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YMMV: Day of the Dead
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In the original, Captain Rhodes: a complete monster? Or a man at the end of his patience doing the best he can with what little he has to try to put order into a society that has degenerated into chaos?
    • Also, just what makes the scientists and helicopter pilots any more nobler then the army guys? They act out of selfishness and make irrational decisions as well, yet somehow they're portrayed as the good guys in the movie.
      • But the pilots at least stick up for Sarah when the soldiers threaten her.
      • The pilots are the only sensible ones because the film essentially depicts the zombie threat as having won already. The scientists are wasting time trying to understand them, the soldiers are basically embroiled in a dick-measuring contest, and the pilots just want to live the rest of their lives peacefully. And in DOTD's world, that is arguably the most sensible option.
    • The difference, as far as the movie depicts, is that the soldiers are quickly reverting to basic animal survival, while the scientists and the pilot are trying to retain as much of the civilized society as they can. Rhodes is an ineffectual bully who can only excert authority through threats but has no kind of plan or vision of his own. The scientists are at least trying to do something constructive and not succumb to infighting.
      • But then it doesn't help that the likes of Frankenstein resort to subterfuge in order to get what they need. If he'd been more open and told Rhodes what he was doing with the corpses - even asked to use the corpses of the soldiers, he likely wouldn't have been killed. Certainly Rhodes and his men are more irrational, depicted as being more aggressive, but the scientists don't cooperate either. The two pilots with their little spot of paradise tucked away in the facility are more neutral, since they aren't obsessed with asserting their authority, nor are they obsessed with trying to figure out an 'enemy' who by Frankenstein's calculations render any efforts to control or understand the zombies a moot point. What's the point of Frankenstein's research, after all? You could never implement that on a scale large enough to win.
  • Critical Research Failure: Lots of errors in the 2008 remake. Some of the more egregious ones:
    • Soldiers being deployed in the field in nothing other than their BDU's (battle dress uniform). They should have at a bare minimum, their weapon, an LBV (load bearing vest), and a kevlar helmet. Soft caps are used in garrison, not while deployed in the field like these "soldiers" were. On top of that, they're wearing the old style uniforms in 2008, which were phased out around 2005, so they should've been wearing the modern ACU's (the digital camo ones).
    • Bub not being issued a weapon because he's a communications soldier. In the US Army, every soldier is trained first as an Infantryman, and every soldier gets a weapon. Would've been more plausible had they had their weapons slung on their backs while in the base camp.
    • Only Commissioned Officers (lieutenant, captain, major, etc) are addressed as sir or ma'am. Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) such as Cpl. Cross should've simply been called "Corporal".
    • While the explanation was probably cut due to Executive Meddling, Cpl. Cross not loading her weapon with a magazine/live rounds because "it's complicated" is a big no-no. If deployed in a hostile area, soldiers are trained to have a round chambered and ready to fire. Or at the very least, a loaded magazine so they're not fumbling around on their LBV to load a magazine should they need to shoot.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • Day of the Dead's electronic theme is very cold and clinical and very good at conveying the isolation and paranoia the main characters feel.
    • The brief reprise of "The Gonk", rendered in organ form.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Salazar, from the remake. The dumbfounding part is that all his lines were adlibbed by the actor himself.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • (1985 version) Terry Alexander was born and raised in Detroit, but pulls off an excellent Caribbean accent. Funnily enough, Roger Ebert thought that Jarlath Conroy's Irish accent was fake and commented as such in his initial review, even though Conroy is actually a native Irishman.
    • (2008 version) The DJ was played by Ian McNeice, who you'd never guess was a classically trained British actor who spent four years with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Any scene with both Rhodes and Logan in it is practically made of ham.
  • Narm: Pretty much any time the remake attempted a "serious" scene. The remake's zombies are also cringe-inducing in just how cartoonishly Uwe-Boll esque they are.
  • Rooting for the Empire: A good proportion of viewers/fans find themselves rooting for Rhodes and co. towards the end.
    • Others are rooting for Bub and the Zombies to go after Rhodes.
  • Sequelitis: The original film, while perhaps not considered an all-time classic, is certainly regarded as one of the better zombie films out there. By contrast, Contagium is widely felt to be absolute crap, and the remake arguably even worse.
  • Strawman Has a Point: People try to make a case for the original Rhodes. Just look at this discussion.
    • Moreover, it becomes clear that Rhodes has pretty much the exact same opinions as John about how utterly pointless the scientist's work has become and his desire to leave it all behind and escape in the helicopter are exactly what the heroes do in the end.
      • Lets also not forget that as cute as the teaching Bub to shave and salute scene was; actively teaching zombies how to use guns when guns are the only things that are keeping the humans alive? He was absolutely right to call them out here.
      • Technically Logan didn't teach Bub how to use a gun. He just set it down in front of him to see what he'd do with it. It's just coincidence that Bub had prior firearms knowledge, and didn't have a liking for Rhodes.
  • Special Effects Failure: The remake's superhuman zombies, represented through speeding up their movements in post-production. What results is an almost comical, extremely jerky movement style that doesn't remain consistent with the rest of their movement (neither does their strength: a zombie that can violently fling a human away or tear one apart with its bare hands can be fended off by shoving it with a lamp). In particular is a zombie in the hospital who suddenly shoots onto the ceiling to crawl across it, causing bad CGI floor tiles to fall faster than gravity, and then drops back down.
  • The Woobie: Bub.
    • Miguel. He's under constant pressure from the army, the fact that he sees nothing but Zombies all over, does not want to sleep, gets bit, has the infected arm cut off with no anesthetic and to top it off losing his mind from the beginning to the end of the movie.

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