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DAWN OF THE DEAD

Director: George A. Romero

USA • 1978 • COLOUR • 128 MIN


Following the sorely under-appreciated Diary of the Dead, George A. Romero is currently shooting his sixth zombie opus; no better time, then, to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Romero’s finest hour, and the Holy Grail of splatter flicks. To a generation more familiar with Zach Snyder’s impressive 2004 remake, the original Dawn of the Dead may appear laughably clunky. To the true aficionado, however, Dawn remains the definitive old-school zombie opus, an ambitious critique on consumerist society that resonates more than ever today — and still delivers the gory goods. N.B.: the legendary tagline from the poster for Dawn of the Dead — ‘When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth’ — was removed (by hand!) for its Irish release.

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