With all the living dead zombie culture hype going on in our society today, it's easy to forget where it all really began. In 1968 director George Romero brought us the first film in his legendary series. 'Night of The Living Dead' was born, and the rest was history. It was followed up a decade later with the best of the undead bunch, 'Dawn of The Dead'. But lurking in the dark is his middle child wedged between the classics and the tolerable.
'Day of The Dead' is that center cog and it is a fantastic film. Taking place sometime after the initial outbreak, it follows the adventures of a group of Doctors who are trying to come up with a cure for all this undead stuff. They share their underground silo home with a group of unwholesome solders and the undead themselves who are used for Dr.Logan's (Richard Liberty) experiments. From the opening scenes of an undead city come to life, this film is one hell of a vile gory ride ending in one of the best zombie attacks ever. The cast is all perfectly pitched in their mania and the special effects spectacular. We love to hate these characters and are drawn to the superior splatter like a candy shop gazing brat...its just that good.
It's a good place to start your horror viewing this Halloween season. Fun and frightening at the same time and proving once again that Mr. Romero is the zombie master. He defined the genre and made us all think twice about whether those hurricane shutters will hold off the neighbors after they rise from there eternal rest.