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YMMV: Dawn of the Dead
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: When Peter and Fran leave even though the Zombies didn't catch them, they still stay on the roof while the chopper leaves. Were they just shambling about or in a rare case of Romero-Style It Can Think, were they seeing the two off, saying goodbye in their own way?
  • Anvilicious: A hallmark of Romero's work. The original was released just as large shopping malls were becoming commonplace. When asked why the zombies have flocked here, of all places, Steven replies, "Instinct. Memory. This was an important place in their lives."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The entire soundtrack by Goblin and "The Gonk".
    • Hell, the entire De Wolfe library music selection used in the film. Perfect mix of action, melancholy, and dissonant Muzak.
  • Even Better Sequel: Received glowing reviews from the critics, most notably Roger Ebert who gave it a perfect four out of four stars even calling it art! Viewers also regard it as good, if not better than Night of the Living Dead.
  • Memetic Mutation: "The Gonk" has gone into the geek reference pool, used by Linkara as muzak and clucked by chickens as the ending theme to Robot Chicken.
    • Roger's slide down the escalator was replicated so many times by visitors to the mall that eventually posts were added to it.
    • "We got this man! We got this by the ass!"
    • The Tagline: When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The racist cop Wooley crosses it when, during the raid on a tenement that refuses to give up its dead, he mows down residents indiscriminately because of their skin color. Laser-Guided Karma and Ironic Death ensue when Peter, a black man and fellow cop, fills him with lead.
  • Nausea Fuel: Both versions have this potential.
  • Special Effects Failure: Tom Savini thought the bluish-grey makeup and orangeish blood for the zombies made them look too cartoony. That many of them have no makeup around their eyes does nothing to maintain the illusion. However, Romero thinks it gives the film more of a comic book-style.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Not Dead Rising, a sticker on the box makes that very clear.

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