Day of the Dead (1985)

Mike Matei / October 27th, 2013


  • Dennis Stor

    October 27, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Another nice video James!

  • Bright Anderson

    October 27, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Awesome, I love Day of the Dead so much.

  • October 27, 2013 at 4:45 am

    sweet more ZOMBIE MADNESS!

  • Joseph Sahakian

    October 27, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Awesome video James!

  • KennyM

    October 27, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Love the video, love the movie. Thanks Jimmy!

  • October 27, 2013 at 4:48 am

    DOTD was like Alien 3, more character development and less zombies, but not less about the zombies, we learn that they can”sort of” be trained and after a lot of tension between human he had a gory that satisfied all zombie fans.

    • handsome pete

      October 27, 2013 at 7:03 am

      DOTD could mean Day Of The Dead, Dawn Of The Dead, or Diary Of The Dead. Or even some other things that have nothing to do with zombies.

    • Cilliandrew

      October 27, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Boy, i dunno man. An Alien 3 analogy to this is a bit of a stretch. I don’t think you DID learn anything more about the Alien in ALIEN 3…

      • Truehare

        October 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

        You learn why it’s called a “xenomorph”, at least. Other than that, I can’t remember a thing.

  • JamesIsTehBest

    October 27, 2013 at 4:49 am


  • October 27, 2013 at 4:56 am

    So yeah, if there was any movie out there that could possibly beat dawn of the dead for best zombie movie of all time it would be this one. It was somewhat under received, but over time it began to live up to what the other films lived up to. Just like james’ experience, it grows on ya. It may not have as many memorable lines as dawn, but the lines that are delivered are pure gold. “I’m running this monkey farm now Frankenstein and I wanna know know what the fuck your doing with my time.” Epic! Personally, I only watched this movie recently when I was going through james’ the history of horror and its sequels. So its very fresh and exciting to me still. I never went through a stage when I hated this movie, it was instantly put at one of the tops spots for zombie movie of all time on my list. And yeah james said it, the trilogy should’ve ended right there. And for me the “time of day” or the “romero trilogy” will always be the original zombie trilogy to me, much like star wars or indiana jones, nothing beats the original trilogy, even if they add on more later. Thank you again James.

  • Damian Wayne

    October 27, 2013 at 4:58 am

    CHOKE ON EM!!! thats classic.

  • October 27, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I’m fucking loaded on rolling rock and crown royal from Sudbury Ontario Canada, awesome review James, keep them coming, Canada loves you.
    I’m fucked…

  • October 27, 2013 at 5:01 am

    I also have ADHD according to the doctors.

  • Forsythia

    October 27, 2013 at 5:13 am

    I agree with James, this is a film that grows on you, and even more so when I get older. I saw this first when I was in my teens and never really liked it. But now I see that it is indeed a worthy sequel.

  • aidan752

    October 27, 2013 at 5:50 am

    I thought Dawn was better as it has a more familiar setting. More people recognize a shopping mall than an underground military base. Although, the underground base does offer a more claustrophobic feel.

  • Crabjock

    October 27, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Dawn and Day are my two #1 favorite zombie films. I honestly couldn’t put one below the other. Not only did they pave the way for the entire zombie culture, they did it best.

    But, ultimately, with zombie films, my tastes are all over the place. I like Zombi 2 for it’s music (damn I love that eerie music) and the mummified look of the dead. I love dead alive for it’s comedy and over the top gore. I love Return of the Living Dead, because it’s fucking Return of the Living Dead. I even like The Walking Dead for it’s precision, dramatic storytelling, and character development.

    All that being said, I think the well has pretty much been tapped out now. TWD took what little was left in the originality department and sucked it up like Daniel Plainview drinking your milkshake.

  • October 27, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Caramba, mano: otra película para agregar a mi lista de pendientes por ver!

  • October 27, 2013 at 6:23 am

    The Romero Living Dead series isn’t a trilogy anymore.
    A trilogy means 3, so after Day there was Land of the Dead plus 2 prequels Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.

    Land was good and so was Diary. Survival is the worst of the 6 Romero dead movies.

  • October 27, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Com’on lets bring the practical effects back to the mainstream. Modern cinema has shrived so far away from the “human touch”, we need people to use their hands again and not their finger tips only. Re-ignite the passion in humanity, fuck this anti-human computerized bull shit. The original “Hellraiser” film was amazing with its practical special effects, steer clear of CGI.

  • October 27, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I would have to concur with your statement that this was the “peek” of the zombie genre, however the death metal scene in Florida rose in 1988 with Cannibal Corpse, and many other bands of similar lyrical topics. In my opinion slowly raising the dead back to the top of horror. Yeah I know that CC originated in Buffalo NY, but the abandoned city just reeks of the early death metal scene that is still growing stronger by the day. Just had to throw the music in there.

    • Tim Cantrell

      October 27, 2013 at 8:12 am

      Did you have a hangover?

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 27, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Day of the Dead was great on my first viewing. Really just loved the entire feeling of danger people are constantly in. The woman was in most danger because she easily could’ve been raped, if she wasn’t already, by the crazed military men. I’ll be giving it a re-viewing myself.

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 27, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Also, as far as the peak for this genre is concerned, for drama, I agree. However, I think there is still room for the pure comedy zombie film like Shaun of the Dead, Fido, and Zombieland. Those three alone brought a whole new hook to the genre that’s very unique and still has potential. I think there was another one about a zombie who falls in love with a living woman, so there’s even room for romance apparently. By the way, not sure if you ever played, but it’d be awesome if you could get yourself a copy of Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse for the original xbox. It’s playable on the 360 and you can even buy it off of xbox live. It’d make for a cool gaming session with Mike since it has co-op. I guarantee you that there isn’t another zombie game, or anything in the genre, that’ll match what this game brings to the table.

  • Ben Yates

    October 27, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I really love the concept that zombies remember things from there past life and are learning and can be taught things.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Yes, this one was definitely underlooked when it came out. I remember the first time i watched it, i was kinda like “what the heck did i just watch?” Subsequent viewings really help it to shine through, though. Heck I kinda feel the same way about LAND, though it’s definitely not in the same ballpark as the first 3.

  • DMM_poo

    October 27, 2013 at 10:41 am

    My best friend loved this movie the best, and I loved Dawn the best. I only watched this one once with him, because I didn’t really like it. I need to see it again.

  • BladeRunner

    October 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Great review James, I love this film and just like Dawn of the Dead I get something new from it every time I watch it. Just a brilliant horror flick, another great film from George Romero.

  • October 27, 2013 at 11:19 am

    What you said at the end about zombie movies being done after ’85 explains why Walking Dead is so amazing. It’s not only the best zombie material since then, it surpasses it while staying true to its origins!

  • ikensee

    October 27, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I got to admit I watched this about a month ago and I did not like it. I found all of the characters flat and just plain annoying. But I guess I have to watch it a couple more times and see if my opinion changes.

  • FatherMulcahy10

    October 27, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I hope you do a history of special affects. like from the 40’s all the way to present time. I notice that the older the affects the better the move, unlike now a day digital crapp

  • xXDrG0nz083Xx

    October 27, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Too bad that this movie is indexed and confiscated in Germany.

  • Kieran St James

    October 27, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Nice, it’s true I never really appreciated this movie in the early years.

  • Andrew Stevens

    October 27, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Personally I prefer Dawn Of The Dead but it’s been so long since I’ve seen this one that I’ll have to rewatch it and see what I think. Also James, I love Monster Madness and I have been watching your videos for years and you were a huge inspiration before I even went to film School. I just started a horror review series Called Rotten Brains if anyone on here wants to check it out so I can learn want people think here’s a link to the first episode.
    Episode 2 should be up by Halloween.

  • October 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I completely agree with you James. The first time I watched this I couldn’t even get through it because I thought it was so boring. A few years later, I tried again and was somewhat impressed. Since then I have come to love this film!

  • Richard Patterson

    October 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Just curious, did anyone feel really sad for Bub when he found the doctors body in the closet? I know I did, even if he couldn’t speak just seeing him act the way he did made me feel something for his character.

  • Robin Larsson

    October 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    This is probably my favorite “…of the Dead” film.

  • DragonoftheEastblue

    October 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I think the reason why people hated it and why I still do, is because of how the Zombies we made to behave human. I loath how the Western telling of these monsters has turned the inhuman into human again; whether it be Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, or what have you.

    I actually wrote a college paper on this.

  • October 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Great review as always! I always found this one the most disturbing of the original three films even if it wasn’t my favourite; but I think it’s the last truly “great” entry in the series. I enjoyed Land, but I hated both Diary and Survival.

    You had to point out the vocal chord bit, didn’t you? That scene probably wouldn’t have bothered me that much but adding that detail made that bit so much more disturbing and it made me gag a little the first time I noticed it. :S

    I hope you touch upon the remake briefly, it is disgustingly awful – especially making Bub a vegetarian zombie. Yet I’d still like to hear your opinion, even again if its just brief. I think you should do a brief video as a whole that covers the remakes of the series, like you did with Halloween.

    As always monster madness is my favourite time of the year to be online… I can’t wait to see what you do next year!
    *crosses her fingers and hopes for a Return to Camp Cult*

  • October 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    great review. not only is day of the dead my fav of the three, buts its also my fav movie of all time. i have a great setup in my basement (nowhere near as good as yours btw) i have the posters figures several 8x10s all set up. its still the only mone of the great three that can actually scare me. it was so much darker in theme than the others. its very morbid. the special effects are some of the best i have ever seen. only the thing can compare. especially the throat rip scene with steele and his fellow soldier. that was the most realistic effect i have ever seen. tom savini knows his shit. i guess being a nam photographer really helped out with that. i would love to see you review the newer romero z films (i dont like any of them personally), just to see how it pans out with you. thanks again for monster madness, my fav thing every year.

  • Skeletor

    October 27, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Cpt Rhodes is the only sane person in this godamn movie. He was the one who said that they should just take the chopper to an island. The scientist are morons, trying to tame zombies. I so rooted for the military guys in this movie.

  • Radelta

    October 27, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    This movie never really grew on me. 🙁

  • October 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    What’s nice about this film is that, yes, it *is* different from “Dawn of the Dead”. It’s different in that instead of being a “terrifyingly fun” movie, it’s a “cerebral” movie. It’s like, the thinking man’s zombie film. There’s so much here in the film to think about (not that “Dawn” doesn’t have things to think about) but this film is rife with lots of small things that say much more than what they appear to say at first glance, just like the film says more than it appears to say on its first viewing.

    “Day of the Dead” as well as “Dawn of the Dead” are both incredible zombie films, and with the original “Night of the Living Dead”, makes an amazing trilogy that just can’t be beat.

  • October 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I love Day of the Dead, it’s actually the first of the Dead I saw. It’s my fav but I love all three, I don’t like the newer ones as much. I think these three are my fav of the Romero films. 🙂

  • Entrenaturaleza

    October 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I totally love these videos man

  • October 27, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I don’t want to offend anyone, but I think your opinion about this film is too preconceived. The truth is that it is completelly trash. There’s nothing good in this movie. Unrealistic special effects, completelly unbelievable and boring acting, silly story. I can’t understand what can be good in this one. ‘The Night Of Living Dead’ was revolution in genre, but Romero is not one of those directors, whose works are all awesome. ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ and every next movie are absolutelly unwatchable and goofy, imo. Better watch his ‘Creepshow’.

  • October 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Two Hundred Thirty First!

  • October 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    1 million zombie fans like me disagree with James . Zombie movies aren’t done for after the 80’s . What do you think of The Walking Dead? Over 2 million viewer watches that show. Nowaday Zombies are bigger then ever. Now they evolve into top selling videogames.Have zombie Halloween Attractions and so on. We may be a fan of you but we’re not going to agree with you about everything.

    • October 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      He wasn’t talking about tv shows or video games, he was talking about zombie movies. I don’t think he was invalidating every zombie movie that has been made since then, but is simply saying that they will never again reach that peak of quality. Since the 80’s a couple films like 28 Days Later and Dead Alive have proven to be worthy adversaries.

  • culwin

    October 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    This guy sure is passionate about horror movies.

  • Moeror

    October 27, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Without a doubt Day of the Dead is the goriest movie i’ve ever seen. Its not just the guts and blood, its the insane ways people di from the zombies. Very unsettling stuff to watch.

  • herbsuperb

    October 28, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I had almost the same experience with ‘Day’. HATED it the first time I saw it. I remember lamenting how a trilogy and a film maker could fall so far. I was a fool. Over the next couple years, something kept calling me back to Day. I don’t know what, but something. Now I count it amongst my favorite films, and a more than fitting entry in Romero’s trilogy. I can’t put into words why I love it so, I simply do. That’s what I call that George Romero magic!

    If anybody out there saw this film once, and gave up on it, do yourself a favor and give it another try. You may see it differently the second or third time through. The genius in it is apparently hard to see at first glance. I was happy to see I’m not the only one who felt that way about this gem. Great review James.

  • Smokingspoon

    October 28, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I agree, it grew on me too. XD. I especially remember/like the beginning, with the calandar. 20 years after , came my favorite of all zombie movies. ♥

  • Aaron1375

    October 28, 2013 at 4:18 am

    I had heard many negative things about this movie so my expectations were low when I first saw it, but then I finally did see it and I really enjoyed it. I still like Dawn the best, but this is a close second.

  • Boo Daclown

    October 28, 2013 at 6:09 am

    luv watchin these after a long day…

  • October 28, 2013 at 8:16 am

    you mention the whole “planet of the dead” thing. That was actually a Theme in the original book “I am Legend” when the Vampires become the new top species and humans are kind of like monsters to them

  • mike keith

    October 28, 2013 at 8:55 am

    The beginning of this movie was filmed in my hometown, Ft Myers, FL, and was filmed in the downtown area which is basically all one block. The scene with the gator is on Hanson St and it is where all the nightclubs are at now. Funny, I wonder how many times I walked right where those zombies walked, and I probably looked like them at 2am and one too many drinks LMAO

  • penpan

    October 28, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I saw this on cable and was pretty impressed. When the Walking Dead graphic novels were being made, it seems they drew on this movie for it’s theme of human degregation in the face of a zombie outbreak.

  • lotusclown

    October 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

    this movie was seriously disturbing.. out of all the zombie movies i’ve seen there is just something about this one that has always stuck with me, its one of those movies that once you’ve watched it you really wish you hadn’t, it was downright horrifying.

  • October 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I have seen this movie a long time ago and few days later I saw 28 days later to find out that 28 days copy half of the plot from this movie.

  • October 28, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Grate video James

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Well, that movie looks pretty good. Good review. You’ve definitely got some funny characters to follow, and some interesting dynamics going on with how zombies work.

  • BfutGrEG

    October 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    My dad was a zombie extra in this movie…he helped push the guy at 6:00 down, and it was pretty cool to hear that my dad was a zombie in the Day of the Dead when I was a kid..he got a dollar and a hat for his efforts

  • October 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I love horror movies and gore never bothers me except for that guys voice squeaking.

  • skwij

    October 29, 2013 at 6:27 am

    I’ll have to sit down and watch this. Thank you!

  • a22

    October 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Love this film just as much as the first two. Your reviews are amazing and Monster Madness is the highlight of halloween season for me!

  • October 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Im eating a big suacy meatball sub while watching this!

  • October 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Never knew that Gorillaz song M1A1 took sample from this movie

  • October 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    This is a great review James! Keep it up man!

  • November 1, 2013 at 1:54 am

    This movie SUCKS.

    The script is SHIT

    The acting is SHIT

    Then again its batter than his later films 😀

  • Ryan Kuebel

    November 1, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Strangely enough, I loved Day of the Dead from the first time I saw it. Initially it was my favorite of the first 3. Still over time I flip flop between all 3 as to which is my favorite. Surprising that it was kind of panned initially.

  • November 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    You should have included Zombi 2 by Lucio Fulci!!!! (it technically is a sequel to Dawn Of The Dead, at least in Italy where it was simply known as “Zombi”). Lucio Fulci is the greatest director of all time.

  • November 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Day of the Dead is my favourite one. I think I saw it first out of the three, but initially didn’t like it. I’ve seen all of them only a few times each, but I find this one to be the most enjoyable. It’s faster moving that Night and is tighter and more concise than Dawn.

  • November 11, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I think I saw parts of this one. It was heart and gut wrenching, but at the same time lovable and awesome to watch.

  • paul richards

    November 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    PAGE OF THE DEAD dedicated to the undead in cinema, literature and video games.

  • nammm3

    November 14, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Wow, the gore scenes were done crazily good >_< You were right about Tom making his death/kill scenes super epic for this particular 'Dead' movie. Keep up the great work and i'm loving the 8+ min. reviews!

  • November 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

    No matter how many cgi they will use how many hours or years they will spent,in the end they will never beat up the original ones.Seeing day of the dead scenes again reminds me how lower a movie like world war Z was.

  • MAZZ0Murder

    November 20, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Bub the Zombie is my favorite zombie ever 😛

  • badass kickass

    December 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    You couldnt choose a shittier reproducer right?

  • Agustin Corral

    January 2, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Great review for one of my favs

  • February 19, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    That vocal chord scene makes me cringe

  • July 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Why does each time I play a video a 300 second ad show up I don’t care bout 20 second but wtf

  • September 13, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Great review of a great movie, have you read George Romero’s new Marvel comic Empire of the Dead? It’s pretty cool, full written review here:

  • Sean Smith

    October 3, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    day of the dead is my favorite romero film

  • Todd Skelley

    October 4, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Awesome yet again mr. rolfe ! stoked.

  • October 30, 2014 at 11:01 am

    make subtitles for Monster Madness 2014!!!

  • March 27, 2015 at 4:18 am

    I saw Day when i was about 7 or 8 and I liked it alot and had not seen Dawn or Night before it Bub made me think how awful it would be to be a zombie.

  • Luke Sonnenburg

    August 20, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Day of the Dead will always be my favorite George Romero movie, I watch it just about week. I love the way Rhodes acts and what he says. My favorite part is when Rhodes tries to gets Steel to kill Sarah. Steel is my favorite character and my favorite quote from him is “Rhodes! Rhodes you bastard!”. Anyway, nice review James, keep it up!

  • Luke Sonnenburg

    August 20, 2015 at 7:10 am

    I also forgot to say that I really like the soundtrack.

  • September 30, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I enjoyed H.P Lovecrafts original version of reanimator more than the movie

  • March 26, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Love this movie!

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