The dead walk: Our 10 favorite zombie movies
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2. 'Dawn of the Dead' (1978)
By now, it's too easy to point at the wry political subtext of George Romero's classic, a film that I prefer to the film that preceded it. Before anyone ever wrote a think piece about the movie, it worked for audiences because it is a tense, gory, smart slice of horror filmmaking, scary and funny and disgusting. It works as a movie first, and even if you never dig any deeper into what it's saying about the America of the late '70s, it's still a blast. As a fan of practical make-up effects, "Dawn" is a delight, showcasing some of Tom Savini's nastiest ideas ever. By the time it reaches its bleak conclusion, the film has created a world that feels like it is genuinely on its last legs, surrendered to an unending wave of the dead by people who no longer see a reason to live. And that score… oh, man, that score.