Monday, December 5, 2011

Movie Review Monday

Day of the Dead (1985)

I remember seeing bits and pieces of this movie a loooong time ago. I never watched the whole thing because I didn't know what it was. That was remedied this weekend.

I really like this movie. The acting leaves a little to be desired, but the story is fantastic! And the special effects are so much better than the other two.

The premise of the film is a group of scientists and military personnel are holed up in an underground base. Some of the scientists are looking for the answers to what caused the zombie uprising and if there is a way to cure it. The head scientist is looking for a way to control the undead. There's implications that the doctor may have lost his sanity. The twitching is a dead give away, but there's also the insatiable desire to hack up the living to feed to his pet. I don't think "normal" people do that!

There is conflict between the civilians and soldiers, and conflict between all the men and the one woman. There's lots of conflict in the movie. The film was a nice look at how people fall apart, or don't, under pressure and in impossible situations. Like I said, the effects were so much better than the other films, and I thoroughly enjoyed the blood and guts.

The part about the film that focused on Bub was so fun. Who wouldn't want a zombie on the end of a leash? I would. Just think of the possibilities! No one would mess with you! The way the creature was portrayed, you couldn't help feel sorry for him. You rooted for him to be "civilized" and learn to be "human" again. Then, you rooted for him to get his vengeance. Of course, it's misplaced sympathy since he'll revert and kill you eventually, perhaps with a gun, which is a very scary notion. Aren't the zombies bad enough without giving them extra weapons?

This might be one I add to my collection. It's such an enjoyable film with so much social commentary. Has anyone else seen it?


Tonia Brown said...

One of my favorites!

Pembroke Sinclair said...

And I understand why. Great movie!