Unrated, U.S. Theatrical Cut
Following an ever-growing epidemic of former human beings that have risen from the dead to consume the living, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his girlfriend seek refuge in a suburban shopping mall.
I first saw DAWN OF THE DEAD at the ripe old age of 13 whilst working at the local video store stacking shelves back in Birmingham, England. I took it home one night fully unprepared what was going to happen to my mind and my life.
Through a savagely worn VHS haze, I was sucked full force into George A. Romero’s terrifying universe, a brutally violent minefield of death and nihilism, a place where even S.W.A.T. recognize death is the only escape.
As is the case for so many of us, DAWN OF THE DEAD changed everything: even watching the most barbarically censored, grainy copy of Romero’s living nightmare I was completely transfixed and my love of horror irrevocably solidified.
In many regards, DAWN is why Beyond Fest exists: it set a course, not just for us, but for the audience who give the fest life and the filmmakers who share their films. Scroll forward a few decades from where it first crashed our consciousness and here we are: where it all began – only this time it’s very different.
This is the original, unrated 1979 US Theatrical release version of DAWN OF THE DEAD which has been lovingly and meticulously adapted to a 3-D format under the frame by frame supervision of DAWN’S original producer, Richard P. Rubinstein (*Mr. Rubinstein notes while George’s editing is untouched responsibility for the 3-D format adaptation is entirely Richard’s).
Not only is this the first time this version has screened in the US, and only the second time in the world, it is also the first time laser 3-D has been projected at the famed Egyptian Theatre in its 94 year history. Like Romero’s singular vision, this will never happen again.
Special Thanks to Richard P. Rubinstein
Guests: Producer Richard P. Rubinstein in Person
Director: George A. Romero
Country: United States
Runtime: 127 minutes
“Gruesome, sickening, disgusting, violent, brutal and appalling. One of the best horror films ever made.” Roger Ebert