Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead is based on a directly stated premise: what if the dead didn’t stay dead? Simple, novel, effective. His not-exactly-a-sequel follow-up movie, Dawn of the Dead tried to turn that idea into a capital-I Idea, comparing those mindless animated corpses to the consumerist horde of 1980s America. But the 2004 Dawn of the Dead re-imagining, the debut for Watchmen director Zack Snyder (and primarily shot just over the bridge in Clearwater!), calls back much more directly to the fearsome premise of the original. The dead don’t stay dead, they relentlessly hunger for the living (who are still stuck in a mall), and — in a twist novel enough for George Romero himself — this time they’re fast.
2004 / R / 1h 41m / Thriller
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