Dawn of the Dead (45th Anniversary Screening)

Dawn of the Dead (45th Anniversary Screening)

9:15pm - Friday, Nov 24, 2023

Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of George A. Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD as it was meant to be seen – on the big screen!

Long heralded as one of the greatest, most influential horror films of all time, the classic cinematic shocker has been one of the most requested theatrical revival titles from fright fans the world over for decades.

Unlike other cinematic favorites, George A. Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) is still not available on any streaming platform, nor on cable, and has been out-of-print on DVD and BluRay in the U.S. for over a decade, so the hunger to watch it just keeps growing among its ravenous fans. Furthermore, the cult following for the film has grown exponentially since its release and is so large now it is estimated that the majority of DAWN OF THE DEAD’s fans have never experienced this legendary epic in a theatre.

The film was first released overseas in 1978 (then throughout the U.S.A. in 1979), so we get to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of this genuine cult classic - and what better way for Vancouverites to experience this milestone than at the Rio Theatre - for one night only, as part of our Rio Grind Film Fest!?

"...a comic apocalypse that has come to maul the becalmed 70s. I think it's going to be the biggest cult
blockbuster of all time."
(Village Voice)

"Romero is an audacious, stunningly talented filmmaker." (Playboy Magazine)

★★★★ "...brilliantly crafted, funny, droll, and savagely merciless in its satiric view of the American consumer society." (Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times)

"If you like horror movies this one is for you! Makes ‘The Exorcist’ look like ‘Gidget Stubs Her Toe.’" (Joel Siegel – WABC-TV)

Friday, November 24 One Night Only!
Doors 8:45 pm | Movie 9:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.

DAWN OF THE DEAD (George Romero, 1978 / 127 mins / 18A) As hordes of zombies swarm over the U.S., the terrified populace tries everything in their power to escape the attack of the undead, but neither cities nor the countryside prove safe. In Pennsylvania, radio-station employee Stephen and his girlfriend, Francine, escape in the station helicopter, accompanied by two renegade SWAT members, Roger and Pete. The group retreats to the haven of an enclosed shopping center to make what could be humanity's last stand.

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