Saturday: 27.March.2004

Dawn of the Dead - 2004 Remake

We saw Dawn of the Dead last night, at the Spectrum in Irvine. [Trailers posted here.] This is a remake of the classic cult horror film from 1978. It's fun to see scary movies with a big group - at night .. when it's dark. Critical reviews were good. See here. The movie definitely kept my attention, theater was comfortably-full (7PM screening).

It was hard to get everybody to go, tho. When I told Nick we were going to the movies, he said, "Great! What're we gonna see?" I said "Dawn of the Dead." He said, "Oh. Uh, I can't go. I have to do homework." [How many kids you know who say they can't go to the movies cuz they have to do their homework?]

I said, "Come on, Nick. Everybody's going." He asked who. I told him, "Me, Evan, Nikolai, Mikaela, your mom, Sharon." He interrupted, "Sharon's going?" I said, "Yeah. Sharon's going." He said, "Okay, I'll go if Sharon goes."

The only problem was that Sharon didn't want to go 'cause she's afraid of scary movies. So I told Sharon, "Come on, Shar. Everybody's going." She asked who. When I got to Nick, she said, "Nick's going?" I said, "Yeah, Nick's going." She said, "Okay, I'll go if Nick goes." So I got everyone to go by telling them everyone else was going. Maria helped, saying, "Come on. We'll all die together."

But they only lasted 5 minutes. That how long it took for the first splattering of blood to show up on screen. It was as if their seats were spring-loaded to release at the first sign of gore. Sharon & Mikaela were *launched* from their seats. Catapulted.

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Nick was sucked into their vacuum as they all promptly bolted. They couldn't get out of there fast enough. Sharon returned a few minutes later to tell us they were going to see Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed next door, but the kids wouldn't come back in.

The rest of us stayed until the bitter end. We enjoyed it .. altho slept with the light on. =) Heard a noise right as I started to fall asleep. My heart started pounding. No way was I going to "investigate" like those idiots did in the movie. Evan didn't think it was too scary. He said, "I've dated *girls* who were scarier than that."

If you see this movie, don't leave when they start to roll the credits. Because there are still more surprises in store. [Thx to Evan for the pic. He left right after the movie to drive back to UC Santa Barbara, where he just learned that he made the Dean's list for last semester.]





Posted by Rad at March 27, 2004 11:24 AM

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Yeah, these "zombies" could run pretty fast. My favorite part was when the black guy hid his pregnant wife who was infected. She was scary-looking.

Posted by: mitch at March 27, 2004 03:27 PM

Dawn of the Dead is the sequal to Night of the Living Dead, which is is the true horror cult classic from 1968.

Posted by: pj at March 27, 2004 04:24 PM

Actually, those two movies are part of a trilogy that includes Day of the Dead. Here is a great page on Zombie Behavioral Characteristics.

Posted by: max at March 27, 2004 04:30 PM