BY ISA MONTAGNESE
This time around, the zombie apocalypse has hit and left only a handful of military and medical people (that they know of) hiding in a giant underground military bunker. They’re trying to find a way out, preserve history and understand how the zombies work, all while trying not to kill each other.
STRAIN OF ZOMBIE
Classic George A. Romero zombie: slow, brutal and mindless (expect the famous smart zombie, Bub). To become one, you have to be bitten and then you have a bit of time to say your goodbyes before you cross over.
HOW IT FLESHED OUT THE GENRE
If you know George A. Romero, then you know this movie. But for those of you who don’t, Romero is the godfather of the dead and his films are the benchmarks for zombie movies. He is the definitive zombie director after his classics Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Since by this time zombie movies were their own sub-genre, Romero took another route and focused less on literal monsters and more on our own inner monster, crafting a beautifully executed metaphor on society and the military. Deep Romero is my favourite Romero.
(UN)DEAD ON DEATH SCENE
This era was the height of practical effects in film, and teamed up with the great Tom Savini again, Romero leaves nothing to the imagination. This is a gory one! One soldier’s death wins in my books. He’s caught by a pack of zombies and he keeps moving and screaming even when his head is completely detached and he can’t make any noise (in the clip below). Just a little example of how amazing the practical effects are throughout the whole movie, I’m surprised every time I watch it by how grossed out I get.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LFRd0B_DTo]