Day of the Dead : Contagium title

AKA: Contagium,  Day of the Dead 2 : Contagium

Tag Line : Every day has a Beginning

Day of the Dead : ContagiumCheekily borrowing the title from George Romero's third Living Dead film in an attempt to pass this off as a supposed sequel/prequel to that instalment, "Contagium" starts off in the late 1960's, where the US army are busy sealing off a hospital in a small town where a deadly virus has broken out, turning patients and hospital staff into flesh eating zombies.

Flashing forward to the present day, a group of patients on day release from a nearby mental health clinic are clearing some waste ground close to the site of the old hospital, when one of them unearths a metallic sample container. Returning to the clinic, one of them decides to crack it open and see what's inside, unleashing the deadly virus within.

Noticing what looks like a virus outbreak, the facility goes under quarantine, but as the transformations become even more hideous and the patients begin to attack one another, a group of survivors attempt to hide up and see if a cure can be found in the clinic's lab before the ensuing carnage spills into the surrounding town.

Obviously this film owes nothing to George Romero's zombie movies, other than ripping-off one of the titles. Whilst this isn't the worst zombie film I've seen, it certainly isn't the best either, which proves to be typical direct-to-video fair. The special effects are somewhat cheap, the acting is hammy and the plot formulaic and predictable. Perhaps the most disappointing part was the films ending, in which the film didn't actually come to a conclusion it merely came to a stop.

The film isn't a complete waste of time, but one that can only be recommended to lovers of B-movies or die-hard zombie fans. Would be better if they simply titled it "Contagium" and marketed it as the standalone film it really is, as no-one is going to be fooled into thinking this rip-off has anything to do with Romero.

Overall marks : 3/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The films budget was $9million

  • The German release cuts out about 20 mins of more graphic material. This heavily edited version was the one being circulated in bootleg form around the internet prior to the official US release.

  • The exterior of the hospital used during the prologue is apparently the same one seen in "Children of the Corn 6".

  • Director James Dudelson is the head of "Taurus Entertainment", the production company that helped Romero finance "Day of the Dead". He was also involved with the 2008 remake of "Day of the Dead".

  • The prologue claims to be set in 1968, yet one of the soldiers is seen brandishing a Berretta M92 pistol, which wasn't invented until the early 90's.

  • Though set in Pennsylvania, the film was actually made in Los Angeles. Sharper eyed viewers may notice the palm trees in the background during the opening scenes after the credits.

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