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Desc:The greatest horror film ever made.
Category:Classic Movies, Horror
Tags:Zombies, zombie, apocalypse, Dawn of the Dead, Romero
Submitted:Knuckles
Date:02/10/09
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Rovin
Extended version, hot damn.

I don't know if I'd call it the GREATEST horror film of all time, but it's certainly ONE of the greatest.
kingarthur
I'm at a loss to find one better. I can think of a couple that some close but have their flaws.

Rovin
I'd have to vote for Carpenter's remake of The Thing, Romero's original Night of the Living Dead, and maybe Murnau's Nosferatu. But those are more pure HORROR films than Dawn of the Dead, which is as much an adventure film as anything.

kiint
what?! its the greatest action/comedy movie ever filmed!

Rovin
Now you're mistaking it for Braindead/Dead Alive.

Corman's Inferno
Romero has said many times (especially on the special edition box set) that he never felt Dawn of the Dead was a horror movie. He always thought of it as a live-action comic book adventure (which is one of the reasons he didn't go with the ending where Peter shoots himself and Fran leans into the chopper blade).

Corman's Inferno
Also: "WOOLY'S GONE APESHIT, MAN!"

FABIO
ALIEN??? THE EXORCIST???

and yeah, The Thing too


Was anyone over 10 actually scared by this movie? It was a fun little 70s cheese buddy romp, but it's not even the best in that sub genre since it was outdone again by John Carpenter a decade later with Big Trouble in Little China.

kingarthur
You cannot honestly tell me that Dawn of The Dead is not superior to Big Trouble In Little China. I like Carpenter a lot too, but come on now.

FeeFiFoFoTheFifeFifeBrown
This just in, FABIO is a gigantic fucking clod

Pillager
"People aren't willing to accept your solutions, doctor, and I for one don't blame them! "
enki don't
Up there with the greatest.
Part 6 has my fave line in the whole movie:

"i need lighter fluid"
NewHeavenSalesman
My dad got me a shitty VHS copy of this when I was eight and knew basically nothing about horror.

It's easily one of my most treasured possessions.
oswaldtheluckyrabbit
This is pretty much the best movie
rustedmutt
Yes yes yes! Thank you, Knuckles.
sosage
Greatest or not, it still deserves 5.
StanleyPain
Dunno about greatest, but this one pretty much changed the entire landscape of American horror at the time and many years afterwards. Zombie movies were becoming as cliche' then as they are now, and this movie showed that a zombie movie could be more than just cheap scares and gore, but rather a fully functional horror/drama with more depth than anything most of the b-movie filmmakers at the time would have expected an audience to take.

Not sure what happened to the Romero who made NotLD, this one, Martin, and Knightriders, but it would be nice to have him back.
yeahjim
Actually, I more or less asked him that. What he said was that he really hasn't changed. He's still making art films using zombies as a medium. LoTD was about America in Iraq (basically) and DotD was about the search for authenticity in the midst of media bombardment. It's just that the art doesn't seem to be resonating as well with the public these days. I don't think we want Romero anymore... we want something snappy and snarky and fun, like Whedon.

dr_mr_vandertramps
I have never seen this movie before tonight. I've always wanted to see the "...of the Dead" movies, but never got around to it. Nice.
Walker
I'm going to five it because I understand the significance of the film, but I have to say... I only got around to watching it in it's entirety a few years ago and I wasn't really as blown away as I thought I should be based off everything I've ever heard about it, which is pretty much along the same lines as the comments here.

Is it one of those films that you had to see during the heyday to fully appreciate? As a first time viewer in 2004(ish) I didn't think it had really aged very well. I don't recall a single scene where I felt any ounce of horror.

Let the reaming begin.
yeahjim
Saw it when I was 13. Had trouble sleeping for weeks. It's not about the jump-out-and-boo, but the deeply unsettling scenario - a world where the dead outnumber the living, one where a person's choices usually amounted to suicide, undeath, or postponement.

Keep in mind that Left 4 Dead was not to appear on the shelves for another 30 years. The whole "zombie motif" exists as something venerated because of Romero.

Spit Spingola
Youtube is hardly the best way to watch this but damned if I'm going to give it less than 5 stars.
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