Dawn of the Dead

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by welsh, Mar 30, 2004.

  1. welsh

    welsh Junkmaster

    Apr 5, 2003
    Ok, who has seen it and what did you think?

    Was the remaking of these flicks a good idea.

    Roger Ebert's review-

     
  2. El*Diablo

    El*Diablo It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Dec 22, 2003
    I've seen it twice and in my opinion its a damn good movie.
     
  3. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    I've seen it twice and in my opinion it's a stupid piece of shit movie. :P
     
  4. Montez

    Montez So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Jun 20, 2003
    Ving Rhames was awesome in the movie - he definitely has that gift that great actors have, where he can do almost nothing yet still communicate a huge number of emotions and thoughts across the screen. Besides him though I thought it was inferior to the first one. Horror movies lose a lot when they are too slick, and this one was as slick as they get. Beyond that the story was kind of fragmented, the pacing was off, there wasn't any depth to it, and the "28 Days" style raging, running zombies don't work in this movie. It was a good horror movie, but not as good as the original.

    Could it have been a good remake? Absolutely. It got the standard Hollywood treatment though, where they eradicate any intelligence and uniqueness and process it until it's a standard flat "fast-food" movie, devoid of character and missing the subtle elements that made the original vivid and interesting.

    Plus there wasn't any biker invasion, and no zombie with a pie in the face. :(
     
  5. Malky

    Malky Lived Through the Heat Death
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    May 7, 2003
    I saw it twice.

    Brilliant.

    The original is probably my favorite horror film, and I was very skeptical walking into the movie. I knew it'd either be damned good, or damned bad.

    It was damned good.

    The acting was terrific, the characters felt like they could be your next door neighbors (especially the character of Michael), and the action was spectacular.

    I have to comment that this isn't so much a remake of the 1979 film, as it is a "re-envisioning." The only similarities it has with the original "Dawn" is the fact that there are some survivors in a mall. Other than that, this is a completely different film...thankfuly so. I think it would've failed as a straight up remake, because the original is such a masterpiece.
     
  6. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    I dunno, I feel aversion to see it.

    The most insightful comment I heard on it is "It's an American rehash of 28 Days Later. A bunch of big boobies bouncing about while ADHD-zombies mope around stupidly ocassionally eating people"

    I'm not into horror much anyway.
     
  7. Malky

    Malky Lived Through the Heat Death
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    May 7, 2003
    28 Days Later is a rehash of the "Dead" films. There are direct homages to the movies within 28 Days Later.

    I don't recall anyone being over a C cup.

    The zombies are smart, and they run fast. There was no moping going on in the movie.

    They do eat people, though.
     
  8. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    Completely beyond the point

    There goes my only possible incentive to go see it

    Well that sound familiar...OH WAIT 28 DAYS LATER

    Lewl the British made such a kewl film let's do exactly the same thing lewl!!!!1111

    PS: why do you think I said "ADHD-zombies"?

    PPS: 28 Days Later really wasn't that good, so excuse me for not feeling like watching a rehash
     
  9. Malky

    Malky Lived Through the Heat Death
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    May 7, 2003
    You...uh...contradicted yourself.
     
  10. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    No:

    As a re-invisioning, it should have its own, unique elements. Or isn't it a re-invisioning?

    Also, 28 Days Later was a homage to the "Dead" films, that in no way justifies a "Dead" remake to be a direct rip-off of 28 Days Later.

    Also, I understand the zombies are more similar to 28-zombies than to the original "Dead"-zombies. Thoughts?
     
  11. Malky

    Malky Lived Through the Heat Death
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    May 7, 2003
    Read it as ADD. My mistake.

    Just because it has zombies that run doesn't mean it's a rehash. There are 100s of movies in which zombies run. I didn't see you going around making posts about how 28 Days Later was just a rehash of all of those.

    Not to mention the situation is completely different.

    Get your head out of your stuck up movie going ass and admit how much Kill Bill pwned you. :P
     
  12. Montez

    Montez So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Jun 20, 2003
    That might have been my problem with it - I went in thinking that it was a remake and I couldn't help comparing the two throughout. I do give it bonus points for that scene at the end with the chainsaw - UnneccesaryGore+++.
     
  13. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    Meh, maybe if I ever see it. Ever.

    On the subject; my aversion to the Passion is increasing every minute

    pwned what?

    Man that movie sucked.
     
  14. welsh

    welsh Junkmaster

    Apr 5, 2003
    Your not the only with an adversion for the Passion.

    I hear the Ladykillers is quite good, although Tom Hanks is not.

    And honestly, I liked the fact that the zombies moved slowly, weren't that smart and just wanted to eat. That's one of the things that made them both menacing and kind of disturbing.

    In that sense I liked the remake of the Night of the Living Dead- stayed pretty much true to the story but made the events within the house more interesting.

    And I am sorry to say this for the Night of the Living Dead fans- but, honestly, the flick was kind of boring.
     
  15. Malky

    Malky Lived Through the Heat Death
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    May 7, 2003
    Agreed, but the first time you see it it's quite scary. It's still an excellent film - considering when it was made.
     
  16. Mohrg

    Mohrg Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Jun 27, 2003
    Saw it twice and loved it both times, they just need less zombies and more clowns!

    Mohrg :twisted:
     
  17. Elissar

    Elissar Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Aug 31, 2003
    Saw it twice.. Loved it... Especially the celeberty snipeing scene... and the remix of "Down with the sickness" I was singing that alll damn night after hearing it the first time.
     
  18. Thorgrimm

    Thorgrimm A Smooth-Skin

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    Dec 16, 2003
    Welsh, George Romero wrote the script for the Night of the Living Dead remake. Just thought i would mention it in case you did not know that.


    Cheers Thorgrimm
     
  19. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    No no no, it was crap. Too stylish.

    What's that new Tim Burton flick? Is that any good?