GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978: The best darn ZOMBIE flick ever made!

ON APRIL 20TH, 1979, U.S. ZOMBIE FANS WENT TO THE THEATERS TO WATCH GEORGE A. ROMERO’S CLASSIC ZOMBIE FLICK DAWN OF THE DEAD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!  This vintage zombie movie is THE BEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER MADE, in my opinion and in the opinion of most zombie movie fans.  I saw DAWN OF THE DEAD for the first time in a seedy grindhouse cinema located near my house.  They would show DAWN OF THE DEAD together with LUCIO FULCI’S zombie island masterpiece ZOMBIE (aka ZOMBI 2 and ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS).  I think I watched this double feature dozens of times over the years, and I never got tired of re-watching these magnificent zombie flicks.  Back then, for a buck and a half, I was allowed to stay inside the theater from the early afternoon until about 2 or 3 am.  I’d watch these films over and over again!  WHAT A TREAT!  It’s these two movies, but particularly GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD that initiated my insatiable hunger for zombie movie madness, that’s for sure!  Fans won’t forget about DAWN OF THE DEAD, even if the film is 36 years old.  What made this film better than all the other imitations?  It was a combination of factors that have made this film a global cult classic.  First of all, the film featured a top notch cast: David Emge (as Stephen Andrews), Ken Foree (as Peter Washington), Scott Reineger (as Roger DiMarco), Gaylen Ross (as Francine Parker), David Crawford (as Dr. Crawford), David Early (as Mr. Berman), Howard Smith (as the TV Commentator), Jese del Gre (as the Old Priest), Tom Savini (as Blades), Taso Stavrakis (as Sledge), and many more talented actors.  When you do a zombie flick, you have to choose a high quality cast with charisma and actual talent.  The cast of GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD was an excellent cast, and all of them had memorable scenes with very unforgettable lines.  Also, the cast had good chemistry; they looked good together, and they sounded good together!  These actors convincingly portrayed their roles, and that’s a recipe for cinematic success! 
The script, written by GEORGE A. ROMERO himself, is a masterpiece in zombie fiction horror.  Who can forget the memorable lines delivered by the great KEN FOREE, when he stated in a sobering manner that “WHEN THERE’S NO MORE ROOM IN HELL, THE DEAD WILL WALK THE EARTH.”  That has to be one of my favorite horror movie quotes of all time!  And don’t forget the great makeup effects by the talented and famous TOM SAVINI.  There were no CGI zombies back then, so TOM SAVINI had to create the effects by hand, which made the movie more believable than many of the modern zombie flicks being made by Hollywood today.  The soundtrack for the film sets the creepy and atmospheric mood of the whole zombie apocalypse story in a way that stays with you, even after the movie is over.  Today’s zombie soundtracks are nowhere near as creepy and atmospheric, because there are few bands out there like GOBLIN.  This Italian rock band was the perfect choice for this film.  Without GOBLIN’S music, I doubt the movie would have been as good as it was.  I still listen to the classic DAWN OF THE DEAD soundtrack in total awe and admiration.  All the other zombie flicks lack that special moody and atmospheric quality because they don’t have the right soundtrack.  DAWN OF THE DEAD is a masterpiece that fans continue to mention and re-watch over and over again.  I wish we had modern zombie flicks that would capture the special moodiness of this late 70s smash hit.  Will there ever be another movie like DAWN OF THE DEAD?  It’s always a possibility, but Hollywood does not listen to the old zombie movie fans.  They want to emulate the new 28 DAYS LATER style zombies that run and scream like rabid maniacs.  Old school zombie fans are disappointed about these running, screaming and fast paced zombies.  What made Romero’s zombie flick different was the fact that the zombies had a supernatural element.  People were not sure why the zombies were attacking, and if it was a virus or some other force.  There was this idea that god, nature or some other force was punishing humanity for its crimes.  That’s what I liked about the original.  The dead were really dead, and they walked like animated corpses.  Now, the dead run, scream and use weapons to attack their prey.  I and a lot of old school zombie fans don’t like this, and filmmakers need to take note of this.  We want rotten, bloated and slow moving corpses with misshapen bodies.  We want monsters that more closely resemble a classic ghoul.  Forget about the rabid screaming zombies.  Bring back the old classic slow-moving zombies that look like rotten corpses with worms.  Bring back the animated dead with missing limbs and guts hanging out.  Make the zombies look like dead people who have been dead for a while.  Also, bring back the mythology of the dead supernaturally rising from the grave, a la Lucio Fulci.  In Dawn of the Dead we were not sure what was the cause of the zombie apocalypse, and that made it even more frightening.  Rabies like viruses are not as scary, and gives the zombie apocalypse a scientific explanation.  Keep the zombies mysterious; keep the cause of the apocalypse unknown.  PLEASE LISTEN TO ME, ZOMBIE STORY AUTHORS, VIDEO GAME MAKERS, FILMMAKERS AND EVERYONE ELSE THAT MAKES A LIVING CREATING ZOMBIE STORIES!  Study GEORGE A. ROMERO’S CLASSIC 1978 flick more closely, and take a look at what made this movie so successful.  Try to expand on the mythical, mystical, otherworldly aspects of ghoul legends, and expand on that.  The music is very important too!  If you are a filmmaker or a video game designer, you need to pay attention to the music.  Hard rock soundtracks don’t work for creating a super creepy atmosphere; you need to use electronic music like the type that GOBLIN creates to get the right mood for your project.  LISTEN TO ME, AND YOU WILL SUCCEED IN YOUR ZOMBIE PROJECTS!  Listen to the fans.  The gore has to be outrageously over-the-top, and you need to be more creative when it comes to zombie carnage.  Select the right type of cast, if you are a filmmaker.  Don’t select actors and actresses just because they look pretty on screen.  The actors and actresses need to have a certain amount of charisma, and that means selecting unique looking characters with distinctive personalities.  GEORGE A. ROMERO’S ORIGINAL CULT CLASSIC ZOMBIE FLICK DAWN OF THE DEAD CONTINUES TO BE THE BEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER MADE, BECAUSE IT HAS THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF ELEMENTS.  Great actors, atmospheric music, old-school special effects and a well written script make GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978 an inimitable global cult classic that will continue to live on for many generations to come!

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THE SCENES IN THE ORIGINAL DAWN OF THE DEAD WERE MEMORABLE AND STAYED WITH YOU EVEN AFTER THE MOVIE WAS OVER.  THE SHOCKING AND MEMORABLE SCENES IN THIS FILM WERE THE RESULT OF A COMBINATION OF FACTORS THAT INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING: A GREAT CAST OF CHARISMATIC CHARACTERS, A WELL WRITTEN SCRIPT, ATMOSPHERIC AND SPOOKY MUSIC, GREAT MAKEUP EFFECTS, AND PLENTY OF OUTLANDISH ZOMBIE EXTRAS IN AN ENCLOSED AND CLAUSTROPHOBIC LOCALE.  NEW FILMMAKERS AND OTHER ARTISTS NEED TO TAKE NOTE OF THE ELEMENTS THAT MAKE THIS AN INIMITABLE CULT CLASSIC ZOMBIE FLICK FROM THE LATE 70S.  YES, DON’T IMITATE, BUT TRY TO INCORPORATE SOME OF THESE ELEMENTS IN YOUR NEXT ZOMBIE BASED PROJECT!  IMAGE SOURCE: TAP OR CLICK HERE!

GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978: THE BEST DARN ZOMBIE FLICK EVER MADE!

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THE MARKETING FOR GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978 WAS AND STILL IS QUITE INGENIOUS.  THE ANNOUNCER’S DEEP AND CREEPY VOICE, THE ZOMBIE’S BREAKING THOUGH BARIERS, THE MUSIC BLARING IN THE BACKGROUND AND THE WARNING DISPLAYED ABOUT THE FILM’S VIOLENT SCENES.  ALL OF THESE ELEMENTS MADE POTENTIAL MOVIE GOERS WANT TO SEE THIS PICTURE EVEN MORE.  THE POSTER WITH THE ZOMBIE HEAD RISING LIKE THE DAWN’S EARLY SUN IS INGENIOUS AS WELL.  THIS MOVIE WAS SUCCESSFUL AND IS A CULT CLASSIC BECAUSE OF ALL THESE ELEMENTS COMBINED.  NEW ZOMBIE FILMMAKERS NEED TO STUDY THESE ELEMENTS VERY CLOSELY IF THEY WANT TO CREATE CULT CLASSIC FILMS THAT WILL LAST FOR GENERATIONS TO COME!  IMAGE SOURCE: TAP OR CLICK HERE!

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THIS GUY DID A GREAT JOB AS THE SCIENTIST TALKING ABOUT THE ZOMBIES ON THE TV BROADCAST.  HIS NAME IS RICHARD FRANCE, AND HIS DISTINCTIVELY DEEP VOICE BLARING IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE FILM ADDED TO THE APOCALYPTIC GLOOMINESS PERMEATING THE ENTIRE FILM.  HE’S GOT AN EYEPATCH, AND HE’S GOT CHARISMA.  IS HE THE BEST LOOKING ACTOR?  NO, NOT EVEN CLOSE, BUT THAT’S WHAT WE WANT IN A GOOD ZOMBIE FLICK.  WE WANT INTERESTING AND MEMORABLE CHARACTERS THAT ARE UNIQUE AND HAVE STAGE PRESENCE.  SOME OF THE ACTORS CHOSEN FOR MODERN ZOMBIE MOVIES ARE PRETTY TO LOOK AT, BUT THEY HAVE NO CHARISMA, AND THEY ARE VERY FORGETTABLE.  DAWN OF THE DEAD HAD DISTINCTIVE LOOKING CHARACTERS OF DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES, WITH UNIQUE PERSONALITIES.  A GOOD ZOMBIE MOVIE SCRIPT WRITER NEEDS TO CREATE INTERESTING CHARACTERS FOR THEIR MOVIES, JUST LIKE GEORGE A. ROMERO DID WITH DAWN OF THE DEAD.  EVEN THE BACKGROUND CHARACTERS WERE INTERESTING, LIKE RICHARD FRANCE’S PORTRAYAL OF DR. BERMAN.  IMAGE SOURCE: TAP OR CLICK HERE!

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS IN GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD IS PETER WASHINGTON (BRILLIANTLY PLAYED BY THE FAMOUS AND TALENTED ACTOR KEN FOREE).  WITHOUT THIS CHARACTER, THE MOVIE WOULD PROBABLY NOT HAVE BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL, AND THE DECISION TO SELECT KEN FOREE FOR THIS ROLE WAS BRILLIANT, IN MY OPINION.  HE IS ONE OF THE CHARACTERS THAT I REMEMBER MOST FROM THIS MOVIE.  GREAT ACTING, MR. FOREE, IF YOU ARE READING THIS.  I HOPE YOU READ THIS SO YOU KNOW HOW I AND MANY FANS OUT THERE FEEL ABOUT YOUR ROLE IN THIS FILM.  WITHOUT YOU, THIS MOVIE WOULD HAVE FLOPPED.  THE WAY YOU DELIVERED YOUR LINES, WITH THE NATURAL EXPRESSIONS OF YOUR FACE, MADE YOUR CHARACTER BELIEVABLE AND VERY MEMORABLE.  WE, THE ZOMBIE MOVIE FAN COMMUNITY, SALUTE YOU!  IMAGE SOURCE:TAP OR CLICK HERE!


THIS SCENE FROM DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978 IS ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE IN THE ENTIRE FLICK.  THE CHARACTER’S NAME IS ROGER DIMARCO, DRAMATICALLY PLAYED BY SCOTT REINIGER, AND HE IS MY SECOND FAVORITE CHARACTER FROM THE FILM.  HE DID A MAGNIFICENT JOB OF PORTRAYING A CHARACTER THAT IS VERY SURE OF HIMSELF AND OVERLY IMPULSIVE.  IN THE END, ROGER’S IMPULSIVENESS AND CARELESSNESS GOT THE BEST OF HIM.  IN THIS SCENE, AFTER HAVING BEEN BITTEN BY A ZOMBIE, HE RISES FROM THE DEAD AND BECOMES AN ANIMATED CORPSE.  PETER IS FORCED TO SHOOT ROGER IN THE HEAD, SPLATTERING ALL HIS BRAINS ON THE WHITE WALL BEHIND HIM.  THIS IS A SCENE THAT STICKS WITH YOU FOR A VERY, VERY LONG TIME.  MODERN FILMMAKERS AND AUTHORS NEED TO TAKE NOTE WHEN CREATING A GREAT ZOMBIE SCENE.  WHAT MAKES GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD SO MEMORABLE?  YOU NEED TO MAKE A LIST, AND STUDY THAT LIST VERY CAREFULLY.  EVERY SCENE IN THIS MOVIE WAS METICULOUSLY CRAFTED, AND THE SPECIAL EFFECT GORE SCENES ARE TOP NOTCH.  YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION, MODERN ZOMBIE ARTISTS AND FILMMAKERS.  SOMETIMES YOU’VE GOT TO GO BACK TO BASICS AND SEE THE CLASSIC ZOMBIE FILMS AGAIN.  I REALLY HOPE YOU GET IT, BECAUSE YOU WILL FAIL MISERABLY IF YOU DO A SILLY ZOMBIE FLICK WITH STUPID CHARACTERS AND A JUVENILE PLOT.  SOME OF THE ZOMBIE COMICS, VIDEO GAMES, AND FILMS OUT THERE ARE QUITE DUMB AND FORGETTABLE.  YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHY BY ANALYZING CAREFULLY WHAT MADE GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD A GLOBAL PHENOMENON.  IMAGE SOURCE: CLICK OR TAP HERE!

GEORGE A. ROMERO ON THE SET OF DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978.  WITHOUT A GREAT SCRIPT, YOU CAN’T REALLY EXPECT TO CREATE A CULT CLASSIC ZOMBIE FLICK.  IT’S THE SCRIPT, THE DIALOG, AND THE CHARACTERS THAT MAKE A ZOMBIE FLICK SUCCESSFUL.  WITHOUT WELL WRITTEN SCRIPT, YOU ARE DOOMED, MY DEAR ASPIRING FILMMAKER.  I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LATER ON, BUT THE NEWER FILMS LACKED THE POWER OF THE ORIGINAL DAWN OF THE DEAD.  DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) IS ALSO A VERY GOOD ZOMBIE MOVIE, BUT DAWN OF THE DEAD REMAINS MY FAVORITE ZOMBIE FLICK OF ALL TIME.  AFTER DAY OF THE DEAD, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED.  I AM NOT A FAN OF THE NEWER WORK BY ROMERO.  I LOVE THE FIRST THREE ZOMBIE MOVIES: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD AND DAY OF THE DEAD.  LAND OF THE DEAD, WELL, I JUST DIDN’T GET THE SAME MEMORABLE VIBE I GOT FROM THE FIRST THREE FILMS.  I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF FANS WHO WOULD DISAGREE WITH ME, BUT I JUST DID NOT LIKE THE NEXT THREE FILMS AFTER DAY OF THE DEAD 1985.  A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE MAY OR MAY NOT FEEL THE SAME WAY I DO.  EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS, AND I DO HAVE QUITE A FEW OF MY OWN.  I RESPECT YOUR OPINION IF YOU LIKED ALL OF THE FILMS, BUT MY FAVORITE GEORGE A. ROMERO ZOMBIE FLICKS CONTINUE TO BE THE FIRST THREE, AND THE NUMBER ONE ALL-TIME FAVORITE OF THE THREE IS DAWN OF THE DEAD.  I NEEDED TO EXPRESS THESE FEELINGS WITH THE WRITTEN WORD IN HOPES THAT SOMEONE WILL LISTEN TO ME.  DAWN OF THE DEAD, THE ORIGINAL ONE AND NOT THE ONE THAT CAME OUT IN 2008 THAT FEATURES THE RUNNING AND SCREAMING 28 DAYS LATER ZOMBIES, WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVORITE ZOMBIE FLICK OF ALL TIME.  PERHAPS YOU, MY READER, WILL BE THE NEXT FILMMAKER THAT WILL REVITALIZE THE ZOMBIE GENRE.  IMAGE SOURCE: TAP OR CLICK HERE!

ON APRIL 20TH, 1979, U.S. ZOMBIE FANS WENT TO THE THEATERS TO WATCH GEORGE A. ROMERO’S CLASSIC ZOMBIE FLICK DAWN OF THE DEAD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!  This vintage zombie movie is THE BEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER MADE, in my opinion and in the opinion of most zombie movie fans.  I saw DAWN OF THE DEAD for the first time in a seedy grindhouse cinema located near my house.”


— R. J. ALFARO, REPORTING FOR THE MIAMI ZOMBIE TIMES COMMUNITY 2014.




GEORGE A. ROMERO’S 
DAWN OF THE DEAD VIDEOS


Dawn of the Dead 1978 Original HD Trailer 1 George A Romero Tom Savini

Dawn of the Dead 1978 Original HD Trailer 2 George A Romero Tom Savini

Dawn of the Dead 1978 Original HD Trailer 3 George A Romero Tom Savini

Dawn of the Dead 1978 Original HD Trailer 4 George A Romero Tom Savini

Dawn of the Dead 1978 Original HD Trailer 5 George A Romero Tom Savini

Dawn of the Dead Soundtrack


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