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The Dead Don’t Die

This screening took place on
Monday, August 5, 2019 at 8:30pm
Yukon Arts Centre

While The Dead Don't Die may not scale the heights of his best films: Down By Law, Dead Man, Paterson, Gimme Danger; American arthouse godfather, Jim Jarmusch, delivers a zombie comedy; ala weird summer-lite fare, with the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat and Tom Waits!

In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable, and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. No one quite knows why. News reports are scary and scientists are concerned. But no one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing Centerville: The Dead Don’t Die — they rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living, and the citizens of the town must battle for their survival.

CommonSense Media says: "Gory zombie comedy has an offbeat sense of humor." 16+


"A dozy riff on George A. Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead with a dash of Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space or whatever other no-budget ghoulapalooza writer/director Jim Jarmusch caught on TV late one night as a kid, The Dead Don’t Die is… well, it’s really weird.

It’s also moody, drenched in irony and sometimes explosively funny. And it never even comes close to being scary, even as characters are having their flesh eaten on camera. 

The Dead Don’t Die is as deadpan as they come, opening with an invocation of Romero’s chilling classic – which people know and love in this movie’s world – and then just rolling through all the standard genre tropes of 50s and 60s programmers.

meta touches are the sort of thing that makes The Dead Don’t Die so fascinating to watch. It’s not satisfying as horror, and only sporadically works as a comedy, but I enjoyed the experience of sitting through it, wondering what the hell was going to happen next or what Jarmusch was about to show me. 

In five years’ time, it’ll have a hell of a cult following. But right now, many people are gonna hate it. Their loss."

- Norm Wilner, Now Magazine


“The Dead Don’t Die” is also akin to the other great recent American political horror comedy, Jordan Peele’s “Us.” Jarmusch’s film is similarly crammed with deftly intertwined details that lend daily life in exceptional times in Centerville a vital and invigorating texture and, at the same time, provide a deep array of visionary connections beneath the surface of the brisk and flamboyant comedic invention... But Jarmusch is up to something fiercely earnest—for starters, mocking critics who want and expect a movie about the dead rising from their graves to proceed with a naturalistic earnestness."

- Richard Brody, The New Yorker

  • Directed by Jim Jarmusch
  • 2019, USA/SWE
  • 104 minutes
  • Parental Guidance Advised

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