George A. Romero sucks at making movies these days. But, Dawn of the Dead represents a time when his mind was hatching all sorts of classic material. The original incarnation stands as a classic study on human nature and a commentary on greed and consumerism in the guise of a horror movie about the undead coming back to life.
I realize that I may lose some respect from some of the loyal Film Deviant readers out there with this following statement. Dawn of the Dead has always been my least favorite of his "of the Dead trilogy". I say trilogy because fuck anything that came out after the third entry. The only one of his films that is watchable these days is his Land of the Dead.
I understand that Dawn is sort of the spiritual Romero film with most of its social commentary still being relavent today. It's a timeless picture rooted in well-thought out themes that scare you on different, much deeper levels. I get that the film is more significant than any other zombie flick that has come out before...or since. However, it is not my favorite. That honor will be revealed a little later on this list.
Fuck. I'm officially in a bad mood now, ladies and gentlemen!
While browsing Romero's IMDB site for some info on him...I happened across an announcement for a remake of Deep Red, Dario Argento's masterpiece, which will be directed by Romero himself. Goddamnit! Just when you thought this guy couldn't fuck anything else up....now he's going after a personal favorite of mine!!! Here I was...about to gush all these good words about how Dawn of the Dead is a significant film for the horror genre...and how it will be one day exhumed by aliens and studied for it's brilliance and commentaries on mankind. I was going to talk about the great premise of locking yourself up in a shopping mall if ever the threat of zombies became a reality. And I was going to go on about all the great characters that Romero set up and how absolutely awesome Ken Foree is in the film.