Society collapsing is scary. Nobody being left is scary. The people you're trapped with are crazy is scary. But whats really scary, is that we live in a world that can be so easily disposed of. As the film cites we are just paper trails and names on sheets of paper in a binder left underground at the end of the world. We can all slip into nothing and this film questions what documenting a life really means.
My favourite zombie film criticizing Reagan, cold war politics, medical experimentation and the collapse of the military industrial complex. BLEAK BLEAK BLEAK! Tom Savini's makeup if amazing here and the template for all zombie films to follow.
To me, one of the true masterpieces of cinema. So rhythmic-musical-atmospheric, so balanced (structurally and tonally, between action and dialogue, praxis and theory, humor and graveness, horror and sentiment, feeling and attitude and intelligence). Horror is to be ripped apart by a zombie, indeed, but so is to live in a multiplicity of narrow-mindedness.
Marvellous antimilitarist and antiscientific fable. While brother Bub looks like the Neanderthal Man learning to make fire, Capt. Rhodes and Frankenstein are perfect examples of members of a decadent modern society. At the end, the survivors choose to come back to a Carribean Eden and abandon the living dead who, undoubtedly, will submit to Charles Darwin's law of evolution. Or not. Masterpiece.
Every era gets its own Dead: Night was a metaphor for the chaos of '68, Dawn a metaphor for consumerism, and Day a plague-on-both-your-houses tale about society unable to unite. It's less inspired—Romero is better with concepts than characters—and the weird, contradictory tones that Dawn held together nearly come apart. But it's got some fire...unreconstructed 60s liberalism chucked into the heart of the Reagan era.
I remember loving this film when I first saw it but was a little concerned when I heard that it is seen as the black sheep of the Romero family. I have to admit to being put off by the awful soundtrack early on but the power of the film, and of the whole Romero vision kept me as hooked on this film as I had been when I first saw it.
Sure, it has its glitches but it's easily one of the best Zombie films around!