Don’t let the name fool ya’… this definitely isn’t Romero’s Day Of The Dead. In fact, it’s technically not even a sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2004 version of Dawn Of The Dead. Instead Steve Miner helms this pseudo-remake of the zombie classic, and takes the story in an entirely different direction.
The small town of Leadville, Colorado is being sealed off and quarantined by the military due to an outbreak of flu-like symptoms. The infection spreads quickly and soon overwhelms all hospital and emergency services, before finally going full-zombie.
The ensuing chaos leaves us with the usual mix of zombie-movie characters; the evil scientist, horny teenagers and low-level military personnel. They try to make it out of the city alive before eventually taking refuge in an abandoned, underground missile silo. Of course that missile silo also happens to be the secret laboratory where the virus originated. What a coincidence!
Overall the film isn’t half-bad. Apparently it was supposed to have a theatrical release, but was shelved for a direct-to-DVD release instead… although i can’t see any reason why. It’s a lot of fun, looks pretty good, has a fast pace and manages to keep things fresh in an otherwise stale genre.
Although it may not be worthy of the title, this Day Of The Dead is certainly one zombie movie that’s worth your time!
Best Scene: I enjoyed seeing the virus take hold of it’s victims. We’re treated to an internal view of the chemical changes before finally exiting through a milky white eyeball. Pretty neat!
Worst Scene: The movie occasionally speeds up the film to make the zombies look terrifyingly fast. Instead it comes off looking like a Benny Hill skit.
Spider-zombie: At least twice during the film zombies are seen walking on the walls and ceilings like Spiderman. It was very odd because it happened so rarely and nobody ever mentioned it… let alone explains why it was possible.
Day of the Dead [Blu-ray]
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