Dawn of the Dead (1978)
The epitome of a successful sequel, George A. Romero’s 1978 classic Dawn of the Dead not only improved on Night of the Living Dead but left a lasting impact on the horror genre — specifically splatter and zombie films. Its cheeky satire came to define the term “campy” for a new generation of scare-seekers. Suddenly, audiences found themselves laughing while zombie heads exploded and bodies were ripped apart. It felt like a natural reaction to something that was never meant to be taken seriously. Romero understood that there’s a fine line between horror and comedy, and that’s why the Dead series is so timelessly entertaining, with Dawn being arguably its strongest iteration.