Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray) and Ronnie Peterson (Adam Driver), police officers in rural Centerville, respond to a report from farmer Frank Miller (Steve Buscemi) regarding a missing chicken and briefly interact with Hermit Bob (Tom Waits), a baroquely bearded eccentric, in the woods. On their way back to the station, Cliff notices there is still daylight after 8 pm. Ronnie's watch and cell phone stop working. Later, at a diner, hardware store owner Hank Thompson (Danny Glover) hears a radio report about polar fracking. When the Sturgill Simpson song "The Dead Don't Die" plays on the radio, Ronnie tells Cliff it is the theme song. Two zombies obsessed with coffee reanimate when night falls and kill the two diner employees, Fern and Lily, who are discovered by Hank the next morning. Ronnie believes zombies killed the employees. Travelers Zoe, Jack, and Zach stop for gas and buy "The Dead Don't Die" compact disc from the gas station owner, Bobby (Caleb Landry Jones). The travelers check into the Moonlight Motel; owner Danny Perkins (Larry Fessenden) identifies them as "hipsters, probably from Pittsburgh." At the Centerville Juvenile Detention Center, Geronimo (Jahi Winston) tells fellow inmates Olivia (Taliya Whitaker) and Stella (Maya DelMont) that polar fracking has altered the Earth's rotation.
Cliff and Ronnie find open graves at the cemetery, while Hermit Bob spies on them. Cliff emphatically rejects Ronnie's suggestion of informing Hermit Bob of the general suspicion that zombies are on the loose. Ronnie teaches Cliff how to kill zombies, and Bobby and Hank prepare weapons. Motel owner Danny Perkins watches news about pets behaving strangely and then finds out his cats are missing. Other of Farmer Miller's animals have disappeared.
Bill Murray as Chief Cliff Robertson
Adam Driver as Officer Ronnie Peterson
Tilda Swinton as Zelda Winston
Chloë Sevigny as Officer Mindy Morrison
Steve Buscemi as Farmer Frank Miller
Danny Glover as Hank Thompson
Caleb Landry Jones as Bobby Wiggins
Selena Gomez as Zoe
Austin Butler as Jack
Luka Sabbat as Zach
Rosie Perez as Posie Juarez
Eszter Balint as Fern
Iggy Pop as Male Coffee Zombie
Sara Driver as Female Coffee Zombie
RZA as Dean
The Dead Don't Die is a 2019 American comedy horror film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It features an ensemble cast including Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Carol Kane, and Selena Gomez and follows a small town's police force as they combat a sudden zombie invasion.
The film had its world premiere as the opening film at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019, and was theatrically released in North America on June 14, 2019, by Focus Features. Critics gave mixed reviews. It grossed $15.3 million.