Thursday, October 22, 2020

Day Of The Dead

I might have to give this a 9/10.

I liked it better than Dawn Of The Dead which I consider a damn good movie. I honestly cannot believe how good it was. Which is funny because from all accounts I've heard, this movie didn't do super well when it was released in 1985 critically, but many people nowadays consider it to be the best. I have to very much agree with them! Once again I personally believe this to be a sequel to Dawn, the humans are now vastly outnumbered by the zombies and a small group have taken shelter in a mining facility, as the scientific and military personnel clash heavily making the human conflict in Night look like a minor squabble. The tension is here and bigger than before as each party has it's own plan of what to do with the situation at hand. So the story is outstanding and the cast is what really pushes it above and beyond. Lori Cardille is an awesome lead and a true sign of a stronger female character throughout the course of the series, she just ain't here to take anyone's shit and is the voice of reason. On the opposite side we have Joe Pilato as Captain Rhodes, probably one of the most berating asshole characters in cinematic history, he's so jerkish you can't help but love to hate him. My favorite character is the mad scientist Logan played by Richard Liberty who everyone calls Frankenstein, I buy every word he's saying and he has such a high level of energy and curiosity as he conducts numerous experiments to better understand the zombies and try to tame them. And I'll be damned if I don't say Howard Sherman is the best actor I've ever seen, if that ain't cinematic excellence then nothing is. With so much makeup and uttering one bit of dialogue I'll go out on a limb here and say he's the best zombie actor ever. Speaking of which the effects are absurdly amazing in this picture, ingenious in practicality and gory to the max and yes I would say it is award deserving. The location is instantly memorable, shot in a real life mine which I believe you can visit to this day making a very dark, dingy, and claustrophobic environment which fits perfectly with the tone. The soundtrack is simply the best, and I had a lot of love for Dawn's soundtrack but this is a whole other level. It's the only zombie movie I've seen that touches on the psychological effects in such a situation, normally it's a commentary on society or government but here it shows what a hopeless situation it is and how much it adversely effects our characters. It's nothing short of classic, and a truly improved film since Dawn Of The Dead. If I could give it 5 stars I would, and a full 9/10 from me! I knew one day I had to watch these movies and it was well worth the time, with full recommendations to all of them. If you're like me and don't have a lot of love for zombies unlike so many others, check these out, you'll appreciate it a bit. Only one week left, what to do now when we're so close to the end once more? Well if there is one thing I've learned, anything can happen on Halloween so the sky is the limit.

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