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Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead Remake Turns 10 Today

dawnofthedead3My oh my, how time flies. It feels like it was just yesterday when I took my seat at a Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors convention on the East Coast and got my first glimpse at the teaser trailer for Dawn of the Dead, a remake spearheaded by Strike Entertainment and Universal.

When the promo was over, it received a unanimous raised middle finger from the crowd. 

No one wanted a remake. I know I certainly didn't.

George Romero's original story certainly didn't need to be re-told. The film was perfect in every way. And who the hell did this director Zack Snyder think he was to tamper with the material? And did this screenwriter James Gunn – who, at the time, had penned a live-action Scooby-Doo - really think he could deliver something sharp and something with as much bite as Romero's film?

Then the remake saw its release on March 19, 2004 (moved up a week from an original March 26th release slot). And I think we – including myself – were all a little surprised by how good it was. It was snarky and intense, violent and gory. It didn't really pull any punches and was mean and aggressive and it showcased not only what Gunn had to offer as a writer, but Snyder's strong visual style.

Dawn of the Dead put a lot of great talent on the radar. In addition to Gunn and Snyder (who have since made names for themselves and are champs with Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman vs. Superman on the way, respectively), the film gave us some great work from Ty Burrell (the star of Modern Family) and Michael Kelly (of House of Cards), too. Eric Newman, the producer, would go on to produce SlitherChildren of Men and The Last Exorcism.

The film opened to $26 million and grossed over $100 million worldwide, signaling the rise of zombies in pop culture.

Dawn of the Dead is one of those titles that holds up as its own film and as a strong remake. What did you guys think of the film?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Coronerslab

    Its the only movie that seeing the first 10 minutes, on TNT I think, made me curious enough to go see in the theater, even though I was a staunchly against it, when I heard of it’s inception. So glad I did. Also has some of the best DVD features of any movie.

  • J Jett

    i freaking love this movie! i remains in my top 5 movies ever. i saw this movie 4 times in the theater (and that NEVER happens). it’s this movie and 28 DAYS LATER that ignited my love for zombie films. before that i couldn’t stand them.
    HAPPY 10TH DAWN!!

  • Liam

    As it’s own movie, yeah it’s okay. Not worth owning for me, but I’ll watch it on Syfy or TNT if nothing else is on. But I’ve always said, Zombies do not run. I don’t understand how turning into a rotting corpse gives someone the ability to turn into a superpowered athlete. I always thought of this less as “Dawn of the Dead” and more as “28 days later – in America”

    • Mumm-Ra

      I feel the exact same way about it. You hit the nail right on the head.

    • Mumm-Ra

      I feel the exact same way about the film. You hit the nail right on the head.

    • KeithMichael

      Only DotD is better than 28 Days Later, as it isn’t one of the most misogynistic and pretentious movies ever made.

      • Liam

        Not entirely factual. Personal opinions never are. I prefer 28 to Dawn, personally. Though I don’t call it a zombie film, because the infected beings in that don’t die to become what they are.

  • TheWalkingDon

    This was the movie that really got me drawn into the zombie movies again. As a kid Romero’s classics scared the Jebus out of me and I would have constant nightmares. Try being a 12 year old in the 80′s and seeing Day of the Dead for the first time. This movie to me was more action than horror and it got me back into the whole zombie craze. I don’t think the movie is perfect, but I think it’s a decent remake of a classic and it doesn’t tarnish the original.

  • MrX13

    I remember when I saw this movie 10yrs ago, I was at the edge of my seat. Synder and Gunn nailed this movie perfectly and zombies got scary again. At first I was hesitant because the zombies ran but it worked really well and that is what made it scary.

    This will always be one of the best remakes ever!!

    I was hoping that the Day of the Dead remake would be just as good but that was crap.