Day of the Dead (1985) Review
Written by: tNormanMyers_03
The first three installments of Romero's "Dead" series impressed me. Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead didn't pack near the same punch as the classic trilogy did, but that's a whole nother review... Anyway, Day of the Dead is the third and final installment in the "Dead" trilogy, and for some reason, it gets the most criticism. I have no idea why. Day of the Dead is my favorite Romero movie, hands down. The Savini gore effects mixed with Romero's amazing directing really helped make this movie a classic. In the final installment, we see that the world has become overrun with zombies. Zombies have literally took over the world, and now humans are hiding in underground bunkers trying to find the way to win back man-kind...
Well, I can't say anything bad about this movie at all. I mean, it had all the elements. It had amazing acting... I mean AMAZING! The character chemistry added with the great dialog really impressed me, and I couldn't ask for anymore. I really love a movie that contains good acting and chemistry. It always improves the experience for me, and Day of the Dead is no exception.
In the make-up and gore FX department we have Tom Savini, one of the most brilliant make-up artist of the 80s. I personally think that his best FX were in Day of the Dead. I mean, the gore was PERFECT. It came in very large amounts, but was not near as corny as Dawn of the Dead. Savini's FX improved a bunch since 1978, and I couldn't have asked for more. Tom Savini is a perfect example of a person who doesn't need computers to make things look good. He did everything just great, and it couldn't have been better.
One last thing I would like to mention is the sound-track. I believe that people hate this movie because of the music, but I just can't understand why. I felt like the music was appropriate for the situation and filled in the spaces perfectly. Sure, it ma not be as good as the Dawn of the Dead theme, but I still liked it.
Every zombie fan should see Day of the Dead. In my mind, it is the ultimate zombie movie. Sure, it may not be as scary as Night of the Living Dead, or have over the top music like Dawn of the Dead, but we are still left with a decently frightening, amazing, piece of fun. Highly Recommended.