Category: Film

“Dawn of the Dead (1978) & Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Last week I focused on “Smallville” and since the new season of “The Walking Dead” is about to begin, that is what I’m going to be focusing on this coming week, so I guess this is kind of a prelude.

As long as I can remember I’ve been a big fan of ‘zombie’ everything.  If a movie or television show has dead, zombie or plague in the title it’s pretty much a guarantee I’m going to check it out.

“George A. Romero” is one of my favorite writers and directors and “Dawn of the Dead” was one of the first zombie movies I ever saw, and I thought it would be a good idea to do a comparison between the two.  The 2004 version was not a remake of the original, but I enjoyed it for different reasons, with that being said they still have a few similarities, so we’ll break it down in bits and pieces.

dawn-of-the-dead-castdawn-of-the-dead-castNo zombie or post apocalypse type film or television show would be the same without a group of survivors who just look whipped.  I mean, I guess if I was constantly being chased by hordes of zombies, I’d look whipped too.

Of course, if I had a choice as to which zombies I’d want be stuck with during the apocalypse…

ZombiesThe drunken frat boys would be preferable. dawn-of-the-dead-2004-

 Each group managed to hole up in one of the best places to be stuck in if it’s the end of the world.  If you can find a mall and secure it, perfect. It’s got everything you need, right? The only problem is being stuck together in one place for a long period of time you start to get on each others’ nerves and something always happens forcing you to leave anyway.Romance

romanceTragedy also has a tendency to bring people closer together, sometimes feelings flair up and you become romantically involved, but as we all know, it always ends badly, either your significant other wants to eat you. (no pun intended), or they would rather blow their brains out than run risk of wanting to eat you.

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Aside from the advancements in makeup and special effects, which weren’t bad in the 78 version, after all, they were created by “Tom Savini” who, in my opinion is one of the best in the business.  We’re going to take a look at the differences.

helicopter-zombieNow, the group in the older version had an advantage with the helicopter which, in some cases, may seA Team stylerve as a weapon for those pesky zombies.  I mean, if you need to leave in a hurry the best place to go is up, but the group in the new version pulled a complete “A-Team” maneuver. Did you see those trucks?  Awesome!Fat Lady

The director of the 2004 version managed to cast the ‘dead by dawn’ lady, which was cool in itself, but who can forget the cute little zombie baby.  You may want to rethink breast feeding.cute lil zombie baby

I think this is where I am going to end it.  I’m getting pissed off that the pictures aren’t going where I want them to go, so this post looks like crap, not a good thing for a ‘closet perfectionist.’  Might have to try other templates.