Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead: Directed by George A. Romero. With Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy. As the world is overrun by zombies, a small group of scientists and military personnel dwelling in an underground bunker in Florida must determine whether they should educate, eliminate or escape the undead horde.

Some casual racism that’s hard to get past, but this movie (and the franchise) came up in a discussion about zombie films in which the various characters had the RIGHT idea about what to do. In this case, at the beginning of the film one of the helicoptor operators suggested they take off for an island off the Florida coast and just wait the zombie infection out.

Lucky for us, but bad for them, they didn’t do that until at least 9/10 of their party was dead and turned into zombies. There’s a ton of fantastic practical work done in the film, most of it much more gory than anything you’ll see on screens in modern zombie films. I think since it’s officially spooky season, this is going to be my first franchise to watch through, though I’m apparently starting with the third movie of the series, the first of which is the classic 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead”, then followed by “dawn of the dead”. I’ve seen the second one a few times and it has a remake directed by Zac Snyder and written by Romero and James Gunn, but they were both so good I’ll watch them again.

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