Dawn of the Dead
Picking up where Night of the Living Dead left off, this classic horror flick from director George A. Romero begins with an undead army of flesh-eating zombies taking over every major city in the United States. Running for their lives, Peter (Ken Foree), Roger (Scott H. Reiniger), Stephen (David Emge) and Frances (Gaylen Ross) find refuge in a remote shopping mall, only to discover they have to fight a motorcycle gang, too.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Here's what the 2004 remake wasn't: Satirical, interested in more than itself, smart beyond a technical proficiency. Make no mistake, it's a zombie horror film first and foremost, but more than once it transcends its material with undue brilliance. There's no layer of ironic self-awareness here, no characters created only to be zombie food, no artificial tension between the main characters because one of them was a born jerk. It's funny, honest, well-photographed, totally engrossing, and tense as all hell. This is how the genre is done.

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