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.
Giddily silly and deliriously gruesome. Completely camp and cartoonish yet still occasionally legitimately nauseating. A gleeful dive into depravity and gore anchored by a naive, wholesome romance. Drags a bit, though. Probably because Jackson couldn't bring himself to leave anything he'd shot in the editing room and out of the movie. A trait he seems to still retain.
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.