For the Love of Movies – “Dawn of the Dead” (1978)

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For the Love of Movies – “Dawn of the Dead” (1978)

It was the early 1980’s. The local college hadn’t taken over one of the downtown theaters, the Cold War was still raging, & George Clooney was on a sit-com called E/R. Our town had 3 video rental places, 2 “mom & pop” establishments and a chain store (Family Video). I remember when my dad got a VCR and hooked it up to our HUGE console 25″ television. We all headed to Video Today as a family to pick up some videos to watch.

I remember the building it was housed in, when it was originally built it was a plumbing supply store I believe from the turn of the century. You knew it was from the turn of the century because the building had a border of ceramic tiles of different colors & designs, one of the designs being that of a swastika. This symbol was a symbol of good luck/good fortune before it was appropriated by the Nazi party.

The photo above is the VHS cover I remember fondly staring at me from the video shelf. There have been many covers over the years, but this is the one that drew me into the world of George R. Romero’s zombie survival world.

Wikipedia has a great entry on the film, and the website WhatCulture has an article on why the film could be the greatest film of all time (a stretch).

As promised, here is a link to the full “director’s cut” of the film (with a running time of over 2.5 hours) that someone posted online.

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