Dawn of the Dead: a Reception Study

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Dawn of the Dead: A Reception Study

Directed by Zach Snyder and envisioned from George A. Romero’s original, Dawn of the Dead(2004) terrified audiences when it premiered in 2004 and changed what people thought about zombies. Winner of the Golden Trailer Award of best horror/thriller and nominated for six more awards, Dawn of the Dead made an impression on zombie film enthusiasts, the world over. Zach Snyder’s version of Dawn of the Dead is basically the same as George A. Romero’s original as far as the setting and background, however, the two films are very different. The world is hit by a zombie plague, where once bitten, you die and then once dead turn into a zombie. A nurse named Ana (Sarah Polley) wakes up to find her husband Louis (Justin Louis) has turned into a flesh eating zombie. After leaving her home and crashing her car, she runs into police sergeant Kenneth (Ving Rhames). They find shelter in a mall with other survivors a T.V. salesmen Michael (Jake Weber), Andre (Mekhi Phifer) a thug, and his pregnant girlfriend Luda (Inna Korobkina). Soon the infected begin to make their way into the mall and yet survivors are still trying to figure out exactly what is going on. They plan on moving on from the mall to find an infection free area. Dawn of the Dead has rated more lower ratings than higher. Many critics have different reactions about the film Dawn of the Dead; some disliked or liked the film while others had mixed feelings because it’s a remake, the technical and comical approach, the fright and the video game approach.

Most critics had negative reactions about film because it’s a remake, the zombies and gore. Many didn’t like the idea of a remake of Dawn of the Dead, saying why mess with something that is not broken. In the 2004 film, the zombies can run, jump, and scream, instead of the 1978 film where they only stumble around, moaning. “Unlike Romero’s comically staggering sleepwalkers, Snyder’s brood can run--very fast--and they make...