George Romero’s 1979 sequel to Night of the Living Dead is a more accomplished and more knowing film, tapping into two dark and dirty fantasies–wholesale slaughter and wholesale shopping–to create a grisly extravaganza with an acute moral intelligence.
The graphic special effects (which sometimes suggest a shotgun Jackson Pollock) are less upsetting than Romero’s way of drawing the audience into the violence.
As four survivors of the zombie war barricade themselves inside a suburban shopping mall, our loyalties and human sympathies are made to shift with frightening ease.
Romero’s sensibility approaches the Swiftian in its wit, accuracy, excess, and profound misanthropy.
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