Day of the Dead (1985)

Unrated  |   |  Action, Horror  |  19 July 1985 (USA)
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A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Pilato ...
Rhodes (as Joe Pilato)
Jarlath Conroy ...
Anthony Dileo Jr. ...
Miguel (as Antonè DiLeo)
Richard Liberty ...
Bub (as Howard Sherman)
Gary Howard Klar ...
Steel (as G. Howard Klar)
Ralph Marrero ...
John Amplas ...
Phillip G. Kellams ...
Johnson (as Gregory Nicotero)
Don Brockett ...
Featured Zombie
William Cameron ...
Featured Zombie


Zombies rule the world, except for a small group of scientists and military personnel who reside in an underground bunker in Florida. The scientists are using the undead in gruesome experiments; much to the chagrin of the military. Finally the military finds that their men have been used in the scientists' experiments, and banish the scientists to the caves that house the Living Dead. Unfortunately, the zombies from above ground have made their way into the bunker. Written by Matt Puskas <>

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First, he brought us the most frightening film ever made. Then he took his unique version of horror one step further. Now, George Romero takes us out of the night, beyond the dawn, and into the darkest day of horror the world has ever known. See more »


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19 July 1985 (USA)  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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The second important "Day Of The Dead" Love ballad song, "If Tomorrow Comes" performed by Modern Man and sung by balladeers Sputzy Sparacino and Delilah again, never appeared in the movie soundtrack. It could be heard through some parts of the movie soundtrack only as an instrumental piece. But you can hear the original pop version of the song with the vocals of Sputzy Sparacino and Delilah singing it on the movie soundtrack album itself. You can also find and hear "If Tomorrow Comes" on Sputzy's solo artist albums "Not Just Any Love Song" (released in June 1, 1994) and "Too Much Too Soon" (released in August 17, 1994). See more »


Captain Rhodes's infantry officer insignia (the crossed rifles on his lapel) are worn incorrectly. They are worn properly vertically, with the "barrels" pointed inward. See more »


[first lines]
McDermott: Nothing, nothing at all.
Sarah: Send again.
McDermott: I've been sending up and down the coast from Sarasota to the Everglades and still getting back the same dead air. There's nothing! There's nobody or at least nobody with a radio.
Sarah: All right then let's set down, we'll use the bullhorn.
McDermott: Set down? Wait a minute, that's not in our contract!
Sarah: It's the biggest city within 150 miles and we're going to give it every chance.
McDermott: Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Sarah: Set down, John!
John: I'll set us down. But I won't leave my ...
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"Dark Days, Bright Nights"
19 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The third film in George A. Romero's immensely popular "Living Dead" trilogy is by far the bleakest and most complex film the director has ever worked on. "Day of the Dead" received a lot of negative press upon its release in 1985 - people picked apart unsavory characters, OVER-acting from a no-name cast, and outlandishly gory special effects that only Tom Savini himself could be proud of.

But none of this makes it a bad experience really, does it? I don't think so. For the reason that I usually detest zombie flicks, I have worked up a fondness for the works of Romero and over the last two weeks have separately watched each film in his trilogy.

"Night of the Living Dead" (1968) virtually defined a new genre of horror movie-making and basically set the standards for the many zombie flicks that would follow in its footsteps. Next up to bat was the most praised film in the trilogy - "Dawn of the Dead" (1978) - which was more of an action film than a horror movie and was nothing short of epic. Then came "Day" in 1985, which got the tongue-lashing that I described earlier.

However those that did like it, praised the Savini effects, its complex, plot-driven characters, and satire. While "Day" is certainly a step down from "Night" and "Dawn," "Day" is more of a claustrophobic horror movie and that allows it to stand on its own as a fitting end to Romero's trilogy. It's more in sync with the tension of "Night" than it is with the adrenalin-laced action, zombie-slaughterfest that was "Dawn."

A team of civilian scientists and a loose army unit clash with each other's motives after they have taken shelter at an underground military base from the hordes of living dead that storm the surface above. The civilian scientists aren't seeking to eradicate the zombies like the soldiers are hell-bent on doing, but are instead trying to get to the bottom of what is causing them to be what they are.

In doing so, they need live zombie specimens, which are held captive in a maze of dark underground tunnels where they're corralled like cattle. We later get what is one of the most profound and moving experiences in the entire trilogy with "Day," when we see one zombie, nicknamed "Bub" by one particularly eccentric scientist, who eventually learns what it means to be "alive," so to speak.

"Day of the Dead" obviously isn't a perfect movie, but is more or less a fitting conclusion to one of the most daring film trilogies in the horror genre. It may be best to not watch "Day" thinking it'll be anything like "Dawn" just because it has military men blasting away mercilessly at the living dead. Zombie slaughter is few and far between and much of the first hour of the film is clashing dialogue between the characters.

The darkest day in the world - "Day of the Dead."


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