- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 9, 2004
- Originally Released: 1978
- Label: Starz / Anchor Bay
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: This program has been mastered using DiViMax, a high definition film transfer process.
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Theatrical Version
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby EX Sound - English
- DTS 5.1 Surround Sound - English
- Additional Release Material:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Some kind of instinct. Memory of what used to be. This was an important place in their lives."
- Steve Andrews (David Emge) on why the zombies are flocking to the mall
Variety - 04/18/1979
"...DAWN pummels the viewer with a series of ever-more-grisly events....Romero's strong suit is pacing and technical fluidity. His film has a keen visual sense that tersely extracts the maximum from all the bloodletting..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/19/2004
"Fundamentally satirical, DAWN also has an essential -- but rarely remarked upon -- sadness."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2004
"Romero himself is said to prefer this tauter version, which balances its low-budget gore with a sharp satire on consumer society..."
Uncut - 12/01/2004
"[S]till highly effective, and as slyly funny as gory."
Director George Romero's tongue-in-cheek sequel to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is so grotesque that it achieves a kind of comic bliss. In the modern cathedral of materialism, a shopping mall, flesh-eating zombies browse for more victims. Four horrified survivors fend off the gruesome shoppers as the mall fills with the once-living.
Black Comedy |
Cult Film |
Sci-Fi / Horror / Fantasy |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: April 10, 1979 (USA).
- DAWN OF THE DEAD went into production in November 1977, with a budget of $1.5 million.
- The mall sequences were filmed at the Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, PA. The tenement scenes were shot in Pittsburgh's Hill District, the area upon which the TV series HILL STREET BLUES was based.
- Several versions of the film exist, as a result of the censorship policies of different countries.
- The editing of the 121-minute Italian version was supervised by co-producer Dario Argento.
- Director George Romero makes a cameo appearance in the television station at the beginning of the film.
Gore maestro Tom Savini appears as the leader of a biker gang who is eviscerated by zombies in the shopping mall.
- Most of the 143 storeowners in the mall allowed their stores to be photographed in the film.