George A. Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” isn’t just one of the greatest zombie flicks of all time. It’s also one of the finest movies ever to come out of the overall horror genre, deserving of a spot alongside such classics as “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” “Black Christmas” and “Halloween.”

It’s got pretty much everything one wants in a horror film — gripping storyline, plenty of tense moments, intriguing characters and, yes, plenty of gooey gore. And the 1978 movie has held up incredibly well over the years — much better than most of Romero’s other zombie epics. In all, it’s every bit as deserving of the label “classic” as its groundbreaking predecessor, “Night of the Living Dead,” which Romero unleashed on an unexpecting film world in 1968.

In honor of the film’s 45 anniversary, “Dawn of the Dead” is returning to theaters across North America this spring. In the Bay Area, it’s playing April 12, 13 and 15 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco. For showtimes, tickets and other information, visit