It may be a horror-comedy splatter movie, but it's also a crazy bastard of the romantic melodrama genre. On its peripheral, it's a romance of a man falling in love, and getting out of the overbearing rule of his mother. That's why it's better than the Evil Dead films: Jackson imprints his stylish, comicbook horror with something that isn't necessarily more complex, but isn't just strictly pure gory laughs.
The most disgusting film I’ve EVER seen! It takes a lot to shock me when it comes to cinema. This one earns its place among groundbreaking (and head-breaking) splatstick classics. The entire time I was watching DA I kept thinking “This makes Evil Dead look like a PG family film.”
The greatest zombie movie ever made, who needs Romero when you have Jackson? It's probably the goriest movie ever made, and yet I can't see how it would offend anybody. Therein lies the playful genius of Peter Jackson's genre movies.
***1/2. With the living dead, you can be dead serious like George Romero or dead funny like Peter Jackson. A few years later, Robert Rodriguez will handle the vampire theme in the same way with FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. Recommended.