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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
Arrow Blu Ray
I didn't get to watch this (for the millionth time) before going to Cinema Wasteland for the 30th anniversary reunion so I watched it tonight with an even greater appreciation. I love this film so much and it holds a special place for me personally as it was the first of George Romero's zombie films I ever saw. I seem to have watched them in reverse order since this was my first, then Dawn Of The Dead, and then Night Of The Living Dead. While Dawn is one of my top three favorite films I will always hold this one on high.
It's okay. It's really obvious social commentary but there are some awesome gore effects and some of the characters work nicely.
Genialísimo todo el tono claustrofóbico e impresionante el trabajo de maquillaje y efectos visuales. Esa escena inicial, con los gritos de “Anyone Here?" aún retumban en mi cabeza.
Romero's third Dead film is one of the rare horror movies that very obviously deals with Themes in capital letters but nevertheless makes those themes murky and unknowable; while it might be about something as specific as the disparate aims of the military and science, it might be as simple as one line of dialogue: "That's the trouble: people got different ideas concerning what they want out of life." A very despairing film, doubly so in light of the unfortunate political situation in the United States, since it depicts the antithesis of what one would want to happen in a dire scenario: these survivors very pointedly do not work together, they don't care about each other, and would quite happily…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When given the Easter Sunday opportunity to watch any zombie movie I wanted to, I chose George A. Romero's third. Day of the Dead is too ingrained in my soul for me to register any complaints about it. Yeah, it's talky, but Romero's zombie movies - the best ones, anyway - always center on human debate. By the time Day came out, Romero had been praised by fans and open-minded critics for his sociological approach to genre movies, and he really ran with it. As a young horror kid, that added depth of maverick philosophy and old hippie politics endeared his movies to me a little bit more than other showcases for gross-out effects, and since this one has an…
I grow to enjoy Day of the Dead more with each watch, but I still cannot entirely love it. Sure, it has the most graphic practical effects ever put to film and its story is nice enough, but it always feels like something is missing. The characters are pretty much fine, everyone is fleshed out decently and even Rhodes can be identified with. I used to think the sentient zombie was kind of a stupid addition but I really liked his story this time around. I can never really put my finger on what I don't like... Maybe it's the total lack of any kind of explanation for the science-y stuff but I'm not sure. Maybe it will keep improving on further rewatches.
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.
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…