Day of the Dead (2008) Poster

Day of the Dead (2008)

  • Rate: 4.5/10 total 11,456 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 8 April 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 86 min
Our Score
96/100
942 user reviews.

User Score (vote now)
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars


You're here : » » Day of the Dead (2008)...

Warning: simplexml_load_file(http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/videos?q=Day+of+the+Dead+2008+trailer&client=ytapi-youtube-search&alt=rss&v=2&max-results=7): failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 410 Gone in /home/easymovy/public_html/wp-content/themes/streamplex/functions.php on line 50

Warning: simplexml_load_file(): I/O warning : failed to load external entity "http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/videos?q=Day+of+the+Dead+2008+trailer&client=ytapi-youtube-search&alt=rss&v=2&max-results=7" in /home/easymovy/public_html/wp-content/themes/streamplex/functions.php on line 50

Day of the Dead (2008)

Share/Bookmark

Day of the Dead 2008tt0489018.jpg poster

  • IMDb page: Day of the Dead (2008)
  • Rate: 4.5/10 total 11,456 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 8 April 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 86 min
  • Filming Location: New Boyana Film Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Budget: $18,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Steve Miner
  • Stars: Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon and Michael Welch
  • Original Music By: Tyler Bates   
  • Soundtrack: Stop, I'm Already Dead
  • Sound Mix: Mono
  • Plot Keyword: Colorado | Captain | Radio Station | Corporal | Hospital

Writing Credits By:

  • Jeffrey Reddick (screenplay)
  • George A. Romero (motion picture "Day of the Dead")

Known Trivia

  • Although the film’s plot shares little with the original, many of the scenes and situations from the original are duplicated, such as debating on whether or not a fellow member should be killed even though there’s a chance he won’t become a zombie, a zombie firing a gun, and the heroes having to make their way through an abandoned missile silo.
  • The Radio Station is on the Elm Street. This is a reference to A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • Despite the title most of the movie takes place at night.
  • The computer screen and readout in the bunker near the end refer to ‘Project Wildfire’. This was the code name used in The Andromeda Strain which deals with a crashed satellite that infects a community with a deadly organism. The zombie virus in The Night of the Living Dead was blamed on a crashed space probe.

Goofs: Continuity: The "Moron" zombie at the end of the movie has already been seen getting incinerated in the previous scene, in fact striking the same pose.

Plot: When a small Colorado town is overrun by the flesh hungry dead a small group of survivors try to escape in a last ditch effort to stay alive. Full summary » |  »

Story: In Leadville, Colorado, Captain Rhodes and his army seals off the town to contain an influenza-type epidemic. The locals are not allowed to leave the town and the Pine Valley Medical Center is crowded with sick people. Corporal Sarah Bowman was born and raised in Leadville and goes to her home with Private Bud Crain to visit her mother. Sarah finds that her mother is ill and takes her to the local hospital. However, the sick people suddenly transform in flesh eating, fast moving zombies which attack the non-infected humans. Sarah, Bud and Private Salazar get a jeep and head to the town exit to escape from the dead. But Sarah hears the voice of her brother, Trevor, on the radio and is compelled to go to the radio station where Trevor is hidden with his girlfriend Nina. The group of survivors drives to the isolated Nike missile site seeking shelter, where they discover an underground army base.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Boaz Davidson known as producer
  • Danny Dimbort known as executive producer
  • James Glenn Dudelson known as producer
  • Robert Franklin Dudelson known as executive producer
  • Randall Emmett known as producer
  • George Furla known as producer
  • Avi Lerner known as executive producer
  • Paul Mason known as executive producer
  • Israel Ringel known as line producer
  • Jordan Rush known as executive producer
  • Joost Scholte known as assistant line producer
  • Trevor Short known as executive producer
  • David Varod known as executive producer
  • M. Dal Walton III known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Mena Suvari known as Sarah Bowman
  • Nick Cannon known as Salazar
  • Michael Welch known as Trevor Bowman
  • AnnaLynne McCord known as Nina (as AnnaLyne McCord)
  • Stark Sands known as Bud Crain
  • Matt Rippy known as Doctor Logan
  • Pat Kilbane known as Scientist
  • Taylor Hoover known as Local Girl
  • Christa Campbell known as Mrs. Leitner
  • Ian McNeice known as Paul – DJ
  • Ving Rhames known as Captain Rhodes
  • Robert Rais known as Mr. Leitner
  • Michael McCoy known as Mr. Noble
  • Laura Giosh known as Mrs. Noble (as Laura Goish Markov)
  • Vanessa Johansson known as Receptionist
  • Mark Coolidge Johnson known as Sheriff Carver
  • David Pineda known as Nervous Deputy
  • Sergio Buenrostro known as Soldier
  • Miroslav Emilov known as Young Punk
  • Alex Brown known as Young Man
  • Hollie Dorrough known as Young Punkgirl
  • Brian La Rosa known as Man in Woods (as Brian De La Rosa)
  • Kent Jude Bernard known as Zombie (uncredited)
  • Neil D'Monte known as Zombie (uncredited)
  • Ron Fagan known as Screaming Zombie at End (uncredited)
  • Linda Marlowe known as Francine Bowman (uncredited)
  • Isaac Meisenheimer known as Fire Zombie (uncredited)
  • Jason Miller known as Zombie (uncredited)
  • Elitsa Rajeva known as (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Reddick known as Deputy (uncredited)
  • Annie Savage known as Hailey Shu / Radio Reporter (uncredited)
  • Luke Sexton known as Zombie (uncredited)
  • Hugh Skinner known as Kyle (uncredited)

..

 

Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Denitza Daverova known as coordinator: makeup assistants
  • Katka Horska known as additional makeup artist
  • Dean Jones known as special makeup designer
  • Starr Jones known as special makeup effects artist
  • Daniel Jouet known as foam department
  • Jack Lazzaro known as makeup effects lab technician
  • Nicole Michaud known as wigmaker: American Make-up Effects
  • Michael Mosher known as special makeup effects artist
  • Ken Niederbaumer known as special makeup effects artist
  • Brian Penikas known as special makeup effects artist
  • Petya Simeonova known as assistant makeup artist
  • Maria Stankovich known as additional makeup artist: Bulgaria
  • Yana Stoyanova known as special makeup effects artist: Bulgaria
  • Vincent Van Dyke known as makeup effects sculptor
  • Clint Zoccoli known as makeup effects lab technician
  • Clint Zoccoli known as sculptor

Art Department:

  • Angel Angelov known as storyboard artist
  • Petko Angelov known as dresser
  • Svetoslav Angelov known as carpenter
  • Ivailo Avramov known as sculptor
  • Borislav Belberov known as stand-by props (as Bobby Belberov)
  • Bogomil Blagoev known as painter
  • Borislav Bogdanov known as dresser
  • Stoyan Boyadjiev known as upholsterer (as Stoyan Boyadzhiev)
  • Marian Boyadzhiev known as upholsterer
  • Bilyana Buchmann known as assistant property master
  • Dirk Buchmann known as property master
  • Neil D'Monte known as storyboard artist
  • Andrew Daniel known as art director: second unit
  • Yavor Denev known as painter
  • Nikolai Dikov known as set dresser
  • Dian Dimitrov known as carpenter
  • Ivan Dimitrov known as stand-by dresser
  • Dimo Dimov known as painter
  • Kiril Dimov known as carpenter
  • Rumen Dinev known as plasterer
  • Georgi Emilov known as plasterer
  • Bojidar Evtov known as carpenter (as Bozhidar Evtov)
  • Andrey Filchev known as stand-by props (as Andrew Filchev)
  • Evgenia Genkova known as painter
  • Georgi Georgiev known as painter (as Georgi A. Georgiev)
  • Valentin Hadzhiev known as carpenter
  • Anna Hadzhieva known as art department coordinator (as Anna Hadjieva)
  • Alexander Ivanov known as painter
  • Ivo Ivanov known as carpenter (as Ivo K. Ivanov)
  • Yanko Ivanov known as painter
  • Yuri Ivanov known as painter
  • Alexei Karagyaur known as graphic designer (as Alexei Karaghaur)
  • Georgi Kodzhabashiyski known as painter (as Georgi Kodjabashiiski)
  • Vasko Konakchev known as sculptor
  • Viktor Kovachev known as painter
  • Krum A. Krumov known as plasterer
  • Todor Lambov known as sculptor
  • Kenneth Leslie known as production designer: second unit
  • Andrei Lozanov known as prop department welder
  • Buddy MacKett known as construction manager
  • Kolio Nachev known as painter (as Kolyo Nachev)
  • Vasil Nikodimov known as plasterer
  • Veselin Nikolov known as carpenter
  • Pavlin Pavlov known as carpenter
  • Cvetlin Petrov known as painter
  • Krasimir Petrov known as carpenter
  • Radka Petrova known as painter
  • Sonya Savova known as draftswoman
  • Emil Shmidt known as signs (as Emil Schmidt)
  • Kalin Stefanov known as dresser
  • Rosen Stefanov known as set dresser
  • Kristian Stoyanov known as stand-by dresser
  • Yordan Stoyanov known as painter
  • Zlatko Stoychev known as carpenter (as Zlatko Stoichev)
  • Stefan Tassev known as carpenter (as Stefan Tasev)
  • Arta Tozzi known as model maker
  • Rumen Trankolov known as prop department welder
  • Stoyan Tsakov known as dresser
  • Peter Tsenov known as laborer
  • Konstantin Vitkov known as storyboard artist
  • Vladimir Vladimirov known as carpenter
  • Valeri Yankov known as art department electrician
  • Evgeni Yordanov known as carpenter
  • Maria Doicheva known as painter (uncredited)
  • Eleonora Slavkova known as painter (uncredited)

..

 

Company

Production Companies:

  • Millennium Films (presents)
  • Taurus Entertainment Company
  • Emmett/Furla Films
  • Nu Image Entertainment GmbH
  • D.O.D. Productions

Other Companies:

  • Belgrade Film Orchestra  orchestra
  • Digital Post Services  delivery and international servicing
  • Hollywood Intermediate  digital intermediate services
  • SoundWorks Houston  additional adr
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility

Distributors:

  • Millennium Films (2008) (worldwide) (all media) (sales)
  • Movie-Eye Entertainment (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Peace Arch Releasing (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Eagle Films (2008) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • First Look International (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • First Look International (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Future Film (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Midget Entertainment (2008) (Denmark) (all media)
  • e-m-s the DVD-Company (2008) (Germany) (DVD)

..

 

Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Worldwide FX

Visual Effects by:

  • Ivaylo Andonov known as digital artist
  • Javor Asenov known as digital compositor
  • Simeon Asenov known as visual effects art director
  • Luba Atanasova known as colorist
  • Dilyan Aynadzhiev known as visual effects systems administrator
  • Svilen Aynadzhiev known as digital compositor
  • Rachel Clement known as digital cleanup artist
  • Scott Coulter known as visual effects producer
  • Yasen Denev known as illustrator
  • Konstantin Dimitrov known as digital artist
  • Stoycho Dimitrov known as digital effects artist
  • Denitsa Dimitrova known as digital compositor
  • Nina Dimitrova known as matchmove artist
  • Paounka Dimitrova known as visual effects
  • Alexander Dimov known as visual effects
  • Barbara Domuschieva known as visual effects
  • Stanislav Draganov known as visual effects
  • Nikolay Gachev known as visual effects supervisor
  • Kiril Gizdov known as digital compositor
  • Iva Gorcheva known as digital compositor
  • Danail Hadzhiyski known as visual effects
  • Dobromir Hristov known as digital effects artist
  • Ivan Gochev Ivanov known as visual effects artist
  • Albena Ivanova known as digital compositor
  • Kamen Jordanov known as digital effects artist
  • Peter Keranov known as digital compositor
  • Delyan Ketipov known as lead digital artist
  • Lyubomir Kirkov known as visual effects
  • Momchil Kirov known as digital effects artist
  • Nikolay Kolev known as digital artist
  • Silviya Mariyanova known as visual effects coordinator
  • Jordan Markov known as visual effects editor
  • Jordan Markov known as visual effects
  • Velislava Mihailova known as digital effects artist
  • Nevena Nikolcheva known as digital compositor
  • Filip Nikolov known as visual effects
  • Nikolay Pachov known as visual effect assistant editor
  • Desislava Pavlova known as visual effects
  • Diyan Penev known as visual effects coordinator
  • Marin Petrov known as animator
  • Yakim Petrov known as character animator
  • Julia Petrova known as digital compositor
  • Iavor Radev known as visual effects coordinator
  • Diana Simeonova known as matchmove artist
  • Georgi Slavov known as visual effects
  • Georgi Staikov known as animator
  • Plamen Statev known as visual effects coordinator
  • Boyan Stoyanov known as fluid simulation engineer
  • Milan Stoyanov known as digital compositor
  • Stanislav Stoynev known as 3D lead artist
  • Stefan Tchakarov known as visual effects production supervisor
  • Dimitrina Torneva known as digital compositor
  • Filip Uzunov known as lead digital artist
  • Desislava Valcheva known as digital compositor
  • Alexander Valev known as digital compositor
  • Slavov Yanko known as matchmove artist
  • Vladimir Zdravkov known as visual effects systems administrator
  • Petko Zhivkov known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • USA 8 April 2008
  • Germany 15 May 2008
  • Greece 16 June 2008
  • Japan 30 August 2008
  • UK 1 September 2008
  • Thailand 25 September 2008
  • Netherlands 7 October 2008
  • United Arab Emirates 26 February 2009
  • Finland 20 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 27 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 11 June 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for strong pervasive horror violence and gore, and language

..

 
 

Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


Day of the Dead (2008) Related Movie


Ninja Assassin (2009) Movie Poster
Whatever Works (2009) Movie Poster
The Yellow Handkerchief (2008) Movie Poster
Looking for Eric (2009) Movie Poster
Season of the Witch (2011) Movie Poster


Posted on March 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , , , .

10 Comments

  1. srmathis17 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:04 pm

    The reason this movie sucked royally was not because it didn't have thepotential to be a good movie it was mainly casting. I don't understandwhy mainstream Hollywood horror movies cast ridiculous people in rolesthat don't fit them. The casting of Rhodes was absolutely dumbconsidering Ving was in the Dawn of the dead remake so it confusedeveryone into thinking that he survived or something of that nature.Also, if you want a sure shot at ruining your movie just cast NickCannon in any part and he will say ridiculous lines like "by the poweror gray skull" or some random curse word when he kills his hundredthzombie because apparently he is a super zombie killer as soon as theoutbreak occurs. He was quite possibly the worst actor i have ever seenand i just don't understand why he was even cast. The same thinghappened with Busta Rhymes in Halloween Resurrection when he said"Trick or Treat Motha F*@#*$." When these dumb lines were barked out bythese no talented actors the entire movie lost all credibility in myeyes. Granted both of these movies are not that good but at least wouldhave been watchable if these no talented ridiculous actors were cast.It is just a recipe for disaster with respect to a horror movie.

    Now for the movie itself, i literally feel like the only redeemingfactor in the whole film was Mina Servari (excuse spelling if itswrong) because she was the only actor that i believed deserved credit.I think Ving was just looking for a quick pay check and the rest of thecast i don't think have any experience and thats all this was for them.I don't blame them for taking the roles because they probably didn'tknow this crap fest was going to be as bad as it was considering thesuccess of the Zack Synder remake of Dawn of the Dead. The zombie's inthis film must have been bitten by radioactive zombie spiders becausethey develop powers very similar to spider-man when they turn. Mybrother and I laughed out loud as the chaos happened because it was amockery of any zombie film ever made.

    I also want to point out that i very rarely will comment on filmsbecause it is almost pointless, but this film was one of the biggestlet downs in all of the movies I have ever seen. I am an avid Romerofan and this did nothing but make a disgrace of his life's work.

  2. fygall from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 9:04 pm

    The director surely mustn't of been a big fan of this genre when hesigned up for it. I just don't understand how somebody who has achievedthe status of becoming a film director could end up spoiling a moviethat could of been so good!

    OK, so i guess he wanted to take a different approach to the Zombiemovie. Maybe add to Zach Schnyder's good effort with DAWN. But to makeZombies able to leap 20ft and walk on walls and ceilings. I meanreally!!! What were you thinking?!?! You've well and truly messed upbig time and done nothing for you career. I apologise for sounding abit harsh but millions of fans of this DEAD franchise expected a lotbetter to say the least. I was gutted from the first twenty minutes.The casting was way bad too. Who in their right mind would have MenaSuvari as an Army Corporal?? Ving Rhames does his best. Make up andspecial effects were extremely mediocre as well.

    My advice, wait for Diary of the Dead. And see how a zombie flick issupposed to be made.

  3. undeadmachine669 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:04 pm

    Steve Miner, as a director, isn't bad. He directed my favorite entriesin the Friday the 13th series, Halloween: H20, and Lake Placid. None ofthese movies are Oscar worthy, but they are all good, fun horror films.What he was thinking when he directed the Day of the Dead redux isbeyond me.

    A small Colorado town is overrun with the living dead, following a flulike virus that has swept across the land. As soon as the virus killssomeone, their skin immediately decays and they become superhumanbeasts. These zombies don't just run (a modern zombie element which hascaused a lot of controversy in recent years) they jump, shoot weapons,and somehow manage to crawl on walls and ceilings. At the forefront ofthis super-zombie apocalypse is Mena Suvari (who phoned in her part)and Nick Cannon (who should have) as well as a few other meaninglesscharacters. People die, things explode, and an hour and a half of yourlife is wasted as you watch this deplorable film.

    Honestly, if this film had carried any moniker other than the classicDay of the Dead, I would have given it a bit higher of a rating. I'mthinking 3 or 4, mostly because some of the make-up fx are prettynifty. Instead, the filmmakers decided to take everything Romerocreated and turn it on its head. Experimentation is a good thing, butnot in this case. This should not be called a remake…or even areimagining for that matter. It has nothing to do with the originalfilm, aside that there are zombies involved and the military has apresence. I say, pull it from the shelves now, and send it outretitled. George Romero really shouldn't have to put up with thisnonsense anymore.

  4. Stephen Romain from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:04 pm

    Like many of you, I got really excited when I heard about this film.After the incredibly good effort that was the Dawn of the Dead 2004remake, this film is an extremely cheap attempt to cash in on the name.It's extremely important to keep in mind that this film it's not aremake as much as it's a by-the-numbers zombie/infected flick with afancy name on it.

    The film stars Mena Suvari and has a short cameo by Ving Rhames. WhileI'll watch anything with Mena Suvari in it – even "Loser" – this is astretch. While Suvari does a decent job with a flat, lifeless (no punintended) script, the other actors are incredibly stiff, awkward andunconvincing. Rhames plays basically the same character he played inthe Dawn of the Dead remake, although he only appears for the first 15minutes or so.

    The film itself is extremely boring and the action and special effectsare haphazard. I can honestly say that I've never felt so bored duringan action sequence before. The "climax", if you can call it that, runson for about 5 minutes more than it should. Even worse, the filmdoesn't even attempt to redeem itself by being a tad funny.. it tries,but fails with flying colors. The script is absolutely ridiculous, noteven making relative sense in the world of the film.

    If you've ever wondered what "vegetarian" zombies eat, feel free towatch this movie. If you want to see a new spin on Romero, wait forDiary of the Dead to come out in wide release by the man himself. I'mgiving this one a three for Mena Suvari alone.

  5. murdock50136 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:04 pm

    As an avid zombie film buff I feel sick to my stomach after watching anhour and a half of worthless film. Everyone associated with thisproduction should truly feel uncomfortable with the direction of theircareers. I knew it was going to be bad after a zombie scaled a hospitalceiling for no apparent reason other than being some type of crazygeneration x zombie…not to mention zombies later on poking airconditioner ducts with crutches and floor sweepers (apparently notblessed with the gravity defying before mentioned wall crawling) inorder to get at non zombie flesh crawling to safety.

    You have to wonder about the makeup of a person who sits down to writea script like this. Better yet those who read this nonsense and throwmillions of dollars around in order to make sure it happens. Was itthat they truly could not tell a difference between this script anddawn of the dead remake script. One being decent while the other, well,read my first paragraph…

    Simply put, this is pathetic. If anyone who took part in the productionof this reads this, please look in the mirror and ask yourself was thisthe reason you got into film. Though you will always have the Day ofthe dead remake on your resume maybe its not too late to do somethingworthwhile and memorable…good luck.

  6. Silberfalke from Switzerland
    30 Mar 2012, 9:04 pm

    Well, the only big mistake of that movie was to pretend to be theremake of a classic, when it was not. That must have disappointed andangered a lot of people.

    Actually "Day of the Dead" is a highly entertaining Zombie-Flick thatdelivers everything one expects: good trash, gore, humor and well-knownmain-actors who act, well, lets say "okay"…

    The story is not really important, as we saw it dozens of times (Virus,Transformation, Out of Control, group trying to escape,….and so on)and there were elements of "Resident Evil" and "28 Days/Weeks later" asthe "life to death transformed" corpses behave the same hysterical wayas the sickos from London, only that Americans must be way muchhungrier as these zombies are feeding on flesh. And how….

    Anyway: "Day of the Dead" was fun, a little thrilling, entertaining andbetter than a lot of other genre-movies BUT somebody in themarketing-department blew it up by having the idea to sell it as a"Romero Remake".

    Some Zombie should bite this person….

  7. johnd-78 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 9:04 pm

    In the case of this movie, re-making Day of the Dead means stealing thetitle and some character names.

    Its truly awful. There plot is non existent, the acting poor and thecharacters inconsistent. The zombies look quite good, but are more likerabid humans. This is one of those zombie movies that changes thecharacteristics of the zombies to suite the scenes. Mostly its justrabid, insane 28 days later type movements. Oh but they can sometimeswalk on walls and ceilings (how? why?). Oh and listen to radios andunderstand what is being said. The Bub character is ridiculously usedin the plot. One of the soldiers is infected, turns into a zombie, butthey decide to keep him around and drive around with him in the car,because he might be useful. Thats right, they pile into the back seatsand he is sat in the middle of them. Zombies throwing themselves at thecar, everyone screaming, but the one I am sat next to? No problem! Thefinal scenes are just ridiculous and I felt that at this point they hadrun out of ideas so they made it up as they went along. One line summedthe whole movie up for me. They discovered that one of the scientistswho worked on the project that started the virus has now become azombie and is in the complex they are in. A colleague of his says 'Ifwhat you said about them retaining some of what they were is true, thenwe are so f*cked'.

  8. Paul Andrews (poolandrews@hotmail.com) from UK
    30 Mar 2012, 9:04 pm

    Day of the Dead is set in a small Colorado town which has beenquarantined by the US Military due to a flu like disease sweeping thetown, assigned to her hometown army soldier Sarah (Mena Suvari) takesher mother to a medical facility set up to treat the townspeople a lotof whom seem to be suffering from the flu like symptoms. It's not longbefore the situation takes a turn for the worse though as thoseinfected start to die & come back as flesh eating zombies, Sarah leadsa small group of survivors as they fight for their lives against hordesof flesh eating zombies & try to escape to safety…

    Directed by Steve Miner I would imagine many horror fans will behorrified by Day of the Dead. Lets start at the beginning shall we? Afilmmaker called George A. Romero made the ground breaking Night of theLiving Dead (1968) which changed the face of horror films literallyovernight, he then made one of the greatest films ever in it's sequelDawn of the Dead (1978), then he made a brilliant third film in thetrilogy called Day of the Dead (1985) before an OK fourth Land of theDead (2005) & more recently a fifth film in the series Diary of theDead (2007). Right, Night of the Living Dead (1990) was remade to greateffect, Dawn of the Dead (2004) was next to be remade to fun ifunspectacular results & Day of the Dead was initially given a sequelcalled Day of the Dead 2: Contagium (2005) which wasn't a sequel at all& was terrible & that brings us bang up to date with this Day of theDead which is touted as a remake but in reality isn't anything of thesort. The script by Jeffrey Reddick is more akin to something that Iwould have expected to find on the sci-fi channel rather than areworking or re-imagining of one of the greatest zombie films of alltime, in fact George A. Romero isn't even mentioned during the openingcredits which gives you some indication that this Day of the Dead is amillion miles from his. Gone are the brilliant character's replacedwith a almost entirely teenage cast with even the army soldiers arefresh faced teenage recruits, gone is the oppressive atmosphere, bitingsocial commentary & sense of gloom replaced with lots of 28 DaysLater… (2002) shaky camera hyperactive shrieking zombies attackingfrom all angles as well as Resident Evil (2002) style geneticallycreated virus's that infect a small town turning everyone into zombies& gone is Tom Savini's ultra realistic gore & zombie effects to bereplaced with CGI blood splatters. Having said that if you take Day ofthe Dead on it's own terms then I don't think it's a bad way to pass 90odd minutes at all, the character's are mostly likable & good lookingenough, although the gore doesn't compare to the original there's stilla fair amount of blood, there's more action in this at the expense ofstory though & above all I thought it was quite fun & for what it ispretty entertaining. So shoot me.

    Director Miner did actually have a Hollywood career at one point withfilms such as Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), Friday the 13th Part III(1982), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) & Lake Placid (1999) tohis credit, he does alright here & despite some shaky camera momentsDay of the Dead looks pretty good & is competent if nothing else. Whilethe gore isn't as good or as extensive as Romero's film there's a fairamount of blood, decapitated heads, rotting zombies, gory bites, a fewsevered limbs & mutilated bodies on show. The special effects vary fromgood prosthetic make-up effects to poor CGI computer ones. Day of theDead goes for action set-pieces rather than scares, tension &atmosphere which won't please lovers of the original but there you go.

    With a supposed budget of about $18,000,000 Day of the Dead is wellmade but does have that slightly cheap made-for-video look about it, itlooks OK but won't last long in your memory. Shot in Bulgaria to keepthe cost down even more. The acting isn't great, it's alright & thelargely teenage cast are attractive enough. Having been in the Dawn ofthe Dead remake Ving Rhames also appears in this as a much toned downCaptain Rhodes one of the few direct references to Romero's original,Nick Cannon is the obligatory rapper involved.

    Day of the Dead if under any other mundane title such as Virus of theDead or Dead Rising or something that has nothing to do with Romero'soriginal would stand a good chance of being a well liked fast pacedzombie horror, unfortunately by saddling itself with the Day of theDead name it made a rod for it's own back as it could never comeanywhere near Romero's original. Taken for what it is I liked it, as aremake of one of the greatest zombie films ever it's a travesty.

  9. tyler-and-jack from Edinburgh.
    30 Mar 2012, 9:04 pm

    Watch this movie as in any way being connected to the Romero series ofmovies or even the remake of Dawn Of The Dead and you are heading downa one-way alley towards a wall spray-painted with "disappointment".Watch this movie, however, for the sake of seeing a decent littlezombie flick and you should enjoy yourself. Is it in the same league asany of those just mentioned? Of course not. Is it the worst horrormovie of the year? Not by a bloody, and I do mean bloody, long shot.

    The plot? The dead start problematically walking about with bad hungerpangs and a few survivors back up and back up until they find out thecause of the problem and also the fact that they must destroy as manyzombies as possible before the film ends. Oh, and there's a zombieknown as "Bud" (maybe not quite Bub but close enough) and an armymember known as "Captain Rhodes" in at least two nods to the originalmovie (a film much maligned over the years but one that's also growingin the hearts of zombie fans worldwide, from what I've seen).

    The main points against this movie are the facts that we've seen muchof it before, Mena Suvari is the least convincing soldier since mymother gave me a Barbie in a khaki skirt for Christmas and told me itwas an Action Man (that's G.I. Joe for my American friends) and, atonly 80 minutes long, it feels like little more than a taster forsomething that could/should have been even better. Also, there's a bittoo much CG-blood for my taste.

    On the plus side, and it's not a universal view, I loved the non-stopaction once things went all pear-shaped, the zombies new super-skillsadded to the tension and gave a new spin to an old stalwart and theblood was flowing quicker than the Mississippi on a really, reallyrainy day.

    Horror fans won't necessarily be scared by this but they WILL beentertained. Which, from a zombie movie, is sometimes all you need.

    See this if you like: Mena Suvari, Resident Evil, Nightmare City.

  10. Kupotek from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:04 pm

    A Film by Steve Miner. Now let's begin there. I honestly like SteveMiner. He's directed Soul Man, Friday the 13th parts 2 and 3, as wellas producing the original and The Last House on the Left. That's not abad resume. That aside, he hasn't done anything worth noting in about20 years+.

    Screenplay is by Jeffrey Reddick who wrote all the Final Destinationscreenplays, so that can't be too bad right?

    Let's talk casting.

    Mena Suvari (American Beauty, Spun) Nick Cannon (Drumline) MichaelWelch (Joan of Arcadia) AnnaLynne McCord (Made quite a splash onNip/Tuck last year) Ian McNeice (HBO's Rome) Ving Rhames (MissionImpossible)

    Altogether not a bad looking cast.

    So that in mind, we start the film…

    We begin our journey on a lighter note typical of the '80s slasherflicks, in an abandoned barn in Leadville, Colorado. Full of candlesand horny teenagers, and there's nothing wrong with that. One coupledecides to explore the rather creepy barn.

    The movie actually starts out alright. Decent directing, acting, dialogif it keeps up like this, it might not be such a bad movie after all…but lets keep watching… where angels fear to tread…

    First lets discuss spider monkey zombies. Now we have become soaccustomed to Romero's slow moving zombies that the atmosphere has beenset in stone for the standard, but I see nothing wrong with trying newthings in horror, in fact I long for it. Now this isn't the first timefast moving zombies have been done, but it was probably the bestexplained of the type out of the ones I've seen.

    The first few kills are fantastic, and holy the zombies were prettyscary, and in all honesty I haven't been scared of a zombie in a longtime.

    But the show must go on, even if it goes on like spider monkey zombieson crack.

    If you want this to be just like the original, go watch the original. Ihave yet to read one decent complaint about the movie.

    The faces decaying rapidly through the change was really unique, Idon't think I've ever seen that used before so I thought that waspretty cool.

    I actually enjoyed the movie for what it was. It had good pacing, tookliberties, and took zombies into a new direction which is pretty hardto do these days. I've seen a lot worse. A whole lot worse.

    I love how the people who can't let go of the idea of walking zombiesthinks walking zombies is more realistic, like any kind of zombie canbe realistic.

    If this movie had not been called Day of the Dead I guarantee it wouldhave been better received, because die hard fans expected it to staytrue to Romero's zombie mythology which it did not do.

    And though this was not adhering to Romero's preconceptions, it had afew things going for it. It brought it's own ideas to the table whichworked. Such as the people going blank just before turning. As the lastparticle in the blood stream switched them on. I thought that wasrather realistic, and a nice little piece of detail. The action wasfairly non stop with good pacing. And in all honesty it was far moreenjoyable than Diary of the Dead. A movie that turned out to be a hugedisappointment, as was Argento's latest installment, "Mother of Tears".The two horror masters have taught a new generation well it seems.

    Now not to downplay Romero, the original Night of the Living Dead is aclassic that will likely never be topped. And the mood of the originalDawn of the Dead is intensely scary, but for a direct to video movie itwas pretty good.

    Now the idea of "When there's no room in hell, the dead will walk theearth", was never intended to be true. It is the religious reasoning tounreasonable things. But we also must conclude that there is ascientific explanation as well, and zombie movies these days attempt totake the genre in a direction of the more realistic explanation.

    And it isn't specific to the horror genre either. We see how it workedfor Ang Lee's Hulk and Nolan's Batman, we must be able to appreciate ithere as well.

    For all the differences between this and Romero, the one that standsout the most in my mind is the lack of political and philosophicalimportance which Romero is famous for including in his films. And whileI respect that in a film, though this remake lacked that angleentirely, it was at least enjoyable.

Leave a Reply

CAPTCHA : *