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Mall of Horrors

The living dead drew consumers to malls and movie theaters last month as horror flick “Dawn Of The Dead” raked in $27.3 million during its first weekend at the box office. The gory production is a remake of a 1979 George Romero film about cannibal zombies invading a suburban mall. Filmed during off hours at Turnberry Associates' Monroeville Mall in Pittsburgh, the original film poked fun at mall culture with sly commentary on consumerism. The remake was shot at Thorn Hill Square mall in Toronto, Canada, which was slated for demolition. Production designer Andrew Neskoramny researched malls in North America, Japan and the U.K. to create a “modern-day shoppers' paradise” on which the zombies could wreak havoc.

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