Thursday, November 16, 2006

Day of the Dead (1985)

Day of the Dead is George A Romero's last installment in his Zombie trilogy. With Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead as its predecessors, it's hard for this movie to live up to the success of the first two. Also, the movie's budget was cut short, causing Romero to make drastic screenplay changes that took out a great deal of the story.
However the film still does its job as a horror movie, creating a very creepy environment and using great special effects to show detailed zombie deaths. The film takes place five years after the original zombie takeover, and is set one of the last human bases that are left. The base is underground, with a big platform as the only way in or out. The inhabitants of the base are military officers and scientists that are looking for a way to cure the disease of zombies. Since there is testing inside, there are guarded and fenced sections of the base that are infested with zombies. This sets the scene for things to turn bad, and once zombies start getting out of their areas, the movie does a great job of showing the horror that comes from being trapped in a room full of zombies trying to eat you. There is not a lot of effort put into character development, and although this would be a very big problem in other movies, Day of the Dead uses it to its advatage by killing of a lot of the characters and putting a lot of detail into their deaths.

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