6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Dreadful and frustating...,
This review is from: Day Of The Dead 2 - Contagium [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this film having never heard of it and, being a big fan of the Romero zombie films, had medium expectations. The cover art has the same zombie profiles repeatedly imposed on it which lead me think it must be rather dubious if they couldn't even get more than 3 silouettes, but nothing could prepare me for how shoddy and embarassing the film is.
First of all the set-up and theory as to how the zombie 'virus' came into existence is completely different from the explantions (or the creepy lack thereof) in the Romero films, which is annoying and audacious of the writers.
The direction of the film is pretty dreadful, basic mistakes and errors run throughout the film which makes it difficult to get through. The pacing is slow at best and the script often laughably bad. The attempts at characterisation are ham fisted and the whole 'mental asylum' plot set-up is silly and not really convincing. The beginning of the film could have been much more exciting but for the lack of special effects (the guns don't even seem to fire!) and more questionable directing decisions.
If there is one positive thing to say about Day of the Dead 2: Contagium (note that 'Contagium' is not even a real word) it's the lead actors. The two leads who play mental patients who are in love really do try as does the actor playing their doctor. The dialogue is poor but they are trying and it shows in some scenes.
As a huge fan of the genre I can say this is one of the worst modern entries next to 'The Zombie Chronicles'. I suppose it might be worth owning for the sheer novelty, and if you're a collector of zombie films you may find yourself buying it just so you can say that you own it. It is however a very, very badly made film that steals the title of a very good zombie film. Keep this in mind and you won't be dissapointed while watching it.
Last thoughts: A woeful mish-mash.