Day of the Dead (1985)
Directed by George Romero

Starring Lori Cardille Terry Alexander

Disappointing follow-up to Romero's action-packed "Dawn of the Dead" has the world almost completely taken over by zombies who started eating the flesh of the living in Romero's ultra-classic, "Night of the Living Dead."

Romero has even gone on record to say that "Day" wasn't the movie he really wanted to make. His original screenplay would have been expensive and he couldn't get investors to pony up enough cash unless the movie qualified for an R-rating.

But Romero didn't want to make an "R" film—his zombie films are much too bloody to be anything but unrated. So he made this, a film set largely in a government underground facility, where scientists are conducting experiments on zombies. Most of the action involves a battle between scientists and military personnel. Basically, the film starts off strong -- with characters looking for survivors in a Florida city packed with zombies -- then slows down to a snail's pace as our heroes go underground and argue with one another. One of the film's goriest moments is actually a dream sequence.

It's a boring film, despite some mind-blowing gore effects by Tom Savini. No exploding heads though.

Followed by the superior "Land of the Dead" 20 years later.


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-- Review by Lucius Gore

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