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Day of the Dead
The darkest day of horror the world has ever known.
The final chapter of George A. Romero's "Dead Trilogy". In an underground government installation they are searching for a cure to overcome this strange transformation into zombies. Unfortunately, the zombies from above ground have made their way into the bunker.
I'd love to have a beer with Bub! He was an unexpected bonus and added some much needed levity.. oddly enough he was a better representative of humanity than all of the non zombies put together!
While I found the film to be a tad bit too "Chatty Kathy" for my taste and not having enough zombie carnage in the first 2/3 of the film.. I'm happy to report that the carnage in the last act will give the gorehounds something to really sink their teeth into!
The zombies will stop at nothing for juicy human flesh! And if you get in their way, your Achilles tendon will become their floss!
Day of the Dead is without a doubt the strongest installment in the Trilogy of the Dead. Yes, you heard that right, it's the best one yet. What a gorefest! This marks my first time watching it and needless to say, it will also be my last. There is no way in hell would I want to re-experience the dread this film has cast on me, no fucking way. Never had I encountered a film this intense, this emotionally draining. Oh jesus, mary, and joseph, my head hurts! The climatic…
Tom Savini, a special makeup effects genius. T-Dog's Jamaican uncle. A drunk guy who can shoot straight. Bub the world's smartest Zombie. Romero doing what he does best: Making a zombie film not about zombies, but about raw human emotion. Romero's most underrated film.
Is this the results you've been talking about? Is this what your research is all about? Make them do tricks? Train them like dogs?
While George Romero has said it was his favorite of the Dead films, most fans feel quite differently. Day of the Dead, the bastard step-child of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, grows on me more and more with each viewing. I'm now convinced it would be a masterpiece of sorts if it wasn't for some questionable acting sprinkled through out.
Surprisingly it isn't Joseph Pilato's larger then life portrayal of Captain Rhodes that bothers me. In fact I think he's one of the highlights of…
I don't think I've seen the first two Dead films since I was a late teenager, so I'll hold off on making this a definitive statement, but for the moment, DAY may be my favorite of the initial trilogy. More than the others, it epitomizes the popular reading of Romero's zombie films, that of the true danger being not the undead horde but the cracking sociality and sanity of the remaining humans. If NIGHT can be oversimplified into a Vietnam and Civil Rights comment and DAWN can somewhat more accurately be boiled down to a spoof on consumer culture (though that still short-changes it), DAY focuses on things that cannot be boiled down to one or two ideas. It dabbles…
Jamaican nihilism + awesome practical effects = damn good movie
This movie is enjoyable in a lot of ways, and another example of how the 80s could be as good as the 70s when it comes to auteur-driven genre cinema with like, subtext and shit. The difference seems to me to be that there are fewer 80s movies that seem like genre-to-respectability crossovers, like Jaws or The Godfather. Day of the Dead is very much a gory b-movie; the pleasure comes as much from watching people chomp on dudes as from anything else.
Also, Bub made me really sad.
This is the third film in Romero's Dead series. With its "humans are worse than zombies" theme, this film is more complex than the previous two. The gore fest at the end is great and and I loved watching the bad guys getting devoured. The acting is a mix of over-the-top and decent with the best performance given by Terry Alexander. But, my favorite character is Bub, who I think would be great in Congress!
One of my favorite zombie movies ever. Romero movies are always so great but I really find myself gravitating towards this one as my favorite. The amount of zombies, the color of the world, and the story are all really wonderful. Zombie action limited up until the end of the movie but a really fantastic payoff.
Slow to the point, but respectively patient in its behaviorally analysis and character work. but when it starts to go hard...boy does it go hard. And I love it for that.
For being the final part of the trilogy, it gets a lot of slack for being a lot more daft and a lot more about Zombies instead of an allegory. What you do get is that same great effects work you expect from Romero along with a lot of fun moments, although sadly it doesn't quite have the clout or even really the cheekiness of Dawn. Still worth checking our regardless of what people think of it.
A talk-a-thon zombie picture. The world is collapsed and all thats left are a few stragglers under the protection of a psychotic military. Tensions run in all directions as Dr. Frankenstein and co slave away to the point of exhaustion. Some of Romero's best written characters and easily Savini's best makeup work. And if the build up is boring you don't worry because this is a final act that's sure to deliver.
I usually don't like zombie movies. They generally depress more than scare me; society has collapsed and the few remaining humans can never get along. However, I've found that George Romero's films have always had some redeeming qualities that make them worth watching. In Night of the Living Dead it's the stark realism with which the plot is carried out. In Dawn of the Dead it's the setting (zombies in a shopping mall!) and the ironic humor that results from it. After watching Day of the Dead, I can confidently say that the best part of the film is Bub. Bub is a zombie (played brilliantly by Sherman Howard) who, as the subject of a mad scientist, Dr. "Frankenstein" Logan,…
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Knowing that I have work tomorrow, and forsaking the sleep I most likely need, I am going to write a review for George A. Romero's Day of the Dead (1985). Now this is a movie that I can watch over and over again, without losing that satisfaction I had the first time I had viewed this film. I do feel it is underrated, most likely a result of falling within the confines of the shadow cast by Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978). However, that being said, this movie is superior on a number of levels. First of all, the make up effects are clearly better in this movie. This is confirmed by Tom Savini's own affection for this chapter…
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