Day of the Dead II: Contagium (2005)

Day of the Dead II: Contagium (2005)

Day of the Dead II: Contagium (2005) Whoa! Romero actually made a legitimate sequel to Day of the Dead (1985)?!

Ok, slow down there buddy. No, no he did not. This wasn’t written by him, wasn’t directed by him….hell, the only thing with Romero’s name on it is a shitty reference to him when a sign in a hospital reads “Romero Ward”.

Well then how can people get away with this, you may ask earnestly. Everyone’s been riding Romero’s coat-tails since the 60’s, some more overtly than others (Lucio Fulci, can I see you after class?). This one just happens to be chasing a Romero reboot, 2004’s Dawn of the Dead. So….no Romero and straight-to-DVD should be enough to keep you away.

But, you just can’t, can you? And sadly, like how I’m constantly lapping at an unhealing flesh wound, neither can I.

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Day of the Dead 2 (2005)

Day of the Dead 2 (2005)

On to the PLOT! You like plots, don’t you? We begin in Russia in 1968, the same year the original Night of the Living Dead came out (I’m throwing up, literally throwing up. This is not an anecdote. This is for real).

A vial concealed in a thermos escapes from a hospital where an infected zombie man has caused a military rampage. The thermos is discovered years later — in 2005 to be precise — by a group of male patients at the same hospital/male-female looney bin. Their dorky romances with some female patients result in the viruses accidental release, just like their middle school hormones that are inexplicably still raging.

The writing in Day of the Dead II: Contagium is brutal, absolutely brutal. Two gems include “You’d screw anyone for a penny!” and “We’re just in denial about death, so we invent ways to carry on. Because there’s nothing after death.” Nice. The acting is hard to take in as well. The zombies are only play-acting zombies. And the people are only play-acting people. The gore looks cheap, the musical score is stock…sorry, looks like I just slipped down Shit-Talking Slope. A guy does try talking sense into his pregnant zombie wife while she’s in labor. That part is kind of interesting. In a dumb, dumb, very dumb sort of way.

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Day of the Dead 2 (2005)

Day of the Dead 2 (2005)

What confounds me most is that a stream of this film has upwards of 700,000 on YouTube. 700,000! Who’s watching this? That kind of viewership does not happen on accident. You can certainly blame a large portion of it on confusion (just look at the ripped font in the movie poster), but a large portion of those people stuck the thing out to the end. And they’re people who leave comments like, “Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Gina Davis all wanted do this films but, their comments would NOT allow it. This is about the current virus in Africa. We need to be very aware of this situation.” Thank you, Greenvegan828. You just cleared up all of my audience qualms right there.

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Written by: Ben Mueller