Dawn of the Dead

Trivia: When Kenneth and Andy play chess they use the Alamo chess set. This is symbolic of the situation - a handful of survivors outnumbered by the enemy's forces.

Grigory the Wanderer

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)


Trivia: Stay for the duration of the credits. The movie doesn't end with them sailing away. There is a continuation in the credits.

Trivia: The opening sequence features a vehicle losing control and crashing into a gas station causing a large explosion. This is the same scene that Ben describes to Barbara in the original "Night of the Living Dead" (1968).

Trivia: Ken Foree, Peter in the original and the Televangelist in the 2004 version, gets to deliver the tagline in both films. "When there's no more room in hell the dead will walk the Earth." (00:34:30)

Trivia: The sheriff is played by the same actor who played 'Sex Machine' in From Dusk Till Dawn. And just after his television spot, the pregnant girl hides the bite that eventually turns her, just as Sex Machine did. (00:25:35)

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Trivia: The bloated woman who is brought into the mall in the truck is actually played by a man. His name is Ermes Blarasin, and he is a stuntman.

Grigory the Wanderer

Trivia: During the movie there are parts especially outside where an orangy tint comes over the screen. This is an homage to the 1978 version of Dawn of the Dead, which was shot in this type of hue.

Tobin OReilly

Trivia: During the shot where the camera zooms in on Ana's car, a helicopter is flying behind her. This is the same helicopter the survivors from the original Dawn of the Dead used to escape the city. (00:09:15)

Trivia: The mall the survivors are in is called the Crossroads mall. This seems fitting since humanity is at a crossroads in the film flirting between survival and extinction.

Tobin OReilly

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Trivia: The director Zack Snyder has a cameo. He plays one of the security guards in the White House.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: When the first set of survivors enter the mall listen closely, the song that is playing on the mall speakers is a stylised rendition of "Don't worry, be happy". Somewhat ironic given the situation.

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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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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.


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