Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Director: Zack Snyder Run Time: 100 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 2004

Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly

Introduced by Kate McEdwards and Daphne Gardner (Ladies Horror Night podcast)

Before he broke big with his tricky comic book adaptations, director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Man of Steel, Army of the Dead) took on the thankless challenge of remaking one of the most highly regarded horror films of all time: George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

The most audacious thing about Snyder’s aughtsie spin on Romero’s strangers-ride-out-the-zombie-apocalypse-in-a-mall original is just how good it is: tight, high-stress undead mayhem that captures how quickly everything can fall apart, and just how nasty it gets if you survive the fallout.