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Dawn of the Dead


A zombie apocalypse is sweeping the US and four people (Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross, David Emge, Scott H. Reiniger) hold out in a large half of the mall, locking themselves in with months worth of food, water, cleansing products, et cetera, and armed with vast amounts of guns and bullets. Their hold out won't be smooth sailing though, as the number of hungry zombies grows daily, and eventually a biker gang led by Blades (Tom Savini) decide to take the mall by force.

Unlike Night of the Living Dead (this film's 1968 predecessor), George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead was Hollywood funded and shot in Technicolour, and the fact it was shot in Technicolour is what makes the images so memorable, with the chalk white faces of the zombies greatly standing out, and all the bright, gory vividness of the bright red blood being so eye-catching, which is wierd when you take into account that this is an absolute gore-fest of a horror film.

Thanks to both the budget and people's expectations of what zombies' physical movement should be like, the zombies' actors are so convincing, walking around so slowly and meaninglessly, and with such perfect blank and gormless facial expressions, it is actually rather spooky and worrying. And there never is a dull moment either, with so many gunshots, fast-paced scenes in/on trucks and motorbikes, and brutal, gory zombie slaughters, that make this such an enjoyable, somehow; and the humans' determination, tactics and desperate bids for survival will make you desperate to keep watching as their story is just so absorbing.

Well-edited, engaging and featuring lots of vivid makeup and slick set pieces, as well as plenty of gore, Dawn is such a gritty, yet engrossing, film to watch and is just as good as its predecessor, although it feels a lot different due to it not being an independent film.

Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross, David Emge, Scott H. Reiniger, David Crawford, David Early, Richard France, Howard Smith, Tom Savini, Daniel Dietrich, Jim Baffico.

Saturn nomination: Best Make-Up (Tom Savini).

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