Saturday, 1 September 2018

Apocalyptic Consumerism: George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978) - A 40th Anniversary Retrospective

Almost a decade had gone by since George A. Romero revolutionized horror cinema with his reinvention of the zombie in 1968’s 'Night of the Living Dead', when he started to develop its follow-up. By this time, Romero’s reanimated, rotting, shambling, and flesh-eating undead, and his rules of how they can be killed - damage to the brain, or set on fire - were the definitive interpretation, becoming so iconic and forever deeply embedded in popular culture. Over these past 50 years, this incarnation has influenced every creator that has contributed to zombie mythology in all its forms - film, TV, books, comics, and video games. 

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