Dawn of the Dead (2004): 10 Things You Didn’t Know

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2004’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ had very little in common with the 1978 film of the same name, other than its setting. Here are ten things you didn’t know about the film.

If you start asking horror fans what their favorite zombie movie is, they’re most likely to give you a title directed by George A. Romero.

Essentially the godfather of the zombie sub-genre, Romero’s Night of the Living Dead sparked an interest in the undead feeding on the living, and now zombie are more popular than ever.

Perhaps the most beloved of all of Romero’s films, however, is his 1978 followup to Night, which was called Dawn of the Dead. The film features a group of survivors in the midst of a zombie apocalypse finding a safe haven in the form of a shopping mall, but things go south when the undead (and marauding bikers) breach its defenses.

With so much love for the original film, Dawn of the Dead became one of the first big name horror films to kick off the remake trend that has all but completely swallowed Hollywood. Fortunately, Dawn is actually one of the better examples of a remake, sharing only the location of a mall with the original, but adding its own unique storylines and characters.

Dawn of the Dead is actually one of my favorite zombie movies, and I don’t enjoy it any less than Romero’s classics. Here are ten things you may not know about the movie.

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