Day of the Dead

1985

Day of the Dead

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Flesh-eating zombies close in on a handful of soldiers and scientists holed up in an underground bunker. Final chapter of Romero's trilogy.

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Cast

Jarlath Conroy
as McDermott
Jarleth Conroy
as McDermott
Richard Liberty
as Dr. Logan
Don Brockett
as Featured Zombie
William Cameron
as Featured Zombie
Deborah Carter
as Featured Zombie
Winnie Flynn
as Featured Zombie
Debra Gordon
as Featured Zombie
Jeff Hogan
as Featured Zombie
Barbara Holmes
as Featured Zombie
David Kindlon
as Featured Zombie
Bruce Kirkpatrick
as Featured Zombie
William Andrew Laczko
as Featured Zombie
Susan Martinelli
as Featured Zombie
Kim Maxwell
as Featured Zombie
Barbara Russell
as Featured Zombie
Gene A. Saraceni
as Featured Zombie
John Schwartz
as Featured Zombie
Mark Tierno
as Featured Zombie
Michael Trcic
as Featured Zombie
John Vulich
as Featured Zombie
R.H. Martin
as Featured Zombie
George A. Romero
as Zombie with Scarf (uncredited)
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  • Nov 03, 2014
    Ugly and grotesque, George Romero really pushes boundaries with Day of the Dead. In the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse a group of soldiers and scientists begin to turn on each other as tensions mount. Nearly all of the characters are reprehensible, and it's hard to believe that they're a functioning unit. Additionally, there are a lot of logic and story problems that make it hard to get into the film. And, the special makeup effects by Tom Savini are incredibly gratuitous; featuring some extraordinarily gory and graphic zombie attacks. While it tries to evolve the zombie concept and offer some social commentary, Day of the Dead is just too out of control and unfocused.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2014
    To appreciate the film you have to be able to look past the terrible performances (which is admittedly quite difficult) and examine the broader themes at work. This really is Romero's bleakest zombie picture as its entirely about hopelessness. That isn't unusual for this genre, but rarely does one demonstrate that idea so effectively. The opening features what has to be one of my favorite dream sequences.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2014
    One-dimensional characters and sometimes poor acting from the cast aside, this film, much like Romero's previous and subsequent zombie films, are not afraid to ask questions that aren't typically asked in zombie films. He's also not afraid of putting in social commentary into his films, so while you're enjoying the blood and guts, the movie is also making you think. This may sound a bit controversial, but I also think there's some themes of colonialism here, the humans refer to the zombies as undomesticated savages, which is much like how the native Americans were viewed by those coming into their country to steal their land and kill their people. There's also some hints of the 60s civil rights movement in how the constant abuse and oppression has pushed things to the breaking point. Though this aspect of the film isn't as obvious as the colonialism is, but it's still there and it showcases how Romero really tried to make an effort to make his movies more than just zombie movies where you leave your brain at the door. If there is a problem with the film, and I've already mentioned this, is that the characters are incredibly one-dimensional. And some of the acting is really bad, like I found Joseph Pilato to be laughably bad in some scenes. He's the guiltiest party, the acting isn't great but Pilato definitely takes the cake here. Perhaps that's because the film had its budget reduced. Regardless, I still think that with the strength of the script, which is really good, and the great gore effects, this film is still pretty damn good. It's certainly no Dawn of the Dead or Night of the Living Dead but it's definitely not far from it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2013
    Dreadful film: underdeveloped & anoying characters, the acting is very very bad, the plot is retarded and it's gore. Apart from his first zombie film, the briliant masterpiece Night of the Living Dead from 1968, everything else George Romero made is trash.
    William H Super Reviewer

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