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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…
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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…
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.
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…
Not a single ounce of bullshit. Just sad, scared, furious people cramped together in a grey, shitty bunker. Everything feels just vaguely fake, their costumes, the acting, this apocalypse, but it isn't damaging. It becomes a strength, a sort of direct ideal that makes this would-be end times utterly matter-of-fact. It's the unique Romero touch; Romero acting is unlike that of any other director, and nearly indescribable. Everyone seems (appropriately) tired, the dialogue is somewhere between ironic quips and naturalistic banter. So what makes this the extreme masterpiece it is? Something to do with the true desperation: those chasms of negative space, blank walls, the man clutching his cross, the wakings from nightmares, the glimmers of hope for civility (a zombie reveling in Beethoven), the ending that only doubles down on desolation.
Can’t we all just get along?
When the zombie apocalypse inevitably hits, we’ll have more to worry about than the dead eating our faces off of our faces. The survivors are going to have to band together and figure out how to stay alive, rebuild society, and maybe even forge a path towards healing the zombies. (Don’t they deserve a chance, too? It’s not their fault they’re zombies!) Day of the Dead was a little talkier in this regard than I imagined, and it turns out that ultimately, the shitfacery of the living is just as dangerous, if not as gut-level terror inducing, as the instinctual actions of the roving dead.
The first scenes of this movie tickled me tremendously…
So this is where that Gorillaz song comes from.
George A. Romero once again dons his undead head, this time throwing a handful of soldiers and scientists in an underground bunker trying to piece things together in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. The narrative formula of a group of highly-strung people in stressful situations is always one I enjoy - here Romero focuses the tension almost exclusively on our female protagonist Sarah, as the macho military men try to dominate her. What's disappointing is that she starts the film with a commanding, tough demeanour, but increasingly is put in situations where she has to be saved by her male comrades – come on George, this is post Alien.
My favourite Romero zombie film. Period.
Another unforgettable time with Bub and company at the Ritz.
I'm running this monkey farm now, Frankenstein, and I wanna know what the FUCK you're doing with my time!
This still remains my favorite of the "Dead" trilogy (yes, trilogy. I refuse to acknowledge anything after this one). The dialog, acting, characters, soundtrack...all of it is so brash and absurd, arguably to the point of being obnoxious, but that's what I love about it. Nearly every second of the movie I find myself either grinning, laughing or cringing, even after several viewings. Somehow, there's never a dull moment, even despite its unusually slow pace (no pun intended)
Not my favourite of the 3.
An egregiously overlooked response to 1980s reactionary Reaganite cinema.
In the conclusion of his first "living dead" trilogy, Romero crafts a masterpiece in the postmodern tradition, mixing the "high-" ideological critique of social order status quo and "low-art" blood and guts aesthetics.
Keeping with Romero's psycho-socioeconomic metonym – the "living dead" – Day presents the audience with a complicated view of what, or who, the zombies are in relationship to the film's human characters, as they re-create the rules of the ruinous society above ground. Through its over-the-top masculinity, militarism, misogyny, and racism, the film examines human relationships within contemporary patriarchal consumer-capitalist society.
In the final analysis, the zombies here are us, the bare foundations of "civilization." Consumption and domination, punishment and reward, conditioned behavior.
About the most interesting thing in this film is that some of the zombies evolve in intelligence. Everything else about this film is superfluous, gratuitous and generally terrible.
''CHOKE ON 'EM! CHOOOKE ON 'EEEM!''
I can't really understand all the hate the last part or Romero's trilogy gets.
As far as a zombie movie gets, I haven't seen a movie that contains zombies that look and sound even nearly as good as in this movie. Overall Savini's effects are a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Often I asked myself how back in eighties people managed to actually do something like Rhode's death scene. One of the best examples why CGI in horror movies will always look like shit!
Looking past the awesome gore, it's indeed gets quite weaker than ''Night'' and ''Dawn'', while this time around there are actually some memorable characters like awesome Captain Rhodes (who will remain my favorite character in…
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