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Dawn of the Dead (2004) Much?

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I've absolutely loved this story so far, and I have no doubt that it took a lot of original thinking and writing to come up with the final story. But I would be willing to bet that at least some of the main writers used the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead as a HUGE source of inspiration (besides the fast zombies). Here are a few things I've found they have in common so far.

In DotD, the main character, Ana, gets in a car crash after an escaping civilian tries to steal her car, breaking the highway-side barrier and crashing into a tree. In TWD, Lee is in a car crash that breaks the highway barrier and lands him in a forested area.

In DotD, finding a boat becomes the group's focus and answer for surviving. In TWD, that becomes the mission too after the motor inn falls.

In DotD, CJ is an impulsive redneck-ish guy with a handlebar mustache who, in the roof scene, makes it clear he'll kill anyone to survive. In TWD, Kenny is a Florida redneck who also has a handlebar mustache and is willing to smash Larry's head in to make sure his family survives.

In DotD, there is a foreign (Russian) woman named Luda married to one of the main characters (Andre). In TWD, there is a foreign (Belgian, according to the wiki) woman named Katjaa married to one of the main characters (Kenny).

A lot of people have already guessed episode 5 will end with Lee about to kill himself Michael style, watching the boat sail off with Clementine and the other survivors.

Can you think of any more similarities between the two series? Is there some other non-Walking Dead zombie film you've found significant game parallels to? Let me know.

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  • its kind of a regular zombie story line. The boat was kenny's idea because he is a fisherman. Every thing else coincidence. Who said they'll get on the boat if kenny dies no one can fix the boat.

  • I agree with you King but I disagree with the boat....if the engine is intact, it should be childs play to get it running and in the water.

    Although I have said in other threads I do NOT like this boat they found...and open top with limited space? It is basically the train all over, getting us from one place to the other and as far as I can tell, Kenny's premise was to get us on his fishing boat (which I thought to be at least 26' at the minimum) to survive, this boat is a floating deathtrap. Ever been on the water in the colder months with no tops? It really sucks...

  • Yeah, and lets not forget the part in DOTD where they went to a dairy and the farmers turned out to be cannibals... Oh wait, that didn't happen.. There are slight similarities, otherwise I think what you are seeing is coincidence

  • The CJ thing is pretty much 100% accurate.

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  • It would make sense for Kenny, a fisherman who knows a lot about boats, to suggest getting on a boat to survive. He probably knows a lot about the southern waterways, as stated by Lee in Episode 4. So as long as he's alive, and he doesn't actually intend for us to live on the boat, it seems like as good a plan as any by this point. Him being inspired by CJ I could deinately see. They're both rednecks, who put survival above almost everything else, with handlebar mustaches who wear hats.

  • @Panzer89 said: The CJ thing is pretty much 100% accurate.

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    kenny written all over

  • i didn't like CJ (in a like him as a person way) but i like kenny, maybe it's just the family man factor, but i think they are different enough for them not to be the same character

  • @thestalkinghead said: i didn't like CJ (in a like him as a person way) but i like kenny, maybe it's just the family man factor, but i think they are different enough for them not to be the same character

    Why didn't you like CJ? Sure at the start he seemed really cold hearted but he turned all right at the end. He even went on that stupid mission to go save the girl and her dumbass dog. Did the survivors in dawn of the dead seem stupid to anyone else? They left a safe and secure place because they would rather die horribly outside? And WHY DIDN'T THEY SHOOT THAT DOG?! (End rant)

    On topic, CJ is awesome and i agree some elements in the game may have been taken from the movie.

  • @Wrighty said: Why didn't you like CJ? Sure at the start he seemed really cold hearted but he turned all right at the end. He even went on that stupid mission to go save the girl and her dumbass dog. Did the survivors in dawn of the dead seem stupid to anyone else? They left a safe and secure place because they would rather die horribly outside? And WHY DIDN'T THEY SHOOT THAT DOG?! (End rant)

    On topic, CJ is awesome and i agree some elements in the game may have been taken from the movie.

    I loved his joke about drawing straws, where the loser has to run across the parking lot holding a ham sandwich.

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