From a Zack Snyder remake of a George A. Romero classic that involves the dawn of a zombie apocalypse, we will now take a look into a movie by the master himself, George A. Romero. Let’s continue this Zombie DVD Week by taking a peek into a world where a zombie holocaust has already taken place. Welcome to George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead!
The Story: There are two main plot threads in the movie. One is the brewing civil unrest within a city controlled by a really rich guy played by Dennis Hopper. The shit hit the fan when one of his most loyal minions, Cholo (played by John Leguizamo), decided to take the city hostage. And then the dude from The Devil Wears Prada got involved. It was mediocre at best. The second main thread is where the charm of this movie is at. Zombies have become smarter. They have evolved, and it was fascinating to watch them taking over a city while learning new ways to kill along the way. I wish the writers developed this twist more because it feels like a natural progression for the zombie genre. Also, Mr. Romero knows how to scare people. Dammit.
The Eye Candy: Are you kidding me?! This is a zombie movie by the inventor of the zombie genre. You can expect an insane amount of blood and gore and entrails and innards and decapitation and did I mention BLOOD? If you want to see zombies feasting on human flesh, brother, you should see this movie. I mean, come on. I almost clapped when a zombie ripped some poor guy’s face off while he was screaming. HARDCORE.
The Actors: It’s one big pile of MEH performances. But of course, Dennis Hopper will always be cool. He delivered the best line of the movie, actually. “Zombies, man. They creep me out.”
The DVD Extras: This is another one of those 1-disc wonders. Really, it’s fascinating to watch all the making-of featurettes. You get to see how they made all the gore. But for me, the crown jewel of the extras has got to be the When Shaun Met George featurette. Simon Pegg, the star of Shaun of the Dead, met the Godfather of Zombie Movies. He made a cameo appearance as a zombie and it was sweet to see him as a giggling Romero fan.
I could do without the inner turmoil within what’s left of human civilization. The real stars of Land of the Dead are the zombies. These undead have character, man. This is the only zombie movie that made me care and root for the walking dead. And Mr. Romero? He’s the Stan Lee of zombie movies. ‘Nuff said.