Another animated gif showing Bub, the zombie who is experimented on, from George A. Romero’s ‘Day of the Dead‘ (1985).
‘Day of the Dead‘ is one of Romero’s bleakest portrayals of humans trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. The film doesn’t give any sense that humans could rebuild their world and fashion out any sort of civilized life out from the ruins of the world due to their own power struggles and infighting and tendency towards tribalism.
It is ironic that some of the most human moments come from Bub the zombie who is chained up for the majority of the movie and is being systematically experimented on to see if he can be classically conditioned to resist his zombie urges and become an asset to humanity, as opposed to a threat.
This animated gif shows a scene from the film where he is given headphones to listen to some music and it sparks some deep down recognition fro the smalls tracess of humanity that might still be lurking in him.