Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Horror,Sci-Fi Day of the Dead (1985)

Day of the Dead (1985)

George Ramero is hailed as one of the best creators of zombie-related film directors ever known, and if you didn’t know this then I suggest you see this or another one of his films right away. The main characters played by Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander and Joesph Pilato are all either soldiers or scientists holed up in a bunker because the doomsday has come to pass and zombies have taken over the surface world, forcing the few remaining survivors underground. This obviously doesn’t last as a survival strategy, because the zombies eventually get in and all hell breaks loose.One of the best aspects of this film is the way that it presents the end of humanity as we know it. There are no big shots of zombies wandering the streets of New York, or any actual backstory as to how the apocalypse came to pass. There is not much of a set-up as it were, the film assumes that you have heard of zombies and have seen another George Ramero movie. This leaves the audience time to think about it. Although I very much doubt that they will think about it at all, the set up is so basic that it hardly seems to matter. The film seems to say ‘There are zombies, just deal with it”. This is probably the only thing that the film has to a fault, the rest of the film is very well done, although it must not be compared with modern day zombie films, such as Shaun of the Dead.The visual style is very simple, aside from the odd disturbing dream sequence, it is the starkness of the surface world that makes this film so atmospheric; there is literally no life in this landscape. In the beginning, there is a scene when the chopper lands at the bunker, and all of the undead are pushed up against the fence, trying to get in, you are forced into the characters shoes, imagining the horror of possibly being the only living humans on planet earth. That is a great way of portraying the end of the world, by the use of nothingness, because that’s eventually what we’ll be heading to, a big fat nothing.The action and gore is suitably brutal and bloody, there is one scene which sticks out in particular, when a soldier is hemmed in by zombies he is forced to make a choice. Either get torn apart by the undead horde or redecorate the walls in a pink colour. I’ll let you guess at that one. There are people getting torn apart, limb from limb and zombies getting ‘headshotted’ on many occasions. Of course, it is nothing like the gore effects that we have available these days, although it is still well done even when judged by modern gore standards.A recommendation for Day of the Dead comes if you want to empathise with some really well acted characters and then sit there and watch most of them get ripped apart, forcing youself to think about what you would do in that situation. Then definitely go for it, enjoy the ending. However, if you are the kind of new-gen idiot who can’t even stand to look at a film if it doesn’t have a resolution the same size of a small car, then I suggest that you look elsewhere because although the film has been re-mastered it will still have some of the original tell tell signs that it was made in the 1980’s when film budgets were not as momentous as they are today. I really don’t like people who are only interested in a film for the visual aspect and cannot see depth in anything aside from the vomit they drown in after getting pissed every weekend.Sorry about that outburst, I don’t like those kinds of people.Jamie Walshe.

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  1. George Romero cannot be beat when it comes his original “trilogy” of zombie movies and while “Day of The Dead” is the weakest of the three, it still holds up to any competition out there. The low budget really shows through at times.

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