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Day of the Dead

A group of people try to outrun a hoard of zombies invading their town.
United States
2008
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Zombie Film
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Infected: 
Contagious
Irradiated
Diseased
4
The day zombies get angry...
6
2
6
6
1
4
2
Effects
Photography
Pace
Here’s yet another take on the now royalty-free Night of the Living Dead. The zombies sometimes look legit, sometimes not. It is the 3D that doesn't do them justice. The CG lacks texture and is hard to buy. Simply put, this an extreme remake with only its militaristic vibe in common with the original Day of the Dead. The writing and directing is decent, but no passion comes across.
The actors and set designers deserve better. This is a rushed cheap production that cares little for pacing and ambiance. The photo has its ups and downs and the camera shakes too much. The zombie epidemic starts from nothing and escalates implausibly fast. Many liberties are taken in regards to redefining the zombie. Having them run angrily is one of them.
Its characters are battle-ready; equipped with guns and bludgeoning or slashing weapons. This sets the table for action and heroism. The story in fact depicts a superficial war against zombies and makes it look cool instead of depressing. The film relies too much on post-production to be scary and too little on simple storytelling and suspense, though, and is terrible as a sequel...
Alternate Titles: 
Day of the Dead Remake
Day of the Dead: The Need to Feed
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