DAY OF THE DEAD
"Dawn of the Dead was relatively light fare. I thought it was a fun picture - a bit comic. Day of the Dead is nightmarish and scary. It’s certainly scarier than Dawn. It has a certain sense of claustrophobia. It has a darker atmosphere than Dawn, a darker outlook." – George Romero (Forrest J. Ackerman’s Monster Land)
"Stunning...memorable score...excellent performances...more controlled and assured than the often slapstick heroics of Dawn of the Dead...better plotting and characters than the previous installments. (Video - The Magazine)
"Romero's new film is in a class by itself, far removed from the schlock horror that has dampened ardor for the genre for years. A well-paced, viable plot, dependent on strong characterizations, precipitates the horror elements, delivering scares at just the right time. (Cinefantastique’s Dan Scopperati)
Day of the Dead originally was outlined in a 40-page treatment written by Romero in 1978 called "Old Soldiers Never Die - Satan Sends Them Back". This copyright secured a projected trilogy. As the souvenir poster book t-shirt ad for Dawn of the Dead promised, it was slated for a 1988 release. As part of a three-picture deal with Laurel Productions and Romero about to leave the company in 1985, it was now or never. The 104-page second draft was trimmed down from the original draft by 100 pages. The cost had to be brought down from the projected $6.5 million which would have been too chancy for an unrated, graphic 'epic' horror film so it was re-projected to $3.5 million.
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