I’m not a huge fan of remakes.
Remakes are typically overproduced cinematic trash that cater to our nostalgia while picking our pockets, and they rarely offer anything new or exciting.
To some extent this holds true for 2004’s Dawn of the Dead. More often than not, however, it’s a pretty stellar movie that pays respect to its source material while also adding some cheesy fun to the storyline.
If you’re not familiar with 2004’s Dawn of the Dead, it’s Zack Snyder’s remake of George A. Romero’s 1979 classic about a group of survivors trapped in a shopping mall that’s under siege by zombies.
I’m not much of a Snyder fan, but he’s at least gained some respect over the years in terms of keeping his movies visually appealing (even if the stories are somewhat lacking). But the screenplay was written by James Gunn, which should be enough to at least get your attention—now there’s a man who knows how to tell a great story!
While I strongly prefer the carnage of Romero’s ’79 masterpiece, I’m okay with Snyder’s rendition of the zombie apocalypse. The only downside is the dialogue, which is a little lacking at times.
2004’s Dawn of the Dead barely shambles onward when it’s not at a dead-ass sprint, but it remains entertaining in some capacity 16 years later.
This is a short review, but let’s be honest—most of you won’t even read this far anyway. If, by chance, you do read this far, please comment “Nipple Fart Butt Party” in the comments. It’s good to feel appreciated.
This week, I'm doing seven straight days of zombie movie reviews as a part of my 31 Days of Horror Reviews series. Do you have a favorite zombie movie? Tell me in the comments and I’ll add it to the roster.
Also, grab Scream Factory's Dawn of the Dead Collector's Edition Blu-ray. It's an absolutely stellar 2-disc release that's packed with special features!