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Diaries of the Living Dead
Diaries of the Living Dead
Actor: Eric Krieg
Director: Eric Krieg
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2008     2hr 31min

DEAD SUMMER: A small Pennsylvania town has been quarantined from the rest of the world due to an unknown disease that's causing the dead to be re-animated. It's no mystery that these re-animated dead are zombies. Supplies ...  more »

     
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Actor: Eric Krieg
Director: Eric Krieg
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Fantasy
Studio: Sub Rosa Studios
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/22/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 2hr 31min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

This double feature is for hardcore zombie fans only.
B-Movie Fan | 04/23/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Even when scored on the b-movie curve, these two only rate about 1.5 stars. Given that both movies throw in some prurient humor, I'll round the score up to 2 stars.

In "Dead Summer", a small town in rural Pennsylvania is quarantined after a zombie outbreak. By the time the story opens, people have gotten used to living "inside the fence" and know that the army will shoot them if they try to leave. On the upside, the army delivers supplies and as long as the locals have their magazines, booze, and zombie sex slaves, no one tries to leave . . .

This micro-budget production gets credit for dealing with some of the "classic" zombie movie issues (dealing with a loved one becoming infected, long term psychological effects of living in a "post zombie apocalypse, etc) and providing employment to an ensemble cast of aspiring actors in Pennsylvania.

However, the writing, plot, dialogue, acting, production values, etc. are all wretched. The plot basically follows "a day in the life" of a group of friends as they get killed off one by one by zombies and their own stupidity (you'd think after years of living with the threat of zombie attacks, people would remember to lock the door behind them . . .) Finally, the survivors decide to take their anger out on the Government for quarantining them. They are about as successful at this goal as they are dealing with the zombies in the first place.

In Deadhunter, which was filmed in Seville, Spain, the production values are quite a bit better, but the dialogue is all in Spanish and the special effects are still pretty much nonexistent ("pretending" to shoot the gun and then dubbing in "gunfire" sound effects, etc.)

Instead of horny teenagers, Deadhunter follows the (short) careers of a unit of professional zombie fighters formed to deal with an outbreak of Zombies in Seville. "Professional" in this context meaning people off of the street who are getting paid. They obviously have no formal training, uniforms, standardized equipment, etc. They do, however, have a willingness to rush in where angels fear to tread and fight it out with Zombies. There is no functional plot or character development. The story consists of a number of battles between zombies and zombie fighters. It ends when the source of the zombie outbreak is found (in the city subway system) and one last battle is fought.

If you've seen every other Zombie movie ever made and you need a zombie fix, this double feature DVD is better than nothing . . . barely."