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George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead
George A Romero's Diary of the Dead
Actors: Josh Close, Michelle Morgan, Shawn Roberts, Amy Lalonde, Joe Dinicol
Director: George A. Romero
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2008     1hr 36min

George Romero has always come up with new ways of treating his zombies, and Diary of the Dead is no exception: Romero keeps his dead fresh, with an original approach to the undying subject. This one purports to be the vide...  more »

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Actors: Josh Close, Michelle Morgan, Shawn Roberts, Amy Lalonde, Joe Dinicol
Director: George A. Romero
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/20/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 3/12/2011...
Romero went back to the very start of the zombie outbreak with this film. It's a well made and entertaining movie. A group of student filmmakers r making a horror film when the zombie plague begins. They decide to make a documentary of what's happening. There's quite a few voice cameos. Best is Stephen King as an insane preacher.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Michael G. (mgmirkin) from PORTLAND, OR
Reviewed on 6/16/2009...
Where to start? It's a Romero zombie flick.

Honestly, I'd heard mixed reviews about. Not least of all due to the "camcorder" feel of the movie, not unlike Cloverfield. While I haven't seen Cloverfield, I heard the camerawork made a few people nauseous. But I've a pretty rock-hard constitution. Comes in hand, both when it comes to Blair Witch, Diary of the Dead and Cloverfield-esque camera shake and general zombie flick gore. Honestly, the camerawork was relatively steady (as far as I'm concerned) despite being largely camcorder-esque POV type shots throughout.

I thought the start of the movie was relatively dull, as far as the "introductions" and such went. But it does pick up a bit as the body count rises and the gore hits the fan (not literally). Though, the pacing is a bit slow throughout the movie. If you're expecting s "hyper-zombie" action flick like in 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later and the remake of Dawn of the Dead, you might be disappointed that Romero sticks to his roots with the plodding "stiffs."

There are definitely several "buckets o' blood" spilled and splattered throughout the movie. If you're looking for gore, this movie's got plenty of it. The movie is marketed under the "Dimension Extreme" label for a reason. I'll leave it at that. The squeamish probably wouldn't be watching this though, am I right?

I must admit that there were several scenes where I was quite literally laughing out loud. Either because something was unintentionally funny or rather apparently tongue-in-cheek (vis a vis, the conversation early on in the film about how dumb it is that girls in zombie movies always lose their shoes & shirts, fall over and get caught by the slow plodding zombie, juxtaposed later int he film with the same girl losing her shoes, falling over, getting caught and slightly molested by the zombie). And if you've ever wondered how the Amish might deal with a zombie infestation, that mystery and one or two other ponderables are fair game for this movie.

In all, I actually rather liked this movie, despite the slightly slower-than-expected pacing. The special features on this disc are pretty good too, with several making-of documentaries and a running commentary option for the movie.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jason C. (JJC) from NEWARK, NJ
Reviewed on 5/6/2008...
Well, riding the comet tail of "Cloverfield," another 'video cam point-of-view' film has come our way in the form of George A. Romero's fifth entry of his Zombie saga, entitled "Diary of the Dead."

Set in Romero's native Pennsylvania, "Diary" follows a group of college students and their film course professor on the run during the beginnings of a zombie outbreak. The film is told form the point of view of a high-definition video camera photographed by Jason Creed, an aspiring documentary filmmaker, whom just before the outbreak was filming a horror film. As the outbreak ensues, Jason decides to capture the events...the way he experienced it. What happens to him and his friends, is what is recorded.

The film is remarkably edited and directed, especially when another camera is found and at some points in the film that other camera is used. You see, what we witness is Jason Creed's final documentary movie. Lots of Romero-Zombie fun as we know it, but "Diary" is a much different movie than Romero's other four installments...which makes it unique.

I loved it!
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Hell of a lot better then survival of the dead
Ravan | Knoxville, TN, US | 08/24/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Diary of the dead is a better film then survival of the dead by far. Survival is a joke, you can't take that film seriously. Diary has some intense moments and it keeps your interest, definitely steps above Land of the Dead which was a joke as well, especially when the zombies developed thinking capabilities when infact their brains are supposed to be rotting as each day goes by.....come on George, they are dead and decaying each passing does a zombie brain suddenly have a Harvard degree to make decisions and think..things that make you go hmmmm! What is George going to make as his next film..lets see...oh yeah! I know! The new title of his film will be:- Zombie chefs in an Italian restaurant."