Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

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Director: George A. Romero

Cast: George A. Romero, Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato

     
 

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Day of the Dead, the third and concluding chapter in George Romero's zombie trilogy is the most distinctly 1950s-style science fiction version of the lot. Set in Florida, as the film begins the dead have taken over the world, outnumbering humans 400,000 to one. The handful of surviving humans have taken refuge in an underground missile silo and argue and yellSee more details below

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Day of the Dead, the third and concluding chapter in George Romero's zombie trilogy is the most distinctly 1950s-style science fiction version of the lot. Set in Florida, as the film begins the dead have taken over the world, outnumbering humans 400,000 to one. The handful of surviving humans have taken refuge in an underground missile silo and argue and yell at each other like players in a Rod Serling Twilight Zone episode. Among the survivors are Sarah (Lori Cardille) -- a scientist who is trying to reverse the process whereby the dead turn into flesh-eating, irrational zombies -- and Dr. Logan (Richard Liberty) -- an out-of-his-mind psychologist who wants to capture the zombies and turn them into domestic help. Things heat up when the military tries to take over the scientific experiments.

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Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
It doesn't quite live up to the legacy of its predecessors, but Day of the Dead is still a wild ride with equal shots of drive-in cheese and horror flick gore. This third and final entry in George Romero's low-budget zombie series (after Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead) finds the world overrun by Romero's rigid-limbed posse of the posthumous, who now outnumber the living by 400,000 to 1. A surviving military science unit in Florida continues its studies on zombies to figure out how to either control or stop them. The team members are constantly at odds over the issue of military might vs. scientific right: While the army marches in lockstep behind the hotheaded tyrant Capt. Rhodes (Joesph Pilato), the scientists are disorganized, with feisty Sarah (Lori Cardille) battling both Rhodes and Dr. Logan (Richard Liberty), a.k.a. "Frankenstein," who tinkers with captive flesh eaters, domesticating one creature (Howard Sherman), and dubbing him Bub (a sentimental touch that, in a Romero movie, can only foreshadow ironies yet to come). Once the opposing sides have finished yelling and tension is raised to a fever pitch -- which is pretty far into the movie -- everything thankfully devolves into a zombie attack of gooey proportions. This is when the movie finally does the series justice. The bloody "no way out" scenario is a blast of a climax; the carnage is gleeful, and Tom Savini's makeup effects have only grown uglier since '78's Dawn of the Dead. In due course, Day of the Dead rounds out the trilogy, though it is best appreciated when watched after the previous two films -- and maybe with some lights on.
All Movie Guide
The last, to date at least, of George Romero's living dead films is in many respects the least interesting, although it's not for a lack of ambition. Set in a claustrophobic underground missile silo long after the zombies have taken over the surface, it populates its creepy milieu with two competing factions: soldiers and scientists. One party seeks a logical solution to the zombie problem, even going so far as to attempt to domesticate a soulful-looking walking corpse. The other seeks only survival. The most blatantly allegorical of the Dead films, it's also the muddiest and least resonant, with its attempt to connect its story to Reagan-era America coming off as too self-conscious when compared to its predecessors. Too talky by far, it comes alive in a gory finale, and while still memorable than most horror films, Romero fans have come to expect more from the director and his signature series.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/1998
UPC:
0013131013733
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lori Cardille Sarah
Terry Alexander John
Joseph Pilato Capt. Rhodes
Jarleth Conroy McDermott
Antone DiLeo Miguel
Richard Liberty Dr. Logan
Howard Sherman Bub
Gary Klar Steel
Ralph Marrero Rickles
John Amplas Fisher
Phillip G. Kellams Miller
Taso N. Stavrakis Torrez
Gregory Nicotero Johnson
R.H. Martin Actor
Don Brockett Featured Zombie
William Cameron Featured Zombie
Deborah Carter Featured Zombie
Winnie Flynn Featured Zombie
Debra Gordon Featured Zombie
Jeff Hogan Featured Zombie
Barbara Holmes Featured Zombie
David Kindlon Featured Zombie
Bruce Kirkpatrick Featured Zombie
William Andrew Laczko Featured Zombie
Susan Martinelli Featured Zombie
Kim Maxwell Featured Zombie
Barbara Russell Featured Zombie
Gene A. Saraceni Featured Zombie
John Schwartz Featured Zombie
Mark Tierno Featured Zombie
Michael Trcic Featured Zombie
John Vulich Featured Zombie
George A. Romero Zombie with Scarf (uncredited)

Technical Credits
George A. Romero Director,Screenwriter
Cletus Anderson Production Designer
Barbara Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
David Ball Co-producer
Pasquale A. Buba Editor
Christine Forrest Casting
Michael Gornick Cinematographer
John Harrison Score Composer
Salah M. Hassanein Executive Producer
Jeannee Josefczyk Makeup
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Mark Mann Special Effects
Bruce A. Miller Art Director
Jan Pascale Set Decoration/Design
Bonnie Priore Makeup
Richard P. Rubinstein Producer
Tom Savini Makeup Special Effects
Taso N. Stavrakis Stunts
Natalka Voslakov Makeup

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