The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

1h 44m / R / Comedy

ONE OF THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST HORROR FILMS

If there’s one thing indie paterfamilias Jim Jarmusch is good at, it’s making every project he does feel ineffably connected, in tone and style and approach to its subject, to every other project he’s done. And if there are two things he’s good at, the other thing is filling up his movies with incredible quantities of talent. The Dead Don’t Die is a fresh-from-the-headlines take on the Romero-style zombie outbreak as metaphor for societal breakdown, this time putting political divisiveness and climate change panic right alongside good ol’ fashioned consumerism as the ”real” monsters. It’s raw, funny in its brutality, flippant in its approach to the end of the world, kind of punk-rock spiritual kin to 1985’s Return of the Living Dead — at least it feels more closely related to that movie than others that fall under the newborn (and terribly named) microgenre of “zom-coms.” And it’s got at least a dozen actors you know in it: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover — seriously just look at the poster down there, we’re running out of space.

A Nightmare on Franklin Street 2019 is presented by Voodoo Ranger and J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. Promotional consideration is provided by Spooky Empire and WEDU PBS.