A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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I should preface this with a declaration of my disinterest in the zombie sub-genre. I find their constant retreading of tired tropes to be exhausting; often able to predict major plot points, they frequently offer nothing new. In the past, the only film of this ilk I've enjoyed has been Lucio Fulci's Zombi. In fact, it's one of my favourites. Perhaps that offers an explanation on why I was absolutely captivated by this entry in George A. Romero's infamous series. It feels distinctly Italian, evoking a similar atmosphere to the filmography of Fulci, and peppered with the social commentary of Ruggero Deodato, even with moments of poetic horror imagery that could only have been inspired by his close relationship with…
I'd say it's more of a drama than straight horror, but the goriest of the trilogy oddly enough.
Also, Lori Cardille is distractingly QT.
The goriest of the Dead films. So underrated.
i love movies where all of the actors look like someone, but you know you will never put your finger on who.
I went in expecting a full on human vs zombies clash, but fortunately what I got was a study in how isolation and fear makes you go grazy. Thank you Tom Savini for the disgusting bite wounds and guts.
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. In terms of action/horror, the film moves at a slower pace than its predecessor. The real horror of these movies was about the human interaction, rather than the zombies. "Day of the Dead" is more of a lesson in human miscommunication more than anything else.
Bub is the best character. It's funny that the best character in a zombie movie would be a zombie.
Day of the Dead is a gut-wrenching, blood-drenched spectacle about the human psyche unraveling in the face of impending doom. Utterly grotesque in every fashion, this film is a standard-bearer for not just the zombie sub-genre but for all horror movies. The tension between the characters is tremendous and the gore is viscerally disturbing. There is little humor or social commentary to provide the audience with respite from what appears to be humanity's death knell. "Day" is pure, psychotic devolution; a nihilistic peephole into the savage behavior of desperate people. A masterpiece in every sense.
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.