DAY OF THE DEAD (2008) - THE PIT OF HORROR REVIEW -- [Posted 27th June 2008]
A couple of years ago director Zack Snyder and writer
James Gunn did the unthinkable and took on a new
version of George A. Romero's classic zombie opus Dawn
of the Dead. Despite fan backlash, the film turned
out utterly amazing and won over the hearts and brains
of most horror fans, originally opposed to the idea.
It was smart, scary, and downright funny.
A few years later, it was announced that the morons
behind the in name only sequel to Day of the Dead,
titled "Contagium" would be giving us a redux of Day
of the Dead. Again, I found myself opposing the idea,
given who was behind the project. But, they actually
put a good director, writer, and cast (minus Nick
Cannon) in the film... so I actually had my hopes up a
In the new version of Day of the Dead, a government
contained city is infected by zombies when people who
are bitten by zombies are taken to the local hospital.
Meanwhile, the remaining survivors take cover in an
underground tunnel. Day of the Dead opens with a
Military road block securing a small town Colorado
highway. We quickly become acquainted with Captain
Rhodes (Ving Rhames), Corporal Sarah Cross (Mena
Suvari), Privates Bud Crain (Stark Sands) and Salazar
(Nick Cannon); all of whom are preparing to surround
and secure the infected city.
The remake is a total departure from the original, and
the new cast includes a few recognizable faces like
Rhames, who bears no relation to his character from
Dawn. But given the fact that he had talked about a
brother in Dawn, I was a bit surprised they didn't
play this connection up. I guess it came down to
Nick Cannon almost killed the film for me with his
typically black rhetoric, but the rest of the cast,
including the new "Bub" (now named "Bud") pull it off.
Especially Mena Suvari, who looks so much hotter with
her hair over that massive forehead.
Director Steve Miner wastes no time getting to the
major mayhem that breaks out all across the city, as
the ever-increasing reanimated corpses outnumber
normal people. The one thing I didn't get is why as
soon as they changed from human to zombie, they
instantly rot and start wall crawling? This I didn't
like at all.
So, despite the bad... It is actually well directed,
and full of great gore gags and some pretty tense
scenes. Nothing new here, but it is a fun and I found
myself enjoying it as much as I wanted to hate it.
Day of the Dead is a solid horror film, well-acted,
and an above average example of a horror remake.
'DAY OF THE DEAD' (2008) A Film by STEVE MINER
Starring MENA SUVARI - NICK CANNON - VING RHAMES - ANNALYNNE McCORD - STARK SANDS & MATT RIPPY
Screenplay Written by Jeffrey Reddick, originally George A. Romero. Directed by Steve Miner.
[DISCUSS ON OUR FORUMS] [Review By John Gray]
RUN TIME 86mins (US)
CERT: USA, R / UK, 18