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“Day of the Dead-2007”
Taylor Carlson
Studio: First Look
Genre: Horror
Special Features: Commentary, Various Trailers, Alternate Ending, Previews , On the Set, Interviews, Photo Gallery

Day of the Dead is directed by Steve Miner and stars Menu Suvari, Ving Rhames, and Nick Cannon. ***

In Day of the Dead, a virus has begun spreading through a small town in Colorado - infecting numerous individuals with a disease. But it quickly becomes clear that this virus isn't only killing people off, it's also creating undead who feed on the living. Some of the people in the town are immune to the virus. It's up to them to hold back the threat of this undead menace, and get out of town before zombies overrun them. ***

There isn't a whole lot that can be said here, really. It's a cheesy zombie b-movie, and it's not as good as the original film that inspired it. While this certainly isn't a bad film, there just isn't really anything here that we haven't seen before, done to perfection in other films. ***

The crew continually consists that this film is not a “remake” of the earlier film, but rather a new take on the formula that pays tribute to the original in more than a few ways. I'm glad to see that the crew decided to try out something new here, rather than doing a shot-by-shot predictable remake - but just the same it's inferior to the original film, which wasn't really a great film to begin with. ***

Still I don't want to give anyone the impression that this is a horrible film. Sure it's cheesy, sure it's nothing new. But if it's over-the-top violence and a nice retro-flavored zombie movie you're craving, there's plenty of pleasure to be had here. You might say this is one of those “guilty pleasure” movies. ***

This is one of those movies that lands squarely on the thumbs up/thumbs down borderline. Fans of gory, retro-style zombie films will get a kick out of this new take on Day of the Dead, but I can't really recommend it outside of that group. ---

Image And Sound:

Not a good transfer in the visual department. The image is often off-colored, lacks detail, and looks muddy, particularly in the dark/night scenes, something this (like most horror movies) has a lot of. Audio fares better, particularly during the action sequences. ---

Special Features:

There are quite a few featurettes on the disc, but regretfully, for the most part they aren't worth checking out. Far too many people are involved on the commentary track, the behind-the-scenes featurettes are very brief, and the alternate ending hardly changes anything at all. I'm glad to see the movie got quite a few features on this disc, but am disappointed at how few of them are actually worth checking out.

Final Words:

If you're a die-hard fan of zombie movies, Day of the Dead will make for a fun way to spend an hour and a half on an otherwise boring day. But it's not likely anyone else will go for the movie, so I can't give it a widespread recommendation.


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