One of the more peculiar sides of human nature is that of the need to be frightened. However, this particular aspect of nature really isn't all that peculiar when examined in the proper light. A part of this stems from the need to feel alive and when a person is scared they feel very much alive; add to this that, in controlled circumstances such as a horror movie, fear acts as a type of release valve that can help eliminate stress. Let's face it if you're having a bad day seeing someone in a movie that you find distasteful take an ax to the skull has to make you feel so much better about how your own day went.
When it comes to releasing stress through a horror movie no one is a better therapist then George A. Romero. The 2004 release of Dawn of the Dead gives the audience a chance to relieve their stress in a major way. Given the genius treatment that Romero has given to his other creations it's no surprise that Dawn of the Dead is such a must see movie, especially for those who are fans of the horror genre.
While the 2004 version is a remake of the 1978 Dawn of the Dead, Romero has taken the remake and given it a new depth by changing the story line a bit as well as a more human feel with additional characters who have their own stories which intersect to create a very unique story. When you add to this mix the central plot, which is the goal of all the characters to survive the zombie apocalypse as well as the decadent temptations of riding out their time in a large shopping mall, you have a great movie.
The basic premise of the movie is that the world has been taken by surprise by a mysterious illness which brings the dead back to life as flesh eating zombies. The disease is apparently spread through bites received from zombies to their victims, which in turn, creates more zombies. A band of survivors decide to hold up in a shopping mall in order to formulate a better plan for the long-term and accumulate more people to their group. This film offers elements of horror, action, dram and humor, all brought together in a unique and entertaining package that offers something for everyone's tastes. This is something that is rarely found in movies these days, making this movie a perfect for group movie nights with family and friends