Day of the Dead 2: Contagium (2005) (part 1 of 6)

Note: A few of the images in this recap may be not safe for work, or rather, not safe for lunch. It gets a bit gruesome, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The Cast of Characters:
Justin Ipock as IsaacIsaac (Justin Ipock). Ostensibly the film’s protagonist, despite not actually doing much. A mental patient who suffers from a poorly defined death obsession, and a tendency to bore people senseless by reading dull philosophy out loud.
Laurie Maria Baranyay as EmmaEmma (Laurie Maria Baranyay). The love of Isaac’s life, fellow mental patient, and general object of attraction for the entire psychiatric ward. A cutter, albeit a surprisingly sunny one.
Stephan Wolfert as DonwynnDonwynn (Stephan Wolfert). AKA the Vaguely Gay Guy. The sole competent psychiatrist at the hospital. I really hate to stereotype, but the dude just does not look straight. Maybe it’s the Hard Man Cut.
Stan Klimecko as BorisBoris (Stan Klimecko). AKA the Geeky Guy. One of
Isaac’s compatriots in mental illness, this guy suffers from… uh, I don’t know, actually. He’s nerdy and awkward and obsessed with bad horror movies. He got institutionalized for that? Crap, I’m in trouble.
John F. Henry III as JackieJackie (John F. Henry III). AKA Brooklynite. In the joint for anger issues, though we don’t find this out until two-thirds of the way through the movie. Your stereotypical aggressive vaguely-Italian-American tough guy. Fuggedabouthim.
Julian Thomas as SamSam (Julian Thomas). AKA the Black Guy. We never find out this guy’s deal either, but he is kind of slow and stupid, something that would be much more noticeable in another movie. Here, he’s just slightly behind the curve.
Joe C. Marino as MarshallMarshall (Joe C. Marino). AKA the Jerk Warden. Abuses and exploits the patients, albeit in a fairly nonproductive way. Later in the film, he becomes slightly less loathsome by turning into a bloody pulsating zombie monster.
Samantha Clarke as Ava FloresAva Flores (Samantha Clarke). AKA the Cute Nurse. One of the few characters in the movie who is neither evil nor annoying, and is actually pretty to boot. Granted, she doesn’t really do anything, but that’s par for the course.
Jackeline Olivier as VickyVicky (Jackeline Olivier). AKA the Crack Whore. I’m not even being clever here, that’s what she is. Seemingly transferred in from the Roger Corman Women’s Correctional Facility, her purpose in the movie is to be a total bitch to everyone for no reason whatsoever.
Andreas Van Ray as Dr. HellerDr. Heller (Andreas Van Ray). AKA Dr. Malkovich. Because, look at him. Head of the mental hospital, as well as evil and corrupt, albeit in a very vague way. Would be more threatening if he sounded less like Marvin the Martian.
April Wade as PattyPatty (April Wade). AKA Goth Girl. (She actually only looks goth in her first scene, but the name stuck.) Emma’s pitiful and easily manipulated Gal Pal, who wants to be more than just friends, if you get my drift. Mostly pushed around into doing whatever the plot requires, and I’m using “plot” and “requires” in the loosest senses possible.
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Multi-Part Article: Day of the Dead 2: Contagium (2005)

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