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Dawn Of The Dead's Influence On Horror Halloween Costumes
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Dawn Of The Dead\'s Influence On Horror Halloween Costumes

Dawn of the Dead is a classic horror film directed and written by George A. Romero, a well known horror movie master. The original film was released in 1978 and was so popular that it inspired a 2004 remake.

Dawn of the Dead is considered an archetypical zombie movie with a basic plot line that has the heroes of the film fleeing from and doing battle with zombies. The zombies are unleashed on the world after some unknown agent enters the world, causing the dead to come back to life as brain hungry monsters. The original Dawn of the Dead film was made for the relatively modest sum of $650,000 over four months and ended up making more than $55 million worldwide, a significant amount in the 1970's. Dawn of the Dead is such a cult classic that Halloween outfits based on the characters from the film have been popular with people since the films initial release in 1978.

There are many similarities and differences between the 1978 film Dawn of the Dead and the remake in 2004. One similarity between the two films is that the main part of the action takes place in a mall. The few survivors of the zombie apocalypse arrive at the mall in stages and band together in an attempt to survive. Another similarity between the films is the decidedly ambiguous endings of both films. With both the 1978 and 2004 films the viewer is unsure who, if anyone, survives.

There are also a number of differences between the two version of Dawn of the Dead. The 1978 version focuses on a couple named Stephen(played by David Emge)and Francine(played by Gaylen Ross)and the survivors they meet. The 2004 film, on the other hand, focuses mainly on Ana (played by Sarah Polley)and is told from her perspective. While Ana's cast mates don't get a lot of screen time in the 2004 version, Ving Rhames's character Kenneth and some of the other male characters have become popular Halloween costumes for men.

Zombies, in both Dawn of the Dead films, have similar traits and characteristics. In both versions the zombies are primarily interested in eating the brains of the survivors of the zombie plague. The zombies are mindless and generally travel in packs. The zombies in the films are also unaffected by things like lost limbs, torn clothes or injuries to their bodies, making zombies popular Halloween costumes for men.

The only thing that truly stops a zombie is a shot to the brain or fire. Additionally, a zombie bite is certain death to anyone who is so unlucky as to be bitten and survive the initial attack. The zombies bite guarantees that after death the victim will rise again as a bloodthirsty zombie and will most likely kill those who are nearest and dearest to them first.

Zombies, like those in Dawn of the Dead, are well known horror creatures making them great Halloween costumes for men and women. Makeup to emulate the zombies typically pale complexions and dark circled eyes is easy to find at most Halloween costume shops. Halloween costumes consisting of the zombies typically tattered clothing can also be purchased at Halloween stores, as well as fake blood to add an authentic detail to the Halloween costumes


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