The new movie “The Dead Don’t Die” is an experiment of a low key, campy, strange, dark comedy that for me did not work. The problem with this experiment was mixing extreme horror of dead people eating live people with sarcastic, dry, subtle, lazy humor is not funny enough to actually make these two hours entertaining. To offset the strange horrific world of zombies, the jokes, the irony and the situations have to be much funnier than in this film. Inside of 1 hour of this almost 2 hour film, it all got old very quickly.
The director and screenwriter Jim Jarmusch, is great friends with all of the many named celebrities in this movie and it appears that many favors were called in to get well known actors like Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits,Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, Tilda Swinton and Selena Gomez to appear in what amounts to a low range zombie comedy.
Why zombie movies and TV series like the long running “Walking Dead” series continue to be popular makes no sense to me. How many times can a zombie get their heads cut off or shot in the head or stabbed in the eye, until we have all collectively seen enough already. For me, its time to stop making zombie movies, especially those that dare to be funny.
The Rotten Tomatoes rating for The Dead Don’t Die is a low 52% and I give this only about 40% for the few jokes that almost worked. This is one zombie comedy that should be skipped.