“Why has there never been a horror movie about Black Friday?” I recently saw someone ask on Facebook.
“There has,” I answered. It’s called Dawn of the Dead.
Though the day after Thanksgiving didn’t officially become the busiest and most chaotic shopping day of the year until the early 2000s, George Romero more or less predicted the future in 1978 when he made Dawn of the Dead – a commentary and satire on consumerism that is even more relevant today than it was back in the 70s.
So dangerous and insane has Black Friday shopping become that it’s quite frankly hard to differentiate between footage of post-Thanksgiving shopping sprees and clips from zombie movies, which is a pretty damn frightening thing. Have we become the zombies of Romero’s films, all in the name of getting a good deal?
In this chilling mash-up video from Andrew Kasch, the director of the documentary Never Sleep Again, clips from Dawn of the Dead and other zombie movies are edited together with actual news footage of Black Friday shoppers at their worst, painting a highly unsettling portrait of American greed.
Stay inside, friends. And if you do go out, be safe…
Read up on real-life Black Friday horror stories, if you’re not yet convinced that the faux ‘holiday’ is the most horrifying day of the year.