Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Classic vs. Remake: Dawn of the Dead!

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Directed in 1978 by horror legend George A. Romero, this spawned it all, from Dead Rising to The Walking Dead. 

The thing I noticed while watching this was that while it’s undoubtedly a classic and fantastic film, it’s not so much a zombie horror as much as a plain survival movie. You could replace the zombies with most anything and it would be the same movie, even a bit more tense because the zombies weren’t that dangerous.

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

This remake of zombie master George A. Romero’s 1978 film is Snyder's directorial debut, with Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn as producer. 

After an over-night zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors lock themselves in a shopping mall to keep safe from the things and to figure out how they’re going to escape to safety. Great characters, incredibly stressful scenes and blood and gore that still look good make this a fantastic remake – exactly how they should be done. Just make sure to stay for the credits, the film continues through them.

Original vs. Remake: Overall, I think for the intents of a Halloween movie the remake is better. The original is very philosophical about killing zombies and more meta in people losing their minds – what The Walking Dead TV show should be – but in the remake it’s all the most tense and horror-like parts shoved together with an hour of exposition shaved off. Because of the better characters, more stressful scenes and the danger of the zombies, the remake takes it.
Winner: Remake.

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