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So How Is Steve Miner’s DAY OF THE DEAD, Anyway?!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. When I went to see SPIDER-MAN 3 last week, there was a dude outside giving away passes for DAY OF THE DEAD, trying to recruit people for a test screening. He made me laugh because he couldn’t have been any less enthused. Literally, as each person walked by, all this guy could muster was “Zombies. Wanna see some zombies?” Is there anything else to recommend here? Our friend, The Helper Monkey, took the bullet for the rest of us, and he’s got his report back on what we can expect:

Hey guys, The Helper Monkey here. I just got back from a screening of the Day of the Dead remake staring Mena Suvari, Ving Rhames and Nick Cannon, written by Jeffery Reddick, and directed Steve Miner. One word: Wow. Three more words: This movie sucks! Again this is more of a warning than anything else. They are going to try and trick you into seeing this flaming turd. The ads are going to try and make you think this is another Dawn of the Dead. It's not. It's barely a remake of Day of the Dead. It takes place in Colorado. The zombie apocalypse has not happened yet. They are not studying zombies. Technically it's a remake but the only thing they have in common is a title and a zombie named Bud. Starts out with some teens in a creepy old, abandoned building. Hot young teens getting it on. Awesome! Except it's strictly PG-13. No tits. No Ass. Boring. They leave for some contrived reason and the slutty chic is left behind to walk home. Oooo I bet she's gonna get eaten by zombies because the scary music is playing. Cut to people trying to leave a small town that's under quarantine. Ving Rhames is the head Army guy in charge. Mena is the most unrealistic second in command ever. Nick Cannon is the wise cracking black private. Mena is worried that her Mom is sick so she goes home to take her to the hospital. Private Bud tags along. He has a crush on her and is a vegetarian (ridiculously enough this is worth mentioning). Turns out Mena's brother is one of the horny teens. So they all go to the hospital and find Ving's there with Nick Cannon. The hospital is overrun with patients. They all have colds and nose bleeds. POOF! All of a sudden everyone with the sniffles turns into zombies. But these aren't regular zombies. These zombies are fast! They run, they climb up walls and crawl across the ceiling. They even drive cars. When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will drive the earth. These zombies even dive out of the way when you try to hit them with a car. I'm pretty sure several were having a book club meeting. And in an inspiring bit of fancy, they burst into ash like cheap CGI vampires when they're set on fire. So Ving gets eaten at the hospital and is a zombie for about 6 minutes. There's a less than thrilling chase through some air vents. Ving bites Bud. Nick Cannon wants to shoot him. Sgt. Mena says no. The group gets separated. The teens end up at a radio station and the army guys end up in a humvee. Bud turns into a full blown zombie but doesn't want to eat his friends because he's a vegetarian. I shit you not. He won't eat people because he's a fucking vegetarian. At least I now know I'll be say in LA when the zombies come because everyone here is a vegan. So the survivors get supplies from a gun store where Nick Cannon finds a magic shotgun that shoots fire like a flame thrower, but it only has two bullets. A flame-throwing shotgun. How did no one at any point from script to screen not say, "Hey I know it's a zombie movie but a magic shotgun that shoots flames seems a little far fetched." They rescue the teens and head out of town only to crash the humvee into a tree when a zombie flies through the windshield. Now they need a place to hide, but where? How about that old abandoned building from the beginning? Perfect! The building turns out to be an old missile silo. And guess what the government's been secretly researching in a hidden underground lab. If you guessed "How to waist 2 hours of my life," you're correct! You'd also be correct if you said chemical weapons that mutate and turn people into zombies. Nick Cannon gets eaten. The remaining survivors realize they are trapped underground, surrounded by zombies and the only way out is to use some old rocket fuel to set the Z's on fire. Mena tries to lure all the zombies to one place by running really fast. She gets caught. Zombie Bud saves her with the magic shotgun. They blow up the rest of the zombies and drive away in a Mercedes SUV. You'll ask yourself how did the remake of Dawn of the Dead turn out to be so good and this one turn out so shitty? It's simple. This is not a sequel to the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. Even though it has Ving Rhames in it playing a character that is kinda supposed to be the brother of the character he played in Dawn. The two films have nothing in common other then they are both remakes of classics and Ving. Zack Snyder has nothing to do with this movie. Neither does Universal or Strike Entertainment who made the Dawn remake. The whole time I was watching Day of the Dead I kept thinking this is a lot like one of those unwatchable Sci-fi channel tv-movies, and now that I've seen the director's IMDB page I'm not surprised. Steve Miner may have started in films but he's spent the last decade slumming on TV and the scariest film he's ever directed was Soul Man. C. Thomas Howell still gives me the creeps.
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  • May 7, 2007, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Nick Cannon

    by Kingdaddy

    and a magical flame throwing shotgun. Kill me now.

  • May 7, 2007, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Miner...

    by Billy Caspar

    Choke on 'em!!!

  • May 7, 2007, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Steve Miner

    by Billy Caspar

    Can choke on em!!!!

  • May 7, 2007, 6:07 a.m. CST

    My dog pissed on my bed this morning

    by c4andmore

    and all I got was this stupid review

  • May 7, 2007, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Oh

    by c4andmore

    and thanks for the warning, sounds as bad as expected

  • May 7, 2007, 6:08 a.m. CST

    The dead will drive the earth

    by Harold The Great

    seems like unbelievably bad, but fun.

  • May 7, 2007, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Brains!

    by playahatersball

    Also, first?

  • May 7, 2007, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Two zombie comedies in one year!

    by FlamesonOptimus

    WOW we are blessed. My money's on "Fido" being the better film though. Has anyone seen the trailer for that? Looks cool. Steve Milner... seriously dude..... you really suck.... Oh well I guess we should be glad that this is how the Dawn remake could have turned out. At least that attempt didn't damage the name of it's classic original too much. Lightning just can't strike twice but if if it can it should aim for Milner the next time he's out on a gold course or soemthing...

  • May 7, 2007, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by Evil Chicken

    This sounds hideous. How dare they – how DARE they sully the name of “Bud”. Hideous. …I need a moment…

  • May 7, 2007, 6:26 a.m. CST

    You know it's bad

    by johnnykool

    If the critic says, "They are going to try and trick you into seeing this flaming turd." <p>Yep, no plans to see this turd.

  • May 7, 2007, 6:27 a.m. CST

    VEGAN ZOMBIES GOTTA EAT FLAMING NIPPLE LIPS!

    by johnnykool

    Yeah.

  • May 7, 2007, 6:29 a.m. CST

    'They even drive cars'

    by Sepulchrave

    Oh come on, zombies can't be coordinated. This is just silly. Do they make baked alaska, embroider and play the harpsichord? Are they kind to the servants?

  • May 7, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Sounds like it's worth a rental

    by Fridge

    Just to see Nick Cannon get killed.

  • May 7, 2007, 7:14 a.m. CST

    good reviiew, funny!

    by Mr_X

    saved me a rental!. good work fella

  • May 7, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST

    couldn't even make it throught the trailer

    by Kloipy

    i knew this was gonna be a piece of shit. zombies can't drive, zombies can't choose not to eat people because they like veggies. the most advanced zombie i want to see was in Land of the Dead. Zombies are cold, unbiased, eating machines, and that is how they should stay. I can deal with the running zombies. But crawling on the cieling? WTF is that about? How about zombies doing taxes? Or zombies making daisy chains? Or zombies doing trig? This guys must have graduated from the Uwe Boll School of Suck. Stop fucking up zombie movies

  • May 7, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Surprised no one has mentioned...

    by 11ZOMBIES

    ...the zombie in Romero's DAY is named Bub, not Bud. Did they change the name in the remake? Or did the reviewer get so bored watching the film that names completely escaped him?

  • May 7, 2007, 8:04 a.m. CST

    WTF? BINO

    by Mace Tofu

    Well if Romero got a check out of this that would be something... if not then this sounds like a waste and more like it should be a "Return of the living dead 6 or 7" (what are they up to on that zombie series ?) film.

  • May 7, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST

    "How to WAIST 2 hours of my life,"

    by Sith Witch

    Is that how a pantywaist does it?

  • May 7, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one tired of fast-moving Zombies?

    by Jakes Nel

    Zombies aren't quick and they aren't smart. They're slow, dumb and there's supposed to be a shitload of them. I didn't mind the quicker 'infected' in 28 Days Later, because technically they're not zombies (although, who are we trying to kid here). I thought that was a fun, unique and interesting take an the zombie myth. But that's where it should have stopped. The Dawn remake was a hoot, but come on. Where's it all going to end? Zombies winning Olympic medals and Nobel prizes?

  • May 7, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Driving vegetarian zombies...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...holy shit....

  • May 7, 2007, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Is there a Zombie Baby in this one??

    by Redfive!

    What!!a crappy remake of yet another classic?.Even though I dont really like the original day of the dead a remake just like dawn should not have been made at all. Ill never see the remake of dawn of the dead because that film shouldnt exist and neither should this.FUCK YOU TO ALL INVOLVED!

  • May 7, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    SPOILERS :(

    by Tripman5000

    Thnaks for mentioneing the review had spoilers in it!!!!

  • May 7, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Oops...

    by Tripman5000

    Damn keyboard!MENTIONING!

  • May 7, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST

    I agree Jakes

    by Kloipy

    the slow zombies are the best, because no matter how fast you run, they just keep coming. It's the mass of them that's scary. that slow lumbering is so scary, because they just won't stop. you can board yourself up somewhere, but that won't stop them. no matter how far you run, they will find you. And the mindless zombies are the best. they shouldn't have any thoughts other than kill. I mean, come on, this whole driving zombies bullshit needs to be stopped asap. Really, i mean zombies are probably one of the scariest types of monsters. So apocolyptic. Do we need to make them a joke? Pretty soon, it's gonna just become a staple of bad horror movies. Zombie Torture Porn. Is that what they want?

  • May 7, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Bet you fifty bucks this outgrosses Grindhouse

    by Spandau Belly

    People are that stupid.

  • May 7, 2007, 9:06 a.m. CST

    I've heard of Bub..but who is Bud?

    by Jugdish

    Also - what ever happened to that 3D Night of the Living Dead flick that was supposedly comign out?

  • May 7, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I also witnessed this steaming pile.

    by Yo_SheBitch

    It's as excruciating as Helper Monkey says it is. Avoid at all costs! However, I expect it won't even get a theatrical release - probably go straight to dvd. They will try to sell it on Ving Rhames but he obviously had a one-day shoot and made some easy money b/c he's only on-screen for about 10 minutes. Oh, and anyone who says that POS Dawn of the Dead remake was good is a lame, fast-forward-moving, shaky-cam, driving, nose-bleeding, ceiling-crawling, avid-farting, my-own-eye-ball-eating, zombie. Don't trust him with your shotgun! (Give it to the Hobo instead.) Someone shell out some cash to Romero to make a new movie rather than remaking all his stuff. Sheesh!

  • May 7, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Ving, please come back.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Why Ving, oh why? We love you, and a remake of Day as a sequel to Dawn playing the same character we would have loved. But this? A different character? We need you to go find yourself and get medieval on somebody's ass again. Please Ving, please.

  • May 7, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Remember that preview?

    by Judge Briggs

    It was so awful, anyone?

  • May 7, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    I'm actually

    by Purgatori

    overwhelmed by how shitty this sounds. Like physically...I feel tears coming on. Wow.

  • May 7, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the spoilerific review

    by ron2112

    I second Tripman's gripe... sure, the movie may suck balls and I probably won't bother seeing it but is that a reason to give us the whole plot of the movie without a single spoiler warning?

  • May 7, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Well...Poop!

    by hawkmankt

    I was hoping for something decent since the original is my very favorite one of all. The remake of Dawn was okay by me except for the crappy baby zombie bullshit.

  • May 7, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Question Yo_SheBitch

    by liljuniorbrown

    You think all the geeks posting on this site that liked what Snyder did with the Dawn remake are lame,yet you want Romero to make another zombie flick after that epic turd he shat our way with Land of The Dead? Sorry but I just can't agree with you on that one.The Dawn remake had flaws (running zombies?) but overall was really good. If the studio can do a sequel to that film picking up with the same survivors i'm there.

  • May 7, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Magic shotgun shells are real-ish

    by Betacamman

    There's a few companies that sell specialized shotgun shells that'll throw sparks 20 to 30 feet when fired. Designed to be used to start grass fires *wink wink*. Shouldn't be used against people *WINK WINK*

  • May 7, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Great write up! Funny as hell.

    by kinghenryVIII

    I'll rent it. Great reveiw.

  • May 7, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Dragon's Breath rounds

    by gothfae

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon's_Breath They aren't Magic, they are Zirconium. They shoot flame, they fuck up gun barrels. Only good thing about Dawn of the Dead was the Johnny Cash credits. Worst thing was the cock tease everyone dies ending credits. everything else was just okay.

  • May 7, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    REAL Zombies...

    by Blood Simple

    www.lifelesstheseries.com

  • May 7, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Uh, shebitch, you're way off.

    by SCYTHEOFLUNA

    Land of the Dead sucked. I'm a longtime Romero fan, but Snyder's Dawn of the Dead was scarier than any of Romero's stuff.

  • May 7, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I like running zombies..

    by GuitarAtomik

    Granted it doesn't make sense but neither do zombies in general and I don't want to see running zombies in everything but you have to admit that it's a cool different take on them. I mean what's the one real advantage (that's a given) that people have over zombies? The fact that they're slow as hell, but once you take that away it ups the intensity. Slow zombies are cool too and there's room for both. It's just 2 different styles. Also, Land of the Dead sucked really, really, bad.

  • May 7, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    LOTD

    by Kloipy

    I thought it was alright. Def. not his best of the series. Would have been good if it wasn't an 1 hour commercial for "Dead Reckoning" that suped up armored car. Seriously, the said the words "Dead Reckoning" about 85 times in that movie. I focused on the car more than the plot. I didn't care. It's a fucking car! Maybe i missed the social commentary about buying hybrid cars to rid the world of zombie potential. I don't know. I like the Dawn remake a lot. Thought it was very well done, and one of the best zombie movies since the original. But i won't waste my time on this movie, even if it comes on for free

  • May 7, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Plant!!!

    by modlight

    Hahaha... it sounds as bad as it looks.

  • Don't blame Steve Miner or the other players in this piece of shit. Blame asshole Rubinstein who made tons of money on the overrated remake of Dawn and decided he couldn't leave well-enough alone. Fuck you. And yes, as you can see, I love the original.

  • May 7, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    whoops--sorry, Richard

    by la_sith

    I just looked on IMDB, and I don't seen his name anywhere. I have no idea how this movie ended up being made.

  • May 7, 2007, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Steve Miner

    by palimpsest

    Why give someone whose speciality is either TV, ropey sequels (FRIDAY 13TH II and III, HALLOWEEN H20) or tongue-in-cheek lightweight horror (WARLOCK, HOUSE, LAKE PLACID) remake duties on one of the more extreme horror movies of the last quarter century? Seriously, the scariest thing that's ever featured in a Steve Miner flick is Josh Hartnett's hair.

  • May 7, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST

    This has to be better than..

    by disfigurehead

    Spiderman 3. That movie sucked.

  • May 7, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Lay off Steve Miner

    by Vern

    He's not a visionary genius, and I'm sure this movie sucks as bad as the review said. (good job on the review, by the way. I liked the line about "the dead will drive the earth.") But there at least was a time when Steve Miner was a solid director of energetic horror thrills. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 and PART 3-D hold up as fun, if stupid, slasher movies, and since part 1 was a whodunit where you didn't see the killer for most of the movie (and it wasn't Jason), he was one of the innovators of that type of movie. I also think HALLOWEEN H20 is the best try at a HALLOWEEN sequel, and you at least gotta give him credit for that last half hour or so where Laurie chases down Michael and chops his head off (spoiler) even though it turns out in the next one it was actually a paramedic dressed as Michael Meyers. But he probaly deserved it.<p> Miner also did LAKE PLACID which is a pretty funny movie. I'm not saying he's great, but he's accomplished more than alot of directors, including a few who made it onto Masters of Horror. So give him a little credit at least.

  • May 7, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    The hate for Romero's LAND OF THE DEAD...

    by doctorfreudstein

    ...makes me sad. I thought it was very enjoyable, full of subversive wit, old-school action, fun characters, great zombies and solid gore. The trendy music video aesthetics of the DAWN remake drove me nuts too, SheBitch. Maybe we're just dinosaurs at heart. I also gotta go with gothfae: the jokey, smiley-face nihilism of Snyder's end credits sequence was truly embarrassing. To me at least. But hey, what the hell do I know? All my friends dug it, leaving me feeling more out of touch than ever. Even Vern liked it! Vern! But he dug LAND too so I guess it's possible to be more than an either/or stereotype, as most of us on this talkback have been. Ah well. To each their own.

  • May 7, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Vern

    by Kloipy

    I understand what you mean man. Esp on F13 2 and 3. I mean those are classics of the series. Esp the dude's eye that pops out. Great. I mean Jason got his trademark mask in 3. So yeah he's added this. But as a zombie fan, with what is supposedly going on in this script is is a complete defilement of the series. The "dawn" remake I liked, but driving zombies? come on man. The guys has def. lost his touch. This could have been his chance to make a comeback but instead it seems he's the Uwe Boll route instead.

  • May 7, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    (makes Vern a nice cup of tea)

    by palimpsest

    I hear what you're saying, and I'm not denigrating Miner wholeheartedly, I'm just saying he's a poor choice for a remake of DAY OF THE DEAD. I stand by the Josh Hartnett hair comment, though...

  • May 7, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Vern, your defense makes me laugh....

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    "Hey, lay off Miner". Then "Friday 13th Part 2 and 3D are fun but stupid," "Halloween H20 was ok for the last half hour", and finally "Lake Placid (a non-comedic movie, right?) was funny." Remind me not to hire you as a defense attorney.

  • May 7, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Doctor

    by Kloipy

    I hear ya man, but you gotta be with me on the whole "Dead Reckoning" car thing. I mean, how much labor did they put into that thing. Watch it again. And tell me that they didn't waste at least 3/4 of that movie talking about getting back, or finding, that fucking car

  • May 7, 2007, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Vern, as usual...

    by doctorfreudstein

    ...the voice of reason and generosity. I wasn't crazy about H20 (Dwight Little's installment was more entertaining, IMHO) but I agree with you about the FRIDAY flicks and even LAKE PLACID (what the hell, saw it with a great, very vocal Times Square crowd). HOUSE and WARLOCK were fun too, I thought. If he has gone over to the vomit cam, high shutter, strobing jump cut dark side with this very unnecessary DAY OF THE DEAD non-remake, he's probably just trying to give the kids what he thinks they want. As the catchphrase goes around here, gotta eat? Ain't getting my $$$ with this one though. Sorry, Steve.

  • May 7, 2007, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Well that is unfortunate....

    by RedEyeDistrict

    I though you had to be Uwe Boll to fuck up a zombie flick but it looks like I got a lot to learn.

  • May 7, 2007, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Oh well.....

    by RedEyeDistrict

    So....uh....yeah Fuck a PG-13 Die Hard!!! Sorry it was everywhere else on this site, didn't want anyone to forget about it.

  • May 7, 2007, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Oh, Kloipy...

    by doctorfreudstein

    ...not gonna pretend I know LAND OF THE DEAD by heart but I don't remember being too perturbed by the "Dead Reckoning" subplot. I thought it was in keeping with the spirit of previous installments, in which the human characters are as much of a threat as the zombies. Maybe if I watched it again I'd have a different reaction, I dunno. But when I walked out of the theatre I was a satisfied customer. The only thing I distinctly remember really rubbing me the wrong way was the faux-edgy credit sequence, which felt stylistically out of whack with the rest of the flick, not to mention derivative of the one in Snyder's remake (and all its post-SEVEN ilk).

  • May 7, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Let be honest here...

    by Redfive!

    Theres only 5 or so good Zombie films EVER.The Original Night and Dawn of the Dead are MASTERPIECES.Return of the Living Dead was ok,Shaun of the Dead was funny,Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE is a classic and 28 days later did do something different and was good.Everything else blows.FIDO looks to be the next Zombie flick that does something different and original but remake and sequels just flat out suck.Im glad to hear DOTD Remake blows because it needs to stop and of Zombie films are to be made they need to be ORIGINAL.

  • May 7, 2007, 1:38 p.m. CST

    don't get me wrong

    by Kloipy

    I liked LOTD. It had some really cool stuff in it. I guess I just feel this way because i've seen it about 5 times, and i guess that's what has stuck with me after repeated viewings. The original 3 are def. the best of the genre imo, i just think Romero was pressured into finishing LOTD and i think he got lost along the way. It had been too long between. Just watch it again, and keep your ear open for the stuff about the car. It might bug you, it might not. And i love the whole thing about people being worse than the zombies. The whole Dennis Hopper stuff was great, but it just seemed to me that they put too much focus on the car, as if they were promoting a toy that would be coming out.

  • May 7, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    What's FIDO?

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Seriously, you guys use more acronyms than my office.

  • May 7, 2007, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Other good zombie movies

    by palimpsest

    Val Lewton's I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, John Gilling's PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, Wes Craven's THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, Jorge Grau's LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE...

  • May 7, 2007, 1:57 p.m. CST

    The zombie won't eat people

    by a rolling stone

    The zombie won't eat people because in life he was a vegetarian? That's hard. Maybe the shotgun's an experimental kind with a flamethrower attached. Maybe the zombies aren't driving, so much as they're just mashing their feet against pedals and aiming- like they have vague memories of what they did in life. But a zombie who won't eat people because in life he was a vegetarian? That's lame. That would be like portraying a giant planet-eater as a cloud, or something. Just doesn't fit.

  • May 7, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST

    D-List celebs (the d stands for DEATH)

    by Kloipy

    Watch as Kathy Griffin is eviserated by wild boars! Dustin Diamond stuffed in a locker full of ebola virus! Flavor Flav crushed by giant clock!

  • May 7, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST

    THIS IS HOW IT IS FOR ZOMBIES 2007

    by Ray Gamma

    Zack Snyders Army of PR-People are VERY BUSY INDEED on internet movie forums - make no mistake. His take on "Dawn of the Dead" was enjoyable but basically a classic example of current horror movies; fast, dumb, action-packed and not really particularly disturbing. His movie studio people however would have you believe that he has single-handedly re-booted the whole genre. His PR supporters are here among us on this forum - a fact that I find a lot more disturbing than the movies themselves. Anyway, back to this 'Day of the Dead' "remake". It was clear from the first few seconds of te trailer that this would be yet another straight-to-DVD teen turd-fest. Nobody should be surprised by this first review of the actual movie. It is "Day of the Dead" in name alone, and bears resemblance to Romero's classic morbid masterpiece at all. There seems to be a trend these days for movies to be made by teenagers, for teenagers. Back in the seventies and eighties, filmmakers never had this kind of cash thrown at them, and yet they managed to come out with some of the bleakest, most horrific, disturbing visions ever put on film. (Think "Body Snatchers" or "Shivers" or "Omen II") - nowadays it's either Snyder's "rockin jockin zombie killin' Limp Bizkit" style horror, or Eli Roth's puerile take on "shock" horror. It's like the whole film industry has been taken over by college film undergraduates.

  • May 7, 2007, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Ray

    by Kloipy

    I totally agree. i think CGI has a lot to do with it. Most people think that special effects can just be used as a plot. When practicle effects are the best, most realistic. Look at the helicopter scene in Dawn. Damn that was cool. Even creepshow (which had by today's standards really bad effects) managed to have some good scares in it. Directors must think to themselves "What's the most depraved thing I can think of? Let me put it on a movie instead of a plot or setup so story or characters and I guess it will pay off big". And the audience is to blame too because they shell out money to see a 20 second effect they read about online. Look at, The Shining. That is a wonderful example of setup and mood without a lot of flash, that just worked down to your bone. It's still scary as hell. and it sticks with you. It's not just like a cum shot, like most movies are today. The shit is just not scary. Anyone can be grossed out, but without substance there is no true fear. People talk about how "deep" and "scary" the Saw movies are. That's a bunch of bullshit. Esp. the 3rd. that was just an excuse to show as much as they could in an R film. It wasn't tense at all. It was just stupid.

  • May 7, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    It's not "Bud", its supposed to be "Bub"

    by Phildogger

    Morons! Bad enough they even made this movie, but at least try to get something right!

  • May 7, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST

    tompbeast

    by Kloipy

    there already was a playstation zombie (in shaun of the dead). But J/k man. I know, I know. It sucks. The word vegetarian and zombie should never go together in the same sentence unless it's a movie about zombie squash or something. All this movie needs is a Kenny Loggin's song ie "Danger Zone" and we will have a classic

  • May 7, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    oh my goodness

    by BadMrWonka

    fast zombies? fine. thinking and reasoning zombies? um, well okay. zombies driving cars? um, wait, what? vegetarian zombies refusing to eat flesh and then helping people fight other zombies? fuck off.

  • May 7, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    WARN FOR SPOILERS!!! IT'S NOT THAT HARD.

    by PenguinSlide

    Geez, this is like the 10th time I've had a movie spoiled on this site because someone didn't put a spoil warning.

  • May 7, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    People who don't want spoilers

    by Kloipy

    you should thank this guy that you didn't waste money to see driving zombies

  • May 7, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Kloipy

    by BadMrWonka

    even though I agree that the greater good of avoiding this shitstorm is served by the review, it really should have a spoiler box. I mean, the guy gave away huge "plot" points. even bad movies deserve not to be spoiled if people don't want to know.

  • May 7, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST

    i guess so

    by Kloipy

    just glad I found out

  • May 7, 2007, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Flaming Bag of Dog Shit!

    by GhostofPerdition

    What a travesty. I think my retarded neighbor who sticks his fingers in his ass and smells them on a regular basis can write and direct a better movie than this. Excuse me while I go watch a better zombie movie than this, Children of the Living Dead.

  • May 7, 2007, 3:07 p.m. CST

    So, is this NIGHTMARE CITY 2?

    by godoffireinhell

    Where's Umberto Lenzi when you need him?

  • May 7, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST

    GhostofPerdition lives next to Paul WS Anderson

    by palimpsest

    Draw your own conclusions.

  • May 7, 2007, 3:30 p.m. CST

    palimpsest, how'd you guess?

    by GhostofPerdition

    The thought of this movie still makes me want to take a razor and slash my own face a la "BUD" in DotD. Assholes couldn't even get the zombie name right....

  • May 7, 2007, 3:30 p.m. CST

    I just got of the phone to Rhodes...

    by HarryBlackPotter

    He said: "Choke on 'em! Choke on 'em!!!!!"

  • May 7, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    “Zombies. Wanna see some zombies?”

    by Mike_D

    hahaha, im gonna have to remember that one. I'll use that the next time im renting movies with my friends.

  • May 7, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Hello Aunt Aleesh....

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Let's just all wait for World War Z and call it a day, shall we?

  • May 7, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    The original Dawn

    by revenge_flicks

    The original DOTD is the best zombie movie. Snyder's remake was just pure entertainment. The one thing these remakes/new films can never capture is the since of DREAD, "here is the f**king apocalypse!" Romero was a master of this. I'm actually excited about Diary of the Dead, which Romero is currently filming. I don't want to see new sh*t with zombies like let's have them bake a cake. I want good original zombie end of the world, board up the windows and count the ammunition stuff!

  • May 7, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    WTF

    by Asshandler

    Steve Miner is a good director, he's made some enjoyable romps. That said, WTF is this steaming pile of cow dung and why was it ever made?

  • May 7, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    hey Vern...

    by decfx

    all those movies by Miner pretty much sucked ass anyway. This new film sounds about as good as the original Day of the Dead. Total shit!

  • May 7, 2007, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Who The Fuck Asked Them to Remake This Movies Anyway?!

    by The Beast

    If It ain't broke, don't fix it. The original was great, the effects were true, there was heart, plu it had that classic 80's feel to it. It just makes me feel like a kid everytime I watch it, and that keeps me happy. I saw the trailer for this awhile back, and it looked like my neighbor (the transexual neighbor) got a video camera and shot the whole thing in his toilet. I'm as excited to see this as a Bassett Hound is excited to be alive.

  • May 7, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I think "28 Days Later"...

    by Christopher3

    Is the genesis of the current zombie renaissance. And "Dawn" is easily the smartest and enjoyable of the bunch. Far from being just another dumb action movie, it had a lot of clever touches and much-better-than-the-film-deserved performances from Sarah Polley and Jake Weber.

  • May 7, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST

    PG-13????

    by strangernparadis

    for a Zombie movie??? They should all be shot in the head

  • May 7, 2007, 5:11 p.m. CST

    god fucking damnit

    by deadphishiy2

    Day was my favorite, and this.. this is just dissapointing as hell. Land didnt feel like a Romero film either, it had its moments but it didnt seem like him. running zombies, zoombies. hogwash. bring on world war z

  • May 7, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Some of you...

    by Nivek666

    Really need to shut up. I'm sure this remake is ass, because Steve Miners name is atttached. Sorry Vern, they guys shit stinks. But all you acting like Snyders Dawn of the Dead was unwatchable, fucking please... I had my doubts as much as anyone, didn't even see it in theatres, but it rocked my world on DVD. Much better than the original, actually kept you awake. And no Bikers zombie Pie Fights or any bullshit romance. but hey, this is the same crowd that ate up Death Proof, so go figure.

  • May 7, 2007, 6:11 p.m. CST

    But did he like the D0TD remake?

    by Eyegore

    I can't read the spoilerific text beyond the first paragraph. But I need to know if this guy hated the DoTD remake? If so, his opinion on this doesn't count. IMHO, the DoTD remake was an instant classic, worthy of the name...but some fans of the original could never accept that it's anything but trash because it's not 100% true to the original, or because it was even made at all. Those opinions are biased and useless. If this reviewer is one of those people, this review is worthlessly tainted.

  • May 7, 2007, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Edit in some scenes of zombies vs. werewolves...

    by Uncle Stan

    ...and you just might eke a ticket out of me.

  • May 7, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Vegetarian Zombies...someone stole my idea.

    by Bronx Cheer

    <p>I have wanted to make a film about a family of zombies and their zany exploits and shenanigans. The teen-aged daughter is a vegetarian and REFUSES to eat brains. "No, I will not eat the meat of a sentient creature."</p> <p>That's right--talking, dining, strident zombies. I saw it as a midseason replacement for CBS. It could follow Two and a Half Men. (The zombies are eating the other half.)</p> <p>This was a funny review. But I agree with those who've complained about spoiler warnings. I realize some movies suck so bad you want to ruin the plot to keep others from wasting their money, but you still should warn people that you are about to reveal major portions of the plot.</p>

  • May 7, 2007, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Nivek666, right-o old chap!

    by Spandau Belly

    I have no idea what Vern's doing standing up for this guy. His only arguement seems to be that Miner isn't as shitty as some really shitty directors who are considered Masters of Horror.<br><br>I also have no idea how anybody who remotely enjoys zombie flicks could call Snyder's remake bad and unwatchable. If you hate zombie movies, fine, but Snyder's film was mediocre at worst. Unlike Miner's films, which as Vern states while sorta defending them, are sub-mediocre at best.

  • May 7, 2007, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Dawn remake, Lake Placid, and 28 Days

    by Bronx Cheer

    I've been watching zombie films since before they had a name for them, and I liked the "Dawn" remake. It had some problems, but we are talking about a zombie movie. They ALL have problems, except for "Night of the Living Dead."</p> <p>Lake Placid was supposed to be funny, and it was funny. I like that movie. I think it has been horribly misunderstood. Betty White and her husband, God rest him...come one, that was gold!</p> <p>28 Days was not a zombie movie. It seemed like a zombie movie, but those weren't zombies. Those were infected people. The dead did not rise.</p> <p>Lake Placid...come on! Giant Alligator in a lake! Brilliant! Oliver Platt was incredible. I think y'all have to give it another shot.</p>

  • May 7, 2007, 8:17 p.m. CST

    "several were having a book club meeting"

    by The Dum Guy

    Goddamn, now that's some really evolved zombies there. I wonder how long this zombie fad is going to endure?

  • May 7, 2007, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Is Ving Rhames now going to do a 200 question thingy?

    by Womb2dooM

    Or start posting in this TB as "IrvingRR"?

  • May 7, 2007, 9:45 p.m. CST

    FUCKING DRIVING ZOMBIES?!

    by Stuntcock Mike

    I see the Burt Reynolds zombie from DOTD, driving a black Trans Am, eating sinew off a femor. Your failure is complete.

  • May 7, 2007, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Actually

    by ewokstew

    There's something very creepy about a zombie bursting through a window, dropping two stories to the ground, then chasing you down like a K9 unit on a convict. 28 days later forever banished the "slow" zombie, and they weren't even zombies!

  • May 7, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST

    "Send...more...paramedics."

    by Darkman

    I remember someone a long time ago saying that zombies wouldn't have the stamina to do all that running. I still agree with that person, whomever it was. But here, there are running, driving and climbing zombies?! Whatever! <br><br> Oh, and WARLOCK is, bar none, the best thing that Steve Miner ever put his name on. Make of that what you will, but I enjoyed it.

  • May 8, 2007, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Okay, let me restate that then

    by Vern

    I genuinely like FRIDAY THE 13TH 2 & 3. I think they are fun movies and I've watched them multiple times. I was understating it a little because they led to so many duplicate movies that most people wouldn't appreciate them anymore. And I really like HALLOWEEN H20 too but I know exactly zero other people who do so I was trying to talk up that last half hour since that's the strongest part.<p> I just didn't like that everybody was saying he ALWAYS sucks. But in this case, I wouldn't be surprised. So have at him.

  • May 8, 2007, 2:13 a.m. CST

    WHEN THERE'S NO MORE ROOM IN HELL...

    by Pan_Krator

    ...the dead will double-park. ;-P

  • May 8, 2007, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Day of the Dead

    by the darkman

    Romero's original was a very well thought out movie, and a kick ass one at that. It's no where near as bad as some people make it out to be. It's a shame when movies like this get a greenlight, but film makers like George Romero can't get a decent budget to make a film. Where the funding for the next Phantasm, or Bubba. Come on people give some money to people with some vision.

  • May 8, 2007, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Hi

    by Fortunesfool

    Steve Miner also made the stupidly enjoyable, Warlock...and House was kinda fun too. Still, no excuse for this. Oh and while i'm here, Snyders Dawn of the Dead was shit as well.

  • May 8, 2007, 4:21 a.m. CST

    That was spolierific !

    by barnaby jones

    Not that it matters......

  • May 8, 2007, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Just so you know

    by ELGordo

    The producers behind this apparent turd are the same ones that made Day of the Dead 2: Contagium, which was also a shit fest. As for the original Day, for it's the best of the Romero sequels after Night. Dawn hasn't aged gracefully and looks silly and uneffective today.

  • May 8, 2007, 6:06 a.m. CST

    PG-13 zombie movie! What a total joke.

    by Blarney-Man

    Fuck that.

  • May 8, 2007, 6:40 a.m. CST

    so sad

    by Sit and Watch

    Expected, but sad. Day is one of my all-time favorite films. Sorry to hear this sucks so much.

  • May 8, 2007, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Spoiler Babies

    by ImFixingtoDie

    You cunts do know that the spoiler warnings are a big red box on the main page, right? How can you click on a story and not notice the red box surrounding the text? Cunts. And by the way, whoever said Lake Placid was supposed to be serious is also a cunt. I don't know why I'm talking so much like a character from Deadwood this morning. Cocksuckers!

  • May 8, 2007, 7:07 a.m. CST

    speaking of Friday the 13th

    by Spandau Belly

    I actually don't like any of these movies except for Jason X, which was more of a comedy. These movies are all the same: watch kids do mundane crap and then watch them die. I have respect for Jason as a screen monster but can't actually watch any of these movies. <br><br>I know lots of people who feel the same way about James Bond. They like the character as an icon but can't stand to watch the actual films. Since I feel the same way about Jason I can see where they're coming from, but I love James Bond.

  • May 8, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST

    That review was hilarious.

    by Blarney-Man

    .

  • May 8, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Day of the Dead 2

    by HarryKnuckles

    Isn't this produced by the losers who brought us the worst zombie movie ever -- Day of the Dead 2?! If so -- what do you expect other then pure crap. And these butt-holes have Creepshow 3 ready to release. God help us all!

  • May 8, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Magic Bullet a reality

    by TheNewAddiction

    Well, sad to hear about the movie, but as far as the shotgun goes, that's an actually shell called 'Dragon's Breath'. Haven't seen one in awhile, particularly in a movie. But, at least that's one 'positive' thing.

  • May 8, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    FIDO

    by Purgatori

    Fido is a new flick that has Carrie Ann Moss living as a sort June Cleaver in this strange alternate 50's reality. Zombie's have been (much as in Shaun of the Dead) relegated to service industry jobs and helpers. Her family is the last on the block to get a zombie because the dad doesn't like them. Enter Fido, played by Billy Conolley. Fido is their new zombie who, much like Lassie, befriends the son of the household. They bond, much the dad's chargin. But can a zombie fight it's nature and yadda yadda? It looks really good and there are clips online you can watch. This movie (the remake) sounds like poo and looks like poo. So that leads me to deduce that it is in fact...POO.

  • May 8, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    So when is someone re-making land of the dead?

    by KINOBICK

    The Zombies could run and Ving could play the petrol station zombie and be the dad of the brothers from Dawn and Day who, you guessed it, were also played by Ving. Genius!

  • May 8, 2007, 1:09 p.m. CST

    What a fall

    by movie-fan-carnie

    I wonder if miner"s fall from the grace that was friday the 13th part 2 was hurt him at all. even the trailers for this film make it look boring,its a shame i realy enjoyed the dawn remake.

  • May 8, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    A SIMPLE REQUEST:

    by Ray Gamma

    Would Zack Snyder's hapless PR drones PLEASE FUCK OFF FROM THIS FORUM. Do you really believe that if you repeat the mantra enough times, people will start to believe it? Don't insult our intelligence with your transparent viral marketing exercises, and don't insult my intelligence with another dumb "Linkin Park fans only please" movie release. Try pouring your energies into making a GREAT movie for a change, instead of just an OK movie with tonnes of "shill" support by obvious PR plants. Fuck OFF.

  • May 8, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Original movie is hugely underrated...

    by pdennett316

    The original Day of the Dead is excellent, and by far my second favourite of the trilogy (can't place it above Night, just can't). The soldiers were just the correct amount of asshole-ishness, and the situation was played really well. Bub was a fantastic character - certainly acted far better than the one in LotD - and the fact that he wasn't as domesticated as we think was a driving force in the movie's plot. The gore in the original too was extremely nasty, looked painful and real, and was all practical make-up. It was also quite touching at times too - when Steel blew himself away rather than become a zombie, or when Bub found "frankenstein's" corpse and realised he wasn't getting up, they were classic moments. Who didn't love it when Rhodes got eaten? This new version just sounds fucking awful, and I'm glad I wont pay any money to see this. Can't believe it's from the same guy who did Lake Placid. Speaking of which, to the fucking moron who said that Lake Placid wasn't played for laughs...what the fuck are you doing on this site??? How can anyone misread that movie as being serious? It's played for laughs from the start, and if one of the Golden Girls saying "If I had a dick, I'd tell you to suck it!" didn't tip you off then there's no hope for you. GrandMuffTarkin, I just looked it up, you're as thick as shit in the neck of a bottle. I'm sure you think Sophies Choice is a comedy classic!! You have no right to insult this director - though he does deserve it - because he at least knows SOMETHING about film. What a dick!

  • May 8, 2007, 5:35 p.m. CST

    THE CRAZIES

    by palimpsest

    Anyone know anything about the remake that's supposed to be on the way? As long as they don't remake MONKEY SHINES we'll all be able to sleep safe in our beds...

  • May 8, 2007, 5:40 p.m. CST

    i agree with pdennett316

    by Ray Gamma

    everything you said about the original "Day of the Dead" is spot-on. It's a hugely underrated movie, and for so many reasons, I could probably write a whole book about it.

  • May 8, 2007, 5:57 p.m. CST

    ImFixingtoDie, what red box would you be referring to?

    by Bronx Cheer

    Get it? Red box? Considering you used the c-word thrice in a four-line rant, I figured you'd like a reference to the female genital zone. There's no red box around the link, dear person, no spoiler warnings, so get off yer little box and quit barking at us poor lowly souls who happen to have a valid friggin' point. It's not that this movie sounds as if it's even worthy of all this debate.

  • May 8, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST

    There was a red box last night.

    by ImFixingtoDie

    I think when it moved down to the bottom half of the page, it dissapeared. Either that, or I imagined it. Either way, you're all a bunch of cocksucking cunts. What's a female? Also, what's a genital zone?

  • May 8, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST

    What is wrong with you people...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Friday 13th 2&3, House, Soul Man, Warlock, I mean f'kin Warlock... Is nobody here old enough to remember the joys of all that enjoyable crap on VHS as a teenager?<p> All you kids with your huge budget cgi superhero movies don't know you are born. God bless you Mr. Miner for making movies that I got to drink beer to and grope easily impressed girls with...

  • May 8, 2007, 10:48 p.m. CST

    all i know

    by skaul80

    is that they missed out on actually making romero's original three hour epic that 'day' was supposed to be. i would kill to see that movie made. i have thoughts and beliefs on most of what has been said in this talkback, but that would probably be a book in it's self.

  • May 9, 2007, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Ray Gamma

    by Vern

    Have you considered that maybe there are people who genuinely like different movies than you? I'm only asking because, 1. there are and 2. if you are serious about Zack Snyder sending out PR people hired to pretend they liked his movie, that might be a little on the "fuckin nutball" side of things.<p> Let me tell you my experience. I was dead set against a remake of Dawn of the Dead. Especially since it was from some dude I never heard of who directed commercials. Commercials! Remaking this movie partly about consumerism, and he's only directed commercials! I calmed down on that part a little when I realized that Romero himself did commercials before Night. But still. I was ready to to put this movie on a stake and drag it around town banging it against every surface I could find.<p> Only problem is, the movie isn't the blasphemy I expected. It doesn't hold a candle to any of the Romero movies, I still think it's sad to see a hollow version of a classic that is very meaningful to me, and I don't like running zombies. But you know what? I still think it's a good movie. The opening pulls you in brilliantly, and it mostly delivers. It's an action movie version. It's not the same thing, it doesn't capture alot of what I love about the original. But it does have it's own thing going and on its own terms it's an entertaining and surprising movie.<p> I'm not a Zack Snyder worshipper by any means. I only kind of liked 300 and it made me realize the guy must be empty in the head after doing those two in a row. But I can't deny that he made a surprisingly entertaining remake that never should've been made. I saw the movie at a preview screening with a platoon of fellow Romero-ites ready to fuckin SLAY this movie. And afterwards ALL of them were shaking their heads in surprise and relief. Nobody could believe it, but they actually LIKED it. Without being paid to.<p> I sure don't expect anything like that with DAY OF THE DEAD or any other remake. I don't expect much out of Zack Snyder. And I still have to restrain myself when some sucker has the nerve to say the remake is BETTER or even AS GOOD AS the original.<p> But come on, dude. You don't like it. You hate it. It makes you sad that anybody else likes it. Fine, but stop with the paranoid delusions and try to be at least a little accepting of the fact that some people like movies that you don't, and vice versa.<p> thanks bud<p> p.s. if you are just using this PR thing as an artistic device then sorry for taking you too literally

  • May 9, 2007, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Vern / re: Zack Snyder

    by Ray Gamma

    Vern you get me totally wrong with your comments. I don't hate the "Dawn of the Dead" remake (in fact I actually own the DVD) - I think it's a solid, entertaining horror/action flick. But that's all. It will never be a movie people rave about 20 years later. --------There are certain 'cult' movies out there in the horror/sci-fi genre that will always be held dear in the hearts of fans of a certain age (believe me I'm probably one of the older TalkBackers). --------This isn't just nostalgia, it's actually attributable to the fact that after more than three decades of moviegoing, you start to get a good feel for the up-and-down trends in cinema as a whole. ----Now, when I read a thread like this and see every third message raving about how Zack Snyder's "Dawn" remake 'completely shat upon the original from a great height', or comments about how the new "fast zombies" rock much harder than the stupid old "slow zombies", or remarks about how Romero's original "DAY of the Dead" was a pile of boring toss - well, I can't help but get very suspicious about the people posting these comments. They're either A. 17-year-olds with ADHD (the kind of people who could NEVER have the patience or intelligence to sit through a masterpiece such as "The Andromeda Strain" - a movie that actually has more in common with Romero's "Dawn" and "Day" if you think about it, in terms of style and intention), or B. studio employees trying to drum up public support for the funding of Snyder's next fast-food remix of the genre. ---------- Romero's original "Day of the Dead" is a massively underrated movie. Some people say the acting was over the top - yes it was, but in a real life situation where the dead are wandering around eating people, everybody's going to lose their fucking minds and swear a lot aren't they? (it's a much more plausible scenario than the current 'hero' movies where the muscle-bound guy with the big guns makes wisecracks after every zombie he offs)..... Another point about Romero's "Day": The soundtrack - people have often referred to the soundtrack of that movie as 'cheesy' and 'inapproprate'. Well, as a professional music producer here's my comment on the soundtrack of that movie: John Harrison created a work of genius with "Day of the Dead", his bitter-sweet themes and riffs throughout the movie often echo FORWARD in time to the Caribbean motif of the island they ultimately take refuge on. Every now and then, as if to give the viewer a sense of hope in the midst of the dread, the music shifts into an oddly upbeat pop theme that is completely at odds with the visceral dark visuals of the movie. It doesn't sit well with some viewers who only understand horror if it has 'scary' music. And yet at other times, the chromatic arpeggiated synth melodies creep in and BANG you're right back there in the classic cold-war era apocalyptic vision of the dead Earth. It's a fantastic piece of work. -------------Here's another thing: Sherman Howard's performance as 'Bub' would have earned an Oscar in an alternative, fair, reality where movies of this genre didn't get automatically overlooked. Anyone who is a parent of young kids will recognise that he obviously studied the behaviour of young toddlers to achieve the meticulous facial expressions and mannerisms of Dr Logan's star pupil. It confuses the audiences sense of loyalty in a beautiful, clever way, and it's one of the most criminally underrated acting performances in cinema history. ---------------------Now, let me ask two questions: 1. Can you recommend any of the current crop of horror actor's performances for an academy award? And 2. Can you even REMEMBER the soundtrack to Snyder's "Dawn" remake? .......... Goblin must be turning in their (professional) graves......

  • May 9, 2007, 6:44 a.m. CST

    I agree that Snyder's Dawn remake was fun but

    by KINOBICK

    it wouldn't have been made if it wasn't for 28 days later. At least that was an original concept and not a remake. On a similar note I think Snyder is a good director but I would love to see what happens when he runs out of things to remake or graphic novels to film.

  • May 9, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST

    PG-13 for horror sucks balls.

    by Posthumos1

    There have only been like 2 good PG-13 horror movies, Poltergeist and I'm sure there is one more out there. And one of them was Steven Fricken Spielberg. As far as zombie films go. I am classic zombie movie hardcore fan. I love Romero's work. BUT...I also have the levity to appreciate that there ARE other directors who directgood zombie movies. I, like others, was apprehensive about the rerelease of DOTD, especially after the abomination that was the NOTLD remake. But, very happy with the DOTD remake. After watching 28 Days Later, which isn't really zombie but is not too far off tha map DOTD was good. The fact that a zombie will run your ass down and skullfuck you is even scarier to methan the lumbering moaners who get you tortoise style in a group orgie of intestinal stickiness. I will NOT watch a PG-13 zombie movie. If Romero made it I wouldn't watch it. Just the rating alone says it will definitely suck. I am highly anticipating FIDO which I hope will not disappoint. But to buy the rights to a classic zombie movie name and story and to rape it with PG-13 and a stupid cast is a travesty and to me is unforgivable. Whichever idiot at a studio greenlit this as a PG-13 zombie romp is clearly not a horror fan and is only trying to dupe real fans into a bad movie. Shame on them and anyone with half of a brain who pays money to see this POS movie. Bub as a vegetarian....I think I just threw up in my mouth. That is all.

  • May 9, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST

    If I talked with Steve Miner I would say to him..

    by meckleboy

    "Your best just aint't good enough...ASSHOLE! LAY OFF THE FUCKIN BOOZE FOR A WHILE." Seriously. I saw the trailer online a few months ago and lost my erection to it. I shat hard whenn I first heard of this remake hoping it would be Snyderish but lo and behold it looked like another teen flick. I think a Zombie flick would work if they focused more on begining of infection,holding up in a compound then having it overun then going on the run through zombie filled cities.And the only car that had gas was a 1989 Ford Festiva hatchback with a sunroof(my first pimp mobile) Real burned up smelly hot cities(ala Snyder style)Maybe in Resident Evil:Outbreak fashion.No zombie elephants at the Zoo though that is just dumb & unrealistic.Also the Romero Zombies were still cartoony and big Daddy's makeup sucked.He looked like a caveman.I did like softball girl though. Snyder's Zombies looked like they were starting to decompose like a real dead body.I know you didnt see too many of them dead on(no pun)but I slowed the DVD down at the last scene getting to the boat. Those Zombies looked Fukkin incredible.There are plenty of formulas to make a zombie flick but no one is getting it down yet.Oh yeah and for God sake if Resident Evil 3 is like part 2 I will make my own Zombie serum and infect the planet to show all how a real Zombie Apocolypse should be.

  • May 9, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    DO NOT REMAKE MONKEY SHINES...

    by Stuntcock Mike

    for fuck's sake.

  • May 9, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    WTF? Dawn remake great? Original Day bad?

    by GhostofPerdition

    Jesus, some of you people need heads beat with a tire iron. The Dawn remake was merely 'OK'. It started out good and just went to shit. Everything was done with no reason behind it. LOL lets go to the mall LOL I'm a toughass security guard but I'll help you now LOL lets leave LOL lets get on a boat and go to an island(any island). The original Day, on the other hand, was fantastic for reasons other sane people have already pointed out. It might be my favorite out of all of George "specs" Romero's flics.

  • May 9, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    REMAKE FRIGHT NIGHT INSTEAD

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Never mind Tom Cruise, Sarandon is truly the first gay vampire.

  • May 9, 2007, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Day of the Dead

    by homer40

    I guess I'm in the vast minority, because I think the original Day of the Dead is a masterpiece. This was Romero in full indie mode, and is the closest he ever came to making an "art" film. In case you haven't noticed, every "Dead" film made by Romero has had a completely different tone. If "Land of the Dead" (the original title was "Dead Recokining) was the action movie, "Night" was the hard assed horror flick, and "Dawn" was the social commentary pic, "Day" was the film for lovers of thinking person's scifi. One of the other great things about "Day" that people misunderstand is the level of the over acting. Clearly, this is intentional, as actors in Romero's films tend to underplay their roles. There is no way that he intended the acting to be in any way realistic. Instead, it just jumps out at you, particularly whoever plays the head military guy. Maybe its because I saw "Day" the night it opened, while tripping on acid, but this is a movie that never fails to cause some reaction on my part, no matter how many times I watch it. Like "Eyes Wide Shut" (another great movie that people hate) each viewing can seem as if you are watching a different film, deep and heavy at one viewing, and a riotious black comedy at another. Stop badmouthing the original "Day". And sorry Zack Snyder fans, but his "Dawn" remake, though entertaining for about half an hour, isn't a zit on the ass of any of Romero's "Dead" movies. Liked 300 though.

  • May 9, 2007, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Oh for the record its not "BUD"...

    by sith-vol

    ....the zombie in the original Day of the Dead was named "Bub"....and this thing sounds horrible.

  • May 9, 2007, 3:21 p.m. CST

    KanekoFan

    by Ray Gamma

    agreed agreed AGREED! i'm glad to see there are some other readers on here who use more than 3 brain cells when devouring their favourite cinematic entrails.

  • May 9, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST

    old Zombies never die they just fade away...

    by meckleboy

    Not knocking the original dead films Mr. Ghost, as they brought countless hours of terror and perversity to my young impressionable mind as a 9 year old.Let it be known that Tom Savini said his zombies looked cartoony and so he visited morgues to study dead bodies and how they look.I thought he did a great job with the zombies in his version of NOTLD. I really liked that flick and would never have watched it unless I was exposed to Romeros classics first(well at least I wouldnt be as compelled to it). Slow lumbering dead folk is always good,fast attacking is cool and zombies that "remember" things is acceptable.And lets face it that evolution has been going on since Dawn of the Dead.Remember when Flyboy was zombified then remembered the wall he built and led the other undead to break it down.I reall ydont want to see any smarter than that. If anyone saw the God awful ROTLD:Necropolis they made the zombies like they were human with zombie features.They talked and did kungfu.Fukkin dreadful.House of the Dead1&2 craptastic.Zombies vs Vampires(I just died a little inside)I could go on. Most of the newer Zombie films stink worse than my ass after 8 hours of driving to Maine inan unairconditioned car. The ones that have been a fresh handiwipe to me ala Dawn remake, Night remake, 28 days later Shawn of the Dead, Undead have done me right after since Romero stopped his dead films.I liked not loved LOTD because there was not enough Zombie/human interaction and it just dint feel "bleak" enough for me. I dunno I guess my vision of the end of the world d/t Living dead is darker than what has been fed to me on the screen.I credit every attempt that is made but I will probably never be satisfied until I am given a 300 million dollar budget to make a zombie film.And that is the biggest problem right there. These films are still poorly funded as opposed to the crap funded to shit like Minority report and A.I. Big budget crappy outcome. Give a dead film a better budget and good actors(fuck John LUguisiamo or however you spell his name ,he sucked in LOTD and his zombified character was even worse)Still I took my girlfriend to see it and bought the unrated DVD and the LOTD:Road to Fiddlers Green for PC cause I am a Zombifile.I will continue to watch these flicks in support but also continue to critique them until I am blown away by the next zombie opus. Maybe 28 weeks or even better World War Z.