- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312333986
- ISBN-13: 978-0312333980
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,370,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dawn of the Dead
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For all zombie fans in the know, the original Dawn of the Dead came out in 1978 (via George Romero). In fact, George Romero (and his wife) played a small part in the beginning of this movie (as workers at WGON). The 2004 remake was pretty good, but IMHO, the original will always be the best version. This book pretty much covers what the movie presented. There are some changes as compared to the movie, like the name of the Department Store that was frequented was called "Porter's", whereas in the movie it was "Penney's", and the Porters store had a drop-down gate, vs. Penney's pivoting glass gates. They also stored the "re-killed" dead in a different place other than the refrigerator unit shown in the movie...
There are some other differences which I won't go into, so as not to spoil it for anyone that hasn't read this book yet. Suffice it to say, the differences do not detract from enjoying both the movie AND this book.
Buy with confidence, as this book is a worthwhile purchase. It will be read often, and kept amongst my collection of zombie material.
The book starts out strong with Fran's nightmare before elbowing us into the frenzy of the TV station as the film did showing the desperation of the TV crew forced to stay on the air during a crisis. There are a few departures from the film that make it interesting, though much of the dialogue has changed a bit and given a bit more suspense and tension. As the book progresses through toward the eventual meeting of our protagonists, we get to see little bits like Philadelphia's empty streets filled with the walking dead and even an extended battle for the Project 107 with Martinez and his group duking it out with the Philly PD's swat units. Even the extended portion of the infamous basement scene really adds something to the direness of the situation.
Further expanding on the film were bits about the countryside and the posse's out shooting the living dead, but it is when we get to the mall that things began a downhill slide. The remainder of the book feels like a beat for beat repeat of the film's middle to ending without much context. Here the author could have slowed down a bit to give us more insight into our heroes, but it soon became wasted effort. As we close in on the Grand Guignol Finale of the film, in book form it feels incredibly rushed and that half the time you don't even realize what is happening.Read more ›
Though Mr. Romero is a wonderful screenwriter, director, and producer, he is not the best at novel writing. If you've never seen the classic film, my suggestion is to watch as soon as possible. If you are an avid or casual fan of the film...watch it again! Please, just skip the tedious task of reading this novel. There are tons of wonderful zombie novels out there, like "Dead Sea Games" by J. Whitworth Hazzard or "Vacation" by Matthew Costello.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
“When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”
There isn’t a more iconic line than this in all of the zombie world. Read more
If you didn't see the original movie it would be more suspenseful. Still, no gore or mass profanity like many horror books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wade Carmen
Greatest movie ever in book form. I am extremely happy with this book. I watch the movie several times a year and now I can read the book over and over again! Read morePublished 5 months ago by UndeadJed
Not bad at all. It feels somewhat dated. But then again, it is. It brings back to mind some of the old tales I loved when I was young.Published 7 months ago by Pipeline
George A. Romero is the grandfather of the zombie genre, and perhaps the most influential filmmaker of all-thing zombies. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael Hicks
It wasn't a bad novel per se, just perhaps a little bit unloved. Novelizations are byproducts by nature and it shows here despite Susanna Sparrow's best efforts. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Benoit Lelievre
Great adaptation of the screenplay! Get the audiobook. Price is a bit high but worth it!Published 8 months ago by wereBOT
I'm sorry, it's just badly and clumsily written. Don't recommend.Published 8 months ago by pvtpylot