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-B.

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Director:  George A Romero
Cast: Ken Foree, David Emge,  Scott H Reiniger and Gaylen Ross
Running Time:  140 Minutes

Plot:  The film takes place in a world overrun by zombies.Its about four people and there struggle to stay alive.The four main characters find the city is getting too dangerous so they take off in a helicopter to find a safer place to live.In there hurry to leave they find themselves with little water and food.so they decide to land on the roof of a shopping mall.At first it is just to rest and get supplies but they find themselves hypnotized by the shopping mall and decide to stay.Its a fight to keep it for themselves not only for the hordes of zombies but from other humans.This leads to a final show down with both the zombies and there fellow humans in a fight for survival.


My Review Of The Film

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  1. Dawn of the Dead was the first movie I ever saw at a drive-in theater. I’ve seen this movie over two dozen times. As a teenager, my friend James and I used to “prepare” for the inevitable zombie plague by choosing locations to meet at, and whom and what to bring along, when it finally happened. Through high school, we used to randomly trade lines from the movie between classes.
    It’s still my favorite all-time horror movie.
    James got married a couple of years ago. The little bride and groom statues on top of their wedding cake were a pair of zombies.
    Bill
    P.S. When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead shall walk the earth.

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    • You’re even more awesome, than I’d previously believed, Bill. I saw DotD on video, but saw “Day” in the theater. That movie used to be on high rotation among me and my buddies, often viewed in conjunction with various intoxicating substances.
      We’d then discuss what it would be like to be f-ed up when the zombie outbreak occurred, a question which was answered by the film “Redneck Zombies,” when one character drops a tab of acid just before the outbreak.

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      • Two great zombie reads, “World War Z” by Mel Brook’s son, Max Brooks, and “Zone One” by Colson Whitehead. Great stuff.
        I’ve never seen “Redneck Zombies,” but I did see the 1964 Herschel Gordon Lewis splatter film “Two Thousand Maniacs,” which takes place in the Deep South.
        And thanks for the complement, though I’m sure I don’t deserve it.
        Bill

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        • I’ve never heard of the Whitehead book; I’ll look for it as I’m a fan of good apocalyptic lit. I’ve read Brooks’ book, and while I thought it lacked significantly in character aspects, I’ve never yet read a zombie book (or seen a film) that so thoroughly realizes the “big picture” of the event. You’ll notice that most of the films & movies take place on a very small scale (usually concerning a handful of survivors) well AFTER society’s breakdown has taken place. What made “Z” so superlative was in showing how the big pieces all fit together. I would have loved to have seen Brooks’ license out his creation to other authors, who could then explore the different aspects of the book (I particularly enjoyed the sewer frog-men whose job was underwater fighting).
          I’ve never seen 2,000 Maniacs, but have heard of it (I believe it is the genesis behind the name of the band 10,000 Maniacs). I enjoyed Redneck Zombies, but it’s a Troma film if that means anything to you (Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Cannibal the Musical). I quite enjoyed it, but I must admit, it’s been a long, long time.
          I own the “Day of the Dead” remake. I enjoyed it (particularly the riveting opening scene), but despite its higher production values and recognizable actors, it lacks a little something from the original.
          I’ve always wanted to go to Monroville PA to check out the mall.
          “When There’s No More Room In Hell” is a great quote, and it’s the one from that film that gets repeated, but I particularly like the creepy scene toward the beginning when the SWAT guys are storming the tenement and they encounter the one-legged priest. “You are stronger than us now,” he says, “But soon, I think, we be stronger than you.” BRRRRRR.

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          • My wife and I went on a pilgrimage to the Monroeville Mall back in about 1999 (before we had kids.) It really does mostly look like what you see in the movie (at least it did a decade ago.) Some differences: the big game hunting store where they load up on ammo wasn’t there anymore (“Ain’t it a crime / What? / The only person who could miss with this gun is the sucker with the bread to buy it.”)
            Also, the long, dark hallway with the payphones that lead to the elevator up to their hideaway was still there, though I’m guessing that the phones are probably gone by now.
            You remember the motorcycle “army” that they saw coming down the road behind the mall, well, that is still there, but there are many more trees today that would have obscured the view of the gang arriving back then.
            It was cool to be there, and funny to think that the place is an iconic location for horror movie fans.
            You say you own the Day of the Dead remake. Did you mean Dawn of the Dead? I thought the remake started out very well, then got bogged down and a bit dull when they got to the newer version of the mall. I also thought there were way too many superfluous characters, none of whom I could relate to. Give me Roger and Peter any day.
            I can’t disagree with you about the Brooks book (as far as characterizations are concerned,) but I was impressed with his obvious knowledge of history, current events, and other cultures, and how he wove short vignettes into a coherent whole.
            I think you’ll really be impressed with the Whitehead book. Aside from an Apocalypse story, it is just very well written.
            “Get it’s head up. Get it’s head up. Roger, get its head up, man!”
            Bill

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            • Yeah, I meant “Dawn of the Dead.” There is a “Day” remake, but I haven’t seen it; it looks putrid.

              You’ve got a cool wife, man–but I suspect that’s not news to you. Man, is there ANYTHING kids can’t ruin?
              My wife’s pretty easy-going. She’s accompanied me to the World’s Biggest Thermometer, Manzanar Internment Camp, and the Louisiana Bayou.
              This is how cool my wife is–we’re heading to San Jose in about an hour to see DEVO and Blondie tonight, and my wife is gonna drive the whole way (180 miles). I’m a lucky man.

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              • LOL! Man, those are some seriously cool trips you’ve been on. Enjoy the show tonight. Though I suspect Blondie is probably beginning to look a little bit like Tammy Faye Bakker by now.
                What, A Flock of Seagulls couldn’t make it?
                Bill

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                • Yeah, I was thinking about making the joke on my blog (and if I do, don’t tell anyone you heard it here first!) that when I was a kid, I had the most major crush on Blondie’s Debbie Harry.
                  Now that I could probably have her, it just isn’t the same.
                  (This joke was approved by the wife).

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