Dawn of the Dead

2004 UR 1h 50m DVD

Dawn of the Dead

2004 UR 1h 50m DVD
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In the wake of a plague, America is overrun by millions of corpses who walk the earth as cannibalistic zombies. A small group of survivors, including a nurse and a police officer, tries to find shelter within a massive shopping mall.
Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Lindy Booth, Kim Poirier, Kevin Zegers, Michael Barry, Jayne Eastwood, Boyd Banks, Inna Korobkina, R.D. Reid, Matt Frewer
Zack Snyder
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
UR -
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this 2004 Dawn of the Dead is an extremely violent remake of George A. Romero's 1978 horror film of the same name. Perhaps the violence should come as no surprise, since this is, after all, a zombie film. Expect lots of blood, bites to the throat, vast armies of zombies shot in the head by shotguns, as well as moments of gore like eye stabbings and a head impaled with a spike. There's also considerable profanity, and some of the characters fill the empty hours of hiding out in the shopping mall from the zombies waiting outside by drinking and having sex. While this film delivers what horror fans want and expect from the genre -- including zombies moving at a much faster, more aggressive pace than typically seen in zombie movies -- for younger viewers and people who aren't horror fans, he violence and gore will be too much.

Sexual Content

While two of the characters are hiding from the zombies in the shopping mall, they pass the time by having sex. At the end of the film, a camcorder shows quick flashes of one of the characters before the zombie attacks, hanging out on his boat with various naked women.


Zombies move much faster than the lumbering zombies commonly seen in films like these; they bite the throats of their victims, are covered in blood and the remnants of body parts, and are continually being shown getting shot in the head by humans with shotguns. When a newborn baby is born as a zombie (which is not shown), there's the sound of a gunshot to signify that the baby has been killed. A character is impaled in the head with a spike. Another character is stabbed in the eye. Early in the film, when the zombies first start to appear, a panicked character is run over by an ambulance.


"Motherf---ers." "Faggot." "F--k." "F--king." "S--t." "Tap that s--t."

Social Behavior

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One of the characters decides to fill the empty hours of waiting and hiding out from the zombies by drinking and smoking cigarettes. This character frequently appears drunk in the film.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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