The Scariest Scene in Dawn of the Dead
“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth!”
Being a huge fan of the zombie genre, it’s a fair to say that most films concentrate on the aftermath of apocalypse, rather than looking at the chaos that reigns before. George A. Romero , whos zombie series has been a staple in horror since 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, gives us a brief glimpse of this chaos. His 1978 sequel, Dawn of the Dead, opens on a lone Pittsburgh television station, where things are beginning to fall apart. Youtube channel ‘Consequence of Sound’ give us a fascinating look at this sequence, and why it’s the most terrifying part of the film.
Nearly 40 years ago, George A. Romero delivered a bonafide masterpiece in Dawn of the Dead. Set in the same post-apocalyptic universe he built 10 years prior with 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, the sprawling two-hour epic not only painted the horror in vivid Technicolor flourishes, but widened the lens to reveal a world not unlike our own.
Watch as we dissect the film’s harrowing opening sequence and illustrate how Romero expertly infuses his story with mounting tension. As with Night of the Living Dead, the Pittsburgh auteur frames a terrifying portrait of an America that’s being ripped to shreds not by the undead, but by the very institutions that should be keeping it alive.