As someone who used to be impartial to anything that dealt with zombies, I thought it would be interesting to revisit the movie that changed that forever and its remake, which celebrates its 13th birthday this week. Before having seen George Romero’s 1978 masterpiece, Dawn of the Dead, I would argue that “zombie” movies all followed the same formula and that zombies (and movies about them) were lame as hell. Upon recently revisiting both the classic and its 2004 remake (Zack Snyder’s directorial debut), I realized that I was VERY wrong. How could that be true when even a zombie movie remake could be SO different from its iconic original? In the case of Dawn of the Dead, it’s almost like watching two completely different movies, which in turn makes my job here a little harder. Either way, here I go.
Filmmaker, producer and author Izzy Lee joins Patrick for a discussion of David Cronenberg's classic, the state of women in film and her new short films "For a Good Time, Call..." and "Rites of Vengeance," both premiering at the Boston Underground Film Festival.