Today I hit the holy grail of zombie horror in the used DVD section of my local mall. If you're a zombie aficionado you are well aware that Dario Argento did the European Cut of George Romero's zombie classic Dawn of the Dead. I've heard about Argento's version for years but have never had the opportunity to view it….until now!
How does it stack up to Romero's cut? Well, if you're looking for an exhaustive critique of the subject click HERE. But if you've read my blog before you know I like my reviews short and sweet. Argento's cut is fantastic. It's lean, mean, dark and full of action. While I love Romero's sense of humor and character development which appears in his cut, Argento skips the lighter moments in favor of a much more sinister and gorier film. It works beautifully. If you don't squirm in your seat or wince a time or two while watching Argento's cut then there may be something seriously wrong with you. He really brings out the horror in Romero's film.
Argento's cut is also greatly aided by a different musical score that was composed by the Italian progressive rock band Goblin. It really adds a great deal to the feel of the film and is a total hit run.
Some people enjoy getting into arguments about which version is better. What's the point? Both versions show the vision of two great directors who know how to edit horror. If you can get your fingers on a copy of this one, it's definitely well worth your time.
For more info check out the episode's entry in IMDB.