Another Romero Zombie flick, fourth in the “of the Dead” franchise did not disappoint. This time Romero combined some of the elements of Mad Max movies and a classical zombie plot, but with a twist. It is really cool to see things like this function in one movie perfectly. And this is just a part of the elements and aspects explored in Land of the Dead, as social commentary is something that’s a constant in the franchise. The gap between rich and poor, organization of a post-apocalyptic society, gated communities and parallels between the state of humanity at this point are thought-provoking and engaging. And don’t forget the gore that’s as good as it gets. This is the first movie of the series that uses digital effects and I have to say that they nailed them. They were not obtrusive and sort of organically complemented practical effects.
So, after the Earth has been overrun by zombies, small communities in guarded and defended pockets still survive by raiding the empty and zombie infested cities. A group of mercenaries is about to begin another raid. They are regarded as a lower class in a structure set by the richest. But then something happens to mindless zombies, something that no one thought was possible. Asia Argento is in this flick and it is directed by George A. Romero, that’s it, that is enough. Enjoy.
Director: George A. Romero
Cast: Asia Argento, Dennis Hopper, John Leguizamo, Robert Joy, Simon Baker, Tony Nappo
Fun Stuff: George A. Romero was so impressed with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (2004) that he asked them to appear in this, the fourth part of his “Dead” series, and they appear as the photo-booth zombies in the carnival/bar-room sequence. They also feature prominently in the artwork for the unrated directors’ cut.