DAY OF THE DEAD
The Darkest Day...
There is nothing left, the government is gone, the cities are flooded with the living dead but there is a small group of survivors organized by the government at the last minute to study the zombies. But living underground with zombies in their capture, the civilian group is in hopes of leaving except for Dr. Logan or "Frankenstein" and Sarah, who hopes to stop them or at least understand the zombies. Still, the military band that is left can't stand what's happening and they want results immedately. Threats become problems and the groups turn on each other and one of them is caught in an attack by a zombie, slowly causing him to transform.
With time running short, the fates intervene and the battle begins between the living and the living dead...
This by far, the best of the special effects in the trilogy(if you exclude the remake)but most of the movie is all talk, without one simple explaination of what exactly the scientist or doing. Sure, their experimenting on the living dead but I see no info to support, why? But the beginning of this movie is perfect, there is nothing left whatsoever of our civilization except small bands of people, that are hidden from the zombies, that lurk the Earth.
Quotes from Day of the Dead (Divimax Special Edition):
John: I got an alternative, yeah, yeah, I got an alternative. Let's get in that old whirly-bird, find us an island some place, get juiced up and spend what time we got left soakin' up some sunshine! How's that?
Sarah: You could do that, couldn't you? With all thats going on, you could just do that without a second thought?
John: Shit, I could do that even if all this *wasn't* going on!
Sarah: Maybe if we tried working together we could ease some of the tensions. We're all pulling in different directions.
John: That's the trouble with the world, Sarah darlin'. People got different ideas concernin' what they want out of life.
Bub has saluted Captain Rhodes.
Dr. Logan: Apparently he was in the military! Return the salute! See what he does!
Captain Rhodes: You want me to salute that pile of walking pus? Salute my ass!
Dr. Logan: Your ignorance is exceeded only by your actions, Captain. How can we expect them to behave if we act barbarically ourselves?
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: Alright 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 seat and I'll keep the engine running. Now the first sign of trouble, I'm going up. If you ain't on board when that happens, you're likely to have a lousy afternoon.
Dr. Logan: They are us.
McDermott: You think I'm not aware of our situation? You think I want to stay isolated down here? You know, I'd make a desperate effort to raise somebody in hopes of getting away from your nasty mouth Steele! But the fact is... the fact is, either we are the only ones left, or there's no one within range my puny Second World War II radio signals.
Johnson: We used to talk to Washington all the time. They could hear us then.
McDermott: We were on relays then. We weren't over the air. The power is off on the mainland now in case you haven't heard, and all the shopping malls are closed!
Torrez: Hey, find anything?
John: Yeah, a bunch of real estate for sale at close-out prices man!
John: This is one big, long 16-mile wide tombstone!
Captain Rhodes: Go on run, run you Fucking lunatics!
Sarah: You're not all right; you're collapsing from stress. Now let me hel...
Pvt. Miguel Salazar: Collapsing from stress? We're all collapsing. This whole fucking unit is collapsing. Everybody except you. I know you're strong, all right, so what? Stronger than me, stronger than everyone, so what? So fucking what?
John: It takes more energy to keep quiet than it does to speak the mind.
One of the zombies has just gotten free and bitten a soldier.
Pvt. Miguel Salazar: I didn't do it! I didn't DO IT! I didn't do it!
Ted Fisher: You know, I once saw one of those things trying to drive down Independence Avenue. It didn't make me want to be its friend.
Sarah: No, it isn't what this one does but what he doesn't do! He doesn't get excited or agitated when Logan enters the room! He doesn't see Logan as...
Ted Fisher: Lunch.
Dr. Logan: We don't have enough ammunition to shoot them all in the head. The time to have done that would have been in the beginning. No, we let them overrun us. We are in the minority now, something by four thousand to one by my calculation.
Pvt. Steel: Let's go, you dumb fucks! Get over here!
Bub the zombie is playing with a telephone.
Dr. Logan: That's right, Bub! Say hello to your Aunt Alicia! Say, "Hello, Aunt Alicia!" "Hello!"
Bub: A-... a-... alloooooleeeeesha!
John: Forget it, Billy boy. It's a dead case. Like all the others, you know. Listen. You can hear it over the engine.
McDermott: Jesus, Mary, Joseph!
John: You want to put some kind of explanation on all this? Here's one as good as any other. We're bein' punished by the Creator. He visited a curse on us. Maybe He didn't want to see us blow ourselves up, put a big hole in the sky. Maybe He just wanted to show us He's still the Boss Man. Maybe He figure, we gettin' too big for our britches, tryin' to figure His shit out.
McDermott: Come on, Johnny! We're countin' on ya to fly us to the Promised Land!
Pvt. Steel: Come on, Bub! Come on, ya pus-brain bag of shit! Ya wanna learn how to shoot, Bub? I'll teach ya how to shoot!
Dr. Logan: It wants me! It wants food! But it has no stomach, can take no nourishment from what it ingests. It's acting on INSTINCT!
Captain Rhodes: I don't want them to do anything but drop over!
Dr. Logan: Yes, well, apparently they're not inclined to do that for you, Captain.
Dr. Logan: I call him Bub. That's what the lodge fellows used to call my father. Can you imagine a surgeon called Bub? Well, he didn't mind. He was rich. My father was rich. Bub's been responding so well that I let him live. (Laughs.) But is he alive or dead? Well, let's just say I let him continue to exist.
Rhodes: Steel, shoot that woman.
Steel points a finger at Sarah
Steel: Bang, you're dead!
McDermot offers Sarah a drink.
Bill McDermot: Good for the heart.
Sarah: Shit for the heart and it eats up your liver.
Sarah takes a swig.
Pvt. Steel (to Miguel): You almost killed Rickles! Yeah! You almost fuckin' killed Rickles! You dirty yellow Spick bastard!
Steel is taunting the zombies in the corral.
Pvt. Rickles (laughing): That's it, Steel! Whip it out!
Pvt. Steel: Fuckin' A! Biggest piece of meat in the cave! I don't wanna frighten the lady, though, not with her boyfriend around.
Sarah: You're incapable of exciting me, Steel, except as an anthropologic curiosity.
Pvt. Steel: Oh, what the hell does that mean, Rickles?
Pvt. Rickles: It means you're a caveman, asshole! You're a fuckin' throwback! You've been spendin' too much time underground! It's okay, Steel - throwbacks all got big dicks!
Steel and Rickles laugh.
Steel is threatening to kill Miguel for his accidentally releasing a zombie. Sarah trains her machine gun on Steel.
Sarah: Let him go, goddamn it! Or I'll cut you in half!
When being ripped in two
Trivia about Day of the Dead (Divimax Special Edition):
Cameo: [George A. Romero] As a zombie pushing a cart in the foreground during the final zombie feast, seen from the waist down and identified by his trademark plaid scarf wrapped around his waist.
- Real pig intestines were used for the scene where Rhodes gets ripped apart in the hallway. Unfortunately, someone had left the guts out of the freezer over the weekend, and after the scene was shot the cast and crew ran away gagging.
- During a holiday break in filming, makeup artist Gregory Nicotero used the realistic and gruesome model of his own head (as seen in a laboratory scene in the film) to play a practical joke on his mother.
- The book Dr. Logan gives to Bub is King, Stephen's Salem's Lot
- George Romero had originally planned for all the zombies to perish in a massive explosion when they stumbled across explosive chemicals in the laboratory. Meanwhile, one of the crew members who had died during the attack was to have stayed dead and not come back as a zombie, thereby giving hope to the survivors.
- The original script, for which Romero couldn't get budget for, involved the scientists living over-ground in a fortress protected by electrified fences and the military living safely underground. It also involved a small army of trained zombies, and the conclusion to the trilogy more brutal than the current version.
- All the extras who portrayed zombies in the climax received for their services: a cap that said "I Played A Zombie In 'Day of the Dead'", a copy of the newspaper from the beginning of the film (the one that says THE DEAD WALK!), and one dollar.
- The first scene (abandoned city) of the movie was filmed in Fort Myers and Sanibel Island, Florida.
- The budget for Romero's original script was estimated at million, but he would only be given the money if he could film an R-rated film. He was told that if he went ahead and shot an unrated film with no limits on gore, the budget would be split in half to .5 million.
- In the opening dream sequence, in which zombie hands burst through a wall to grab Sarah, one of the hands touches her breast. This zombie arm was actress Lori Cardille's husband.
- The lowest grossing film in Romero's "Dead" trilogy. Nonetheless, it's gained a cult following over the last two decades, and the director himself has stated that he considers it his best film.
- The underground facility was not on a soundstage. It was shot in the Wampum mine, a former limestone mine near Pittsburg, that was being used for a underground storage facility. The 2,500,000 square foot mine is now operated as the Gateway Commerce Center who now called it a "subsurface storage facility."