ByCraig Whyel, writer at
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Craig Whyel

Dawn of the Dead, the second film in George Romero’s original Living Dead series, was a 1978 zombie horror story that largely took place in a shopping mall.

It was filmed some 37 years ago at Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, east of Pittsburgh.

Loyal Dawn of the Dead fans recently made local news as they successfully petitioned local officials to save a footbridge, a distinctive part and sole remaining physical component from the film, and have it sent off to a local historical-based museum.

Even zombies forget where they park.
Even zombies forget where they park.

To honor the success of their of their advocacy, fans and volunteers recently dressed as zombies and gathered the disassembled parts to the famous footbridge, which was highlighted in a battle with the living dead in the movie.

According to KDKA News, the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh now houses the footbridge.

It is expected to be re-assembled for part of the center’s upcoming exhibit, “Hollywood and Pittsburgh.”

The downside to the news is that the exhibit doesn’t roll out to the public until 2018.

Dawn of the Dead was produced for a relatively lean $1.5 million and earned $40 million in domestic box office revenues, which was considered a massive success for its time.

Dawn of the Dead was remade in 2004 with filming at an Ontario, Canada shopping center.

A revolutionary special effect.
A revolutionary special effect.

The original Dawn of the Dead has been a favorite for local fans for two reasons: special effects, while gruesome, were considered ground-breaking at the time and it was filmed within a close proximity to the shooting locations for Night of the Living Dead and the eventual Day of the Dead in 1985.


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