REVIEWED
10/31/04

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Dawn of the Dead (2004): Director's Cut
Director: Zack Snyder
Year: 2004
TRT: 1:50


You like zombie flicks? This is a decent zombie flick. Stylish as hell, some pretty well-done gore, and glimpses of good characters. Too bad I really fuckin hoped drinking much more alcohol before seeing this version (as opposed to the "theatrical" version, seen in the theater, no less) would allow me to overlook some of the gaping flaws in this film from a logical standpoint. Don't even try to tell me there is no logic involved when drunk, as this website is based on drunken logic. But as far as this film is concerned, it has not stood up to the test of DMR scrutiny like I thought it would. I won't ruin it for you with "spoilers," as there really isn't much to spoil, except when the "writers" had written themselves into a corner and were too lazy to go back and fix the original problems (that's right, multiple), but convinced all the "producers" it was a "twist" as opposed to the fact that it was lame writing plain and simple. So when I say this is a good zombie flick, I must put in the disclaimer of pertaining to the year 2004. (Shaun of the Dead was better, though. And all those other major zombie flicks released in 2004. Oh, wait...)

This film stays true to the original Dawn of the Dead this was based on in the fact that 1) the word zombie is never actually used (I think) 2) some people hole up in a mall to protect themselves from the ghoulishly living dead and 3) it was not, in fact, shot in Hawaii. Oh yeah, some television footage is used as well (nice little cameos by Tom Savini and Ken Foree, BTW).

There is some creativity going on here, I must admit, at least visually. And while they try to give most of the characters at least a little history, the unassuming "non-actor" that plays the TV salesman Michael (Jake Weber) is by far the best (Sorry, Ving, good but not great here). A treat for the horror fans out there, and for those that want to get caught up in some decent tension. Just have a couple of shots of whiskey and/or tequila beforehand. And then a couple more. Beer chasers are implied.

Great Scene: It was so good, they had to use it twice (which tells you something about the "creativity" used in this film). [Humming along to an Eric Clapton staple... duh duh duh dum- Propane]. The opening to Johnny Cash and mid-movie interlude to Richard Cheese are also excellent choices.

DVD Notes: I think there's actually some really good stuff with the movie. I can't remember, though, and the package has slipped through my fingers. Feel free to post any key features below...