|Directed by:||George A. Romero|
|Written by:||George A. Romero|
|Cast:||Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy|
|Studio:||United Film Distribution Company|
Day Of The Dead is a great take on the zombie genre. Romero focuses on a specific angle with Day. It's like a behind the scenes of the zombie epidemic which swepped the world in Night/Day.
Instead of civilians the characters are either scientists or army.These two factions are held up inside a missile bunker, deep underground and attempting to work out a way to stop or alter the course of the outbreak. Things don't go as planned, tensions between the factions run high and eventually the human element becomes as much a threat as the zombies.
As expected with a Romero zombie romp the effects are brilliant. Some ace gore effects and wicked deaths throughout the film. The characters, for the most part are really, really annoying. I would have liked the army guys to be bit more fleshed out. Instead the lot of them are presented as the worst bunch of arseholes you could possibly imagine. Thankfully there's a hanful of other guys and a gal you can get behind and root for. And Bub. ;)
Bub is the films 'star' zombie. I think the point of Bub was to show there was a degree of hope for the dead if only they had the right sort of direction. A bold move, while I appreciated it and thought Bub was cool I wasn't a fan of the 'thinking' zombie. It begs too many questions. Is Bub alive? Can he think? Remember his old life and sense of self? Zombies scare me 'cause they're dead. A shell whose sole purpose is to feed on human flesh. I didn't dig the human element.
Wrapping it up - this essential genre viewing. One of my fave Romero films.