JWM SPOOKATHON 2018: Dawn of the Dead (2004)

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A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (IMDb)
Strangers band together to survive a zombie apocalypse–it’s a simple and classic recipe prepared really well here. There’s a good serving of characters (even some development–see CJ’s arc), a nice helping of zombie suspense and gore (the special effects are excellent), and an engaging escape plot added at the end. To this satisfying dish the brilliant opening and closing credits, along with the surprising music montages (that Johnny Cash one was so good) add great pops of flavour and spice.
7.5/10 (Really Good)
CREEPY QUOTE: “When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.” – Televangelist
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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

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A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems. (IMDb)
The non-linear narrative works as it moves between post- and pre-incident, leading you with baited breath to the breathtakingly traumatic moment, but as the convoluted scenes pile up (why is she making out with her dad?) it becomes just another irritation. The characters are never explained (all we get are long empty stares and confusing dialogue) so the emotions never sink in, and outside of that is just a bland plot (and pointless sub-story) about a lawyer trying to rally plaintiffs.
5.5/10 (Poor)