Movie: "Diary Of The Dead"
Directed by: George Romero
Writing credits: George Romero
Plot: During the filming of of their own independent horror movie, some film students get caught smack dab in the middle of a real zombie outbreak and attempt to document it while simultaneously trying to survive.
Review: I saw this at the Nuart theater in L.A. recently and George Romero himself was in attendance. Pretty cool to have the zenith zombie man there and he had the most absurdly short Q&A with the audience I've ever seen. They let the audience ask Romero a whopping three questions, one of which was "Are we dead?" Believe me, I wanted to jump out of my seat and stab that idiot in the face too.
But enough about George, I'm here to talk about his latest zombie film, Diary of the Dead. Based on the plot, you'd think a lot of the movie was something along the lines of the Blair Witch Project or Cloverfield... but the camera work isn't nearly as shaky. It actually works well for all intents, but it's not enough to save the film itself.
First off, I think Romero unknowingly had one of the greatest zombie fighting characters in the history of horror movies on his hands and he didn't even realize it: a deaf Amish man who communicates by writing on a chalkboard. Our first introduction to him, he blasts some zombies with dynamite and then nonchalantly writes on his chalkboard, "I'm Samuel Hello". It's pretty much the greatest moment in the movie to be honest. I was ready to stand up and cheer because I thought the rest of the movie was going to be amazing with him in it.
Unfortunately, as I already said, Romero clearly didn't know what a perfect character he had on his hands, because shortly after, Samuel gets bit by a zombie and impales himself (and the zombie) on a scythe. Yes, Samuel knew how to kill zombies with style, but goddamnit... you can't kill off such a cool character like that right away. The only way Romero could make up for killing off Samuel at this point would be for him to make a completely separate movie about Samuel and his bucolic zombie fighting lifestyle. I'd pay top dollar to see that.
The rest of the characters I honestly couldn't care less about and most of the movie is fairly uneventful. I didn't feel like there were nearly enough zombie attacks taking place, just a lot of bickering about how we need to keep filming so any survivors in the future will know what happened! It gets old real fast.
Granted, the movie is a step in the right direction after the abysmal Land of the Dead, but that's not saying a lot. I honestly think it's a simple matter of Romero being past his prime. Even so, I'm glad he's still plugging away and I believe he still has a great zombie flick (or two) left in him.
For example, it's a FAR better movie than the upcoming Day Of The Dead release, which isn't really a remake of Romero's classic, but a completely different movie that pisses on everything that's cool about zombies. Let me put it this way, Diary of the Dead may be far from a perfect horror flick, but at least it didn't have fucking Spider-Man wannabe zombies crawling on the walls and ceilings like the new Day Of The Dead movie does. If you pay money to see that movie, get off of this site right now and don't return again until you've wised up. Hell, even if you don't pay money to see that movie, get off of this site right now and don't return again until you've wised up.
As for Diary, I'd say wait 'til you can rent it unless you're really aching to kill some time in your local theater.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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