Monday, January 5, 2009

Images From My All Time Favorite Films: George A Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978)



















11 comments:

Nigel M said...

yes yes very clever! and I expected to see a dude get his bonce cut off by helicopter blade!

Okay I will admit it- these stills have illustrated that just maybe there is another way to look at this movie- some of those stills could be lifted from a giallo. I wonder, did Dario Argento have any artistic input into the film at all?

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Nigel,
I tried not to repeat too many of the images that are often seen from this film.
Yes, Argento did have something to do with the film. He helped finance and produce it, introduced Romero to Goblin and even put together an alternate cut for the European market called 'Zombie'.

Thanks for the comments!

Nigel M said...

Jeremy,

I think what you ve done here is great and its probably the sort of thing I would try to do- not only playing with but subverting expectations. Because what you (I believe) are trying to show is not just that this is a zombie film but also illustrating how this film works on an artistic level.

To be honest I ve seen the film more times than I can count but these screen caps you have made have got me thinking maybe I should attempt to watch in a different way. So again brilliant work here. If the intention was to get people to look at the film in a slightly different way then that has worked on me!

Incidentally the only reason I mentioned Argento and artistic input is because while I was aware of him being a producer I wasn;t sure if he had any hands on work with Romero, particularly the screencaps of shop dummies here got me thinking of Bava and a few other fashion house set giallo scenes. Just a thought

J.D. said...

I still think that this is my fave Romero film that features a fantastic mix of gallows humor and socio-political commentary. Plus, it has a lot of great gore shots, too.

Steve Langton said...

Great choice, nice shots. Nigel is bang on. There are other ways of looking at this film, and your screenshots are valuable in this regard.
The Anchor Bay box is the pride of my DVD collection, which makes this my favourite Romero film, too.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks everyone for the continuing comments. Romero's film is a an incredible combination of heavy social commentary on consumer culture gone wild, a remarkable snapshot of America at a pivotal period and a kick ass zombie film as well. It was a a challenge and a blast picking just ten shots from such an iconic work by one of our great directors.

Keith said...

Hey Jeremy. I love this film. It doesn't get much better than this. This film is a classic. It will always remain one of my favorites. I love the images you chose. Good job. Cheers!

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Keith,
I appreciate that...

Richard H. said...

Hi Jeremy,
Just started following your blog and it's quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I love horror films that are more than what they appear to be on the surface, and Dawn of the Dead is one of the best. Those images alone are worth a thousand words. I wonder how you feel about Day of the Dead, my personal favorite.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Richard...sorry about the delay in commenting back. I love Day of the Dead as well although Dawn is my favorite. Thanks again for the comments.

scottreinigerlover said...

"Dawn of the Dead" is also my all time favorite film. I never get tired of watching it and it made me a fan of Scott Reiniger!