Day of the Dead (2008) Movie Review

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Day of the Dead (2008)

2008 | R | Horror, Thriller, Action
86 minutes / 1h 26min

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Day of the Dead Plot Synopsis:

In Leadville, Colorado, Captain Rhodes and his army seals off the town to contain an influenza-type epidemic. The locals are not allowed to leave the town and the Pine Valley Medical Center is crowded with sick people. Corporal Sarah Bowman was born and raised in Leadville and goes to her home with Private Bud Crain to visit her mother. Sarah finds that her mother is ill and takes her to the local hospital. However, the sick people suddenly transform in flesh eating, fast moving zombies which attack the non-infected humans. Sarah, Bud and Private Salazar get a jeep and head to the town exit to escape from the dead. But Sarah hears the voice of her brother, Trevor, on the radio and is compelled to go to the radio station where Trevor is hidden with his girlfriend Nina. The group of survivors drives to the isolated Nike missile site seeking shelter, where they discover an underground army base.

Day of the Dead (2008) Review

Day of the Dead (2008) is a rated R 1h 26 min American action thriller horror movie that was shot in several locations in Bulgaria including New Boyana Film Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria; Pravetz, Bulgaria and Sofia, Bulgaria. Director Steve Miner (Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), Lake Placid (1999), Forever Young (1992)) should not have directed this remake. George A. Romero mentioned that Day of the Dead (1985) is one of his favorite films of his zombie films and it is one of my favorites also, so it was sad to see this remake is butchered the way it was. I was not happy upon hearing about the remake and was hesitant, and after seeing the remake, I knew that my feelings were right.

Day of the Dead revolves around Sarah Bowman (Mena Suvari - American Beauty (1999), American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001), American Reunion (2012)) and her a few military commandos. Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction (1994), Dawn of the Dead (2004), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Mission: Impossible II (2000)) plays Captain Rhodes. The Government quarantines the small Colorado town by guarding the town’s border to prevent anyone from leaving, but that did not help the hospitals soon became overfilled with infected people who turned into zombies .

It did not take long for the dead to go on a rampage and these zombies are not our regular zombies as they can withstand damage, move through ventilation shafts, crawl on walls and ceilings.

With all said, the director did a great job shooting the movie but did not do such a good job covering all of the scenes that look like it was taken from another film from the past five years. There is no characterization, and the actors gave us below average performances. Horror fans should stay clear of Day of the Dead (2008) because it was an awful film but please do watch the “original” Day of the Dead (1985) directed by George A. Romero.

  • Day of the Dead Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 3.32
  • IMDB: 4.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 1.4

About Day of the Dead 2008

Title: Day of the Dead
Year: 2008
Runtime: 86 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.66/5 stars from 19,205 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 19,205
MPAA Rating: R
Day of the Dead Cast Starring: Ving Rhames, Christa Campbell, Michael Welch, Jason Miller, Ron Fagan, Michael McCoy, Mena Suvari, Kent Jude Bernard, AnnaLynne McCord, Elitsa Razheva, Jeffrey Reddick, Luke Sexton, Nick Cannon, Jason Charles Miller, Laura Giosh, Brian La Rosa, Ian McNeice, Neil D'Monte, Linda Marlowe, Robert Rais, Hugh Skinner, Vanessa Johansson, Taylor Saracho, Mark Coolidge Johnson, Nic Bradly, David Pineda, Vladimir Koev, Sergio Buenrostro, Miroslav Emilov, Alex Brown
Day of the Dead Writers: Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero
Day of the Dead Director: Steve Miner
Production: First Look International
Language: English
Country: USA