For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
3.9
5,333 Ratings

Dawn of the Dead

Directed by George A. Romero
United States, 1978
Horror

Synopsis

The second part of George A. Romero’s Living Dead series finds four survivors taking up refuge in an abandoned mall after the zombie outbreak seen in Night of the Living Dead reaches epidemic proportions.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Dawn of the Dead Directed by George A. Romero

Critics reviews

Night of the Living Dead" may be the more seminal achievement, but the second film in George Romero’s incomparable zombie cycle has always been my personal favorite — scary, shrewd, exhilarating; in every respect a full meal.
October 31, 2016
Read full article
Many have tried to claim Dawn as an anticonsumerist parable (as an undergraduate, I was one of them), but the movie’s greatest quality may be its open-endedness. The mall is an idiot’s paradise, sure, yet it also provides the heroes with everything they need to survive—food, clothes, lodging, weapons. In fact, Dawn often plays as a consumerist fantasy, with the four protagonists enjoying free reign over an entire mall’s worth of goods.
November 29, 2012
Read full article
The lack of slickness is what gives Romero’s Dawn of the Dead its lasting, grungy brilliance; not only are the Tom Savini makeup effects tactile, so is the location itself. There’s a seeming artlessness to Dawn, which makes it feel unlike any other horror movie (especially the sped-up, machine-tooled Zack Snyder remake). Just ignore the eviscerations, and it’s clear Romero’s made the inadvertent nonfiction portrait of seventies America.
May 14, 2012
Read full article

What are people saying?

Related films