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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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Dawn Of The Dead
DIRECTED BY GEORGE A. ROMERO
RELEASED: 1978

Why's it so good? Different decade, different Dead. Almost ten years after Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero returned to the zombie apocalypse in glorious technicolour (Dulux should bring out a shade of red called Spurtin' Savini) with plenty of satirical arrows to fire at consumerist society, as a motley band of survivors hole up in a shopping mall and then become corrupted by avarice. If Chaucer had written a zombie movie, Dawn Of The Dead might have been it.

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How does it stack up to the original? The tight, B&W claustrophobia and mounting dread of the original is gone, replaced by a gaudy, technicolour, EC Comics sensibility, with exciting action scenes, a wonderfully kitsch soundtrack and some dark humour from a director having heaps of playful fun.

Glaring error: We love Tom Savini, and we know that it a tight budget, but painting people blue to signify them as zombies just doesn't cut the mustard, sonny Jim.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 128 MONTHS


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