This was Romero's second "Living Dead" movie, following 1968's black and white masterpiece, "Night of the Living Dead," and followed by 1985's somewhat lesser "Day of the Dead." When originally asked what "Night" was about by the studio execs, Romero told them, "It's about ignoring the problem." In other words, the "...of the Dead" trilogy are only superficially movies about the recently deceased returning to life and trying to eat people; a Romero zombie flick is a zombie flick with a difference. (And for the record, Romero's monsters are not technically zombies, which are the creations of Voodoo practitioners, but simply those who've risen from the grave for reasons unexplained.)
The plot of "Dawn," perhaps the most engaging of the original "Dead" trilogy, picks up where "Night" left off, but this time in a city rather than in the countryside (and in color). A group of survivors find a way out via a helicopter, and they attempt to take refuge from the zombie hordes in "one of those new shopping mall places." (There was an America before shopping malls -- who knew?) The creature comforts of this commercial utopia are soon threatened by the zombie hordes (as well as a biker gang), and our beloved band of refugees must struggle to make an escape. How many will survive...THE DAWN OF THE DEAD? Great flick from before zombies were a super-fad.