The 2004 remake of George Romero’s 1978 classic “Dawn of the Dead” is a damn decent zombie movie in its own right. The movies transition from the adrenaline-fueled “first shock” horror of the first hours of an outbreak into the suspenseful, constant tension of living in a zombie world. Our survivors, a much larger and varied group than in the original, are able to fortify a large shopping mall which is soon surrounded by thousands of walking corpses.
Two of the survivors, Andre and Luda, are expecting a baby. We all know from the start that this isn’t going to end well, but the movie teases and distracts us from the inevitable with a commendable subtlety. When the reveal is finally made the mood is perfect and the tension thick and heavy.
Poor Luda, we barely knew you! Poor Andre, you sad, broken bastard! Poor baby bitey, you freakish little slab of nightmare with insanity sauce. Here’s to you all!