Day of the Dead 2: Contagium

Many people will be put off by the title of the film right off the bat. No, George Romero had nothing to do with this. It doesn’t revolve around any of the same characters and actually, in a linear time line, this coincides with Night of the Living Dead, not Day. If you can get past the shameless promotions from Taurus Entertainment, the film itself isn’t bad. It gives a viable possibility as to what started the whole chain of events in Pittsburgh in 1968. The story focuses on a mental hospital that lays on the land of a former military installation. The installation was destroyed because of a virus found on a downed Russian plane and turns people into the Living Dead. The military burned the whole thing in an effort to contain the situation. Of course, some of the chemical was removed from the building only to be found by one of the residents of the hospital some years later. When a group of residents are out with their Doctor looking for whatever they can find in a nearby ravine, they stumble on the contagion, which has been hidden in an old metal thermos. Upon opening the thermos they all get infected and start to change. They become zombies, but maintain their intelligence, while anyone they bite becomes a brain eating mindless shell. Of course, the Doctor and a couple of the patients fight the desire to feed and they maintain a semblance of humanity while trying to stop the mass transformation. The events of Night of the Living Dead could conceivable have come from this story, so to that end, this was well crafted. The effects were excellent for what I am guessing was a pretty limited budget and the acting, for the most part, was pretty good. They did a great job of stocking the mental institution with believable characters like a drug addict, a cutter, a guy who gets premonitions about the future and a couple of guys who can’t distinguish horror movies from reality. The film was enjoyable to watch, despite the blatant assault of the name of the film. Zombie fans will come to enjoy this I am sure. Bonus material includes a making of segment and an audio commentary with the co-directors and cinematographer. (Anchor Bay, 1699 Stutz Dr, Troy, MI 48084) (DVD) – Myk

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