1. Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross, David Emge, Scott Reiniger, Tom Savini
Now that AMC’s The Walking Dead is officially the highest rated series in the history of cable television, zombies are legitimately the hottest monsters on the block. So it’s more inexcusable than ever for heads to continue to neglect George A. Romero’s horror masterpiece Dawn Of The Dead if they’ve yet to see it, because, frankly, it’s the greatest zombie movie ever made. That’s right, even better than Romero’s predecessor, the equally brilliant Night Of The Living Dead. By a small margin, but still superior.
Conceived amidst the rise of American consumerism in the late ’70s, Dawn Of The Dead works magnificently as a social allegory, positing its survivors’ decision to hide out inside a large shopping mall as the ultimate shopaholic solution. More importantly for horror goons, though, Romero’s second living dead flick is impeccable as a scare-show, packing ridiculous amounts of suspense, carnage, flesh-ripping, and inventive zombie kills (scalping with helicopter blades, for example) into its epic two-plus-hours running time.
To put it bluntly, it makes The Walking Dead, a show we love, look like Chopper Chicks In Zombietown.