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Movie review: Day of the Dead (1985)

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Movie review: Day of the Dead (1985)


In this third chapter of the now famous George Romero zombie franchise, we find scientists and soldiers hiding in a bunker struggling to survive in a world with zombies. At first the two groups conflict over how to handle the zombies but when the stumbling undead invade their facility zombies are once again the focus.

Lori Cardille (Sarah), Terry Alexander (John), Joseph Pilato (Rhodes), Jarlath Conroy (McDermott), Anthony Dileo Jr. (Miguel), Richard Liberty (Logan), Sherman Howard (Bub), Gary Klar (Steel), Ralph Marrero (Rickles).

Day of the Dead starts off well enough as the characters are introduced and the plot is thrown out. As things progress, this definitely feels like an 80's film and is almost in B-movie territory. One saving aspect is Romero hinting that zombies aren't completely stupid or focused only on eating brains. It is one of the things that has kept his films more interesting in the genre. This one wraps up nicely with a little twist at the end.

Acting was about what you would expect from an 80's film. Cardille, Alexander, Pilato and the main characters were okay. The remainder of the supporting cast felt somewhat plastic and inexperienced.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and fit the film well. Physical effects, make-up, and costuming were all well done and added to the film. Dialogue was a bit campy at times but not bad overall. Sound and soundtrack were okay.

If you are a zombie or George Romero fan this one is definitely worth watching. If instead you want new zombies that can run fast, speak, or any of that junk… move along.

With violence, gore, and zombies save this for teens and above.

Released: 1985
Reviewed: 3.10.14
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Cult Movies, Horror Movies, Cult Horror Movies, Zombie Horror Movies

copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel

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