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Diary of the Dead (2007)

Cast: Michele Morgan, Shawn Roberts, Joshua Close, more...
Director: George A. Romero, George A. Romero
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Studio: Weinstein Company
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Horror icon George A. Romero effectively hits the "reset" button on his hugely influential Dead series with this scaled-back look at the zombie apocalypse as told from the perspective of a student filmmaker who sets out to shoot a low-budget fright film, but instead captures the breakdown of modern society at the decaying hands of flesh-eating ghouls. Jason Creed (Joshua Close) and his crew are shooting a mummy movie in the Pennsylvania woods when media reports begin pouring in about the dead rising from their graves to feast on the flesh of the living. While self-centered star Ridley (Phillip Riccio) beats a hasty retreat to his family's fortified mansion halfway across the state, the remaining cast and crew are forced to fight for their lives despite having no weapons to speak of, and only a wobbly recreational vehicle in which to seek shelter. Immediately recognizing the gravity of the situation and outspokenly skeptical of the media, determined director Creed decides to use his own camera to capture the real story in a documentary entitled "The Death of Death." Now, as the group attempts to fight their way to safety, the skeptics will all watch as their greatest fears become reality, and the realists will attempt to process a nightmare that modern science would pass off as impossible. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Absolutely Terrible by shiftless July 17, 2008 - 1:05 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The final nail in the coffin as it were. Diary of the Dead is poorly acted, poorly written, and a chore to sit through. Yet another entry in the hand-held camera for the slack-jawed Youtube generation of films. Romero makes a bit (I'm kidding, it's more than a bit, it's blunt as a sledge hammer) of social commentary on our society's obsession with filming itself and broadcasting it to the world, but forgets in the process that his first job is to make an entertaining film. Maybe even a scary one (nope!)? His flat characters dogged insistence on filming (eventually with multiple cameras, so silly) in the midst of horror is as unbelievable as almost all of the choices they make. I would never recommend this film to anyone it was that bad. Stay away.

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