Day Of The Dead Review

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Hiding in a bunker in Florida are the last remaining of 'the living' after an apocalyptic take-over of the Earth by the Living Dead. The survivors - a small collection of scientists and the military, are soon divided on how to combat this plague, by which time the zombies have discovered their hideout.


George A. Romero's gutsy follow-up to Night Of The Living Dead and Dawn Of The Dead sees a group of edgy scientists and military men cooped up in a silo surrounded by thousands of zombies.

While a mad doctor tries to train zombies to be useful citizens, a madder army officer is threatening to have people summarily executed if they sit in the wrong chair, and the heroine is wondering whether it's worth striving for the continuation of society.

It's an intelligent, well-written, excellently played movie, with top flight gore/horror effects, perverse humour and a provocatively bleak vision. Also, it has the world's first true zombie hero in Bub, who listens to Beethoven and eats people, plus one of the all-time great dismemberment sequences as a villain shouts "choke on 'em" to the monsters eating his innards.

An inventive gore-fest, and one of the best horror movies of the eighties.