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DAWN OF THE DEAD (R)

USA / Italy, 1978 (MIFF 2008, Retrospective on George Romero)

Director: George Romero

DAWN OF THE DEAD (R)

"Dawn of the Dead is one of the best horror films ever made - and, as an inescapable result, one of the most horrifying." - Chicago Sun-Times

The second instalment in George A. Romero's ‘Dead' series takes a swipe at suburbia and consumer culture, with the flesh-rending this time set against the dulcet tones of mall muzak.

Taking refuge in a shopping mall, a ragtag group of survivors try keeping the marauding hoards of zombies at bay, but ultimately end up prisoners within their well-stocked safe haven. How long before the zombies mindlessly storm the doors like a stocktake sale?

"... a film tapping in two dark and dirty fantasies - wholesale slaughter and wholesale shopping - to create a grisly extravaganza with acute moral intelligence." - critic Dave Kehr


D/S George A. Romero P Richard Rubenstein WS Richard Rubenstein TD 35mm/1978/125mins

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