If you’re a fan of horror movies, particularly those involving zombies, and artsy New York filmmakers, then Jim Jarmusch’s upcoming zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die is probably already on your radar.
Jarmusch’s second foray into horror/genre, following 2013’s vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive, takes place in a town called Centerville where the dead start rising from the grave.
The movie stars Jarmusch regulars Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray, joined by Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi and Caleb Landry Jones, and it is set to open the Cannes Film Festival next week before being released by Focus Features on June 14.
In advance of the film’s premiere, Focus has released a special “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse” teaser, which features a few tips on how to kill zombies from the law enforcement characters played by Murray and Driver. (Oddly, Bill Murray is also set to return for the sequel to 2009’s Zombieland in a few months, but in that one, he’ll probably still be a zombie version of himself.)
What’s particularly interesting about the film is that there is a clear influence of the late George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead, although Jarmusch decided not to return to the black and white of some of his earlier films, which would really make that influence more evident. The Dead Don’t Die could also be Jarmusch’s most high profile and mainstream film in many, many years.
Edward Douglas has been writing about movies and other forms of entertainment for over 25 years, so he’s probably older than you.