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Rated R · 87 minutes · 2008

Horror, Thriller
Part three of George Romero's “Living Dead” cycle (1985) takes an unexpected turn away from satire and spectacle and into an intimate, discursive tone. The action is largely confined to a huge cavern (shades of Edgar G. Ulmer) where a team of scientists is investigating what makes the zombies tick. But months underground have eaten away at them and their military aides: the chief scientist has embarked on a series of increasingly grotesque and pointless experiments on his zombie specimens, and the chain of military command has passed to a brutal psychopath. As always in Romero's films, the minority characters—a woman, a black, an alcoholic intellectual—provide the only positive contrast to the American nightmare of power lust and compulsive consumption, yet this time the focus is less political than philosophical. Beginning from a position of absolute misanthropy, Romero asks what it means to be human, and the answers are funny, horrifying, and ultimately hopeful. 102 min.
Director: Steve Miner
Producer: Boaz Davidson, James Glenn Dudelson, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Danny Dimbort, Robert Franklin Dudelson, Avi Lerner and Paul Mason
Cast: Ving Rhames, Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon, Michael Welch, Stark Sands, Matt Rippy, Ian McNeice, AnnaLynne McCord, Linda Marlowe and Pat Kilbane

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