George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead (1985)

Original Theatrical Poster
Original Theatrical Poster

This is it. The Mecca of all zombie films. This is the film that was supposed to be the most epic and groundbreaking zombie film ever made…until George A. Romero stuck to his guns against the production company that wanted a guaranteed R-rated picture. Although the film did not turn out as expected, I can’t help but thank Romero for giving us some of the most renowned gore effects in the history of horror. Gore aside, the depth given to Romero’s believable characters only initiates positive emotions and reviews. Many do not feel this way. To them, I say go have a Yoo-Hoo.

Day of the Dead opens with one of the most jarring title sequences ever filmed. The arrival of the genre defining “Dr. Tongue” followed by the pounding score of John Harrison gives you an idea of what is in store. The story follows a group of government scientists and military personnel who are housed beneath an old army missile silo. The scientists are working to find a cure to the zombie epidemic that has run rampant above. The military is there to protect the scientists from the undead. Ego clashing and violence ensue between both human groups with the only progress of the scientific studies being lead scientist Dr. Logan nicknamed Dr. Frankenstein by his cohorts, teaching a zombie, who he named Bub, to speak, use a gun, and work a tape player, among other things. Soon, things go wrong and the undead are unleashed into the silo to mark one of the most violent and bloody zombie killing sprees ever known to celluloid.

The gore effects have to be seen to believe. Savini hits every mark imaginable! To say anymore about this gem of a film would not do it justice. Shut up and watch!!

 

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