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According to the director's commentary, when you see the shot of the truck exploding into the petrol station the helicopter in the sky is a shot from the original that was added in post-production. (imdb.com)

By the end of production, 3000 zombie make-up effects had been created. (imdb.com)

David Cronenberg's sister, Denise, was the costume designer on this film. (imdb.com)

An extra on the DVD release for this film, "We interrupt this program", a fake newscast depicting the start and spread of the zombie infection, contains some characters whose dialog consists of lines from the original Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Night of the Living Dead (1968). (imdb.com)

Different colors of blood were used for zombies in different stages of decomposition: red for the recently dead, a browner version for the ones that have been dead for a few weeks; and a blacker, oilier version for the ones that have been dead for a considerable period of time. (imdb.com)

Universal significantly slashed the film`s budget after the failure of "House of the Dead", fearing there was no public appetite for zombie movies. (imdb.com)

Title designer Kyle Cooper used actual human blood when designing the film`s opening and closing credit sequences. (imdb.com)

This is the first movie to broadcast the first ten minutes uncut on network TV, five days before its nationwide release. The showing was broadcast on the USA network, and on Channel 4 in the UK with a special introduction by film critic (and major horror fan) Mark Kermode (imdb.com)

Most of the zombie makeup was modeled after real and gruesome forensic photos. (imdb.com)

The ending of the movie continues throughout the credits by a series of brief video clips (imdb.com)

Former MTV/MTV2 VJ Iann Robinson has an uncredited cameo as a zombie. When first entering the mall, the group is charged by an Asian man-turned-zombie. The large zombie behind the Asian man is played by Robinson (imdb.com)

The music playing in the mall when the survivors first arrive is a variation of Bobby McFerrin`s "Don`t Worry Be Happy". (imdb.com)

An exchange between Kim Poirier (Monica) and Lindy Booth (Nicole) about Nicole playing with the dog more than she is helping was eliminated from the film in order to avoid making Kim Poirier`s character sound "too b*tchy." (imdb.com)

While they are stocking up on ammunition in the gun store, the music from the gun store in the original film can be heard playing very lightly in the background (imdb.com)

One of the most gruesome "zombies" (the bloated woman killed with a fireplace poker) was actually played by a man. (imdb.com)

The word "zombie" is never used. (imdb.com)

The movie trailer shows Andre checking the mall entrance when several zombies attack the outer doors. This scene was replaced in the film with a subdued version showing only one frail-looking zombie pouncing on the glass door. However, the clip used in the theatrical trailer is available for viewing on the DVD and has director commentary explaining why he changed the scene (imdb.com)

In an aerial scene in the first 10 minutes when Ana is driving down a highway, a truck can be seen crashing into a gas station/diner. This is a reference to Night of the Living Dead (1968), as Ben mentions he was listening to a radio in a truck in a diner parking lot when a truck crashed into the gas pumps. (imdb.com)

The commercial on the TV when it switches to the "special report" near the beginning of the film is a commercial for a Subaru WRX that Zack Snyder directed. (imdb.com)

For the scene where Ana stitches Kenneth`s wounds, the director hired a real nurse for the close-ups. She misunderstood the director`s directions to go deeper and inadvertently punctured Ving Rhames` skin and stitched the prosthesis to his arm. He didn`t say anything until after the scene was done filming and the director thought the blood was merely "a really good effect". (imdb.com)

The first scene in the basement finishes when Michael burns the zombies with fuel from the gas station and CJ`s lighter. This is a reference to a similar scene in George A. Romero`s Night of the Living Dead (1968). (imdb.com)

The mall scenes of the film as well as the rooftop scenes were shot in the Thornhill Square Shopping Centre in Thornhill, Ontario and the rest of the scenes were shot in the Aileen-Willowbrook Neighborhood of Thornhill, and the Township of Caledon East, Ontario. The set for Ana and Louis`s bedroom was constructed in a back room of the mall. The mall was defunct, which is the reason the production used it; the movie crew completely renovated the structure, and stocked it with fictitious stores after Starbucks Coffee and numerous other corporations refused to let their names be used (two exceptions to this are Roots and Panasonic). Most of the mall was demolished shortly after the film was shot. The highway in the overhead composite shot of Ana driving past the exploding gas station is HWY 50, one kilometer south of Bolton, Ontario. The Crossroads Mall is a small strip-mall at the intersection of HWY 9 and HWY 27 just north of Caledon East. The second converted mall shuttle (with the fire damage) was shipped out of Bolton in the summer of 2006. (imdb.com)

A UK MTV Host, Alex Zane, is featured during the zombies` rampage through the mall. After interviewing Zack Snyder he was invited to be in the film, thus as we see the zombies running past the camera once they`ve entered the mall, he is clad in a bright white checkered shirt. (imdb.com)

The name of Ving Rhames` character, Kenneth, is an obvious nod to actor Ken Foree, who played a very similar role in the original Dawn of the Dead (1978). (imdb.com)

One of the clothing stores in the mall is named "Gaylen Ross". Gaylen Ross played the part of Fran in the original Dawn of the Dead (1978). (imdb.com)

One of the invoices in "Andy`s Gun Works" is made out to Nicholas Gazda who is the first assistant art director of this movie. (imdb.com)

The WGON traffic copter makes an appearance. The WGON traffic copter was the main transportation for the survivors in the original Dawn of the Dead (1978). (imdb.com)

Members of Rue-Morgue Magazine, a Canadian-based publication had cameos as zombies in the film (imdb.com)

The scene between `Sarah Polley` (Ana), Mekhi Phifer (Andre), Jayne Eastwood (Norma), and Kim Poirier (Monica) at the Hallowed Grounds Café was re-written in order to include actress Kim Poirier to give her more screen time since director Zack Snyder and producer Eric Newman enjoyed her performance so much. However, her character`s name is never once mentioned throughout the entire film. Also most unfortunate, a lot of her dialog scenes were trimmed or eliminated from the film, such as the dinner scene (imdb.com)

Director Zack Snyder personally chose most of the music used in the film. His choices included "The Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash, and Richard Cheese`s cover of Disturbed`s "Down With the Sickness". Snyder was the only person who thought these songs should be in the film, as most of the producers were against it. (imdb.com)

According to director Zack Snyder, Starbucks Coffee refused to be featured in the film. (imdb.com)

According to the director, Zack Snyder, on the DVD commentary he states that Scott Frank and Michael Tolkin both did uncredited rewrites on the script. (imdb.com)

According to "the lost tape", which contains gun shop owner Andy`s personal video diary (accessible as a bonus feature on the director`s cut DVD), the main characters arrive at the mall early in the movie on May the 9th. Therefore, the movie opens a day earlier on May the 8th (Andy mentions that attacks on citizens by the undead had already started on the 7th). Andy makes his last entry just before he turns into one of the undead on June the 6th, and the movie ends on that same day (not including the footage during the end credits). This places the events of Dawn of the Dead in a space of just 29 days--and it begins and ends at dawn (imdb.com)

An extra on the DVD release for this film, "We interrupt this program", a fake newscast depicting the start and spread of the zombie infection, contains some characters whose dialog consists of lines from the original Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Night of the Living Dead (1968). (imdb.com)

Actors Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger and Tom Savini all appeared in the original 1978 version of this film, but playing different characters. Ken Foree delivers the tagline he delivered as "Peter" from the 1978 version of Dawn of the Dead; "When there`s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth." (imdb.com)


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