My Current Top 25 Favorite Horror/Suspense Movies starting with #25

  • XXV. The Omen (1976) (Directed by Richard Donner)
  • XXIV. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  • XXIII. Se7en (David Fincher)
  • XXII. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski)
  • XXI. Scream (Wes Craven)
  • XX. Hellraiser (Clive Barker)
  • XIX. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (Wes Craven)
  • XVIII. The Descent (Neil Marshall)
  • XVII. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1973) (Tobe Hooper)
  • XVI. Night of the Living Dead (1968) (George A. Romero)
  • XV. The Thing (1982) (John Carpenter)
  • XIV. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • XIII. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  • XII. Misery (Rob Reiner)
  • XI. The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi)
  • X. Dead Alive (Peter Jackson)
  • IX A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven)
  • VIII. Halloween (1978) (John Carpenter)
  • VII. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • VI. Dawn of the Dead (1978) (George A. Romero)
  • V. Alien/Aliens (Tie) (Ridley Scott/James Cameron)
  • IV. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
  • III. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
  • II. Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  • I. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth: A look at "Dawn of the Dead" (1978)

One of the very best horror films of all time, let alone the 1970s, is George A. Romero's classic zombie film "Dawn of the Dead." It is an incredible viewing experience. The film which delivers plenty of scares and gore is also a terrific social commentary on consumerism. The setting of the shopping mall for the majority of the picture is priceless. The zombies have invaded the shopping mall because it is what they remembered doing for most of their lives when they were regular human beings. This movie is my favorite of Romero's zombie pictures because of the entertainment value and because the movie has something to say about society, which I believe is that we have become too materialistic. The makeup and gore effects by Tom Savini, who worked with Romero on some of his other films, is outstanding. The music by "The Goblins" (who also did the very creepy music for "Suspiria") is certainly memorable in this movie albeit a little weird at times. The acting is reasonably good considering most of the actors in this film are not household names. The movie is not for anyone with a weak stomach. There is blood splattered throughout the movie. It is extremely violent but I think most people know what they are getting into when they sit down to watch a zombie movie. When you sit down to watch "Dawn of the Dead," you are in my opinion, going to experience the best zombie picture in film history. What is your opinion of "Dawn of the Dead?"

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