Dawn of the Dead (1978) – George A. Romero
This is the second installment in George A. Romero’s “Living Dead” legacy. It is more refined than its predecessor, Night of the Living Dead (1968), and more entertaining than its follow up, Day of the Dead (1985), although Day has the most sophisticated make-up effects of the original “trilogy.” The film makes brilliant use of its limited resources by setting a majority of the plot inside a shopping mall. There the characters are able to explore and make use of all the shops and facilities the mall has to offer. There is a very exciting sequence in which the main characters block off the entrance to the mall, preventing the living dead from entering, and then take siege on the ones trapped inside. The film also provides an interesting social commentary on American consumerism, which was a mere fraction of what it is today. More than a genre film, D.O.T.D. is a profound, entertaining look at the structure and breakdown of our society, with Zombies.