Days of Darkness
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I may not be the biggest zombie movie fan (I only weigh 170 lbs), but I f#*&ing love zombie movies. In recent times, they are everywhere and I love it! On the flip side I have rented a couple of real stinkers, but for the most part this new fad is the tits. “Days of Darkness” will not disappoint your average fan of the genre. It is full of good characters, nude scenes, and tons of blood soaked violence.
D of D stands out in the normal plot of zombie fare but is not cracking boundaries open like a head shot. I really liked the infestation coming about because of alien invaders, adapting to a new planet and the fact that they unfolded the mystery through nasty autopsy scenes. I also really liked the mix of people that gathered together to fight the dead, even if they are all super clichéd parodies of stereo types. My favorite of the troop was the porn queen and her daughter who she was shielding from the world of evils of normal society (great one-liners and filth references).
The plot is, a couple off getting drunk and having fun on a camping trip, come back to find zombies everywhere. Then they’re rescued and brought to an abandoned government broad casting bunker. Inside we meet all the rest of the penned up survivors and through various scenes we get all the back stories, and some are just super funny. I am not going to detail the entire cast but they all stand out and have there place in the story. One main pawn is the whacked out bible thumper and his dead brother chained up in the basement. The dead brother is a catalyst for most of the internal fighting that shows you that normal people are more dangerous then the living dead (big props goes out to Romero for this), but the dead brother is also the guinea pig for all of the sweet and nasty experiments. The band of people are running out of food and need to make life and death choices for there survival, leading to lots of fights with the dead surrounding the bunker.
The only part of the film I did not like was the lack of zombies. I want to see tons of the dead everywhere, but they only had a hand full, and the actors playing the dead really stunk (ha-ha). This could have been a lot better with more zombies, but overall a damn good low budget movie with some good ideas of how the zombies came about and how to kill them. Yet again, I am more pissed by the jack-offs in marketing then the film makers. Don’t write on the cover of the DVD: “2 billion zombies. 11 humans. Get ready to rumble,” if you only got 30 zombies running around.
This is a good rent for the zombie lover in all of us. Well worth it just to see a huge, tough black guy squeeze into a tiny, pink, girly tee. I enjoyed the film and was surprised at the good writing and acting of this zombie flick. If you find this film good, also check out Night of the Living Dead in 3-D with Sid Haig. I’m going to give D of D a generous 3 out of 5 and hope I’m not being too nice.
Added: Monday, December 17, 2007
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