Day of the Dead 2: Contagium is an American low-budget zombie horror film released direct-to-video on October 18, 2005.
The film has no connection with George A. Romero's 1985 film Day of the Dead. Its working titled during production was Contagium, but the Day of the Dead 2 title was added on for its release, retroactively making it an unofficial prequel.
In 1968, in the Ravenside Military Hospital in a military facility in Pennsylvania, the army loses control of an experiment of a lethal biological weapon that changes the DNA and transforms human beings into zombies. A group of soldiers are sent to the hospital to eliminate the infected staff and interns but private DeLuca steals a test tube with the virus and hides it inside a vacuum flask. He is transformed into a zombie and killed but the vacuum flask falls into the grass.
In the present day, a group of patients in the mental institution Ravenside Memorial Hospital finds the vacuum flask and later when one of them opens the vessel, the culture tube drops on the floor of a bathroom contaminating the group.
|Emma||Laurie Baranyay||Credited: Laurie Maria Baranyay|
|Boris||Stan Klimecko||Credited: Steve Colosi|
|Jackie||John Freedom Henry||Credited: John F. Henry III|
|Doctor Donwynn||Stephan Wolfert|
|Ava Flories||Samantha Clarke|
|Marshall||Joe C. Marino|
|Doctor Heller||Andreas van Ray|
|Jerry||Kevin Wetmore, Jr.|
The film has received dominantly negative reviews. One factor stems from the title, as the plot of the film and its depiction of zombies are at odds with those in both the original Day of the Dead and Romero's Dead series as a whole. Heavy criticism have also been aimed at the film's acting, special effects, and script.