Dawn of the Dead (1978)

body horrorno
violence toward animalsno
Bechdel-Wallace testfailed
Mako Moripassed
X was the real YIt turns out that a 127-minute run time is the real monster.

How do you follow up the most successful independent horror movie ever made?

Romero's answer was to expand the world and its consequences. In Night, the stakes are local, Dawn gives us a better sense of what's happening on a national stage. Even once we settle into a location, the mall is giant compared to the farmhouse.

This series falters eventually, but this movie succeeds in creating an enjoyable sequel that doesn't forget its source, but doesn't just attempt to rehash it, either.

I wrote the above during the first 80 minutes of this movie. This movie is good, but there is no way it should be 127 minutes long. It would easily be twice as good if it were 30 minutes shorter. They don't introduce the major conflict of the film until about 100 minutes in. The ending is especially frustrating. I'm more sympathetic to this when it isn't happening in the 3rd of 4 movies for the night, but that doesn't mean it's right.

As a final note, it is obvious watching this movie that Dead Rising needed to be made.