Let’s face it, there have been a rash of horror re-imaginings over the past several years, but to take one from Scatman Crothers’ Dick Halloran, “not all of ’em was good.” However, Zack Snyder got it right with his 2004 remake of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.
Though the premise remains the same, this flick is very different from the original, but for my money, it’s the best horror remake ever produced.
In honor of the tenth anniversary of its release, here are my top five scenes from the Crossroads Mall in Milwaukee…
5. Now that’s an entrance!
This may be the best pre-credits opening sequence the genre has to offer. After Sarah Polley’s stunt woman flung herself into the tub, she asked whether Snyder liked the first take. He simply responded “Like it? You’re a fucking rock star!” Here endeth the lesson.[youtube id=”pv6EZGMlgX0″ align=”center” mode=”normal” autoplay=”no” aspect_ratio=”(4:3)” parameters=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv6EZGMlgX0″]
4. Nice shootin’, Tex!
Andy may have been holed up across the street, but he was part of the group and one hell of a shot. In a related story, Ty Burrell is hilarious.[youtube id=”TS6_Y6r5r-8″ align=”center” mode=”normal” autoplay=”no” parameters=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS6_Y6r5r-8″]
3. Down with the Sickness
Richard Cheese montage. That is all.[youtube id=”isTLd2tFP7w” align=”center” mode=”normal” autoplay=”no”]
2. “Let me see if I grasp this concept…”
Michael Kelly is a beast. This was the first film I’d ever seen him in, and his portrayal of C.J. is absolutely fantastic. He’s tough, cool, funny and the arc of his character’s redemption is Shawshank-level.[youtube id=”IC8xA-bOXOo” align=”center” mode=”normal” autoplay=”no”]
1. “When there is no more room in hell…”
Am I done with my glowing adulation? No, because we haven’t gotten to Ken Foree’s cameo. Big man starred as Peter in 1978’s Dawn, but his brief appearance as a television evangelist is perfectly done. Foree is brilliant in tone and demeanor, and I will argue to the death that his re-delivery of “When there is no more room in hell” is the least forced and best executed nod to an original in not just horror, but cinematic history. Creepy as shit. Ken Foree rocks.[youtube id=”VwvHt7Cdswk” align=”center” mode=”normal” autoplay=”no”]
This top five went Eminem on you, “There’s no Mikhi Phifer,” but I would have loved to add the elevator showdown’s “You can head over to the Quality Inn if it’s still there, Shaq!” as well as Frank’s death, which gave this movie a lot of substance, but couldn’t track them down.
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