Bill Murray and Adam Driver are seen busy fighting with an army of Zombies in the first trailer of ‘The Dead Don’t Die.’ Jim Jarmusch’s Zombie ultimatum also reveals a bespectacled Chloe Sevigny, who fights alongside the leading duo. Bill Murray and Adam Driver are the sheriffs dealing with an invasion of the deadly undead.
While Tilda Swinton ninja slicing the Zombies with samurai swords, Selena Gomez just comes and goes in the trailer. The long-awaited horror flick puts Jim Jarmusch once again on the dark map after his vampire love story ‘Only Lovers Left Alive.’
The trailer deserves a tagline like ‘the greatest Zombie cast ever disassembled,’ because along with Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, and Selena Gomez, it features, Steve Buscemi, Caleb Landon Jones, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, Carol Kane, and Tom Waits.
The trailer opens with a voice over that warns, ‘In this peaceful town, on these quiet streets, something terrifying, something horrifying is coming.’ The panicky tone of the voice over is justified by Zombies invading the small diner and unleash their wrath on the people in the next moment.
When the suburban town cafe getting occupied by the Zombies, the local sheriff’s deputies, Murray and Driver rush to the bloodbath. At the sight of the bloody aftermath, Murray says, ‘This is really awful. ‘Maybe the worst thing I’ve ever seen,’ he adds.
But Driver doesn’t agree with his theory of a brutal animal raid. ‘I’m thinking zombies, you know, the undead, Ghouls,’ says the intuitive Driver. Soon, the terrible news of the massacre spreads across the town. ‘Oh, man, this isn’t going to end well,’ says Driver as he continues to nurture his intuitive ideas.
Tilda Swinton’s undertaker is the only person who seems to be ready to face the undead. ‘I’m quite confident in my ability to defend myself against the undead,’ she says, just before sets on a killing spree with her Japanese ninja sword.
The cop duo concludes the trailer with Driver reaching out of pacing cruiser of the sheriff to slice a Zombie head with his sword. Driver lightning action makes Murray compliment him with the question, ‘Those are some pretty good cuts. You played some minor league ball, didn’t you?’ ‘A little class A, but it was a long time ago,’ replies Driver!
‘The Dead Don’t Die’ is written and directed by Jarmusch, and produced by Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan. The horror comedy is Jarmusch’s first directorial venture after the documentary on the Stooges, ‘Gimme Danger,’ in 2016.
The movie is the third collaboration between Jarmusch and both Murray and Driver. Murray worked in 2003’s Jim Jarmusch movie, ‘Coffee and Cigarettes,’ and 2005’s ‘Broken Flowers.’ While Driver starred in Jarmusch’s poetic take on a bus driver’s life, ‘Paterson.’
While the peaceful town of Centerville battling the Zombie horde, Jim Jarmusch searches for some deadpan wit in between in his idiosyncratic style. The trailer hints at the top form the auteur is in. Ever since his career took off with ‘Stranger Than Paradise,’ the director has been always in his comfort zone when he handles deadpan horror comedies.
After movies like ‘Dead Man,’ ‘Mystery Train,’ ‘Down by Law,’ ‘Night on Earth,’ and ‘Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai’ Jim Jarmusch career seems to take a wild turn. He has become more interested in unusual takes on traditional genre movies, like in the vampire love story, ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ in 2013.
In an interview with ‘The Philadelphia Inquirer,’ Murray called Jarmusch’s ‘The Dead Don’t Die‘ script a hilarious one. He also revealed that he would not be playing a Zombie in the movie.
Let’s check out the trailer here.