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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…
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph!"
Ok, so I was confused about how the film started and now I've just figured out that Dawn of the Dead goes before this and I've only seen the remake of that, sheesh I've got a lot of films to watch!
There were a few good zombie kills, although, I kind of feel like they bunched too much of the action together and there wasn't enough action and suspense happening in between, don't get me wrong, the ending was good, I just feel like the middle could have had a bit more.
Everything about the film was VERY 80's, the soundtrack, the acting, the fashion/hair, but I don't mind 80's things, it was the decade I…
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Day of the dead review
Out of all the movies in this series, and zombie movies in general, I am happy to say that the original “Day of the dead” is my all-time favourite. It seems that most people prefer either night or dawn for their own reasons, but “Day of the dead” seems to get overlooked at times. When it was released in 1985, critics gave the film mixed reviews. But over time, the film has received a cult following. And I’m happy to say I’m part of it. Unlike the last two films which start off at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, this film takes place months later. The setting is underground this time, inside an abandoned…
Biggest piece of meat in the cave!
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Having watched "Day of the Dead" recently, I can say Romero's first three movies of his "Dead series" are simply imppecable. We don't have a very linear sequel among the three stories (although a shopping mall is refered to in this), but each one stands as a great film alone.
Besides being scary and having an eerie atmosphere of isolation, "Day of the Dead" also is original, involving that plot with the military, how they react to the events by wanting to control everyone using brute force and weapons, and also the plot about the doctor trying to create his own little army of zombies. There's a great scene where the tamed zombie (stamped on the cover) finds the doctor's dead body, recognizes him and is deeply moved by that.
This is definitely a smart and original zombie movie, not your usual blood and guts, although there is a lot of it, thank god.
Interesting sociological & psychological take on the effect of a zombie outbreak.
Of the trilogy, this probably features Romero's best filmmaking. Compositions are all on point, lighting's awesome, pacing's probably the best, and the gore is absolutely nuts. But it lacks the wacky little asides in the other two: the few minutes of zombies ambling through the parking lot in Dawn of the Dead or the tv scenes in Night. Do dig what it's doing on a satirical level: a really bitter depiction of a patriarchal military culture (with the whole "military madmen cutting scientific funding" thing, I take it that Romero was no fan of Reagan). Kind of hate/love the main villain, who's like if a Vincent Gallo character was a military man (not sure if he was perfect or too hammy... may be a symptom of dialogue though). Ending's kind of the perfect way to play that note too.
Oh, and I also liked when they cut a zombie's head in half with a shovel.
I was really not expecting to like this as much as I did. This was made before America fully developed it's zombie fetish and a lot of the rules for zombie fiction were chiseled in stone. I would bet money that this film fleshed out the concept that humans can be just as bad or worse than the undead hordes and brought it to its ultimate conclusion (at least zombies don't have a choice for their behavior and they don't have the capacity for sadism or cruelty). It may also have fully realized survivor's attempts to solve the zombie menace are inevitably futile with the addition of the well meaning doctor having succumbed to stress and lost his mind. Something…
"Civility must be rewarded. If it isn't, there's no use for it."
Like the sharks, mad with their own blood.
Watching Romero movies always feels like having the flu. I couldn't even finish this one.
A great look at the microcosm of a breakdown in society during a time of extreme crisis. Romero shows what can occur with the brains (the researchers), the brawn (the military), and the in-between groups that possess needed skills (the pilots). Again, we end up being out own worst enemies.
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