The Dead Don’t Die – USA, 2019

‘The greatest zombie cast ever disassembled.’

The Dead Don’t Die is a 2019 American comedy horror feature film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive) and produced by Joshua Astrachan (It Follows) and Carter Logan.

The Focus Features production stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane and Tom Waits.


The small town of Centerville is besieged by undead ghouls that “gravitate towards things they did when they were alive.” The bemused local police force attempt to cope…


“At first, it’s humorous. But there’s no real plot and the pace keeps its consistent slow drawl throughout, making this zombie comedy crawl ever leisurely toward the end credits. The same type of jokes and references only go so far after a while, and when characters begin breaking the fourth wall it tends to elicit groans more than guffaws.” Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting

“The powerhouse cast embraces the unique tone and pacing without missing a beat. The flamboyantly quirky brand of comedy will put off some viewers, and it doesn’t always land, but the zombie film feels tailor-made for a cult audience. It’s likely to go down as one of Jarmusch’s most accessible efforts.” Alex DiVincenzo, Broke Horror Fan

“The movie, which is billed as a comedy despite containing nothing worth a smile much less a laugh, builds itself from vaguely connected vignettes featuring small town stereotypes portrayed by glum actors desperately in search of direction.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“The film has some uniquely brilliant character moments, but Jarmusch’s choices in the final act are disappointing – even if he should be commended for being as bold with them in the first place. For audiences looking for a zombie movie with something truly inspired to say, it might be best look elsewhere.” Eammon Jacobs, Flickering Myth

“The script mistakes quirks for character development, there’s a complete dearth of emotional investment, and they’re all so inconsequential, with a few exceptions, almost every character could be removed without altering the movie or narrative in any substantial way. ” Brent McKnight, The Last Thing I See

“Director Jim Jarmusch loves B-Horror zombie flicks. He made lovable characters that lovable actors clearly loved playing. And no matter what you think of zombie flicks, no matter how well you think the humor lands or the plot develops in this movie, I have a serious problem believing you won’t love it, or some part of it, as well.” Grant DeArmitt, Nightmare on Film Street

” …dreadful in the literal sense of the word: creeping gloom, a fatalism really, quickly smothers its offbeat humor, leaving Jarmusch’s assembled cast of starry names to simply sigh at their (slowly) approaching end.” Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair


The Dead Don’t Die will be released by Focus Features on June 14, 2019. Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. The movie was rated ‘R’ by the MPAA.

Cast and characters:

  • Chloë Sevigny … TBC
  • Adam Driver … Ronald Peterson
  • Tilda Swinton … TBC
  • Steve Buscemi … Farmer Miller
  • Austin Butler … Jack
  • Bill Murray … Cliff Robertson
  • Caleb Landry Jones … Bobby Wiggins
  • Selena Gomez … Zoe
  • Carol Kane … TBC
  • Tom Waits … Hermit Bob
  • Rosie Perez … TBC
  • Danny Glover … Hank Thompson
  • RZA … TBC
  • Iggy Pop … TBC
  • Rosal Colon … Lily
  • Luka Sabbat … Zach
  • Sid O’Connell … Guard 2
  • Kevin McCormick … Guard #1
  • Alyssa Maria App … Kid Zombie
  • Sturgill Simpson … Sturgill Zombie
  • Sara Driver … TBC
  • Dorothea Swiac … Cable Zombie
  • Wayne Pyle … Hardware Zombie
  • Monica Ayres … Cable Zombie
  • Thomas Racek … Zelda Zombie
  • Willoughby Pyle … Super Hero Zombie Kid
  • Lorenzo Beronilla … Zelda Zombie
  • Justin Clarke … Cemetery Zombie
  • Vinnie Velez … Cable Zombie
  • Jude Selenis … Monster Mask Kid
  • David Hilfstein … Hardware Zombie / Golf Zombie
  • Talha Khan … Zombie
  • Jonah Marshall … Zombie Child
  • Mick Coleman … Zombie
  • Jerry Schroader … Zombie
  • Deneane Niebergall … Zelda Drive Zombie
  • Anastasia Veronica Lee … Girl with Ice Cream
  • Willis Williams … Police Station Zombie / Hardware Zombie
  • Branden Marlowe … Police Station Zombie (uncredited)

NB. Not to be confused with The Dead Don’t Die (1975), directed by Curtis Harrington.

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One Comment on “The Dead Don’t Die – USA, 2019”

  1. Does anyone know if it’s going to open nationwide in the us or limited? Because we don’t get most of the limited releases here.

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