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Dawn of the Dead - Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

DIRECTOR'S CUT DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: The Lost Tape: Andy's Terrifying Last Days Revealed. Special Bulletin: We Interrupt This Programme. Undead scenes with commentary by director Jack Snyder. Surviving The Dead. Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of Exploding Heads. Feature commentary with director Jack Snyder and producer Eric Newman.

IT’S been 26 years since George Romero’s genre-defining second zombie chiller terrorised cinema-goers, and despite many imitations since, few have come close to recapturing the thrills of those movies.

But hot off the back of last year’s horror remake, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, director, Zack Snyder, will be raising the dead once more, for his remake of Dawn of the Dead.

The re-imagining stars Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames, among others, respectively, a nurse and a police officer, who are forced to hole up in a shopping mall in a desperate fight for their lives, along with several other survivors, when a plague-like event unleashes armies of flesh-eating zombies.

Romero’s original was notable for mixing its gore and chills with a none-too-subtle dig at American consumerism and while first-time director, Snyder, promises that the remake will be drastically changed, the same digs will be retained.

Polley, for her part, appears tremendously excited about the prospect of appearing in a genre she has always dreamed of playing in.

The actress may be more usually associated with quality independent fare, such as The Sweet Hereafter and Go, but she insists she simply couldn’t turn down the opportunity of appearing in a zombie flick.

Speaking at a recent press conference for last year’s weepie, My Life Without Me, she said: "I think that every movie should have at least one zombie in it! I don't know if you've seen the original, but I'm a huge fan of the George Romero films, particularly Dawn of the Dead, and I think there's a very obvious political subtext through Dawn of the Dead about consumer culture, and instead of taking that out of the remake, they've actually put it more in, which I sort of find universal.

"But I'm a really huge zombie fan, and I did think about how much I wanted to do it, and I almost stopped myself, to tell you the truth, because of this kind of question.

" I just couldn't see how I could explain this. But I just wanted to do it, and I had to stop thinking about how I was going to justify it in the future, and I had such a fun time doing it.

"I don't think I'm going to make a career out of doing big Hollywood horror movies, to tell you the truth; I don't feel this is the beginning of a new path for me, but I really wanted to do it, and I think it's going to be really good, so it's completely different, but it also fits completely into my criteria about why I want to make films, so..."

In the meantime, for anyone who fears a zombie abomination as bad as Resident Evil from this remake, Romero himself has pledged to fight back with a fourth instalment of his own franchise.

In an article posted on his official website, he said that he is currently working on the script, which is virtually finished, and has apparently secured a $3-4 million budget, (although reports suggest that the director is seeking to push this to $5-6 million, in order to properly realise his vision).

Needless to say, details remain sketchy about what to expect, suffice to say that the film will allegedly feature a ‘fortified city’ and, in his own words, ‘is going to be fabulous’.

"It will be a great big bundle of shock and entertainment that will make you sing and dance all the way to your grave site," he added.

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