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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
Of The Dead Trilogy - A - Thon Part 3!
The final entry in my all time favorite trilogy! Yep, that's right! This is my all time favorite trilogy. And whilst it doesn't achieve the level of greatness the first two do, it's fucking successful all the way for the most part.
Day Of The Dead truly feels like the final entry in a trilogy. Everything's here. It's anything goes, every man for himself. But there's the loyal ones, who are the ones we root for! The first movie takes place at the birth of the panic. The second takes places coming from the panic, in to the aftermath. Day Of The Dead is the aftermath... everything's near enough dead.…
My favorite of the Dead series.
I think this is more controversial to say than I realize, but this is definitely not one of my favorite zombie movies. I will take DAWN OF THE DEAD over this one, and ZOMBI 2 and a few others. There is a lot that works here, but there are so many elements that feel like they are not capitalized on as well as I want. Then again, it is gross and entertaining, so I still love it in the broad field of horror in general. I just wish I loved it hard, and I do not.
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-possibly romero at his peak. i love dawn - and while it's more fun - it lacks the character depth the majority of day's leads possess. plus, john is a much cooler flyboy than stephen. sorry david emge.
-great characters. nothing especially profound or affecting, but solid, interesting personalities inhabiting an interesting world. sherman howard absolutely becomes bub in his scenes.
-aside from one specific moment where the hilariously drunken mcdermott saves her, sarah is a great female protagonist. strong and capable, but not without a human moment here and there. i'm surprised i've never seen her mentioned alongside the likes of ripley, buffy, etc, in conversations concerning strong women in genre film.
-one of my favorite scores of all time. very dated in its sound, but i love the atmosphere john harrison creates with all those layers of synth. really beautiful in my opinion.
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And so the trilogy comes to an end. It's full of terror, not only because of zombies and blood but because of men. It is portrait of society, about human behavior which most of these kind of survival films try to map. Rare of them succeed as effectively as Romero's cult trilogy, one of the most thoughtful and entertaining horror trilogy ever made. If during Argento's films we can hear the unstoppable beating of our hearts, in Romero's films it's our brains that are ticking: "what to do... what to do... what to do...". Even the seemingly peaceful ending can't ease our minds. It's horror cinema and cinema overall as it should be.
In 1968, George A. Romero introduced the world to a new breed of living dead. Working with a low budget, he nevertheless crafted an intense and fascinating story about a small group of people trying to stay alive as the dead rise from their graves and search for human flesh to eat. With a multitude of themes and underlying concerns being addressed, Night of the Living Dead (1968) is, undoubtedly, a classic. Ten years later Romero returned to the living dead. Once again he utilised a low budget to create an intense and fascinating story about a small group of people trying to stay alive as the dead continue to assert their dominance. Expanding upon the themes raised in the…
Inferior? Maybe, but ya got Bub and insane Captain Rhodes for entertainment.
Il giorno degli zombi le creature più terribili da cui scappare sono gli umani. Esseri sì senzienti, ma nati per sopraffare i loro simili.
Another fun and intelligent Romero zombie movie. It does feel so limited and constrained by its setting. It is fitting and adds to some of the excitement, but it just has me thinking that it could've been more.
Those cackling evil soldiers are equally the best and the worst part of this movie.
Despite my complaints, it's hard to go too wrong watching this.
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…