Nonstop blood and gore from beginning to end, the original "Dawn of the Dead" is nothing less than classic through and through. THE definite must see for any fan of zombie flicks, or even those with a taste for awe-striking violence.
Creepy monkeys...what's not to love?
Reviewed by KHL for Monkey Shines at 2009-02-05 12:52:47
If you are creeped out by monkeys, not to mention GENETICALLY ENGINEERED monkeys, this is for you. I personally love some of the headings on Amazon for this movie, like "Deadtime for Bonzo", "Show Me the Monkey" and "Man's Best Friend is a Dog; His Worst Enemy is a Genetically Altered Monkey".
Would make a great remake today
Reviewed by KHL for The Crazies at 2008-11-04 14:55:20
This low-budget Romero flick with marginal acting has a great idea at it's core...a government biological weapon is accidentally unleashed on an unsuspecting small town, which results in it's citizens going "crazy" and trying to kill their fellow citizens. Reminiscent of something like The Day After meets 28 Days Later. Could make a swell remake today with a bigger budget and a good director.
Very boring and dull movie. Why it gets a four stars and the remake way lower is beyond me. No special effect, B@W, No blood, not scary in the very least. Please don't waste my time by saying it was the original whatever that started a genra of zombie flicks. So many more blow this out the water. Please open you eyes people. I give it 2.5 stars.
A Novel Take on the Traditional Vampire Story
Reviewed by KHL for Martin at 2008-08-27 12:31:38
Martin is a very interesting and subtle, yet effective, take on traditional vampire movies. Martin is an average young guy, with the exception of his obsession with blood and his rather quiet nature. The narrative is not necessarily always clear, with "flashbacks" in black and white(or are they Martin's current views of his world?) and a family who believes in the reappearance of the "old family curse" every so often. Martin is not scared of crucifixes, he doesn't burn up in the sun, he can eat garlic, and mirrors don't phase him. There is a rather humorous scene reminiscent of "The Exorcist", however Martin just walks out of the room as he is being "exorcised", as it has no effect on him.
Strangely funny, yet eerie, with some nice camerawork and music. Disturbing, yet strangely hypnotic, and worth multiple viewings.
Let me start this by saying, that I'm a huge fan of George Romero's zombie movies. In their day, they were clever morality plays about the current human condition. But, somewhere along the way, Romero decided to infuse more gore, violence, and action into his version of the undead (presumably to keep in touch with today's audiences?) and also succumbed to the same self-plagiarizing that plagued George Lucas throughout during the three Star Wars prequels. This movie isn't awful, but it isn?t nearly as good as it could have been. The acting and characters are fitting for a zombie film and the premise is exceptional, but the social commentary (the hallmark of these films) is just too heavy-handed (rich people die at the hands of working-class zombies) and clumsy. We get it! Greed is not good. Enough already! What played as biting social commentary in the 1980s now seems like a desperate grasp at former glory.
The best zombie movie ever made
Reviewed by dj101092 for Dawn of the Dead at 2008-04-12 23:41:04
Mall mayhem, zombies and elevator music, a biker getting eaten while getting a blood pressure check, a zombie decapitated by a helicopter blade. This movie has it all. There is a not so subtle message about consumerism but Romero focuses more on finding unique ways for zombies to kill people and people to kill zombies. Entertaining from beginning to end.