I admit it. I won’t be catching up with these. There were too many amazing things happening this month. I will just speed ahead to the last two for today and tomorrow. So it’ll be just shy of a 31 day movie challenge. But a 25 day movie challenge has a nice ring to it. Right? Er, right?
Anyway … onto today’s post!
Day Twenty-Four – What is your favorite horror movie of all time?
DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) d: George A. Romero
It is no surprise if you know me, or have even been reading this blog for awhile, to know that my favorite horror film, and indeed one of my top three favorite films (along with STAR WARS and THE GODFATHER), is George Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD. The second film in the series of Romero zombie films is just an amazing film from start to finish. I think what helps in many ways is that Romero’s zombie films, while technically connected, all feature different characters and storylines so they are really their own films. I think that is also what makes it so special is that it is its own thing. The world is being overrun by the living dead is the only carry over from the previous film. What Romero then does is weave together a film that is completely engrossing. As well as being gross.
Four people decide to make a run for it while the world falls apart around them and they take refuge in an abandoned mall. Abandoned except for the walking dead. If they clear out the zombies then the mall is theirs. Much has been said about the social commentary of the film and its view of excess, commercialism, greed, and so on. It’s most basic message lies within the fact that you can always acquire the wealth you desire but there is always someone greedier than you. And at the end of the day, the one thing you can’t escape from or buy or steal is your own mortality. Death will always get you. What’s great about this film is it’s messages are there if you want them to be. They’re not shoved in your face. If you want a great zombie film then it is that. Romero knows that at the end of the day people want to be entertained. If you can throw a message at them that is great but the key is for people to see a film that is entertaining first.
I actually saw DAWN OF THE DEAD third. DAY OF THE DEAD was my first venture followed by NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Shortly after I saw DAWN OF THE DEAD and as much as I love the other two (and I do dearly) there is something so special about DAWN. The characters are so well established that we care about them. It has some great action scenes and all the zombie munching one could hope for. Plus it has a lot of great humor. It’s exciting, funny, dramatic, horrifying, sad, happy, disgusting, and most of all absolutely amazing.
My top ten films will change every so often as things in my own life change. One of the things that will never change is DAWN OF THE DEAD being one of my top three favorite films, plus my favorite horror film, of all time.
Some friends of mine and I took a George Romero movie location road trip earlier this year to which included several DAWN OF THE DEAD places including the Monroeville Mall which you can read about HERE.