Day of the Dead

Director: George A. Romero
Year Released: 1985
Rating: 2.5

The last piece in Romero's Living Dead trilogy borrows most of its best ideas from the other films in the series and therefore doesn't feel as fresh or innovative as them (further dashing high expectations is the fact that I consider both Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead to be masterpieces). The terrible acting also helps sink this one: concern for the 'humans' is virtually non-existent since most of them are intentionally seedy lowlives or outright lunatics. Still better than a lot of mindless splatter films because of Romero's concept - the subterranean research team wants to 'tame' the zombies into being civilized creatures through Skinnerian manipulation - and Tom Savini's wild effects.