It's a remake and it rocks. Yes, the amped-up resurrection of George A Romero's dead-cert classic shocked everyone from Total Film to Tarantino, it was so bloody good. Sarah Polley's the first surprise, a quality actress cutting up rough as the nurse who immerses us in the apocalypse. As Johnny Cash croons over the credits' newsreel chaos, you know there's no resident studio evil here: the new Dawn is angry and in your face.
The director's cut includes nine more minutes of blood and character beats. The baldy old fella is gay, Polley puckers up for the impressive Jake Weber, but only the tweaked pistol-chin conclusion has any more impact. Our advice? Stick with the theatrical cut - what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in bite.