Tall, Dark, and Dead – 12 – Day of the Dead

Title: Day of the Dead
Year: 1985
Director: George Romero
Leads: Lori Cardille, Sherman Howard

Favorite quote:
Dr. Logan: “Apparently he was in the military! Return the salute! See what he does!”
Captain Rhodes: “You want me to salute that pile of walking pus? Salute my a**!”
Dr. Logan: “Your ignorance is exceeded only by your charm, Captain. How can we expect them to behave if we act barbarically ourselves?”

Thoughts: Now is the time on Tall, Dark, and Dead where we run around and squeal in true fangirl fashion.

I could limit this review to one word: BUB.

I love Bub. I adore Bub. He is one of my favorite zombies ever. Sherman Howard’s performance is both adorable and gut-wrenching. In my world, he would have been up for an Oscar. Can we at least get him a Scream Awards Lifetime Achievement thingie?

As you can probably tell, Day is my favorite Romero film. Much like the character of Bub, however, even as I enjoy watching it, I find it very difficult to watch. The living treat the dead abominably in Day, which is why I root so hard for the zoms. In fact, this might have been the movie that started my whole pro-zombie sympathy thing. It was so long ago, I can barely remember.

Needless to say (as many other people have said it), this is the film that marks the shift in Romero’s universe from zombies-as-mentally-challenged-predators to zombies-as-intelligent-cannibalistic-co-inheritors-of-the-ecosystem. I adore Romero for being brave enough to pursue the idea of zombie evolution and intelligence. Not only did it open up opportunities for more symbolism (at which he excels), but it also allowed for a greater diversity of zombie characters. Like Bub. I freaking heart Bub.

I wonder if anyone else has ever talked about the fact that in Day, the zombies seem to work cooperatively. At least, they share very well. They never seem to fight over the fresh corpses of the living…each zombie takes his portion to his own little corner and noshes there. Perhaps they are more evolved than we are. As Thomas Lynch has noted, “The dead don’t care.”

 

Links:
Day of the Dead at IMDB

Day of the Dead on Wikipedia
Homepage of the Dead

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