Day of the Dead is the third installment in George A. Romero‘s Living Dead Trilogy. The first two being the classics; Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Moving away from the comic book like, almost dark comedy-ish atmosphere, Day of the Dead is by far the darkest and goriest in the trilogy (despite Night of the Living Dead’s haunting ending).
Day of the Dead pretty much picks up where Dawn left off. The zombies are still taking over the world, and people are still running. A group of researchers and a few military men have taken shelter in an underground mine shaft to try to find an answer to the havoc that the zombies have caused. Due to the isolation, tension flies between the researchers and the military officers, and finally the blood begins to shed between them.
Outside from the very good storyline, Day of the Dead is a very gory film, and is perhaps, make up special effects master Tom Savini‘s best work. I really don’t think I should give away any spoilers for this film, for it’s definitely the least popular in the series, and probably the least seen. People should really see this movie, for it’s a great idea and some really real looking gore. I myself love zombie movies and this is very up there in my favorites, following right behind Dawn of the Dead. Recommended for people who love zombie movies and fiend for some nice gore!
This living dead classic focuses on the human element and how the living freak out when the zombie infestation occurs and what happens. Zombie out number the humans in the movie by 400,000 to 1. With present technology it would have been easy to show such a large amount of zombies on screen with ease thanks to studios like Weta Digital and there great graphics on movies like Lord of the Rings, Avatar and upcoming Rise of the Planet of the Apes. So we have to thank George Romero for the great camera tricks that he created in order to bring the zombie infestation to a form of realism.
Best zombie kill scene: The scene where the zombie gets his head split wide open by a shovel and you get to see all the gore and bits. Zombie fans live for moments like this.
About Day of the Dead (1985)
Starring: Greg Nicotero, Gary Jones, George A. Romero, Howard Berger, Bruce Kirkpatrick, John Amplas, William Cameron, Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille, Joseph Pilato, Ralph Langer, Gary Howard Klar, Mark Dodson, Ralph Marrero, Vincent D. Survinski, Taso N. Stavrakis, Jeff Monahan, Don Brockett, John Vulich, Terry Alexander, Pat Logan, Barry Gress, Vini Bancalari, Anthony Dileo Jr., Michael J. Tomaso, Joe Abeln, Mark Steensland, Kim Maxwell, Al Anderson, Enid Earle, Al Magliochetti
Director: George A. Romero