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Parents' Guide to

Dawn of the Dead

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Extremely gory horror movie; not for kids.

Movie R 2004 110 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 18+

Black Friday

This movie is the foresight of 2020 and the 2010s Black Friday craze. Of course lots of zombie gore and a mall. If you love this and the 1978 version watch Dan Bell on Youtube.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

Mature Audience only Zombie film.

Dawn of the Dead is an extremely bloody/gory zombie horror film which shows the main character Ana, whom escapes with other survivors and find theirselves protection in a mall. Mostly all the characters die in very graphic and gruesome ways, like a woman gets shot to death by another, one woman gets chainsawed halfway down from her shoulder, and an infected woman gives birth to a zombified baby, which is then killed. There's alot of strong profanity in this film; the f-word is used frequently. There are some sexual situations between a couple.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (24 ):

This remake of George A. Romero's 1978 sequel to Night of the Living Dead soups up the zombies, cranks up the gross factor to 11, and has a lot of cheeky in-jokes about its predecessor. In comparison with the original, out are the shrieking blondes and rampaging looters, in are smart, controlled Ana (Sarah Polley as a believable nurse not afraid to wield a fire poker) and Kenneth (Ving Rhames), who is exactly the kind of cop you want walking beside you if you are facing scores of the undead.

The zombies are a bit spryer in this film, and the pregnancy of one of the main characters is not the life-giving promise it was in the first movie. But the ending is what differs most from the original. If you're a fan of the horror genre, then this flick is a welcome, if derivative, fright-fest in the school of Romero's classics.

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