Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day of the Dead (1985)

Day of the Dead (USA, 1985) - Color, Director(s): George A. Romero
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 99 min.

Z-rating: 9 out of 10 stars for realistic gore and zombie mayhem

I think I share my opinion with a lot of those who saw the original release of this film. Apparently, this movie was a flop when it was originally released but has since gained a ton of notoriety and is now generally regarded as a cult classic. Without a doubt, Tom Savini outdoes himself by providing us with the best special effects ever put into any zombie movie EVER. The atmosphere of this film was what originally put me off, set in an underground military base with the world above completely overrun by the flesh-hungry undead, perhaps it was just a little too bleak for me. I had to admit that it took a couple viewings before this movie really grew on me. Now I consider this to be one of the best, and most overlooked, zombie movies in history.

Set in the aftermath of a massive worldwide zombie outbreak, a small group of survivors (comprised mostly of a couple scientists, a few military grunts, and a helicopter pilot.) are gathered in an underground military facility and they're researching a possible cure. One scientist by the name of Dr. Logan (played by Richard Liberty) seems to think that he can domesticate them. Due to the lack of support and their diminishing supplies, the military dogs are less than impressed with the good doctor's tamed flesh-eating pet. (Especially once the Captain in charge finds out that it's HIS men that are being fed to the cannibalistic corpse) Soon, conflicts arise between the survivors in the group when the military dogs try to step up and assume command but the scientists refuse to lay down for anyone. Everything gets a little out of hand and the next thing you know, it all comes tumbling down. How much longer will their barricades hold before leigions of the undead are unleashed upon their humble military base?

Nudity: Nothing fappable. There's a scene at the beginning of the movie with some full frontal female zombie nudity. (I guess if that's your thing...)

Gore: 10 out of 10!!!!!!!!! Max score for the most realistic looking gore and special effects I've seen in any horror movie. Tom Savini earns a second Saturn award for the make up that he did on this film. (That's like the Oscars of Horror and Sci-Fi films) The make up for this film is INCREDIBLE!!! At one point, you see a zombie with his entire head removed and just the back of his skull remaining.
[Goriest moment: when the zombies tear into Captain Rhodes at the end as he gurgles "CHOKE ON 'EM" through spurts of his own blood]

Awesome: to the MAX!!! Slower paced than your average zombie film, this is a dark and brooding story with a very grim tone. (Not so much the usual action-packed zombie slaughterfests) This is a more serious zombie movie... so if you're looking for some fun to put on at your party, you might want to check out either Zombieland or Shaun of the Dead.


  1. The King of Gore for Zombie movies till this day. Dawn of the dead remake was pretty good too but this being made 20 years earlier with more special effects driven scenes (in terms of gore and body dismemberment) makes this movie that much more badass.

  2. SHO NUFF!!!! Another thing I like about this movie is that a lot of people haven't seen this one. So whenever I break it out, some people haven't seen it yet but EVERYONE is impressed by it.