Day Of The Dead


Real pig intestines were used in the death scene of Rhodes, but someone unplugged the fridge two weeks before the shoot and the guts became rotton. Preparing to shoot the scene took several hours and Joe Pilato (Rhodes) was stuck in the floor the whole time. By the time the shoot was over everyone was running away gagging.

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Day of the Dead is the third and final installment in George A. Romero’s cherished ‘Dead’ trilogy being preceded by ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘Dawn of the Dead’.

It has been five years since the dead first walked. Hidden away in an underground storage facility are the last remnants of human society. A group of scientists and military officers are seemingly the only survivors and they now search for a cure... or something else. One of the scientists, Dr. Logan, has begun training the zombies, starting with one particularly responsive subject, 'Bub'. But all goes to hell when the psychotic Captain Rhodes finds out that Logan has been using his own men as rewards, and decides to put an end to his experiments, by some very radical means.

Day of the Dead may be the weakest in the Dead series, but it is still one of the best zombie movies of all time. Many people were disappointed with Day, because it’s predecessors were such incredible films. The terrifying and claustrophobic ‘Night’ and the exciting cult classic ‘Dawn’. This film also suffered due to budget constraints. Romero refused to make an R-rated picture, so the production company forced Romero to cut his budget down to 3.5 million. Because of this, Romero was forced to make drastic changes to the script, leaving this movie as nothing but a shell of the original story.

This movie’s terror is derived from its tense, dark atmosphere. The characters become trapped underground as the dead congregate outside the base. There is also a general feeling of hopelessness for the characters, from what the audience can tell, they are the last people on earth and it doesn’t look like they’re going to survive. However, this feeling of hopelessness is countered by the fact that you really aren’t lead to care about most of the characters. All the characters that did die you either wanted to see die, or you couldn't care less either way about.

This movie contains one of the most spectacular death scenes in movie history, masterfully created by Tom Savini. Because of this scene and scenes like it, this movie remains unrated, which is one of the aspects which hurt this movie’s success along with the simultaneous release of "Return of the Living Dead".

As you might assume from the fact that this movie is unrated, the gore is extreme at times, so be forewarned...


I really enjoyed this movie and if you avoid comparing it to the previous films you will too. It’s scary and gory, just don’t watch it if you have a weak stomach.

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Strengths: Amazing gore and make-up effects, frightening atmosphere, one of the best zombie movies of all time.

Weaknesses? Slow-paced, characters are uninteresting for the most part, the predecessors were far superior.

Our rating: 8.5 out of 10

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Day Of The Dead