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Land of the Dead

Land of the Dead

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Director: George A. Romero

Cast: Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Asia Argento


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George A. Romero, who revolutionized the American horror film in 1968 with the instant classic Night of the Living Dead, returns to his dystopian zombie cycle with this horror thriller. In Land of the Dead, the zombies whose numbers had been slowly but steadily growing through


George A. Romero, who revolutionized the American horror film in 1968 with the instant classic Night of the Living Dead, returns to his dystopian zombie cycle with this horror thriller. In Land of the Dead, the zombies whose numbers had been slowly but steadily growing through Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead now dominate the streets of most American cities, while urban skyscrapers have been taken over by surviving humans, usually greed-addled opportunists who allow the living to stay in their fortified compounds for a price. Guarding the buildings are rough-and-tumble mercenaries who have learned to do battle with the zombies, making use of powerful weapons to gain advantage. But as the zombie civilization grows, the creatures have begun to slowly evolve, with their dormant thought processes beginning to awaken, and as unrest begins to ferment among the mercenaries and the entrepreneurs who pay them, the ghouls may have found a way to defeat the last stronghold of humanity. Land of the Dead stars Dennis Hopper as arch capitalist Kaufman, and Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Robert Joy, and Asia Argento as some of the mercenaries; Asia Argento's father, Dario Argento, served as a producer on one of the earlier films in the series, Dawn of the Dead.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Twenty years after last addressing issues of the flesh in Day of the Dead -- not to mention countless imitations and a pair of remakes later -- the filmmaker who first brought the dead back to torment the living returns with a belated fourth entry into the legendary Dead Series. While for some die-hard fans this lean and fast-paced installment may not convey the epic sense of dread and desperation that elevated previous entries to classic status, George A. Romero's latest entry is a thinking man's gut-muncher that is clearly the work of a filmmaker with much on his mind -- and the courage to let his rotting flesh-eaters sink their teeth into larger issues often too tender to be approached in a straightforward manner. Anyone familiar with Romero's cinematic past even outside the Dead Series knows that he's always been a filmmaker with a keen eye for social commentary and satire. While longstanding fans will be happy to note that his knives are sharper than ever when it comes to such issues as complacency, greed, and the destructive effects of capitalism gone horribly awry, even those looking for nothing more than 93 minutes of shocking, creatively gruesome flesh-munching are sure to be pleased with the bloodletting on display here. As innovative as Romero continues to be in finding inventive new ways to deconstruct the human anatomy, though, it's the filmmaker's ability to follow through on themes presented in previous entries that truly separates this film from the endless horde of zombie movies shuffling mindlessly into theaters and onto home video. When audiences last ventured into Romero's nightmarish apocalypse, a scientist was attempting to train zombies so that they might be domesticated and cater to the needs of the living; now the same creatures are using the ability to learn not for the benefit of humankind, but to truly solidify their claim on the Earth. As with the first man who realized the destructive power of a simple stick or stone, Romero's creatures evolve to realize the power and importance of weapons and tools in stalking their human prey -- a discovery that makes for some pretty chilling imagery. While the bloodthirsty undead may be the walking embodiment of fear in Romero's dark alternate universe, it's the corpses with fresh blood still running through their veins who represent the true monsters. In one of his better performances following a series of seemingly phoned-in low-budget disappointments, aging rebel Dennis Hopper is deliciously devious as Kaufman, the dollar-obsessed founder of "Fiddler's Green" -- a ritzy fortified tower where those with the right connections and plenty of money can afford to escape a grim existence with the dwindling masses on the streets below. While performances by such other players as Simon Baker, Asia Argento, and John Leguizamo are generally solid all around, it's Leguizamo in particular who shines in the role of Kaufman's nemesis -- a low-level grunt who hungers for a taste of the good life and quickly turns Kaufman's world upside down when his down payment on a place in Fiddler's Green is coolly rejected. In regards to the soundtrack, Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek's score is largely functional but fairly forgettable, offering an appropriately militant beat for the march of the undead with little of the playful flair that Goblin delivered in Dawn of the Dead or John Harrison offered in his dated but enjoyable score for Day of the Dead. Along with his decision to eschew the increasingly grating trend of filling the soundtrack with the latest radio-friendly, overly crunchy nu-metal hits, Romero has also seen fit to stick with his simple but effective editing style that favors extended takes and steady pacing over the strobe-light MTV style of fast, incoherent cutting and quick shocks. Overall, Land of the Dead has the feel of the perfect hybrid of old and new, an ideal continuation of the themes and ideas that Romero has developed over the years mixed with the perfect amount of modern sensibility. If anyone doubted George A. Romero's ability to remain effective in an era in which Resident Evil allows kids to wage battle with the undead on a daily basis, they're in for a happy -- and gruesomely fun -- surprise.
New York Times - Manohla Dargis
An excellent freakout of a movie.

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Universal Studios
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

Feature commentary with Director George A. Romero, Producer Peter Grunwald and Editor Michael Doherty; ; The Remaining Bits; When Shaun met George; Scenes of carnage; Zombie effects: From Green Screen to Finished Scene; Bringing the Storyboards to Life; ; Scream Tests: Zombie Casting Call; ; 480i/p Standard Definition

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simon Baker Riley
John Leguizamo Cholo
Asia Argento Slack
Robert Joy Charlie
Dennis Hopper Kaufman
Eugene Clark Big Daddy
Jennifer Baxter No. 9
Boyd Banks Butcher
Joanne Boland Pretty Boy
Krista Bridges Teahouse
Pedro Miguel Arce Pillsbury
Phil Fondacaro Actor
Tony Nappo Actor
Tony Munch Actor
Shawn Roberts Actor

Technical Credits
George A. Romero Director,Screenwriter
Steve Barnett Executive Producer
Miroslaw Baszak Cinematographer
Mark Canton Producer
Michael Doherty Editor
Bernie Goldmann Producer
Arv Greywal Production Designer
Peter Grunwald Producer
Bernie Grunwald Producer
Reinhold Heil Score Composer
Brock Jolliffe Special Effects Supervisor
Dennis E. Jones Executive Producer
K.N.B. EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Alex Kavanagh Costumes/Costume Designer
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Johnny Klimek Score Composer
Marci Liroff Casting
David Resnick Associate Producer
Robert Fletcher Sound/Sound Designer
Doug Slater Art Director
Lynwood Spinks Executive Producer
Silenn Thomas Associate Producer


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Land of the Dead 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
This particular zombie film, in my opinion, is not Romero's best work. It's okay, but I thought there could have been a little bit more to it, and some of the gore is actually a bit unbelievable and over the top, though not all of it. The acting and all that on it was pretty decent. Overall, if you want a really good zombie movie, I would suggest certain others, such as Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead and other such movies...but this one is at least worth a watch. Probably not much more in my opinion though, but judge for yourself.
APFuchs_CanisterX More than 1 year ago
One day, they rose. The next, the world fell. Now, humanity barely survives. And the undead have gotten smarter. Zombies abound in this recent blockbuster by George A. Romero and, as always, the man who invented the zombie genre shows us he still has what it takes to turn out a good flick. Simon Baker does a great job playing the hard-edged yet soft-hearted hero, while John Leguizamo steals the show as a kind of crooked hero-turned-bad guy. What I enjoyed about this flick was the idea of a walled-in society, a city-turned-world of its own, with its own hierarchy, running down from rich to poor. I suppose that even if the dead walked the earth, we'd still have the same problems we have today with the rich getting richer and the poor poorer. Blood and guts fill the screen of this feature: graphic, wet and sloppy. There's no shortage of stomach-turning moments here. I liked the idea of some of the zombies getting smarter instead of just roaming around looking for folks to eat, and the idea of them trying to regain their former humanity was well done. However, the "human-hearted" zombies also made the creatures feel a bit too human, for my taste and the undead lost their edge as a result. The story was simple, but fun. Not a bad effort, this one. Language warning: Cursing and blasphemy A.P. Fuchs Canister X
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is better than The remake of Dawn of the dead because if the zombies are dead all can they run if they ded their legs would be teared off. This movie had more gore and makeup effects than Dawn of the dead remake. It only had a few bad shots and it will remade again in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was a great comeback for Romero, although my wife was a little disappointed that he chose to retain the zombie's slow lumbering stagger instead of the more ferocious fast zombie gait seen in more recent films like Dawn of the Dead remake and 28 Days Later. But overall this movie had everything it needed to secure it's place in the zombie genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Featuring some of the most easily recognized character actors of modern cinema, this fourth, and most likely final, installment in George A. Romero's zombie series is a gore-fest in the truest sense of the term. Master that he is Romero has once again managed to blend political commentary with “splattervision.” Some may say the storyline lacks some of the urgency of the three previous entries, and is therefore somewhat of a letdown considering the clamor to have it made by zombiephiles everywhere. Land of the Dead is a revenant of a different appetite. More than the undead have evolved in this entry. Apparently Hollywood has become aware of the ravenous following Romero has cultivated as there was a much grander scale to this entry than any of the previous. Anyone who snuck downstairs as a child to watch a good bloodbath on television will absolutely love this movie however, if the thought of shambling hoards of the undead snacking on your neighbors is just plain gross to you, you might consider some other flick to pick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Dead series there has been a lot of various was to get rid of a zombie. There has also been various looks for zombies in all of the movies. But in Land of the Dead they pulled no stops with the deaths and the look of various zombies. The story was great and i felt that it followed with the theame of the movies before it. I do have to say thought that the ending is not what i would of liked but oh well. I loved this movie and can not wait till i get it on DVD
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admire George A. Romero for what he has done with the zombie genre over the past 4 decades. It is because of him that we know zombies as they exist in popular culture today. Romero has crafted the undead in such a way that we could believe them to be real if the proper circumstances arose to animate human corpses. Even without him there have been some good zombie films whether it be Zombi 2 or even Dead Alive. Though George A. Romero has created the best zombies on film there has always been one thing lacking to make his movies as great as they could be: The characters. Unlike it's predecessor Day of the Dead, Land has more likable characters though that is about as far as the positives go. There is never a point in the film where one could really connect with the cast on an emotional level. That is not to say that the acting is poor, just that the writing lacks whatever it is that makes us, the audience, connect with each character as if we were along side them the whole way. I feel like this movie could have been amazing rather than just great if only the characters weren't so one-dimensional. The zombies, I suppose, were the real stars of the picture anyway and no one can make better zombies than George A. Romero and his crack team of special effects gurus. This is one of the best zombie films to come out in a long time and nothing says that more than the dedication of the crew to make the most realistic creatures, costumes, and sets in a film about the undead. Dawn of the Dead(remake) runs close second as far as production values go. If you are a zombie fan, don't hesitate to pick this little gem up, you will not regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have waited 20 years for this movie, but it was worth the wait, i loved it so much. it has all of the great Romero zombie action that i love and i would definately reccomend that you buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awesome!! I saw it the first day it came out in theaters. Definatly matches up with his other work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remeros back! The best zombie movie yet, and will make up for Dawn of the Deads sloppy zombie facts. But I hate it that people think this is a sequel to the remake of Dawn of the Dead. The movie is realistic (zombie wise) and is realy gory and bloody. I loved it and hope a lot of other people do to!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been 20 years since George A. Romero's Day of the Dead was released. Now George Romero has returned (thank god) to the genre that he created. The world has become overrun with the living dead. A group of survivors headed by Riley try to find supplies and shelter for the surviviors. The rich survivors get to stay at Fiddler's Green, a mall/townhouse place. Riley eventually loses the control of one of his men whose name is Cholo and he steals Dead Reckoning, the armored tank they use from going from place to place. Riley is then hired by Kaufman, the rich leader of Fiddler's Green, to find Cholo and bring back Dead Reckoning. Riley along with his friends: Slack, Charlie, & Pilsbury, are off to find Cholo and avoid the dead. This movie is truly a masterwork from George Romero. He finally got a good break and did what he does best. The social commentary about terrorism and racism is once again clear. This is what is missing from all the other zombie films out there. Another plus is that the zombies don't run! But surprisingly and effectively they become smarter. George A. Romero has given the world another masterpiece that will once again be remembered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of the horror and zombie genre, I loved "Night of the Living Dead" and "Dawn of the Dead". However, the last 2 movies have been uninspired, and not intense. With the first 2 movies, I was involved with the characters, and could not wait to see what happened next. This latest film had me bored from the very beginning, and I love zombie movies. The characters were very unbelievable, and the scenes even more so. For example: 1. At the beginning of the movie, characters from the city are in a suburb looking for food and supplies. John Leguzamo's character and 2 others go into a liquor store to get liquor of course. They check the opening room of the store, and then drop their guard and start getting the goods. No, do not worry about checking behind the counter, much less the store room in the back. Sure enough, a zombie crashes through some glass to attack one of the guys... Just dumb. 2. When the zombies finally break into the glass building where the "elite" are staying, people all of a sudden are moving like they have cement in their shoes. The zombies are at the window for like a minute, and there is no one around except the security guards. Then in the next scene, the zombies are in side chasing and grabbing the high class citizens. Is it just me, or if I saw a hungry zombie about to break in, I would be running the opposite way. To me, just dumb. And those are just 2 examples.... The best part of the movie were the zombies tearing into the people... guts being pulled out, a tongue pulled away from a person, and a face being peeled over a head are some of the examples.. the makeup effects are great. And in the unrated version, the blood is flowing. Instead of wasting your money on this movie, go buy or re-rent Dawn of the Dead. And no, not the remade one !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought this dvd yesterday, and popped it in the dvd player right when I got home. This movie is awesome. It's full of blood, violence, guns, and of course zombies! I love zombie movies and this one certainly doesn't disappoint.
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This could possibly be one of the worst zombie movies ever. I mean, come on Romero. You made Night of the Living Dead and now your going to spit out this B rated flick? The movie is extremely boring for a horror movie. There are seriously no scary parts. Even Dawn of the Dead remake had scary parts. Very dissapointing.