Despite the movie blurb, it's not really a biker movie. Yes, bikers and horror movie go great together for some reason, but in this 1978 movie - Dawn of the Dead aka Zombie, the motorcycle gang is only present at the last 15 minutes of the movie, but they do make a splash, and even put a comic relief in the movie (like splattering zombies with pies in their faces).
This 2 hour long movie, made by none other than George Romero (the specialist in low budget horror movies. He also directed Knightriders , and in this movie even rides a motorcycle), is kind of fun. If you're into zombie movies, this is one you don't want to miss, and even if it's not your cup of tea, it's sufficiently entertaining to watch. The movie is a sequel to "Night of the Living Dead ", and it does start in the middle somewhere, so you got to quickly figure things out. It's a bit disjointed in the beginning, but I guess if you saw the first part, it should be pretty clear.
It's funny to see a guy running in the beginning of the movie, with a pistol, shooting at a zombie at quite a distance, and hitting it square in the middle of the head. Olympic gold medal winner.... There's also a scene, where one of the heroes looks into the hose at a pump and says "Damn, it's nearly empty". Wow, by looking into a hose you can see that the pump is empty...
Which brings me to the big question. If zombies are dead, how can you kill it? Why would a shot to the head kill it?
As a side note, several members of the marauding band of bikers were played by members of the local chapter of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. The elaborate motorcycles they drove were their own.
Plot: In this first sequel to Night of the Living Dead, a group of four people take up residence in a deserted mall while trying to stay alive amidst the armies of the dead and a vicious gang of militant bikers.
Quotes: "We must stop the killing, or loose the war". "Those rednecks are probably enjoying the whole thing". at the shopping mall "They're after the place. They don't know why, they just remember. Remember that they want to be in here. " "They're us, that's all, when there's no more room in hell." "Say good-bye, creep!"
Verdict: Nice and amusing movie, would have been nicer to have more motorcycle action, but it's enjoyable, even, or because of, all the gore.
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