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MIFF Review: The Dead Don’t Die

“Somethin’ weird’s goin’ on,” deduces Driver’s straight-arrow cop and he has a bad feeling about how it’s going to turn out.

The zombies hone in on a favourite memory from their past lives – “coffee”, for example, as they slaughter their way through the diner.

Tilda Swinton plays a Samurai sword wielding Scottish mortician, Selena Gomez arrives in town on a road trip, Steve Buscemi is a farmer in a “Keep America White Again” cap and Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Rosie Perez and Jarmusch’s long-time partner, filmmaker Sara Driver, join the action.

While far from the first film to take a comic approach to a zombie apocalypse – Shaun of the Dead is the benchmark – it’s a loose, freewheeling film with a semi-improvised feel, fuelled by a sense of fun.

The title is echoed throughout in a country song by Sturgill Simpson, who also appears as Guitar Zombie.

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