A Trip to the Dawn of the Dead Shopping Mall

Mike / July 16th, 2010

Since we visited the Night of the Living Dead cemetery, we decided to also make a stop at the mall in Monroeville, PA, seen in Dawn of the Dead (1978). This video’s a little more crude. Since we were shooting in a mall, we went guerilla-style with this one. Anyone seen the Mall Tour bonus feature on the Dawn of the Dead DVD? The one where Ken Foree’s giving a tour of the mall, shot by a distant handheld camera. You can barely hear him. It’s pretty sloppy. Ours is slightly better.

Comments

  • Shinoda

    July 16, 2010 at 3:19 am

    I love the “Tiger Uppercut” shirt.. lol

    I’m surprised there are still recognizable landmarks after so long,

  • sotelo416

    July 16, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Great Vid guys! it’s cool to see the mall where it was filmed at. Especially when you are like me and live on the other side of the country! Great work

  • gonzoneil

    July 16, 2010 at 3:24 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit this mall. nice video and thanks for showing me what it’s like.

  • bo

    July 16, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Very entertaining video, Mike and James. Keep up the good work.

  • bigdpitchas

    July 16, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I can’t even take pictures at the mall without someone telling me to stop. How the hell did you shoot such an in-depth BTS?

  • July 16, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Glad to see you enjoying what little bit of Hollywood we have here in the Pittsburgh area.
    It’s creepy to drive past that place at night, I always wonder what’s going on in there at dark. haha!

  • July 16, 2010 at 4:17 am

    - Especially when you are like me and live on the other side of the country!

    - Even more when you are like me and live on the other side of the GLOBE!

  • Abstrakt

    July 16, 2010 at 4:25 am

    haha you guys are genious

  • Kwitset

    July 16, 2010 at 5:50 am

    I’m glad to see that you where able to film inside the mall without running into any trouble.

  • July 16, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Fucken A, you guys! The mall is surprisingly the same considering it was thirty-two years ago, whoooaaaa! Kick ass video!

  • July 16, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Finally! Saw this on Project Twenty1 :)

  • MorePAIN

    July 16, 2010 at 6:23 am

    You should have interviewed some of the people to see how many even knew where they were. Great stuff though.

  • BeerfilledGerman

    July 16, 2010 at 6:30 am

    You sholud join the zombiewalk at the Monroeville Mall. I was there last year while I was shooting a doc about the holiday Halloween. It was so awesome. Thousands of people were dressed up and acting like zombies. Braaaaaaiiiiiinnnnnnsssssss! :)

    Greetings from Germany

  • July 16, 2010 at 7:06 am

    OH MAN! im local to the area and grew up in this mall practically. when i was younger the mall was much like it was in the film so i know where pretty much everything that happened in the film actually occured! you guys did a awesome job but actually the large circular fountain was on the opposite end of the mall from where you guys had guessed! haha

    i noticed somebody already mentioned the zombiewalk but it absolutely something worth checking out if you get a chance to this year. did you also by any chance get to check out the “monroeville zombies” exhibit inside the time and space toy store? i can’ t imagine you guys wondering around the mall and not seeing it but it would have been a shame if you missed it….

    awesome video! words cant explain how hard i wish i would have ran into you guys that day haha

  • destroyah

    July 16, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Great video, guys! Keep up the good work!

  • Jehauri

    July 16, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I’ve wanted to visit there myself, but it’s unlikely I’ll ever get the chance. Thanks for letting us share the experience!

  • July 16, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I never realized how close that place was to me. only 30-40 minutes from Pittsburgh.

  • puduhge

    July 16, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Dude these little micro Doc’s are awsome! Any plans on going to the mall from the Dawn of the Dead remake?

  • July 16, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Nice surprise at the end!

  • July 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Very sweet video, I love seeing how older “movie sets” look now.

    There’s another mall in Frackville, PA, that gives me the same 1970s vibe as this one. Hasn’t been updated much over the last few decades, but they sadly removed the Chick-Fil-A last year. Barely any stores left, but the movie theater is still operating, last I checked.

    If you’re a PA native or just passing through, definitely check it out!

  • July 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Nice one :)

  • Srceodizno

    July 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Wow that’s so cool. I didn’t even know it was still standing. That must be an awesome feeling to know that someone had their brains blown out their head right around the corner. Knowing that they were filming during the night and then having to clean up by morning must have beem annoying and grueling work. You are one lucky fucking guy James. :)

  • DemonicGleam

    July 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

    That’s cool. I like how it was harder to find some of the stuff. I was surprised to hear that they shot the film when the mall was closed! Must have been tough work, but they pulled it off.

  • Butch Bitch

    July 16, 2010 at 10:47 am

    What’s funny was that I had the feeling Cinemassacre was going to be posting something new today. I guess I have a built-in “Cinemassacre Instinct”.

    And, Jesus Fucking Christ, you talked to Tom Savini AGAIN?! That’s a fucking world record!

    That mall would be uber-cool to go to! Imagine if they had a Dawn of the Dead reenactment every year, that would be a real hoot!

  • Crust

    July 16, 2010 at 11:03 am

    James, I hope you had a chance to enjoy a Primanti’s sandwich while you were in the Pittsburgh area.

  • July 16, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Great video but that severed head at the end that was just cheesy. You could have done better but it was nice.

    I think if you had more time on a slower day at the mall you might have been able to match up a few more scenes but the amount you found was admirable. Thank you for recording and sharing it.

  • coldpeppers

    July 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

    JAMES

    Right at the end where you are TALKING to your right is TOY GALAXY.. Tell me you CHECKED it out!!! They have Original Models from the FILM, A WALL with Bloody Handprints from the Original Cast as well as countless other props from the MOVIE..

    ALSO

    The Ice Skating rink was replaced with the BIG food court.

  • coldpeppers

    July 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

    And each year they hold a ZOMBIE walk, Last year being the biggest ever and currently holding the Guinness book world records title

  • July 16, 2010 at 11:42 am

    @Crust
    Primanti’s? Yeah I did actually. With the fries and coleslaw on the inside of the sandwich? Bizarre, but good.

    About getting away with filming, we used a different camera, a much smaller one. So I think that may have helped not stir any attention.

    Toy Galaxy? Must have completely missed it. Didn’t know it had that cool stuff in there, but I’m sure if we had more time, I would have wandered in.

    P.S. Does my text look red? That’s interesting.

  • guyverunit05

    July 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    “Hay bob!”

    “What Jimmy?”

    “We’er missing a head.”

    “Damn, I knew I forgot something.”

    Back at the mall…

    “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!”

  • redmonth123

    July 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for the video, I was hoping you’d do something like this.

  • Wien

    July 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I’m surprised they let you film in the mall like that. Usually the mall cops would be on your ass like you were a terrorist, in my experience filming in malls.

  • Eifho

    July 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Hey James! is this the first time you’ve commented in one of your videos? and also thanks for this video really enjoyed it along with ur hundreds of other videos

  • RoboWolf

    July 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Does this mean a tour of missile silo/slash military bunker from Day is up next? Choke on em!

  • Doctor Cheesius

    July 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    That’s awesome! I love that you did this. Also, the camera work wasn’t terrible, I expected all the shots to be from waist -level as you were carrying it around disguised in a shopping bag. Also, with how often malls seem to get renovated, I’m really surprised that this one still has so many of the clearly visible features left that you found. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  • AARST

    July 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Maybe it would be cool if you went up to people and asked them if they knew what movie was shot there. Of course, people may complain about privacy law and refuse to be on video… That would suck.

    Another great location spotting video. I really like these.

  • DarkLotusEvil

    July 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    This video was even better than the cemetery one. Impressive how the mall structure is still much the same it was when the movie was shot.

  • July 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Hey, when you see blood red text, that means it’s me. Pretty cool.

    I’m glad you all understand the difficulties of filming in a mall and why we couldn’t go in with the heavy duty camera and microphone. For the most part we got lucky, and we stayed out of the department stores. The camera we used was very small. Only slightly bigger than an iphone

  • July 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Maybe with all these zombie spot are foreshadowing the next game review, though the only zombie games that i can think of as of right now leaving out any newer games are zombies ate my neighbors and that one for the sega cd.

  • i_like_turtles

    July 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    f yeah primanti sandwiches are awesome

  • July 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Hey james did you take a video of the convo that you an tom had that u mentioned or did you just chat either way your sooooo lucky hahaha iv been wanting 2 talk 2 savini for so long i did meet him at comicon I have a signed picture of him as blades from dawn I framed that fucker hahaha

  • Butch Bitch

    July 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Who else did you interview at that convention? If you don’t want to tell us, I understand :)

  • July 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Hehee, I like this Dawn Of The Dead “marathon” :)
    I laughed so hard when James was at the elevator, and did the zombie walking :D
    Great, entertaining stuff guys. I love your works.

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  • the dude master

    July 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Hey James, which movie is better in your opinion Dawn of the Dead, or Night of the Living Dead?

  • July 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    That was great guys!! :)

    It would have been funny if you guys went into a well supplied DVD store, and looked for a copy of Dawn of the Dead. It’d be a neat feeling to buy a Dawn of the Dead DVD from the Dawn of the Dead mall.

    For a horror nerd that is anyway! :p

  • July 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    You know I used to live by Monroeville and all the times I went to the mall I never went to appreciate where Dawn of the Dead was filmed. I was just there to shop.

  • GunPowderPriest

    July 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I Live in Pittsburgh and I love that mall. Every year they hold a “zombie Walk” there and a lot of the cast members show up. It’s really cool to act like a bunch of zombies right where the movie was filmed. I always like to stumble over the fountain on the bridge.

  • July 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    There are a lot of people that don’t know Dawn was filmed there, but I would say the majority of shoppers do know. The Romero movies have always been a source of pride in Western Pennsylvania, and when I was growing up I’d always hear stories about people who got to be zombies in one of the Romero movies, or about how they waited in line all night for tickets to Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead.

  • July 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Simply amazing how everything looks so similar.
    Thanks for showing us this, guys!

  • strint519

    July 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Another really kewl zombie infused road trip….great job james.

  • July 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    No way you guys were at Monroeville Mall! I’ve lived and worked no more than 1/2 hour from there my whole life no matter where I’ve moved around to! Would have been awesome to run into you guys walking around and say hello. Glad you got something out of it.

  • scorpio66

    July 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    How bout doing something for the other romero films in the living dead series . What about -
    1) Day of the Dead (original) maybe visit the underground labs
    2) Land of the Dead, maybe visit the city where the zombies attacked
    3) Diary of the Dead, maybe visit the hospital/farm/mansion settings
    4) Survival of the Dead ( Romero’s latest sequel), maybe visiting the island

    This would be pretty kl to c u visit these places as these films make up the diary of the Dead series that Romero is most famous for (exlcuding sequels he wasnt involved in)

    If you are a living dead fan may also want to check out, the colour version of night of the living dead, which has different scenes and a diff endingt to the original, and also night of the living dead 3d which is completely diff, giving a diff explanation of what might have caused the zombies. As well as these other versions of night of the living dead, you may also want to check out Day of the Dead Contagium (non romero, but same style with again a different explanation of how the zombie outbreak started, is quite good), as well as the remakes for dawn and day of the dead!

  • scorpio66

    July 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead_2#Sequel

    More info about Contagium for those who are interested, you should check it out its pretty kl, set in an insane asylum!

  • Lesley M.

    July 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I saw Dawn of the Dead when I was younger (way too young to be watching shit like that. ha) and had the most bizarre reaction to it. I wasn’t scared of zombies or anything but I distinctly remember wanting to become a vegetarian because the thought of eating meat (especially off of a bone) made me sick. I just asked my mom and she said I walked into her room very casually and simply stated “I’m not gonna eat meat anymore.” when she asked why I replied “I just watched a zombie movie.” and went about my business. ha.

    Thanks for the blast to the past.
    Loving this!!

  • July 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Sick! This made my day.

  • giant777squid

    July 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    “We got this by the ass man!!” One of my favorite lines. I”m happy to say I purchased my Dawn of the Dead DVD at this very mall. You’ve got great taste James!

  • giant777squid

    July 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Whoever is recommending that anyone check out Day of the Dead 2: Contagium needs a swift kick in the fucking sack!

  • jinXed by jaNx

    July 16, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Oh hell yes. Nice video, Nerd. I live five minutes from, Monroeville mall. Every year around Halloween they do the dead walk. You should try to make there for one of the dead walks. It’s a great atmosphere. Kiosks set up everywhere offering free zombie, make-up and zombies roaming the mall.

  • July 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Dude I did the same thing yeas ago, Click here to check out my video!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGMoiPsdpPM

  • ajgenard

    July 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I really hope you guys went to the Time & Space Toy Store. They sell collectibles and old toy stuff like that. In the back they have an awesome ZOMBIE MUSEUM. Has many props and other memorabilia from several zombie films. It would be a shame if you went the whole way there and missed that.

  • Jehauri

    July 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Maybe I’ll go visit the mall they shot Logan’s Run in instead… ^.^

  • chloe

    July 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Great work guys, I wonder how many people knew that zombies brains were splattered all over that very mall? I liked the zombie shuffle you did at the elevator:) Great stuff

  • TheLyricsLegend

    July 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Great video. Damn it, James, you did two things I always to do, but will do in a view years. Those being go to the Night of the Living Dead Cemetery, and the Dawn of the Dead Mall. I actually wanna even get married at that mall, being a huge horror movie fan. If that could ever be worked out, that’d be awesome. It’s nice to see you that your a big horror fan too, or so I assume. Keep up the videos; AVGN, Bullshit, your reviews and all. They are all a pleasure!

  • July 16, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    YES YES YES! Completely wicked! Dawn of the Dead is a classic and the mall was perfect!

  • PatrickMD

    July 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Dang. I was just in there today. Worked at a Best Buy connected to the mall’s parking lot years back, and you’d be amazed how many people’s uncle/father/neighbor are claimed to have been zombie extras in that flick.

    Also, side note. Tilt is definitely not the arcade from the movie. Tilt was only put in its current location in the last decade. There used to be an arcade on the side of mall directly opposite J.C. Penney down the area that is over the food court, across from what is now Spencers and some Japanese restaurant. That was taken out a few years before Tilt went up. As far as I know that was most likely the arcade in the movie. I wasn’t even born til 83 so I can’t be certain, but that Arcade was always there as far as I remember.

  • rossbosstx

    July 17, 2010 at 12:06 am

    dawn of the dead IS my all time favorite zombie flick .i loved it so much i keep buying different versions of the film. ther e was a french version that had about ten to fifteen extra min. of footage.anyways these tours inspired me to do one for y’all. do you remember cloak and dagger. it”s an 80′s flick starring dabney coleman and henry thomas.it’s was filmed allmost entirly in s.a. Texas. funny enough it had to do with a video game.well i’m gonna pick up the dvd of it and the folowing week film a “tour of all the spots that i can find.wish me luck.maybye a spike review would help enlighten people to the movie. thanks again james and mike and co. for all the great work that ya’ll do.

  • July 17, 2010 at 12:25 am

    This was very awesome guys! I really enjoyed the video and being in Georgia never been able to visit some of my favorite settings from the horror movies, other than Zombieland since it was filmed a mile from me.

  • July 17, 2010 at 1:11 am

    It’s strange to see a mall that’s actually used. Most of the malls in Kansas City are either completely abandoned, or have like 4 stores left. In this area, they’re switching over to a different model where it’s a bunch of outdoor stores right next to each other in kind of like a mini city. It’s not a strip mall, it’s much bigger. It’s kinda of like a huge mall without a ceiling. Apparently they were popular in the 70′s, then malls in the 80′s and 90′s, and now back to this.

    It’s sad because the mall I liked hanging out at as a kid is completely condemned now.

  • volt28

    July 17, 2010 at 1:30 am

    This is freaking awesome guys thx. They should have preserved some of the stuff featured in the film. How sad they didn’t. Yeah I kind of think people look like zombies in malls lol

  • PsychoBob

    July 17, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I’ve watched that movie so many times, I wouldn’t need video to find any of the locations. I’d be able to get everywhere in the mall without ever having been there before. That’s even including the many major structural changes since the filming I know about for whatever reason. The clock tower is now a kiddy area. The ice rink is now a food court. There’s now a small outdoor shopping center-ish sort of thing on the north side of the building now. I also thought they removed the fountain and garden, but I’m apparently remembering incorrectly, depending on the date of this filming. For all I know, they put it back in.

    I know too much about Dawn of the Dead. You might say that the sentiment is sad. You’re probably right.

  • PsychoBob

    July 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Also, as a side note, keep in mind that the roof room where they find all the spam is not in the mall. That was a set. The hunting shop depicted in the mall also wasn’t there. They made it seem so through clever camera work. That hunting shop scene was filmed in a nearby business. The trucks they used for blocking the entrances were also from a nearby business (the actual business logo is even on the trucks, and the same business and logo are used in the remake where the truck delivers a load of survivors). the trucks are shown driving from the correct direction to have come from there.

    The icing on the cake is that I noticed that they changed some of the trademarked business names in the movie. For example, when locking up the entrances to the mall, they test the alarm system. There’s a close-up shot of the alarm bell going off from the test. If you look at an old cut, the name of the business that made the alarm is “Big Brother” (rather appropriately). If you watch a newer copy of the movie, it now says “Big Bruiser”. Odd, considering it’s probably a local business that would be better off with the exposure!

    Sorry for the tangents. Again, I need to stop watching the movie so much.

  • Bamahut

    July 17, 2010 at 4:40 am

    I didn’t know spammers posted in here!

    Back on topic, you guys should had tried to talk to some security guards and tried to talk to the manager of the mall, he could had gave you some interesting history of the mall during those 30 years!

  • xdeathknightx

    July 17, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Ah dawn of the dead, after all these years and numerous viewings I still love it, not just because of the social commentary or it containing zombies and gore but Romero loved to put in small details and every time you watch it you find new stuff you didn’t notice before.

    Shame you couldn’t get Tom Savini to join seeing he knows a lot of places where it all happened.

    And just watching at imdb it’s striking how out of the whole cast of leads only Ken Foree managed to land a career, the rest did one or two horror movies and that’s it.

  • grumm

    July 17, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Just a little bit of trivia

    Several members of the marauding band of bikers were played by members of the local chapter of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. The elaborate motorcycles they drove were their own.

    The young guy that pulls the dude off the blood pressure machine during the gun fight was the chapter president for that area.

  • July 17, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I use to work Mall Security at this mall. I couldn’t tell you how many times I took people around to show them all the sights. There are a few hot spots you missed in the video. The food court is where the ice skating rink use to be. Also the place where sevini falls is actually closer to the “Mr. Rogers Play place. The clock tower was on the other end of the mall. I could have shown you the Boiler room. It is still 100% there. Also the roof is still like that, and if you noticed in the back they now have Guitar Center. They had to shoot back there because there was no businesses at the time, and there wasn’t a road to the mall so you couldn’t see cars driving past during a zombie apocalypse. While you were there you could have made a few stops to the places where the shot “Zack and Miri” I am so upset I didn’t get the chance to meet you and show you around the mall. Maybe if you’re in my side of town again i’ll take you around pittsburgh and show you the good movie hot spots.

  • bugsycline

    July 17, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Thank you James. Next time you come to Pittsburgh, let me know I’ll bring the “welcome Wagon”

  • Stealthman80

    July 17, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Ahh man I would love to do and see stuff like this, I envy you and your awesomeness James :)

  • RyanRein

    July 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

    One of the great things about Pittsburgh, as a horror fan, is that it’s basically the home of the modern zombie–thanks to George Romero. Night of the Living Dead was filmed in Evans City (Butler County, north of Pittsburgh), Dawn of the Dead at the Monroeville Mall, Day of the Dead was partially filmed in Lawrence County (north of Pittsburgh), and the location of Fiddler’s Green in Land of the Dead was post-zombie-apocalypse Pittsburgh. Heck, even Valve’s popular FPS Left 4 Dead takes place in Pennsylvania.

    For the full Monroeville Mall zombie experience, come to Zombie Fest and the Walk of the Dead in October. Also, visit Time and Space Toys: http://www.monroevillezombies.com/

  • ReynoldsM

    July 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    love it. keep this thing going, James. Thanks for all the cool stuff over the years.

  • xpod666

    July 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Hey James or Mike i just took my family on a family vacation trip to see the mall too on 7-14-2010 thats it was freakin cool as my six year old and i r big fans of zombie flicks. and theres plenty of activities 2 do there too. Speaking of that while u guys were there did you visit the Zombie Museum in the back of a store called time and space toys its awesome. kinda felt like that movie house of 1000 corpses at the begining were they stop at a spauldings roadside shop. because the zombie museum even has a coffin ride and props from film and all this within the mall hidden in the back of this store.

  • Xenoka

    July 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    To me, my favorite thing about this is 1. You had the song La Caccia in the video (as james would say, that song is the motherfucking ass) and 2. ALL the music was from the original Goblin soundtrack and not the crappy Americanized sound….effects (i don’t like calling it music) and basically just showing Goblin (a basically unknown band in the states) off. I comend you for that

  • marigold23

    July 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    so ridiculous! what are the odds more than .5 people out of every 100 can even read their fucking spam?! except for the website addresses, of course, and who in their right mind would click on them? why can’t they just make a career of shoving their heads up their asses? they’d get more of a response from us if they did, AND we’d probably cheer!

  • starman15317

    July 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    As I said on the NOTLD visit, I wish I knew that James was in Pittsburgh! I would have creeped ;) Seriously James, you should come back in October for the zombie walk!

  • You Can Just Walk Over It

    July 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    “except for the website addresses, of course, and who in their right mind would click on them?”

    программирование на PHP http://www.cinemassacre.com на профессиональном уровне…

    Anyways, these videos are a great walk back to classic film locations. A shopping mall, as mentioned already is very symbolic of the zombified society we live in today, but is a genius location for letting loose and surviving an onslaught. Ironically I guess, using the mall against zombies, which is the very thing that represents them/us, is a fun thing to think about.

  • Landofunk

    July 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Great Vid! DoD’78 will always be in my top 10 favorite movies! I didn’t know that the mall was operational at the time. I thought it was like in Blues Brothers where they remodeled a closed mall..thanks for the info. I love that the movie just oozes with late 70s imagery and music (Synthesizer rule!). Being born in ’79 it really gives me a view back to the era I was born in..and a lotta kickass zombie killing too >: )

  • July 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Another great tour man, keep ‘em up!

  • Speed_Racer

    July 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t know I really liked the 2004 remake I never really sat down and watched the entire original. I’ll give it a shot though.

  • Peppers515

    July 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    The ending made me jump. lol

  • jlazis138

    July 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    This is really cool. I’ve been to the Monroeville Mall plenty of times since my grandparents house is nearby. I sat down and watched DOTD with my mom a few years back and she pointed out all the places she used to work and how things changed since then. As you obviously know, the entire mall pretty much got updated since then, like the ice skating rink is so longer there. But it’s still pretty amazing to see landmarks of one of the greatest movies ever made!

  • July 17, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Holy crap I live a mile away from that mall!

  • likalaruku

    July 17, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Wouldn’t it have been hillarious if they hadn’t cleaned up the gorefest before reopening the mall in the morning?

  • July 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Awsome you know it would be amazing if you go to the hotel were the Shining was film

  • July 18, 2010 at 3:30 am

    They actually do a zombie walk around Halloween through the mall every year. I went two years ago and it was awesome!!!

  • FuriousGeorge

    July 18, 2010 at 5:44 am

    yay im the 100th comment, but nah, i love zombie movies and dawn of the dead is one of my favourites, man you’re so lucky to be able to go to all the places and see all the scenes from the movies

  • PhobosPhD

    July 18, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    This is actually pretty awesome. I went to high school near where the remake was filmed, but the mall ended up failing and got turned into a community center. Sucks tbh.

  • tstraus13

    July 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I would love a full length commentary by you for the original Dawn of the Dead, like you did Dracula!

  • July 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Sweet. I love you guys for doing this. This is my absolute favourite in the genre.

  • ass7

    July 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    that reminds me of dead rising whens the new one coming out

  • ConnorBoyle

    July 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    When you guys went there did you see a place called “Time and Space” I went in and they had the actual props and zombies from the movie it was cool to see.

  • GrayFoxN312

    July 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I. Really REALLY wanna see this damn movie so bad! i tried youtube.com but pfft not the whole thing due to copyright issues. i’m pretty sure hulu.com doesn’t have it either but i can give it a shot. anyways this movie and mall and exploration is awesome. you and mike always put on a show XD. long live cinemassacre :D!!!

  • July 19, 2010 at 4:28 am

    sooooooo awsome there should be a dawn of the dead fan shop that would be cool but the blood from the movie that would be funny

  • DarkSmokePuncher

    July 19, 2010 at 4:59 am

    This has got nothign to do with anyhting of the mall trip but he has a tiger uppercut shirt….thats epic

  • Escordian

    July 19, 2010 at 10:10 am

    now do the day of the dead mines. ;)

    my favourite of the five romero zombie films. :)

  • moviefan

    July 19, 2010 at 11:46 am

    go to that mall all the time

  • July 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    You should come back in the middle of October, that is when they celebrate world zombie day at the mall, I highly recommend it. You’ll be amazed by how many people come.

  • gishatako

    July 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Cool, I never seen the movies but they look epic. You guys should go to where Friday the 13th was filmed. Sadly as I post this message hundreds of boyscouts are having fun there. I actually live next to the town it was filmed in and last thursday I actually went to the camp it was filmed in.

  • com85

    July 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Great doc as usual!

    good job James& Mike

  • Billson

    July 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    How did you get Dawn of the Dead on your iPod James?

  • Strongba1

    July 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    This is really funny because I live right around Monroeville. The mall is about a 15 minute drive from where I live. I go to this mall all the time just to shop. I think it’s really cool to see these guys marvel at my local shopping mall. I was half expecting to see myself somewhere in this video.

    It was also funny to see him pronounce Monroeville Mon-roeville. Around here we pronounce Mon as in Monday.

  • aplayaz2000

    July 20, 2010 at 6:33 am

    damm i tohught this was guna be the remake mall

    o well still cool

  • nammm3

    July 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Nice video! Lol, that ending was fairly corny and lame:-P But great video!

  • avgnfan96

    July 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    YOU ARE AWSOME

  • July 21, 2010 at 6:50 am

    blood in that movie looked soo fake , ive watched it twice coz i wanted to show to some friends how stupid it is

  • July 21, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Did you guys go to the toy store? If you go all the way to the back, they have a Dawn of the Dead museum, with props from the movies, mannequins that are dressed and made up to look like certain zombies from different movies, and a DVD playing telling you about the making of the movie.

    There’s also a “Maul Wall” (or whatever the actual name is) where every actor put their hand print in red paint on a wall. There’s so much cool stuff back there, and I hope you guys had a chance to check it out.

  • AndrewJW

    July 21, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Where did you get that Tiger Uppercut shirt? thats awesome. haha. cool vid to btw.

  • July 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I actually visited that mall myself and this video really brings back memories. I’m just wondering about something though. When I went, there was a comic and collectibles shop in the mall that had a tribute to Dawn of the Dead and was a little zombie shop. Given the fact that James didn’t mention it, I’m wondering if the place is still there because when I went, the place was in the process of movie to a different location.

  • timster

    July 21, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    “We got this man… We got this BY THE ASS!!!” Classic Roger line, James!

    Awesome! You guys continued your epic zombie movie journey and visited the Monroeville Mall!!! Now, compared to the NotLD cemetery, this is THE landmark where all fans of the Romero Dead Movies MUST converge and visit! I’m hoping I’ll get the opportunity someday, as the original Dawn Of The Dead still remains my all time favorite zombie flick! The setting, the characters, and the story… AWESOME TO THIS DAY! Great hunting and job, James and Mike!

  • July 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Awesome! I saw a homeless looking guy outside that mall once that looked a lot like Tom Savini. I’m still not convinced it wasn’t him, in some kind of disguise :P

  • Striderx99

    July 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    It’s awesome that you guys did a tribute to one of the greatest horror films ever made…I have the DVD set that includes the UK version of the movie and I noticed that you can’t hear Ken talking most of the time :-(….James and Mike, I must say you guys are really funny….keep making those videos and give us more BRAAIIIIINNNSSSS :-P!!!!! (oops, that’s another movie-LOL)

  • ARBITERMASTER95

    July 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    OMG dude this is AMAZING!!!!!!!!

  • Greenlaceblue

    July 23, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    amazing, as always! keep it up! :D:D <3
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  • FoxMcCloud

    July 24, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    you rule avgn

  • amh9388

    July 25, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Hey this is great! if you decide to fly down here to Fort Myers, FL, hit me up and I’ll take you to the places where Day of the Dead was shot.

  • Mimadalaer

    July 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Hey,…are you coming to this years zombie walk? They usually hold it in October! You should get a video than, crazy zombie punk metal bands, and the official walk! Oh yes! Good times! I met Ken Foree last year! Did you know he was Kenan’s Dad?! I made a shirt that said “Nobody F*&ks with Ken Foree”…he loved it! BE THERE! OH YES! Be there….

    -Ducky

  • ikensee

    August 4, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Again! Right in my area! I should take part in the Zombie Walk they have in October.

  • sinkheadhxc

    August 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    ya the zombie walk, u should go. im kicked out of the mall currently so thats the only time i can get away w/ being there.

  • venom 51007

    September 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Man the red blood text looks awesome how did u do that u have got to tell me how to do that!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • September 24, 2010 at 7:47 am

    For location-hunting this must be one of the most satisfying places. I mean so many stuff and the ambiance they just haven’t changed over all those years.

    What about a hunt for the remains of the “Evil Dead”-Chimney? I would looooooooooooooove to see that. I know, it’s not much left you can film there but some sights still exist. The chimney, some streets with backgrounds they’ve used and the old pub where the crew got their meals? But just being out in those woods (or within) would be exciting enough for me to make a trip if I wouldn’t come from Europe. And I almost did once. What do you think? A special for Halloween. You could do it creepy like a documentary (“In Search Of…”-Style). Please James, PLEASE…!! ;-)

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  • October 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm

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  • SoTH

    October 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    4:37

    “Lady points at James Rolfe.”

    Guy: “Oh crap, its the Nerd!!”

  • kope31

    January 26, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Wow, I don’t know how I missed this one, considering I only live 15 minutes away from the mall. Thanks for paying tribute to one of the few “public” sets you can go to and realize a whole movie was shot in that location. It’s also great that the building is still being used 33 years later.

    Thanks again James and happy trails. Next time your in Monroville, near Mckeesport, shoot me an e-mail [email protected] and I’ll show you some of the best places in town to eat at.

  • DangerousDuoComedy

    June 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I practically grew up in Monroeville Mall, I lived only 10 minutes away haha I only live 20 min. away now though. Anyways, I think it’s so cool that my town could take such a big part in pop culture history and be at the roots of the zombie genre! Can’t wait for the zombie walk this year, I vote James should make an appearance!

  • Dreckken

    July 12, 2011 at 5:32 am

    That kicks ass you guys went there, Dawn of the Dead is my favorite movie!

  • JamarJones

    October 17, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Dude, I live around the area and I was just at the mall two days ago.

  • Logan Vandiver

    July 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    :o

  • Shanethefilmmaker

    June 29, 2014 at 3:16 am

    I love this mall. It reminds me of the old stuff in the malls I went to. Should a Zombie apocolypse occur I am gonna head to my nearest mall and get every single blunt object I could carry in the hardware section. Not for looting, but for taking out zombies.

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