Dawn Of The Dead

Synopsis: Ana goes home to her peaceful suburban residence, but she is unpleasantly surprised the morning that follows when her husband is brutally attacked by her zombified neighbor. In the chaos of her once picturesque neighborhood, Ana flees and stumbles upon a police officer named Kenneth, along with more survivors who decide that their best chances of survival would be found in the deserted Crossroads Shopping Mall. When supplies begin running low and other trapped survivors need help, the group comes to the realization that they cannot stay put forever at the Shopping Mall, and devise a plan to escape.
Director(s): Zack Snyder
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

l'm Zack Snyder, the director.

l'm Eric Newman, one of

the one, two, three, four, five, six, seven,

eight producers it took

to bring this film to the screen.

And here comes the Strike logo,

which l love.

l'm actually very proud of it.

Originally we had this idea to go

from the Universal globe...

- To the sun.

- Zack was really proud of it

and then l said we had to have

the Strike logo after the Universal logo.

- That was great.

- lt worked well.

Really great.

There's Sarah Polley, our first choice.

l don't know who that guy is but he's great.

He sells this kind of doctor vibe that l love.

This was the first day of shooting, wasn't it?

The first day we shot

the first scene, very rare.

l'd never directed a movie before and said,

''lt's the beginning of the movie

''so we should shoot the first scene, right?''

They said, ''Normally you shoot

the last death scene first.''

There were so many things we didn't know.

- lt worked out, though.

- lt did.

Sarah liked it cos that's the indie method,

you can shoot it in sequence

and it's more naturalistic.

The actors can experience

the movie as it goes.

And she's into gentle indoor lighting.

- She didn't know she'd be running so much.

- l know.

That Dr Dandewar is a reference to

Tarsin Dandewar, a friend of mine.

- People don't know his last name, do they?

- No. But now they do.

Sorry about that, brother.

Originally in the script we started

the movie later, we started it...

- ln her house.

- Shit goes crazy.

We added this stuff,

particularly this scene, just to sort of milk it.

l like that people think that that guy

on the gurney was the first case.

People say, ''That was the first case!''

l'll be like, ''Clearly that's not.''

Unless they could report it

on the radio five minutes later.

- lt started in Everett, Wisconsin.

- Great.

- Mythical, by the way.

- There is no Everett, Wisconsin.

My father said, ''Everett, Washington,''

and l was like, ''No, Wisconsin.''

He goes, ''ls there an Everett, Wisconsin?''

and l am like, ''lt's near Milwaukee, clearly.''

Notice those houses, you can't get

into them there. There's no driveways.

- The helicopter couldn't get low enough.

- We couldn't get that third giant size

cos we thought we would do

a closer size being lower,

so the huge giant shot we had to redo,

so there's no driveways

to the bottom row of houses.

- Not really a f*ck-up, but it's fun.

- lt worked.

- lt is a f*ck-up but l love it.

- A good f*ck-up.

Hannah Lochner, destined to be

a giant star in Japan.

Much of the Japanese marketing is

around her, which is cool.

They love the idea of that little blonde girl

who will rip your throat out.

Yeah. And people think she's their daughter,

which l love.

- l like that too.

- And she skated away.

She lives in the guest house.

That's Old Milwaukee but it's not.

lt's fake beer.

l don't think a single company,

with the exception of Panasonic and Roots -

my assistant Meg Davies somehow got

them to agree to appear in the movie -

but we got no help from any sponsors.

People were like, ''Do we wanna have blood

sprayed all over our thing?''

- They ran away. Everyone passed.

- That was fun.

Even companies that were going

out of business passed.

Here's a shower scene.

They gave me the hardest time -

''Nobody kisses in the shower.''

- A Zack Snyder commercial.

- l directed that for Subaru.

That was a WR.

And then they miss the bulletin.

And now it's tomorrow.

This is all fun here.

Yeah, this is great.

We shot this all pretty early.

Yeah, this is like day three or four.

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James Gunn

James Gunn is an American filmmaker, actor, novelist, and musician. He started his career as a screenwriter in the mid-1990s, writing the scripts for Tromeo and Juliet, Scooby-Doo and its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), and the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead. more…

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