DAWN OF THE DEAD REVIEW/ESSAY PART I
It was in 1969 when writer/director George Andrew Romero captivated audiences all over the world with his stunning and horrifying cult classic, Night Of The Living Dead. Not only did this low-budget, highbrow horror zombie thriller spawn a new level of gore in future horror films; it also created an entire new genre and subgenre that would influence many other filmmakers alike. After undertaking this successful venture, George Romero would deliver even bigger in the 1978 zombie romp, Dawn Of The Dead. The basis for Dawn was first conceived by Romero after touring a shopping mall that was owned by a close friend in Pittsburgh, which seemed like the perfect subject matter for his screenplay of people being overwrought with worthless products in a consumer’s paradise. The screenplay was then purchased by writer/director Dario Argento, both met in the U.S. premeire of Suspiria, they would later contributed on the film Two Evil Eyes.
The story begins a few weeks after Night Of The Living Dead ended. Inside a Tv station, with exhausted workers in the brink of insanity as the zombie pandemic continues to grow. The film is about many things, but mainly it’s about survival. The film which starrs David Emge, Gaylen Ross, Ken Foree, and Scott Reineger - most of which had little to no prior experience in acting come through at some level, and provide some good scenes. The film really takes off after seemingly everything around the central characters begin to collapse in front of their eyes. National Guard and Policemen can no longer contain the massive outbreak of undead hordes, and everyone is in a mass hysteria of confusion and grief. So it narrows down to survival, like I said before. “We’ve got to survive. Somebody’s got to survive!”, as Stephen Andrews says in the movie. Now, the next sequence is perhaps, THE goriest and most brutal action scenes I’ve ever witnessed. It is visceral and yet artistic, how the blood spatters and guns ring, it’s like music to my ears. According to reports the proprietors and tenants of a large apartment complex in the ghetto have been harvesting the infected bodies against governmental jurisdiction. Their resistance to surrender these bodies ultimately leads to the bloody shoot out that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This piece alone introduces some of the best special effects created by Tom Savini.
After the chaotic outcome, the zombies are finally traced and found in a basement, in one of the most clausterphobic scenes, which was inspired Howard Hawk’s “The Thing”.
REVIEW NOT COMPLETE - WILL FINISH AND EDIT LATER. It’s all over the place, I’ll fix it tomorrow and finish it off. Remember you get what you pay for!