Vegans

vegans

Vegans: When the remake of Day of the Dead came out we got a new take on the classic character “Bub.” The original version was a zombie that was learning to use tools and communicate with the humans around him. In the new version he was called “Bud,” and was a “friend” to one of the soldiers and wouldn’t eat people at first because, it was supposed, that while he was alive he was a vegetarian. It was a new, and honestly, unsatisfying take on the zombie that seems more like a gimmick than anything else. That being said, vegans, who get turned into zombies will end up like very other zombie in most cases. So a true vegan zombie is the variety that don’t eat people. (Note: There is apparently a movie called Vegan Zombies I have yet to check out.)

Day of the Dead 2008

So I’ve come to Day of the Dead 2008. The original Day of the Dead was one of my least favorite of the original Romero films. I can’t say much more for the remake.

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The poster art is pretty wonderfully gruesome. It’s the sort of drippy gooey sort of gore I like in a horror movie.

That may be the last positive thing I have to say in this review but I’ll try to keep on the bright side.

One of the things that threw me off right away was the fact that Ving Rames is in this. Nothing against Ving Rames, he’s kind of awesome, but he was a character in the remake of Dawn of the Dead so his presence in this movie as a TOTALLY DIFFERENT CHARACTER feels a LOT like the casting of the second Return of the Living Dead movie in which several actors were brought back to play totally different characters, all of their original characters having died in the first film.

As I was casting around for information about the film before writing this I found statements by Rames regarding his involvement in both movies to the effect that the movie was a remake of the Romero movie but stands on its own apart from the remake of Dawn.  Another amazing thing is that these two movies are apparently unconnected? Sooooo, someone remade Dawn of the Dead in 2004 and it was a box office hit then these guys come along and decide to remake Day of the Dead and that’s TOTALLY unrelated?

Sorry, but I have to call shenanigans on that one. They made this movie as a follow up to Dawn as a way to make money and didn’t have the connections or the official go ahead or whatever to make it a direct sequel to the remake of Dawn even though it is. They did however manage to get Ving into the movie. I’m willing to let the politics behind the scenes of the making of hollywood movies go as I don’t care much about it but when it blatantly effects the viewing pleasure of the movie it’s hard to let it go.

On to other things. Day of the Dead plays out in a fairly typical way for zombie movies. It takes place during a medical outbreak in a small Colorado town in which the infected dead rise up and start destroying the world. You know this already I’m sure, or could have guessed it. This movie differs a bit from others as it closely follows the actions of military personnel and their reaction to the outbreak and attempts to keep it under control. It also offers us a real answer to how the outbreak happened and who caused it.

Oddly enough, as interesting as that is, it’s sort of a disappointment by the time this movie comes along. So what if there is a crazy scientist? So what if it’s a government program gone crazy? So what if there is a secret military base? We’ve seen all that in other movies and not just the original Day of the Dead.  the answers the movie gives us just don’t seem to matter especially when the questions are so much more fun.

It’s tough to sum up all the crappy points about this movie beyond the bad story line, the lack of character development, the shallow character development in the few we do get to know and the screw-ball super powered super scientist leader of the zombies in the army bunker. Ok, that REALLY should be addressed.

As the Romero zombies progressed he introduced higher and higher levels of intelligence and understanding in his zombies including the character Bub in the original Day of the Dead. Bub manages to get into this remake as well as a soldier named “Bud” (more modern I guess) who won’t attack the female soldier because he has an attachment to her and possibly because he was a vegetarian before he died.

Much like the original Day of the Dead this movie is just a typical gore fest with a fairly boring story and action. I have to admit to liking it just a tad more than the original but liking one pile of crap more than another isn’t saying much.

Bub

This week I’m going to take a look at five famous zombies.

bub

Bub is probably one of the most well-known zombies from George Romero’s zombie series. We met him in Day of the Dead. He was a tool user who was captured and experimented on by a government scientist. He seemed to like music, and showed loyalty towards some of the humans. He even made it into the remake though in a slightly different form and his name being changed to Bud instead of Bub.

Honestly I’m not a big fan of Day of the Dead or Bub despite how iconic his image is. He’s more of a comical character than a tragic one and I just never felt sold on him in the story. One way Day of the Dead tries to advance the story of the zombie apocalypse is by showing what happened in a different part of the country, sunny Florida instead of cloudy Pennsylvania, and by showing what happened to some of the military when the outbreak happened. But once again it’s people holed up in a bunker with all sorts of horrible issues with relating to others to contend with and the zombies at the gates. In other words, pretty much the exact same story we saw in the previous two films. I would have much rather seen the story of a wandering gang like the bikers in Dawn or more of the panic in the city we saw at the start of Dawn. If they wanted to take the story further by showing a coastal city trying to rebuild in the aftermath and the place was ruled by the military, all those things would have been better. Day just seemed to miss the mark for me.

What do you think?