ZOM-COM WITH A CAST TO DIE FOR

THE DEAD DON’T (15) ★★★ ★★

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EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL dam­age wrought by frack­ing un­leashes a zom­bie apoc­a­lypse in wri­ter­di­rec­tor Jim Jar­musch’s off-kil­ter hor­ror com­edy, which pits an all-star cast against the un­dead. The res­i­dents of Cen­ter­ville grow con­cerned by per­pet­ual day­light over their sleepy, close-knit town.

Po­lice chief Cliff Robert­son (Bill Mur­ray) and of­fi­cers Min­erva Morrison (Chloe Se­vi­gny) and Ronald Peter­son (Adam Driver) re­spond to an at­tack at the lo­cal diner and calls about dis­ap­pear­ing live­stock.

Nearby, quixotic un­der­taker Zelda Win­ston (Tilda Swin­ton) prac­tises her samu­rai sword skills in the back room of The Ever Af­ter fu­neral home. When night falls, corpses re­an­i­mate. and Her­mit Bob (Tom Waits) wit­nesses the dev­as­ta­tion through binoc­u­lars. Res­i­dents in­clud­ing Hank Thomp­son (Danny Glover), Bobby Wig­gins (Caleb Landry Jones) and farmer Frank Miller (Steve Buscemi) arm them­selves against the slaver­ing preda­tors.

Zom­bies, in­clud­ing Iggy Pop, over­run Cen­ter­ville, at­tack­ing a juvenile de­ten­tion build­ing where Geron­imo ( Jahi Win­ston), Olivia (Taliyah Whi­taker) and Stella (Maya Del­mont) are in­car­cer­ated.

The Dead Don’t Die pays homage to the satir­i­cal hor­rors of George A Romero with some juicy, stomach-churn­ing make-up ef­fects.

Mur­ray and Driver are masters of dead­pan de­liv­ery and their ban­ter is one of the film’s fleet­ing plea­sures.

Danny Glover as Hank Thomp­son, Bill Mur­ray as po­lice chief Cliff Robert­son and Adam Driver as of­fi­cer Ronald Peter­son Bill Mur­ray with Chloe Se­vi­gny as Min­erva Morrison Adam Driver A zomb­i­fied Iggy Pop Tilda Swin­ton as Zelda Win­ston

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