Day Of The Dead Crawls From Its Tomb Once Again

Day Of The Dead Crawls From Its Tomb Once Again

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George Romero's Day Of The Dead is a classic of the zombie film genre, so we aren't entirely stunned to see it being remade only five years after the last remake effort.

Day of the Dead debuted in 1985 as the second sequel to Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead. Whereas the first film was an allegorical dissection of the horror found in mass group-think, and the second was Romero's screed against rampant consumerism, Day of the Dead warns against the dangers of relying too heavily on the military during times of crisis. In our modern world, where the NSA is spying on everyone and our fighting forces routinely deploy unmanned drones to kill targets from thousands of miles away, it seems an appropriate message.

Given Hollywood's propensity for remaking every pop cultural concept created in the 80s, it was no surprise when the film was remade in 2008. That attempt was glossy and arguably entertaining, but it hewed closer to B-movie fare than Romero's chilling original, and is best forgotten. Fortunately, Hollywood studios never know when to say "no" to an idea that's already generated millions of dollars, and thus Day of the Dead is being dragged from its tomb yet again for another remake.

According to the LA Times, Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, two producers most famous for 2013's Texas Chainsaw 3D (itself a remake of a horror classic), have acquired the rights to Day of the Dead and are currently meeting with potential screenwriters to pen a new remake. But why remake this movie again? Why now? Simply put, zombies are hot.

"Zombie movies are really popular right now, and we feel we could do this right," states Campbell who actually had a small role in the 2008 Day of the Dead remake before switching full-time to a producer role.

Alright, that makes sense, at least fiscally, but what will Campbell and Grobman bring to this new Day of the Dead that might make it worth the cost of admission? How about classic Romero-style zombies? "We want to keep it as close to the Romero version as possible, to make sure that his fans are happy," the producers claim. "These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in World War Z."

Those who have seen the first Day of the Dead remake already know that it ditched the classic, ponderous zombies in favor of corpses capable of sprinting. That kind of thing really sets off old-school zombie aficionados, so it's nice to see that Grobman and Campbell have already decided to avoid that potential pitfall in their remake. Now if only the duo can ensure a pitch-black ending and tons of creative gore - the less CGI, the better - this project might turn into something worthwhile. We'll keep you updated.

Source: LA Times

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"Something is really popular and making tons of money so we're going to copy it and try to make tons of money for little effort." ?

Yay, another film with none of the subtlety - and the original was, in the words of another man, as subtle as a clown with his cock out. Zero expectations, zero confidence in this being even remotely tolerable, so zero reason to get angry. If there's no Bub, there's nothing to see - move along. I'll just go watch some more Romero.

Also - wow, from the same people that brought us another Texas Chainsaw reboot. Nuff said.

CHOKE ON 'EM!!

Earnest Cavalli:
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I don't know that I'd call that Mena Suvari thing a "remake." It shared a title, and not much else. It didn't even approach the same setting, storyline, or anything of the Romero Day. Now, the earlier remake of Dawn of the Dead was a direct remake that also included more "sprinty" zombies.

This one, I say it's time they complete the remake of the original "trilogy" (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead).

Dastardly:

Earnest Cavalli:
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I don't know that I'd call that Mena Suvari thing a "remake." It shared a title, and not much else. It didn't even approach the same setting, storyline, or anything of the Romero Day. Now, the earlier remake of Dawn of the Dead was a direct remake that also included more "sprinty" zombies.

This one, I say it's time they complete the remake of the original "trilogy" (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead).

Except Night already got a remake of course - in 1990, by the legendary Tom Savini. It doesn't do an awful lot different to the original apart from making the female lead pleasingly more capable and empowered.. but it did it really quite well.

Dastardly:
This one, I say it's time they complete the remake of the original "trilogy" (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead).

Technically they have.

Night was remade in 1990 by effects legend Tom Savini, and it's easily the best of the Romero remakes to date.

As much as I enjoy zombies, I usually enjoy them as allegories for social issues (the Romero films) or as a setting for character studies (28 X Later). To me, recent zombie works have focused less on those things and more on the zombies and the gore - things I like, but not as the focus. The fact this is helmed by the guys who did the 3D Chainsaw remake doesn't ease my worries. I think it'll focus on the gore, but I could be proven wrong; so I'm reservedly pessimistic about this.

Much like everyone else, I forgot about the 2008 remake.

Because it was awful.

The original Night remake was good, and to be honest I enjoyed the Dawn remake as well.

But the Day remake... ugh. I don't think it counts as a crime to ignore terrible remakes of good movies.

Seriously no more fucking zombie movies need to be made. Market saturation does not mean its marketable, that means there's a ton of crap out there and people will be sick of it. Zombieland was the last best Zed movie since Shaun of the Dead, and those movies only worked because of their humor.
I may just be sick of the zed word now, I don't even watch the Walking Dead series because of that. I just wonder how the fuck people are still eating this shit up when 90% of it is actually just shit with a shiny coating. The nostalgia factor is gone, so remaking "classics" isn't going to do it. What we need is something fresh, not this rotting corpse ambling about seeking... uhm wait I just figured it out. Zombie movies are popular because a good portion of the movie watching population are in fact fucking zombies themselves. They have no brains, so they're seeking to devour other healthy brains... Shit the apocalypse has already happened, we just haven't yet degenerated into the cannibalistic stage of the virus/curse/whatever.

Earnest Cavalli:

Dastardly:
This one, I say it's time they complete the remake of the original "trilogy" (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead).

Technically they have.

Night was remade in 1990 by effects legend Tom Savini, and it's easily the best of the Romero remakes to date.

Yeah. By "complete," I meant finally do a true remake of Day.

I'm looking forward to this. I really enjoyed the remake of Dawn of the Dead. That 2008 "Day" movie was definitely just a shared title. It was outside the mythos created by Romero. Anyhoo, this should be good for those of us who have really enjoyed zombie films since the Romero ones were remade. My first zombie film when I was a wee lad was on TNT's Monster Vision (every Friday night they would play old monster movies, it was my every Friday for years). I saw the remake of Night of the Living Dead maybe in 1991 and was blown away, had the bite ever since and always loved zombie stuff. Now I'm gonna get to see a faithful remake of a great film.

This is what the film industry looks like when they decide to remake an old classic horror movie TWICE.

I wondered why I couldn't remember the 2008 remake and then I realised I'd forgotten it because it was utter tripe compared to the original, so why take another shot at it when you failed big the first time?.

 

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