Ok, I’ll admit it – I never saw the original Dawn of the Dead, but I did see the original Night of the Living Dead. So, I pretty much knew what to expect. But the level to which it was implemented, well, it’s a modern horror film. Not one of those slow, lumbering 70’s horror flicks.
The pre-title sequence was excellent – so much so, that the audience (all press folks, mind you) cheered and applauded when the titles slammed up on the screen! The opening titles were designed in a very very cool manner. I need to find out more about who did them. The film, for the most part, is about a bunch of people trying to survive the zombie horde trying to kill them. In a mall. It ends on a dour note – but when the whole world is turning into the undead, did you really expect it to have a happy ending?
The music by Tyler Bates works as sound design, and this is a loud loud movie. But it was a fun ride, with some obvious (and some not so obvious) scares. The gore was, as expected, a bit much, but it was still a fun flick. I don’t think I need to say that this is for horror fans only; the squeamish need not apply.