“The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can’t pick the same horror film more [than] once. So once you pick say THE EXORCIST for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can’t [pick] it again for any other day [whatsoever,] including favorite horror film.”

Source: Dollar Bin Horror

Day 14 – Your favorite zombie film
Film: Dawn of the Dead (2004) – dir. Zack Snyder

Today was difficult because there are so many excellent films to choose from.  When it comes down to it, though, there is one film that really sparked my love for all-things-zombie, and this Zack Snyder remake is that film.  I remember seeing this in theatres and instantly being in love.  The opening sequence is one of my favorites in any horror film, let alone zombie films, and it just keeps getting better from there.  The premise of being trapped in a mall while millions of infected tries to break in and feast – though not Snyder’s – is intriguing as hell to me.

This is the film that not only sparked my obsession, but America’s obsession with the undead, and one of the main reasons we now have an oversaturation in the market (in some people’s opinion).  It’s easy to look at all the mediocre-to-bad zombie films out now and forget that this used to be an excellent sub-genre, even before the remake boom when George A. Romero was making social statements from the most unexpected places.  Dawn of the Dead is fast, bloody, and a hell of a good time.

Branden Chowen
Editor-in-Chief at Cinefessions

Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.