Top 5000
Up 279 this week

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  24 May 1979 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 84,439 users  
Reviews: 666 user | 206 critic

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

TV Spotlight: The Top 10 Episodes of "The Walking Dead"

We've curated a list of the top 10 episodes of "The Walking Dead" according to the IMDb user ratings.

Read More

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 14 Jan 2011
a list of 26 titles
created 26 Apr 2012
a list of 26 titles
created 21 Jun 2012
a list of 26 titles
created 31 Oct 2012
a list of 39 titles
created 5 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Dawn of the Dead" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Dawn of the Dead (1978) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dawn of the Dead.

User Polls

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: John Leguizamo, Asia Argento, Simon Baker
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.

Director: Tom Savini
Stars: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer
Evil Dead II (1987)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.

Director: Dan O'Bannon
Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Five friends visiting their grandfather's house in the country are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger
Dead Alive (1992)
Comedy | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Michelle Morgan, Joshua Close, Shawn Roberts


Cast overview, first billed only:
David Emge ...
Gaylen Ross ...
David Crawford ...
Dr. Foster
David Early ...
Mr. Berman
Richard France ...
Howard Smith ...
TV Commentator
Daniel Dietrich ...
Fred Baker ...
James A. Baffico ...
Wooley (as Jim Baffico)
Rod Stouffer ...
Young Officer on Roof
Jese Del Gre ...
Old Priest
Clayton McKinnon ...
Officer in Project Apt.
John Rice ...
Officer in Project Apt.


Following the events of Night of the Living Dead (1968), we follow the exploits of four survivors of the expanding zombie apocalypse as they take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall following a horrific SWAT evacuation of an apartment complex. Taking stock of their surroundings, they arm themselves, lock down the mall, and destroy the zombies inside so they can eke out a living--at least for a while. Tensions begin to build as months go on, and they come to realize that they've fallen prey to consumerism. Soon afterward, they have even heavier problems to worry about, as a large gang of bikers discovers the mall and invades it, ruining the survivors' best-laid plans and forcing them to fight off both lethal bandits and flesh-eating zombies. Written by Curly Q. Link

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth. See more »




Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

24 May 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead  »

Box Office


$650,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (Ultimate Final Cut) | (Dario Argento's European Version) | (DVD) | (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

(German prints)|



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Christine Forrest:  Elf Zombie. See more »


When Peter, Roger, and Stephen are attacked while trying to get the shopping cart upstairs, (the part were Peter throws a Zombie over the balcony into the fountain) a crew member's hands can be seen preventing the Zombies that are attacking Stephen from bumping into the camera when he knocks them away. This is visible only on full-screen prints, however. See more »


Dr. Millard Rausch, Scientist: This isn't the Republicans versus the Democrats, where we're in a hole economically or... or we're in another war. This is more crucial than that. This is down to the line, folks, this is down to the line. There can be no more divisions among the living!
See more »

Crazy Credits

George A. Romero appears on screen as a TV Station Director (the bearded man wearing a scarf and a blue shirt) as his name appears, listing him as "Editor", in the on-screen credits beneath him. See more »


Referenced in Cheers: Love Thy Neighbor (1985) See more »


Composed by Dario Argento, Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli,
Antonio Marangolo, and Agostino Marangolo
Performed by Goblin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Zombie mayhem reigns supreme!
1 February 1999 | by (Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

If only every horror movie was made with such determination as this one. A zombie classic, Dawn of the Dead succeeds in every aspect. It has enough violence and gore to gratify any horror fan, and then some! The weird thing is that the gore in this movie isn't unnecessary, it suits the purpose. In this sequel to the classic Night of the Living Dead, the zombies have taken over the land and have spread to immense numbers. A group of people escape the carnage in a helicopter, and take refuge in a huge mall where they can live off the supplies inside for years. They have to fend off the zombies trying to get in, as well as a sadistic group of bikers who want to loot the place. Great film, lots of gory action and flesh-munching. Make sure to check out the newly remastered director's cut for terrific picture and sound, and extra footage.

40 of 50 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I really tried to like this movie... lukasspike
What is your favorite version? VoiceGamers
When Did You First See This Movie? Our_Feature_Presentation
Feeding the opposition Dr Wily
Which one is worth watching: original or remake? lifeofmovies
Why the griping about the blue makeup? bryans729
Discuss Dawn of the Dead (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: