Sometimes you have to go back to the classics. And for me, one of my personal horror classics is the original Dawn Of The Dead. Forget all of the social commentary though, let’s talk zombie death scenes!
On this edition of Monday Bloody Monday, I want to take a minute to bow our heads (slight pun there) to remember one of my favorite zombies from Dawn Of The Dead: The abandoned hangar zombie. He wasn’t with us very long, but what a memorable time he gave us while he was here. If you needed proof that zombies aren’t too smart after they’re resurrected, look no further than this poor bastard walking literally into his own death. At least that death was swift and quick by the hands of some merciless helicopter propellor blades. As a bonus in the clip, you get to watch Peter (Ken Foree) mow down some zombie kids with a machine gun to some rather hilarious music!
If I could have any prop from George Romero’s 1978 flick Dawn Of The Dead, other than one of those delicious pies that were thrown in the faces of the zombies, it would have to be an actual bullet from a gun fired at one of those zombie faces.
Yeah! Time to go buy a gun! You know, just in case an actual zombie outbreak occurs. But yes, up on Ebay right now is an actual bullet used in the filming of the original Dawn Of The Dead. It’s certified by the Weapons Coordinator of the film, and also is signed by Clayton D. Hill who was an escalator zombie. Not sure if that really sells the prop any faster, but hey – he was an escalator zombie! Big plus for all of the escalator zombie enthusiasts out there. Anyway, you can bid on the prop bullet HEREand it looks like you may be able to get it for a decent price since there are no bids yet. I’ll still be waiting for one of those 37-year-old delicious pies to pop up for sale in the meantime.
Every time I watch a new episode of The Walking Dead, I keep wondering when Rick and the crew are going to wise up and realize that whipped cream pies and seltzer water are the real weapons to use against zombies. Swords and semi-automatic weapons are just for sissies.
On this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, I’m going back to a simpler time when zombies liked to hang out at shopping malls. Yep, I’m talking about George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead from the wonderful year of 1978. Oh sure, it’s all fun and games at first for this biker gang led by make-up effects legend Tom Savini. But these zombies can only take so many delicious sugary pies to the face before they make sure the bikers get their just desserts as well. Bonus points there for my clever pun. Enjoy the pre-biker gang slaughter below: