Dawn of the Dead is George Romero’s second Zombie film, it moves the setting from rural Pennsylvania to a major metropolitan shopping mall. It was shot for $650,000 and grossed $55 Million worldwide.
The film has spawned multiple remakes and is seen not only as a fantastic look at the Zombie-genre but also a critique against rampant consumerism. Think about it, the survivors in this film are running away from a horde of mind-less, flesh eating monsters and where do they decide to make their final stand in the mall.
This doesn’t seem like such a terrible idea until you think about the numbers of entrances, windows, and easy to hide in crannies that your typical mall has. It’s bad forward planning, but you have to admit that there is a certain amount of comfort that comes from fighting for your life right next to Sears.
A note for those looking ahead to the Zombie Apocalypse, typically if you want to keep a small band of plucky survivors alive, you really want to avoid places with lots of people, major center centers tend to get quite crowded with the undead.