Well, it’s movie night again, and what better way to follow Night of the Living Dead than with a double bill of Mamma Mia and Dirty Dancing. No, obviously not. Get your groove on to The Gonk, it’s Dawn of the Dead, people!
I’ve got myself the fancypants 3 disc edition that comes with the Theatrical Edition on blu-ray and the Director’s Cut & Argento Cut on DVDs. It also includes a lovely poster, choice of 4 blu-ray covers and an actually-interesting booklet by some random film bloke.
I’ve chosen the Argento cut because that was the first one I got out of the box. There are a bunch of differences between the alternate cuts, and I don’t really have the attention span to find, never mind list them. Fortunately. someone else has got spare time on their hands….
Anyway, down the business…
There’s a mother-flipping zombie apocalypse in progress, and amidst the chaos, a reporter, her pilot boyfriend and 2 SWAT officers escape by helicopter and eventually end up in a massive shopping mall. As they work to keep one step ahead of the Zombie hoard, they also face the prospect of spending their remaining days trapped in a consumerist nightmare.
WHY IT IS GOOD!
It strikes a nice balance between horror and comedy that you don’t see in modern movies, especially the remake! It’s nasty, but in kind of a childish, comic-book way! The social satire is perfect and still relevant today! The buddhist monk zombie is still my favourite zombie ever! The Gonk is still the best bit of music ever in any film ever (if you’re unfamiliar, think the Robot Chicken end credits sans clucking)! The zombies are slow and useless, the way zombies should be!
WHY IT IS BAD!
Some of the zombie effects are a bit naff by modern standards, and a fair bunch of the scenes preceding the shopping mall are a bit naff and shonky!
CHANCE OF FALLING ASLEEP!
0/10 – NEVER!
RATING ON THE FUDGECRUMPET SCALE OF AWESOMENESS!
And just for a treat, I found this for you…
…I’ll see you in 10 hours.