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Written by John Squires

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the mall…

As reported by Screen Daily this week, George A. Romero’s zombie classic Dawn of the Dead is the latest horror flick to get a brand spankin’ new 4K restoration, and the upcoming Venice Film Festival will host the world premiere screening of the European cut’s high-def restoration. The festival runs from August 31st through September 10th, and the special screening will take place on September 2nd.

Dario Argento, who produced Dawn of the Dead, will present alongside Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, The Neon Demon). The 115-minute version was edited and curated by Argento for the European market with music by Goblin. The film, which will play in Venice Classics, was restored by Koch Media in collaboration with Norton Trust and Antonello Cuomo.

“I am particularly pleased that Dawn of the Dead is being re-released after so many years,” said Argento. “I have great memories of Dawn of the Dead because it was so important for my career and for George’s as well.”

Much like Phantasm, we expect that the Dawn of the Dead 4K restoration will eventually get a home video release, so stay tuned for info on that!

In Dawn of the Dead

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Dawn of the Dead (1978)