Release Date: June 24th, 2005.
Written by: George A. Romero.
Directed by: George A. Romero.
Starring: Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper. and Asia Argento.
Big, polished, gory, and as socially-relevant as ever, Land of the Dead is our favorite of George Romero's zombie flicks.
Cast stones at us if you will (you wouldn't be wrong to do so), but we just can't help but love this entry in the "Dead" series above the others.
Zombie Apocalypse, leave it to we humans to still live divided as a society; the rich elite get a privileged life in the lavish high-rise community of Fiddler's Green, while the poor and less fortunate live in the filthy ghettos below. And no, there is no middle class, because that shit never existed to begin with.
|THE RICH: KEEPING THE POOR MASSES DISTRACTED BY BRIGHT SHINY THINGS SINCE FOREVER.|
|THAT THING'S GOT MISSILES!|
|GUESS WHO WINS?|
If you're talking about which George Romero zombie flick that we enjoy the most though, and which one that we could watch over and over again without getting tired of, then Land of the Dead would be number one with a bullet.
For reasons that I can not explain or justify to you, or even to myself, George Romero's Land of the Dead is our favorite entry in his Dead Universe of films. I honestly think it's because LOTD feels like it's his most polished and complete zombie effort to date. All of the familiar biting social commentary and insane gore gags are there, and it's got a budget bigger than all of his other Dead movies put together (and then some), and it really shows. Whatever the reason, Land of the Dead just clicks on all cylinders for us.
And in all honesty, Big Daddy is one of the most interesting zombie characters to ever appear in a movie. We loved how Romero toyed with the idea of the undead getting smarter in Land, and Big Daddy was the perfect "man" to lead the zombies into battle against the entitled humans. Bub (Day of the Dead), Tarman (Return of the Living Dead), and Big Daddy are probably the three best zombie characters of all-time.
|THE SIMON PEGG & EDGAR WRIGHT CAMEOS WERE SUPER COOL TOO.|
|"POOR PEOPLE, MAN, THEY CREEP ME OUT."|
|AND HERE WE THOUGHT THE UNDEAD WERE BRAINLESS.|
|"YOU'RE EMBARRASSING YOURSELF."|
|SORRY, ASIA. NO NUDITY FOR YOU THIS TIME.|
|...AND THEN SOME.|
Land of the Dead is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Asia Argento is a classic.