Sunday, May 31, 2009

Day of the Dead (2008) Review

Oh where do I begin?

I have honestly tried to watch this movie five times. Every time I watch it I get a little bit farther but it never gets any better. I guess I just want it to be good like the Dawn of the Dead remake. I actually got forty minutes in to it this time. A new record. The movie is an hour and twenty five minutes by the way. How is it so bad you ask? Well I will tell you.

First let's talk about this poster. This never happens in the movie. None of the zombies in this movie throw up so why give it such a bad image from the start? I don't think anyone saw this cover at a rental store and thought, "Oh cool, puking zombies."

Now let's get on with the movie.

This movie has fast zombies like we have seen before but they do these sporadic movements that are just uncalled for. There is a scene in a hospital where a zombie is chasing after a women and grabs onto the ceiling and is crawling upside down super duper fast. This is the only time in the movie when this is done. It's like a weird spider zombie.

The worst dialog in this film is when the mother of the main character in this movie is talking to a private named Bud about her daughter. It goes something like this.

"Does she have a boyfriend?" - Bud
"She's hot huh?" -Mother
"She's so hot" - Bud

Now this is the first scene that they talk so it's not like they know each other or anything.

I think the biggest slap in the face overall for fans of the original is the character of Bud. He is obviously supposed to be like Bub in the original Day of the Dead. Bud gets turned into a zombie about half way through the film. He
ends up not eating people because before he is changed he is a vegetarian. That is the point where I turned off the film.

My advice is to not rent this film and go watch the original instead.


Anonymous said...

Congrats on the blog Maryanne. Very informative first post, I haven't seen this movie, so it helps. You are right about the cover, I must have seen this movie at the rental store at least 50 times and the cover makes me walk past it everytime. I know you shouldn't judge a book (in this case a movie) by its cover, but this cover just sucks. It just tries to appeal to the immature horror fan who will rent a movie based on stupid dialogue and ridiculous gore and doesn't care about the story. Great job on the first post, and it will only get better from here.

B-Sol said...

This flick is unwatchable! I also was compelled to give it a try since the Dawn remake was so good. Plus just morbid curiosity. And boy, did I regret it...

Caleb A said...

I like where this is headed.

I haven't seen this Day of the Dead remake myself, but I decided I didn't care if I ever did back when the first trailers come out. Nick Cannon was all the warning I needed.

Tower Farm said... appears this movie is as bad as I expected it to be! Glad I haven't wasted any time on it yet.

Look forward to your next review!

Maweanne said...

Thank you so much for everyone who commented. My next review is up and hopefully more will come more frequently.

Thanks for the support.

Geof said...

This sucked on so many levels. I could not wait to get through it and it just dragged on. The only positive is that I watched this as a double feature with Automaton Transfusion, which made DOTD look like Citizen Kane in comparison.

Soap Magic said...

I see a lot of potential in this blog. I hope you get to post more reviews! :)

Zach said...

Man, the sporadic movements killed me too. I just didn't understand when they couldn't get through a door, but could jump out of 4th story windows and land in full stride. And why was the scientist zombie so smart? That and I hate Nick Cannon.