Jim Jarmusch brings zombies to the Catskills in The Dead Don’t Die

Danny Glover, Bill Murray and Adam Driver in The Dead Don’t Die. (Focus Features)

The world doesn’t really need yet one more zombie movie, does it? A new spinoff of The Walking Dead has reportedly just been greenlit, and as of this writing, the Army of the Dead is about to be unleashed upon Westeros in the final season of Game of Thrones. Surely we’ve reached, and passed, the oversaturation point.

But wait…what about a funny zombie movie directed by indie icon Jim Jarmusch, shot right in the Catskills, starring “the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled” – would that get you into a cinema this June? Jarmusch has already demonstrated that his trademark dry, deadpan humor can work very well in a horror genre, with his 2013 vampire opus Only Lovers Left Alive (see our Almanac Weekly review here: https://bit.ly/2InfewU). And he has an amazing stable of actors eager to work with him over and over again.


Here’s the cast lined up for Jarmusch’s soon-to-be-released The Dead Don’t Die: Adam Driver (star of his most recent fiction feature, Paterson), Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, Selena Gomez, Austin Butler, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, Rosie Perez, Caleb Landry Jones, Danny Glover, Luka Sabbat, Tom Waits and RZA. Carol Kane, Iggy Pop and Sara Driver all play zombies. So does a young actress from New Paltz, Sophia Weinman – one of many locals hired as extras for the movie, filmed mostly in and around Fleischmanns in Delaware County. She appears at :46 in the droll new trailer, viewable at www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs5ZOcU6Bnw. There you’ll also discover that in the Jarmusch horror universe, thirsty zombies call for “Cawwwffeeeee” (Iggy Pop) or “Chaaardonnaaay” (Kane) rather than the trite and tired “Braaaaaains”!

The Dead Don’t Die hits theaters on June 14.