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Day of the Dead (1985)

  Tags: 80's, blood, day of the dead, dead trilogy, george a. romero, gore, undead, walking dead, Zombie Movies

Your rating: None Average: 7.5 (21 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
8

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Rating #: 
8/10
Director: 
George A. Romero
Runtime: 
102 minutes
Cast: 
Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy, Anthony Dileo Jr., Richard Liberty, Sherman Howard, Gary Howard Klar, Ralph Marrero, John Amplas, Phillip G. Kellams, Taso N. Stavrakis, Gregory Nicotero


Originally writer/director George Romero wanted this to be a much bigger and longer film, but due to budget constraints and the fact that he would have had to release the film as R, they couldn't do it and got half the budget, but at least got the Unrated rating. Originally there were a lot of other sequences above ground in other military bases. I'm sure it would have been a badass zombie flick if the original script was used.

So this is the third installment in the Dead trilogy and also the least money-makin' addition compared to the previous two. Personally I didn't really like the first B&W installment. I thought the remake by Tom Savini was actually better, but that's just me. Dawn still remains my personal favorite of the three though. I remember checking this flick when I was a kid and really liking it. Some years back I re-rented it on VHS so my friend (another zombie freak) could watch it, but sadly I fell asleep in the beginning, so I couldn't watch it with him. It wasn't until recently when I purchased the 2-Disc DVD set that I finally got to watch the movie again, and I liked it just as much as I did when I was a kid.

The story takes place after the events of Dawn, where the zombies have pretty much taken over almost everything and the main focus is on a group of remaining scientists and soldiers, who hold up in an underground military base. The soldiers round up some zombies in order for the scientists to study and figure out a way to somehow control the zombies actions. In this process the soldiers get anxious for results and eventually the group start turning on each other.

One thing I really liked about this film was the excellent effects by Tom Savini. Some of his best work is in this flick in my opinion. There's just gore everywhere here -- intestines falling out of the stomach; bodies being torn apart; blood everywhere; good stuff! I also liked how the movie wasn't just focused on the people trying to survive against the zombies, because a lot of interesting issues are brought up that also lead to them fighting each other. There's also a cool zombie named "Bub," (played by Sherman Howard) who demonstrates that not all zombies are entirely braindead. Thanks to the scientist the soldiers dubbed "Frankenstein," he has taught Bub how to behave and eventually he even uses a gun.

This is in my relatively small list of favorite zombie flicks, mainly because of the excellent effects and gore, as well as the interesting story. Some may think this is the worst in the series, but I don't think so. I think each of his Dead films have a little something good to offer the audience and I'm anxiously awaiting Romero's next installment; temporarily entitled Dead Reckoning.

Different from the previous two dead films, but definitely not the worst in the trilogy. Excellent gore and a lot of good zombie-tearing-bodies-apart action. A MUST see for zombie fanatics.

Posted on July 27, 2009 - 6:44am | FrighT MasteR

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