Dawn of the Dead (2004) / Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Remaking a film that helped define a genre for generations and that remains one of the most influential movies of all time is a tough task. That a then-unknown director by the name of Zack Snyder was able to not only leave his mark, but further help redefine that same genre is a testament to the strength of the film. While it lacks the sometimes subtle and sometimes overt themes that legendary filmmaker George A. Romero infused in his original 1978 film, the compelling narrative, visceral action, gruesome imagery and memorable characters that Snyder helped bring to life in his remake have made his film just as much a classic. Led by Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames, the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead helped push the runner zombies into the mainstream and its impact can still be felt in today’s pop culture.

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  1. edward • June 19, 2019 @ 9:35 PM

    Of these movies that I’ve seen both of, this is the one real serious error, esp. if you go back to the original Japanese release and ignore the re-edit they did for the US. The original Japanese was one of the first serious movies done after the censorship bans were lifted and the entire movie is a truly gripping commentary on the Atomic Bomb. The 2014 remake did do some of this, but its context was very reduced. It also failed to take advantage of modern effects to any significant degree and ‘romantically’ tried to reverse the monster back to original. There is nothing daring or original about the remake. I recommend to everyone to a copy of original Japanese release to see the real movie.

  2. Kevin • May 30, 2019 @ 5:28 PM

    This writer really knows his films, his knowledge is impressive. I agree with most of the selections here, the new 3:10 to Yuma is one of my favourite films, as is True Grit (both the old and the new). I’m not a film connoisseur, I only know what I like and what I don’t, but this is a great selection.

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