Even with dark end-of-the-world overtones, a laidback horror comedy does not a Competition contender make. (Its middling Metascore is 56.) Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die” delivers some mild chuckles, and is saved by its cast of Jarmusch regulars, especially Bill Murray (“Broken Flowers”) and Adam Driver (“Paterson”) as two deadpan country cops, Tilda Swinton as a Scottish Samurai warrior, and Tom Waits as philosophical Hermit Bob. But it does not advance the zombie genre. Still, Focus Features will surely get an awareness boost from Cannes for this light-hearted entertainment with darker themes on its mind.
While Jarmusch admits that he grew up on Universal horror, Dario Argento and John Carpenter