December 21, 2010

Day of the Dead (Zombie Classic)

On the ninth day of zombie, my true love gave to me.....

     9 intestines spilling


Director: George A. Romero
Writer: George A. Romero
Stars: Lori Cardille, Joseph Pilato, Richard Liberty, and Sherman Howard

SYNOPSIS: The world has been overrun by zombies. Society has collapsed. A group of survivors from the US military and scientific community -- and, for all we know, the only survivors left -- dwell in an underground bunker. As their numbers dwindle, as supplies run out, and as scientific progress comes to a standstill, the survivors begin to fracture, turn on one another, and fall apart. As their humanity crumbles, it turns out that the seemingly mindless zombies above ground may, in fact, be learning and evolving. 

BEST LINE AND BEST SCENE: Captain Rhodes is mobbed by zombies. As the zombies disembowel him and consume his guts, he yells, "Choke on 'em! Choke on' em!"

CLASSIC STATUS: Say what you want about George A. Romero, but never say he was content to create the same zombie movies time after time. Every one of his films presents a different take on the zombie apocalypse he originally depicted in Night of the Living Dead. In Day of the Dead, Romero examines the breakdown in human social interaction under the strain of disaster. This zombie film about excessively violent and frustrated people is complimented by excessively violent kills and amazing gore courtesy of FX master Tom Savini. Day is a wonderfully bleak film, it's a claustrophobic film, and in my opinion it's George Romero's best film for how it depicts the ugliness of humanity in contrast to the burgeoning humanity of the zombies. Day was the first major film to show zombies evolving and learning, inspiring other films to do the same in future for dramatic and satirical purposes. With Day's sympathetic zombies, the film forces us to consider the state of humanity when humanity is more inhumane than the zombies who feast on us.