14. Day of the Dead, 1985
George A. Romero is just a genius when it comes to zombie flicks.
It is his tradition to focus on the people rather than the actual zombies, the struggle of being confined to an underground bunker stuffed with a few military men and a trio of scientists. The development of the characters is great, my favorites were the guy who everyone called Dr. Frankenstein and Sarah (the main lady).
The opening scene is pretty damn impressive, takes by surprise and gets you right into the movie. The special effects and the gore once again are awesome (Savini, of course!), it doesn’t give you too much throughout the movie, but the final act is just a flesh eating fest.
I have always loved the idea of having the living dead remember things subconsciously, in this film that is major development in the plot. Here may be better handled the social satire and also takes a little touch into ethics and religion.
Unlike the two Romero films I talked about in the past days, I had not seen this movie before, so it got me pretty hooked from the beginning.
If you haven’t seen it be sure to check it out, if you don’t ‘Bub’ will get sad and lose his shit.
P.S. Gorillaz had a bit of this movie remixed in the song “M1 A1” from their 2001 album, also the song “Hip Albatross”, features a clip of John’s (Terry Alexander) dialogue.