Land of the Dead (2005)

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Critic Consensus: George A. Romero's latest entry in his much-vaunted Dead series is not as fresh as his genre-inventing original, Night of the Living Dead. But Land of the Dead does deliver on the gore and zombies-feasting-on-flesh action.


Movie Info

It has been two decades since master filmmaker GEORGE A. ROMERO's zombies have stalked the screens of motion picture theaters. For years, fans around the world have been eagerly awaiting his return.And now that day is here.An all-new chapter of horror is about to begin...George A. Romero's Land of the Dead is the acclaimed director's long-awaited return to the genre he invented, beginning with the seminal Night of the Living Dead and continuing with Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.In … More

Rating: R (for pervasive strong violence and gore, language, brief sexuality and some drug use)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: George A. Romero
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 18, 2005
Box Office: $20.4M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Charlie

as Big Daddy

as Pretty Boy

as Butcher

as Tambourine Man

as Manolete

as Chihuahua

as Mulligan

as Roach

as Cliff Woods

as Knipp

as Riley
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Critic Reviews for Land of the Dead

All Critics (182) | Top Critics (39)

Romero's zombie movies have always been about people, not zombies. That's what makes them work so well and Land of the Dead is no exception.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
ComingSoon.net

Romero is back and just as good as he was then...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Gory sight gags and intestine eating abound in this must-see movie for fans of the horror genre.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

While it's hardly Romero's scariest achievement, it is a thrilling, disturbing commentary on a man-eat-man world that hits just close enough to home to give viewers an uncomfortable pause.

Full Review… | July 19, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

Romero's best film in a quarter century ...

Full Review… | June 19, 2008
ESplatter

Land of the Dead may be the baddest genre film this side of Y2K.

Full Review… | October 6, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Land of the Dead

½

George Romero had been on a self-imposed hiatus before 'Land of the Dead' but he strikes back with a vengeance in this brisk fourth installment. Romero always infuses his spine-tinglers with a blast of ripe social commentary and 'Land of the Dead' explores the post-apocalyptic class system, the distraction tactics of wartime (the zombies are inordinately fond of fireworks) and the underestimation of the enemy (zombies are pawns for amusement). Some people were appalled at the learning curve of Big Daddy and his throng of followers but I thought it was a fresh and revolutionary upheaval of the status quo in these movies. We are actually engrossed in the evolutionary process of the zombie's pilgrimage to Fiddler's Green and their emergence from the silky-black water is iconic. The film contains several sublime in-jokes including the reprisal of Tom Savini's biker zombie from 'Dawn of the Dead'. As with most of Romero's walking-dead films, the characters' deaths are creatively indelible such as a zombie whose head is dangling by a lone nerve fiber and a zombie who tears out a belly-button piercing for easy access to the intestines. The jaunty undead epic 'Land of the Dead' may not be as renowned as the previous three films in the loosely connected franchise but it is by no means inferior.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

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½

A post apocalyptic society has evolved in the wake of the zombie holocaust with the inevitable mix of haves and have nots fighting for what's left of the world's resources, little knowing that the undead are getting organized...Land Of The Dead feels the least like a Romero zombie film of the series. It actually has a lot more in common with the likes of Escape From New York or Mad Max than Night Of The Living Dead, forsaking the smart social commentary and invention of the earlier films for generic action sequences and gory effects. The C list cast certainly don't help, as all are rather bland and uninteresting as they go through the sci-fi action motions of running around shooting zombies with big guns. Fans can spot some cameos by various undead characters from the previous films and it has enough going on to stave off boredom, but as a whole it looks far more like an imitator than a bona fide instalment in the original series.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

George found himself unable to leave his zombie universe as just a trilogy. Originally he wanted to make a film for each decade, but some crap came up, and he couldn't get one in for the 90s, but ended up compensating by making this, the first of three films for the 2000s

The social commentary focuses on the have and have nots, and there's lots of post-9/11 George W. Bush kinda stuff going on. Nice. Also, the zombies have become far more advanced, which, depending on who you are, might not be cool, especially since the lead zombie tends to "emote", which, I kinda liked, but it came off as a bit silly at times.

No matter though, because he's got some actual stars in this films like Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo. Asia Argento is also in this, but she's still not quite as known to U.S. audiences. Simon Baker is also here, and this was right before he also became more well known, even if this wasn't his first film effort.

The gore is plentiful and looks awesome, and there's some nice cameos from SImon Pegg and Edgar Wright as a thank you to them for their reverent "Shaun of the Dead". Also very cool.

I liked this film, even though there are maybe about five too many jump scares. It has immediacy and relevance, but I don't see it as ever being as iconic or memorable as the first three. You should give it a shot though, because it's damn entertaining, and pretty well done.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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