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A then-unknown director tackles a remake of one of the greatest zombie films of all time, “Dawn of the Dead”, and knocks it out of the park.

The Spookshow Summer Disaster comes to a close with Josh’s choice, “Dawn of the Dead” (2004), the Zack Snyder remake of the George A. Romero zombie classic!

Zack Snyder makes his directorial debut with this 2004 action horror film, working from a screenplay by none other than James Gunn. A remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 horror film of the same name, it stars an ensemble cast that includes Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, and Mekhi Phifer. Scott Reiniger, Tom Savini, and Ken Foree from the original film also make cameo appearances. Set in Milwaukee, the film follows a group of survivors who take refuge in an upscale suburban shopping mall during a zombie apocalypse.

The film was intended as a “re-envisioning” of the original Dawn of the Dead, aiming to reinvigorate the zombie genre for modern audiences.

Released by Universal Pictures, it topped the box office in the United States during its opening weekend and ended its theatrical run grossing $102.3 million worldwide against a budget of $26 million. Reviews were generally favorable, citing improvements over the original in terms of acting, production values, and scares while finding it lacking in character development, excessively gory, and indifferent to Romero’s preoccupation with consumerism.

Retrospective reviews have hailed Dawn of the Dead as Snyder’s best film and one of the best zombie and horror films ever made, a damn impressive feat for a remake of a beloved zombie classic. 

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