When George A. Romero released Night of the Living Dead in 1968, he had no idea he would essentially be creating an entire genre centered out the dead rising from their graves. The film laid the groundwork for the rules of world where the dead rise. A bite is fatal, and causes the victim to become one of the living dead. The only way to stop them is to destroy the brain or burn the body until there is nothing left. Those rules have endured for decades. Though some stories will subvert those expectations, it only works because of the iconic film. And while Night of the Living Dead is considered by many to be the birth of the genre, it’s Romero’s follow up film that cemented his legacy as the “King of the Zombies”.
“When there’s no more room in HELL the dead will walk the EARTH”
Dawn of the Dead made it’s debut in Italy in September 1978, and opened in the U.S. in February 1979. It continues the story of a world unraveling as the dead rise and feast on the living. Two police offers, Roger and Peter, along with helicopter pilot Stephen and news producer Francine escape Philadelphia via a news copter. Looking for safe haven, they happen upon a massive new shopping mall in Monroeville, PA. Romero’s film ties in social commentary, personal drama, dark humor, and stomach churning gore to craft one of the greatest zombie film of all time.
Mezco Toyz has released an all-new figure set as part of their One:12 Collective line up. This set brings together two of the most memorable zombies from the Dawn of the Dead; the Plaid Shirt Zombie and the Stephen “Flyboy” Andrews Zombie. We picked up the set from sponsor Entertainment Earth. Read on to see my photo shoot and review of this set.