Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Dawn of the Dead (Romero 1978)

After Romero detoured to Season of the Witch, The Crazies, and Martin, he returns to his groundbreaking Living Dead with this film. This episode we paired an academic article with the film, Loudermilk’s, “Zombie Desire and commodified identity in Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.” Don’t worry, you don’t have homework! We did that for you. Just in case you are curious the article is available here.


Dawn of the Dead (Romero 1978) – please watch the film before listening!
Night of the Living Dead (Romero 1968)
It Comes at Night (Shults 2017)

TOPIC INDEX – Dawn of the Dead (Romero 1978)(times are approximate) 

0:35 – Introductions
3:00 – Acamemic Article here
4:30 – Discussion begins
Laura’s take
10:25 – Marshall’s take
14:55 – gratuitous
16:15 – effects and torture porn
24:25 – zombies and consumer culture
31:10 – Hirsh’s positional goods
39:20 – race commentary
43:15 – Night of the Living Dead (Romero 1968) individual vs cooperative strategies
48:15 – gender
54:00 – undeveloped potential
1:00:00 – low income housing
1:06:30 – COVID19
1:12:15 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility

Related Episodes
Martin (Romero 1977)
It Comes at Night (Shults 2017)

Related recommended films
Night of the Living Dead (Romero 1968)


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Episode 72