#Zombies George A Romero – Day of the Dead

My Take:

  • Open with John Hughes movie soundtrack!
  • An alligator in a zombie movie?
  • Band Major Zombie!
  • There is more talking in this movie than the first two.
  • Bub the zombie!! ((who made an appearance in TWD – also is Romero’s fave zombie)
  • Frankenzombie!
  • Dremmel to the head!
  • Evil Scientist Logan is my favorite character.
  • Jamaican accent
  • Zombies are afraid of the dark?
  • “Say Hello to your Aunt Alicia.”
  • Thinking zombies?
  • Color of the blood is better
  • Greg Nicotero in this one makes me smile.
  • Zombie wiener!
  • Football player zombie (team mailbox?)
  • Clown zombie!
  • Bride Zombie
  • Clumsy Zombie
  • I take it back, Bub is my favorite character.
  • Grieving Zombie
  • Crossdresser Zombie
  • Ballerina Zombie
  • Chef zombie
  • Vacationing Zombie (aka Hawaiian shirt zombie)

This one was the best of the first three.  I liked it a lot.  I LOVED Bub!!  I give this one an A-.

Did you see the movie?  Did you like or hate it?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

IMDB Synopsis:  Zombies rule the world, except for a small group of scientists and military personnel who reside in an underground bunker in Florida. The scientists are using the undead in gruesome experiments; much to the chagrin of the military. Finally the military finds that their men have been used in the scientists’ experiments, and banish the scientists to the caves that house the Living Dead. Unfortunately, the zombies from above ground have made their way into the bunker.

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Additional Movie Info:

It received a Rotten Tomatoes review of 82% Fresh.  It received a Rotten Tomato audience rating of 75% liking it.  Average Rating: 3.5/5 with a number of User Ratings: 64,303.

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Specs:

It had an estimated budget of $3.5M.  It has a 103 minute run time. Release date: 19 July 1985.

 

Additional IMDB Trivia:

  • All the extras who portrayed zombies in the climax received for their services: a cap that said “I Played A Zombie In ‘Day of the Dead'”, a copy of the newspaper from the beginning of the film (the one that says THE DEAD WALK!), and one dollar.
  • Most of the zombie extras in this film were Pittsburgh residents who volunteered to help in the film.
  • The underground facility was not on a soundstage. It was shot in the Wampum mine, a former limestone mine near Pittsburgh, that was being used for a underground storage facility. The 2,500,000 square foot mine is now operated as the Gateway Commerce Center who now called it a “subsurface storage facility”.
  • First attempts to shoot the scene where Sarah performs surgery on Miguel’s arm failed when it simply bounced off the rubber, so Tom Savini remade it in wax and it worked perfectly.
  • The book Dr. Logan gives to Bub is Stephen King‘s “Salem’s Lot.” George A. Romero and King have been friends for many years.
  • Some of the headlines from the newspaper that says “The Dead Walk” appear to be: “Vice President Declares State of Emergency,” “Whereabouts of President Unknown,” “Food Supply Dwindles” and “Man Bites Man.”
  • Real pig intestines were used during the gore scenes.
  • The alarm sound heard is the same one from The Thing (1982).
  • The Zombies’ moaning, groaning, growling, roaring, and feasting sounds happened to be played by the voice of the talented actor Mark Dodson, who played the voice of Salacious Crumb, Jabba The Hutt’s Sidekick and Court Jester in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). They were not all done by sound effects.
  • George A. Romero: As a zombie pushing a cart in the foreground during the final zombie feast, seen from the waist down and identified by his trademark plaid scarf wrapped around his waist.
  • George A. Romero: [clown] The first film in Romero’s “Dead” series to have a clown zombie, as also seen in Land of the Dead (2005) and Diary of the Dead (2007).

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