Dawn of the Dead (2004)
|Packed with more blood, more gore, and more bone-chilling, jaw-dropping thrills, Dawn of the Dead Unrated Director's Cut is the version too terrifying to be shown in theaters! Starring Mekhi Phifer, Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley in an edgy, electrifying thrill-ride!|
When a mysterious virus turns people into mindless, flesh-eating zombies, a handful of survivors wage a desperate, last-stand battle to stay alive...and human.
"...a rather terrifying yet thrilling little ride. Annette Cardwell, FilmCritic.com
"The action is relentless, and the body count formidable... Philip French, The Observer
Editor's NoteFirst-time director Zack Snyder remakes zombie master George A. Romero's classic 1978 gore-fest DAWN OF THE DEAD, wisely replicating only the basic elements of Romero's movie, instead sticking to his own vision of a world overrun by undead flesh-eating creatures. The action begins with nurse Ana (Sarah Polley) waking up to discover her boyfriend has become a tasty midnight snack for a formerly cute neighboring kid. To her horror, she realizes that the whole town is in a similar state of ghoulishness, until she runs into still-alive cop Kenneth (Ving Rhames); the levelheaded Michael (Jack Weber); and Andre (Mekhi Phifer), a rebel with a pregnant wife in tow. As in Romero's original, the group heads for the local mall where they barricade themselves inside. More survivors surface, while in the outside world the zombies go about their day by slowly taking over the planet. Undeterred by the odds against them, the survivors plot, scheme, and enjoy their mall paradise. As they plan their escape, some incredibly gruesome special effects are deployed, often with a dash of wry humor added for light relief.Placing the messages from Romero's version--a funny, scary look at consumerist society--on the back burner, the 2004 version of DAWN OF THE DEAD instead concentrates on delivering a witty blood-fest. The zombies appear to have taken their cues from the fast-moving corpses of Danny Boyle's 28 DAYS LATER, and are generally much more agile than their 1978 counterparts. Director Snyder gets the balance between humorous set-pieces and plot development exactly right throughout, producing an enjoyable remake that can easily hold its own alongside the deservedly hailed original film.
Cast & Crew
|Armyan Bernstein - Executive Producer|
|Arvinder Grewal - Art Director|
|George A. Romero - Based On Screenplay By|
|James Gunn - Screenplay|
|Matthew F. Leonetti - Cinematographer|
|Niven Howie - Editor|
|Richard P. Rubinstein - Producer|
|Tyler Bates - Original Music By|
|Zack Snyder - Director|
Customer Reviews of Dawn of the Dead
I did not see this movie in the theater and watched it the first time on standard DVD, it was OK, but in HD-DVD the picture was much sharper and being this was a directors cut there were things that I do not remember seeing on the standard DVD, I felt that the ending was a little rushed, but like most current 'living dead' movies of late not much detail as to what created or caused the dead to come back to life?