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Transcript - Dawn of the Dead (1978) - Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2007

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James Rolfe: It's Cinemassacre's "Monster Madness". Now we're getting to the gory stuff. A decade after George Romero shocked the world with "Night of the Living Dead" he does it again with a color sequel which also stands on its own. The cast is new, it doesn't require seeing the first movie but the backstory is the same. There's an epidemic of zombies walking around eating people and everybody tries to survive. A group of people hide out in a shopping mall which is the perfect setting, because all the stores offer great scenarios and comedic effect. 

(A zombie gets a pie smushed in his face)

Roger (luring the zombies): Come on, let's go! Over here! 

James: Just the idea of having a whole mall to yourself is great fun. It's like being a kid in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. But besides all that, some interpret it as social satire – comparing mall-shoppers to zombies. But it just seems that they had a lot of fun making this movie and that fun transcends on to the audience. 

For its time it might have been the goriest, bloodiest film ever made, which disgusted many audiences. But those who were bold enough to sit through it could probably see the humor behind a lot of it and how creative a lot of the effects are. This is the early work of Tom Savini who also acts in the film. To this day he's one of the most famous faces in the horror business. When watching the movie the characters really draw you in and there's a lot of great lines. 

Roger: We got this, man! We got this by the ass! 

James: Romero followed up with "Day of the Dead" in 1985 and "Land of the Dead" in 2005. What's interesting is that each movie really seems to represent the decade in which they were made. If you like horror movies at all don't miss these 'cause these are awesome. 

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