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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Doc of the Dead (2014)

For a movie that claims to be “the definitive zombie culture documentary,” Doc of the Dead nearly hits a home run.  While Birth of the Living Dead (2013) is better, it only focuses on George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968).  Doc attempts to do something very ambitious: Start with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) and make it all the way to 2014 in 81 minutes!  Whew!

The only weakness I can see is that they don’t spend enough time on the early stuff.  They mention Caligari, White Zombie (1932) and I Walked With a Zombie (1943).  Then they jump to Romero and never look back.  Since the film was only 81 minutes long, I think there was plenty of time to mention a few other classics such as Lucio Fulci’s artful Zombi 2 (1979), Hammer Horror’s The Plague of the Zombies (1966), and the light-hearted Zombies on Broadway (1945).  They are a part of the whole story along with modern takes on the classic “Haitian zombie” such as Wes Caven’s underrated The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988).

I must confess I’m a zombie addict so most people would not even notice the absence of these films.  Doc of the Dead is a wonderful documentary that explores all things zombie and why they are near and dear to our hearts!

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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