Few films have had such an impact on the horror genre as George A. Romero’s 1978 “Zombie – Dawn Of The Dead”. as a socially critical analysis and always comes along with a clever wink, so that “Zombie” is now fully deservedly one of the greatest classics of all.
A remake can actually only stink against that, right? Yes and no. Even if “Dawn Of The Dead”, which will be broadcast on ZDF on the night of June 25th to 26th, 2022 at 0.35 a.m., cannot keep up with the iconic radiance of the original, director Zack Snyder (“Army Of The Dead “) and screenwriter James Gunn (“The Suicide Squad’) succeeded in creating an adrenaline-charged rush.
by the way: The theatrical version of “Dawn Of The Dead” will be broadcast on free TV today without advertising and uncut. But if you like it a little more hearty, you can also switch to the Director’s Cut, which will be published exclusively afterwards, which goes into the characters a little more in terms of content, but also adds some juicy violent spikes that will make Gorehounds in particular happy:
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For Zack Snyder and James Gunn, Dawn Of The Dead isn’t about slavishly emulating the original. Instead, the films actually have very little in common apart from the shopping center as the main location of the action. While George A. Romero was still concerned with using the zombies and the setting for a biting satire on American consumer society, Snyder understands his setting from the point of view of the western genre, free of any double ground.
At its core, Dawn Of The Dead is a classic siege film in which a group of trapped people must fight back against an overwhelming force of faceless enemies. Zack Snyder is all about superficial effect. This can be seen as a dull pleasure, but how the later “Man Of Steel” director manages to consistently step on the gas pedal over the entire running time and unleash an apocalypse in which soon everyone is next to themselves is quite impressive impressive.
In the official DashFUN review, “Dawn Of The Dead” got a good 3.5 out of a possible 5 stars. Our author Johannes Pietsch writes about the film: “Although the trick technique still corresponds to classic manual work, the effects are state of the art and are on the high budget so that Zack Snyder can deploy his zombie creations to any degree of anatomical deformity.”
And the violence factor is of course an important aspect of a “Dawn Of The Dead”. If you prefer a harder pace, you’ll get your money’s worth here, because Zack Snyder doesn’t skimp “shot heads, bitten carotid arteries and ripped off limbs.” So if you’re in the mood for a bloody, adrenaline-charged fight for survival or are looking for an example of a good remake, you shouldn’t miss “Dawn Of The Dead”.
The dead don’t die anymore. A horrible virus is turning the people into mindless zombies that are now populating America and threatening the few who are still alive. A few of them barricade themselves in a department store in their desperate searches for a place of safety. Among them are Ana (Sarah Polley), Luis (Louis Ferreira), Kenneth (Ving Rhames) and Andre (Mekhi Phifer).
Together they try not to let the zombies come into the department store and to keep a bit of humanity in their fight for survival. Neither succeeds for long. The community of convenience has to deal with the militant security guards very early on, whose employees join the group but in no way subordinate themselves, which repeatedly leads to friction. When more refugees and even more zombies arrive, the situation escalates…
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