Dawn of the Dead

Question: I noticed on Andy's final moments video on the DVD, the month on the camera goes from May(When he explains the Hollywood Squares game.) To June when he finally turns to a zombie. Was the movie supposed to take place in a month or is that just a simple mistake?

Answer: Yes, part of the point of Andy's video is to give the viewer the timespan of the film.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Was it ever explained why the zombies massed outside the mall?

Answer: It was actually explained in both versions that the zombies went to the mall because it was a place of familiarity, a place that they could remember even if they didn't know why.

Tobin OReilly

Question: Where did the original zombies come from? I understand that if you were bitten, you became a zombie, but how did the very first zombie come about?

Answer: The very first zombies would have been dead people that rose from their graves, but part of the horror of the story is that we don't know exactly why this is happening or how to stop it.

Xofer

Chosen answer: Most of the interior scenes were shot in a mall in Burlington, near Toronta.

Xofer

Question: Why do the survivors wear nothing but short-sleeved T-shirts and other flimsy clothes that can be easily bitten through? If you were fighting zombies who were trying to bite you, wouldn't you try to cover up your arms and face, even a leather jacket and a pair of thick gloves would help?

Answer: Yes, but protective clothing would also hinder your movements, making it harder to escape.

J I Cohen

Question: In the scene after Glen saws Monica's arm off and Kenneth crashes the bus, I can't tell if Glen was dead before he sawed Monica or after, and I can't figure out what killed him.

Blaze Calsrain

Chosen answer: Glen was alive when he accidentally sawed into Monica. He was killed as a result of the crash.

Answer: I'd like to think that if I had somehow managed to survive an apocalyptic zombie uprising and then accidentally chainsaw'd into another human being I think that I'd die just from the shock.

Alan Keddie

Question: Who is the brunette girl at the end of the movie sitting on Steveā€˜s lap wearing a bikini? Where did she come from? She was not part of the group.

roxana

Chosen answer: Some woman he met before the outbreak. The clips we see are not all from the survivors' recordings.

MasterOfAll

Question: At the end did they ever actually survive or did all those Z's on the island kill Kenneth and everyone else?

Answer: It's left ambiguous and for the audience to decide. We don't actually see what happens and there wasn't an official sequel. So maybe they did, maybe they didn't.

Quantom X Premium member

Question: What did CJ mean when he said, "f*cking figures", before he blew himself up with some of the zombies?

Joey221995

Answer: "Figures" is an English expression of figure of speech about something happens and a predicament winding up a certain way. It's a play on the mathematical term of figures in an equation having a determined answer. If you follow the figures, of course you get what is comes as the answer. This is often used in real life situations as a figure of speech, where of course the stuff that happens leads to this. It "figures." So basically CJ was saying, "of course this is what happens."

Quantom X Premium member

Question: During the opening credits, a song by Johnny Cash is played called, 'When the Man Comes to Town', or something like that. Is it the original song (i.e. not changed at all for the purposes of the film)? Also, can anyone tell me what Bible passage is recited at the end of it? Thanks.

Answer: The song is called "The Man Comes Around" and it is the original song that Johnny Cash sang - there is no changes to the song for the movie. The Bible passage is from Revelations when the passage speaks of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Question: I can understand how zombie saliva can spread the disease, but how can scratches spread the disease?

Answer: If the scratch itself draws blood and the zombie which inflicted it had his own (or another's infected) blood or saliva, the victim then becomes infected too.

Question: During the montage scene, the movie plays a cover of the Disturbed song, 'Down with the Sickness,' that was all happy-go-lucky. However, my friend and I cannot for the life of us find a soundtrack or song listing for this movie. If anyone knows the name of this song, we really, really want to know.

DenizenZERO

Chosen answer: This is 'Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine.' They do hilarious covers, from this song to Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' to the White Stripes' 'Fell in Love With A Girl.'

angi

Question: This is driving me crazy because every time I watch it, I come up with a different answer but can someone tell me who the two guys are that are playing basketball during the 'Down With The Sickness' montage?

Question: In the opening scene, why was Luis not particularly bothered by the sudden appearance of a neighbor child in their house standing at the entrance to their bedroom? He reacts to her initially as though she were an overnight guest who had been sleeping down the hall and not as someone who doesn't live there.

quinnnmallory

Answer: Since it's not addressed in the script or the film, any answer would be speculation. One could be that Luis is just a generally laid back person, and the appearance of a young child he knows is not enough to ruffle his feathers, even if she isn't supposed to be there. He also just woke up, so he could be a bit groggy and not fully processing the situation as quickly as he might normally. More likely, it's simply the way the scene was filmed; the director and actor didn't think it important to show Luis "bothered" by the girl's presence (prior to noticing the blood, of course).

Answer: He also likely knew her since Anna had a conversation with the kid earlier about "say hi to your mom for me'.

Question: Is it true that this film is a blast against religion?

Answer: I doubt it's "anti-religion," although the organ-player says that he couldn't believe in god, especially with all of the death and suffering that was going on in the world. The televangelist is the closest you're going to get for religion setting a "bad example" in the movie.

Chosen answer: He got cut fighting the zombie in the water fountain at the mall's front door, on a piece of metal that was part of the fountain.

bigwhitekitty

Question: How did they know which boat to find at the docks? I don't remember the guy whose boat it was telling them which one was his.

Tobin OReilly

Chosen answer: Steve (the guy with the boat) probably either had the name of the boat on the key ring floater or told them at some point during the bus-fixing montage.

Xofer

Question: Right before Frank dies and turn into a zombie, he said to Kenneth, "You want every single second." What does he mean by that? (00:55:35)

Bunch Son

Chosen answer: I interpreted it as a reflection on his life and the lives of all those around him as his life drained from him. And that reflection is that as people we are always chasing something - goals, desires, a nice new car, a better job, a family with kids - but we are always left wanting something more. It's what keeps us alive and moving forward. As he dies, everything becomes illuminated and he realises this truth. I think it could also mean that he wanted to live every single second to experience as much as he could in life. But I prefer my first interpretation, so that's how I picture it.

Answer: I interpreted it as meaning a person wants every possible second to remain as a human.

raywest Premium member

Didn't it sound weird? He could put it in another way. A natural way.

Bunch Son

I'd agree that is sounds weird, but this is written by a screenwriter, and they often use embellished and unrealistic dialogue for a more dramatic or emotional effect.

raywest Premium member

Answer: I assume this is a very old question, but I always thought it meant with your kids. He wanted to wait to be killed until after he turned because he was all his daughter had left. So he wanted every single second with her, but it could just mean as human as mentioned here.

Question: Why was the zombie twitching in the fountain and couldn't get out when he was only shot in the shoulder?

Answer: The bullet severed part of the spinal cord.

Question: Ana gets in the bus to get Michael. He shows a chainsaw to her. Ana tells him that might be the most romantic thing anyone's ever shown her, then Michael says, "I'm trying here." Sorry for a silly question, but what does he mean by that? Try what? (01:20:45)

Bunch Son

Answer: He's returning her sarcastic comment about being romantic with a sarcastic apology. "I'm trying here", as in he's trying to be romantic and he's sorry it's not coming out the way he intended. He doesn't actually mean it, the two are simply trying to break the tension with humor. Their rapport is somewhat flirtatious throughout the film, they have an attraction that might have developed more naturally were the world not ending in a zombie apocalypse.

BaconIsMyBFF

I actually took it that Michael was saying he's just trying to do his best in general.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, when Ana is escaping from her husband, she crashes into the bath and in the process pulls down the shower curtain and rail. The shot from above shows the curtain rail landing on top of her, but when the shot immediately switches to show to show a close up of her sitting in the bath, the rail appears to be propped up just behind her right shoulder. (00:06:30)

Richard Holmes

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Michael: So what's the plan?
C.J: The plan is you drink a nice tall glass of shut the fuck up!

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Trivia: The sheriff in the movie was Tom Savini, who did the makeup and special effects in the 1978 version and also had a cameo as a biker in the '78 version. (00:25:35)

Pam-I-am

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