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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.
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.
Another really damn good zombie film from George A. Romero. In my opinion this is just as good as the other two films in the trilogy. It's darker, more serious, and has more tension than the predecessors. The special effects in this movie are nothing sort of magnificent, especially considering that this was made 30 years ago.
Day of the Dead might just be my favorite of the trilogy.
When Bub first cocks the gun, it's one of the great "oh shit" moments in a movie and I love how it pushes Romero's trilogy to a boiling point, a zombie metamorphosis. Sequels should always, always, always aim to evolve ideas set up previously, whether it be social commentary or makeup effects or literally the zombies themselves. In a perfect world, a sequel flips the pillow to the cold side, flexes new muscles, and re-configures what you thought to be possible. Romero's trilogy beautifully follows this through. Each installment is a flip of the pillow.
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 the film. When you…
Jamaican nihilism + awesome practical effects = damn good movie
maybe the pinnacle of gore and makeup in the series, if not zombie movie history, and to excellent effect: the thought of a sea of identical mindless undead is one thing, but that sea being made up of intricately designed, completely individual zombies prompts a more deeply dread-inducing vision of oneself becoming just another flesh-eating drone. to that point, this is also one of the more realistically existential and nihilistic zombie films I've seen, especially considering its historical context – these entitled military men fulfill their own power fantasies by undermining women and minorities while, naturally, attempting to capitalize on the literal apocalypse. the scene wherein a zombie literally fires backs and proceeds to salute, for no other reason than that is what he was taught to do, is glorious: both hilarious and depressing at once.
It took me a few viewings to appreciate, but now I feel that Day of the Dead stands up to its predecessors very well. This is also arguably Tom Savini's best effects work. Must see for any zombie fan.
as a film it was ok, as an ending it was shitty
While not as strong a film as the two preceding it when it comes to story or characterization, there's one very huge selling point here: Tom Savini's makeup and gore effects, perhaps the greatest absolute high point of the genre (and certainly the high point of Savini's much lauded career).
Romero also gives it a relentlessly bleak and nihilistic tone, where any remote flicker of hope can be snuffed out in an instant of gnashing teeth...it compliments Savini's amazing work perfectly, and manages to be a truly harrowing experience.
Overacting be damned! Why should the undead be the only ones allowed to do the scenery chewing?
Not quite up there with Dawn but not far off. As we'd come to expect from Romero, this has a lot to say about the stupidity of the average human being and the way that ostensibly good people suffer as a result.
The zombies are effectively the innocent bystanders as the close-mindedness of the military and the hubris of science via for supremacy.
Ultimately the film posits: should we control the zombies or eradicate them? Both views are valid but neither are tenable, as both Dr Logan and Captain Rhodes soon discover.
(Viewing Format: 35mm Film, 1.85:1, Metrograph: Theater 1)
I've always really liked "Day of the Dead", but this is the first time I feel like I really loved it, and it deserves to be ranked among "Dawn" and "Night". It contains some of Savini's best FX work, and the music connected with me deeply this time.
I think this one is about even with night night of the living dead but not as good as dawn buv if you want to see people get ripped apart by zombies Then watch this movie
Possibly my favorite zombie film of all time, how could you not love Tony Savini's mindblowing special effects?
Day of the Dead has aged so well.
If I were to nit-pick, I'd say the acting is a 'little bit' over the top perhaps (with some ridiculous accents/stereotypes on display), and while the caribbean flavoured keyboard soundtrack is endearing, it's also a distraction.
Honestly, though, I couldn't criticise Day of the Dead for anything else.
Here, Romero truly flexed his chops. Armed with little more than a great story; a contained location and Tom Savini, the director managed to produce a film that easily belied it's tiny budget to create a film that feels simultaniously intimate & epic in equal measure.
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