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series release history:

  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • Day of the Dead (1985)
  • Land of the Dead (2005)
  • Diary of the Dead (2007)
  • Survival of the Dead (2009)

The 20-year gap between 1985 and 2005 naturally encompasses significant development in the field of computer-generated imagery — especially creating "apocalyptic landscapes" entirely on computers may have been tempting, budget-wise.

  • Requesting a new night-of-the-living-dead-series tag. – user598527 May 13 at 10:12
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    Noted, but not deemed necessary yet. – Napoleon Wilson May 13 at 10:17
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Yes

All the later movies used a combination of standard cost-effective gags (fake blood, prosthetics, makeup, etc...) as well as CGI for the more involved shots. You can usually find reference to them on the DVDs/Blu-Rays in the Special Features. For example, you can see clearly that a reference to a CGI test reel exists on disc 2 of the Land Of The Dead release:

https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/land-of-the-dead-collector-s-edition?product_id=6375

  • I'm under the impression that Land of the Dead uses CGI for all blood splatter effects. I'm writing my answer at the time. – user598527 May 14 at 19:58
  • Here is a source for Diary of the Dead (2007). CGI-use in Survival of the Dead (2009) is mentioned in the IGN review. – user598527 May 15 at 11:49

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