Friday, October 29, 2010

Day Of The Dead - O.S.T. by John Harrison

Here is the soundtrack to George Romero's 1985 masterpiece Day Of The Dead. Reviled by many when it was originally released, this movie has since gone on to be revered by many who appreciate its totally unsympathetic characters, its very nihilistic and downbeat pace (compared to the more upbeat and comedic Dawn Of The Dead), and its absolutely mind-and chunk-blowing "EFX" work by maestro Tom Savini. In the 80's, I guess saying just "effects" or "fx" couldn't do justice to Savini's work here, so they had to add the "E" before it to signify the extremity of the fx. Also, some of you may not know that the original script was much different than what was filmed, those interested in reading this should do so here. If you don't want to read what could've been and are content with what you have, may i also suggest having this, the score to this fine film? Very dark and dramatic, but with a slightly Caribbean flavor to it, which is odd, but really adds a layer of hope to the otherwise totally bleak and hopeless situation. I would also like to state for the record that I hold Night, Dawn, and Day as the three finest examples of zombie cinema ever, and yeah, I still think Romero's zombie movies are light years better than others being churned out now. In my opinion, he fucking started the genre, and the man can do no wrong.


  1. The original trilogy is untouchable. I'm also very fond of Savini's NOTLD remake and RETURNOTLD (which I consider to be "canon" in a weird offshoot kind of way). I still like Romero's LAND for a lot of reasons and the gags in DIARY are awesome. However, SURVIVAL hasn't quite grown on me yet. Did you see THE WALKING DEAD ep.1? Did it grab you? It has good aspects, but I'm not sure yet.

  2. i haven't watched walking dead or survival of the dead yet. i am also fond of savini's remake, and ROTLD is one of the best horror movies ever, which might also fall into the splatstick category, but above all is a fun, fast, punk as fuck zombie movie. and as much as i hate to say it, zombies are becoming like the new vampires. zombie counterculture is everywhere...i'm almost sick of it.

  3. Oh, I'm completely sick of it. I hate how zombies have been made "cute". I really disliked ZOMBIELAND for example. ugh.