George A. Romero's iconic zombie fest, Dawn of the Dead (1978), is often thought of as one of the most influential movies of all time, and for good reason. As well as having a huge impact on the horror genre, its popularity is illustrated by references in all forms of media.
The sequel to Night of the Living Dead (1968) also helped to establish the Living Dead franchise, which has produced a total of seven films, the most recent being 2009's Survival of the Dead.
To highlight the influence the film has had, let's take a look at some of the best references in TV and film:
1. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
As well as the obvious title of the movie, Shaun of the Dead (2004) includes a myriad of references to Romero's Living Dead franchise, essentially becoming a comedy tribute to the movie.
The final product impressed Romero so much, leading star of the movie Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright were given cameos in Land of the Dead (2005).
2. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
The subtle reference in Kevin Smith's rom-com refers to the featured hockey team, who are named Monroeville Zombies, a reference to the town where the 1978 film was made.
3. The Simpsons (2000)
In the episode "Last Tap Dance in Springfield," characters are shown trying to claw themselves into a shopping center, reminiscent of the iconic scene in Romero's film.
4. South Park (2007)
The episode titled "Night of the Living Homeless" is a direct parody of the 2004 remake, which was directed by Zack Snyder.
5. Bio Zombie (1998)
The Hong Kong based movie is a comedy spoof of the original, and like Romero's flick, our unlucky zombie bait clan are trapped inside a shopping mall, with hilarious and gory consequences.
What are your favorite Dawn of the Dead references?