Day of the Dead (1985)
Back of the box. . .
“A nightmarish, flesh-eating army or walking corpses rules the Earth. For the last living humans, a fate worse than death is a terrifying reality in this horror cult classic from George A. Romero (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD).
Fortified in a vast underground bunker, a small band of scientists conducts grotesque experiments on captured ghouls in a desperate attempt to ‘domesticate’ the creatures. But the brutal military men who share the scientists’ refuge don’t want the zombies controlled, they want them destroyed. When the soldiers discover that their own officers have been used in the grisly experiments, they overpower the scientists, and throw them into the cages housing the ravenous living dead. Will anyone make it out alive? It’s special effects are tour-de-force as the beleaguered remnants of the human race face the Day of the Dead!”
Director: George A. Romero
Starring: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Howard Sherman
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Day of the Dead is the final installment in George Romero’s “Dead Trilogy” and is, supposedly, his personal favorite of the three. It didn’t do as well in theaters as the previous two but developed a large cult following in later years. The movie stars. . . actors, and they’re fine, especially good when the ham levels rise, but the real star is Bub, played by Sherman Howard (or Howard Sherman?). Bub is possibly the best zombie character ever put on screen, he listens to music, reads Stephen King, and is just an all around sweetheart. Day of the Dead, as you’d expect, also has some pretty cool gore effects and lots of blood. So watch this movie, laugh at the hammy acting, cringe at the gore, and get to know everyone’s favorite zombie, Bub.
Quality control: There is a hiss in the opening scene but it goes away almost immediately.