I didn't like zombie films. But I don't know that I really had seen many. White Zombie I had seen, taped off of television back in the 80's, and I didn't care for the voodoo type zombies. I liked vampires and monsters. Also I liked slasher films that I saw (cut) on cable.
The box for the VHS tape of Dawn Of The Dead creeped me out. I'd see it in the video store and steer clear. You remember the one. Roger, recently undead, is sitting up in a three picture panel. Yeesh.
All of this changed one very late night in the late 90's at Matthew's house. Upstairs, in between his and his sister's room is an open air television room. Matthew threw in a VHS of Dawn (much to my (more than likely) silent) chagrin. How wrong was I? You know how wrong I was. I've forgotten plenty since but I haven't forgotten that night. This is the ultimate zombie film and only a few can really even challenge that title. It just goes to show that you can't judge a book by it's cover and you should occasionally go outside of your perceived comfort zone. I try to remember this when Richard is putting over musicals.