MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 116 this week

Diary of the Dead (2007)

 -  Horror  -  7 March 2008 (UK)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 37,454 users   Metascore: 66/100
Reviews: 326 user | 273 critic | 29 from Metacritic.com

A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 07 Jul 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 22 Aug 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 15 Aug 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Diary of the Dead (2007)

Diary of the Dead (2007) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Diary of the Dead.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: John Leguizamo, Asia Argento, Simon Baker
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman
The Blackout (2009)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

It's Christmas Eve, the city goes dark, and the few remaining tenants of The Ravenwood find themselves trapped in their building. And they are not alone.

Director: Robert David Sanders
Stars: Barbara Streifel Sanders, Joseph Dunn, Ian Malcolm
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

When a small Colorado town is overrun by the flesh hungry dead a small group of survivors try to escape in a last ditch effort to stay alive.

Director: Steve Miner
Stars: Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon, Michael Welch
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.

Director: Tom Savini
Stars: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles
Bruiser (2000)
Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After years of being tread upon and cheated on, a man awakens to find his face has a been replaced by an blank, white mask.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Jason Flemyng, Peter Stormare, Leslie Hope
The Crazies (1973)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The military attempts to contain a manmade combat virus that causes death and permanent insanity in those infected, as it overtakes a small Pennsylvania town.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, Harold Wayne Jones
Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A revolver-wielding stranger crosses paths with two warring clans who are both on the hunt for a hidden treasure in a remote western town. Knowing his services are valuable to either side, he offers himself to the clan who will offer up the largest share of the wealth.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Hideaki Itô, Kôichi Satô, Quentin Tarantino
Horror

A group of survivors of the end of days are held up in a large stately manor in Scotland. They relive the demons of their past, as well as the horror of an impossible future.

Director: Frank McGowan
Stars: Harriet Madeley, Robin Shelby, Sean Spence
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Jason Creed (as Josh Close)
...
...
...
Scott Wentworth ...
Philip Riccio ...
...
...
...
Brody (as Todd William Schroeder)
Daniel Kash ...
...
Bree (as Laura DeCarteret)
Martin Roach ...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

While filming a horror movie of mummy in a forest, the students and their professor of the University of Pittsburgh hear on the TV the news that the dead are awaking and walking. Ridley and Francine decide to leave the group, while Jason heads to the dormitory of his girlfriend Debra Monahan. She does not succeed in contacting her family and they travel in Mary's van to the house of Debra's parents in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While driving her van, Mary sees a car accident and runs over a highway patrolman and three other zombies trying to escape from them. Later the religious Mary is depressed, questioning whether the victims where really dead, and tries to commit suicide, shooting herself with a pistol. Her friends take her to a hospital where they realize that the dead are indeed awaking and walking and they need to fight to survive while traveling to Debra's parents house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Shoot the dead. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 March 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$275,061 (USA) (15 February 2008)

Gross:

$952,620 (USA) (25 April 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the warehouse, when the group is searching the RV for the missing dead body, you can hear a TV report in the background. The report is taken directly from George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), shot nearly 40 years before this film. See more »

Goofs

When a camcorder shows the blinking 'battery low' symbol, it doesn't actually film it and save it on top of the video, although we may be able to hear the beeping noise. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Police Officer: 628 Tremont. 6-2-8. Three dead. No, just the usual. Fuck. Usual. It's no big deal these days, right?
See more »

Connections

Followed by Survival of the Dead (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude in D Flat Major
Opus 28 No. 15
By Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Christine Hye-Su Kim
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Romero's Return To His Roots
24 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George A. Romero is one of those filmmakers who shouldn't need an introduction. If you're a horror fan at all, you should be intimately familiar with his Dead series by now, and if you're a movie fan at all, you should at least know Night Of The Living Dead and Dawn Of The Dead, the first and still the strongest entries in the genre. It's no hyperbole to say that Romero essentially invented the zombie movie, gave it the structures and tones that have relentlessly followed the genre through 40 years of movie history.

Diary Of The Dead, Romero's new movie and latest entry into the 5-part series, is a return to the form and feel of his original classic Night Of The Living Dead. The three movies in between (the classic Dawn, hit-or-miss Day and severely underrated Land) showed a world consumed by destruction and fear, already well past the point of no return in an unthinkable apocalypse. Diary takes us back to the beginning, taking place during the first few days of the attacks, documenting how a group of college students (and one drunken professor) cope with the crisis growing around them.

The hook of the movie is that what we're seeing is not presented in a typical film fashion, but instead as a series of homemade video clips made by the characters themselves. While shooting their own low-budget horror movie, the students are interrupted by the sudden, jarring realization that freshly dead bodies are coming back to life and attacking people. What follows is a documentation of their quick departure from their suddenly deserted campus and their long trip to home, safety and any sort of an answer.

If the plot description has you thinking of The Blair Witch Project or Cloverfield, the comparison ends with the initial conceit of horror via home movies. There's no shaky-cam addled suspense here, and you won't ever feel motion sick. The camera's presence in the movie serves to give a heightened feeling of suspense and immediacy. Unlike most other zombie movies, there's no outside camera telling the story, letting us know where the zombies are and when they're coming. We follow the characters through the movie, and the threat of danger is always palpable, even when nothing on screen is particularly frightening. Hitchcock once said that surprise was a bomb going off under a table unexpectedly, while suspense was letting the audience know there is a bomb under the table while the characters remain unaware. Diary is a movie with thousands of bombs waiting under thousands of tables, waiting to explode every time the camera turns a new corner.

After Land Of The Dead, a great movie that felt buried beneath a huge budget and massive studio interference, it's great to see Romero returning to his indie roots. Diary is entirely his own movie, and he gets the tone perfect. The campy scares and the gross-out gore explosions are all present, and will delight fan boys to no end. (They sure got some big laughs out of me.) But what Romero does best is suddenly switch from fun to disturbing when you least expect it. The best moments of Diary come when the gory thrill ride comes screeching to a halt and everything suddenly becomes all too relatable, entirely too real. These are the moments that will stick with you after the gory brain-splatter effects have lost their novelty.

Diary isn't quite a perfect movie though. Occasionally the hand-held camera device becomes too distracting and begins to get in the way of the story. The movie takes too much time rationalizing why the characters decide to film the events, rather than trusting the audience to go along with the idea. At times it feels like the movie is apologizing for its own concept, which it definitely does not need to do. We don't need to know the details of why the movie is edited, or why music has been added. The explanations slow down the movie, and only highlight problems instead of fixing them. Also, the pace slows down quite a bit in the third act, which is when Romero movies usually jolt up to a fevered pitch. Stick it out though, because the movie's last sequence, and especially its last line of dialog, are worth the price of admission alone. This is most likely not the end of the Dead saga, but if it were, it could not have come to a more perfect conclusion than the jarring, horrific last shot Romero gives us.


101 of 187 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Rank Romero's Dead Series From Best To Worst cbabyc007
Wow this movie sucked Dustin_Brett
How did Mary become a zombie? mastachilla1
Japanese girl Thorpe89
This takes place at the same time as 1968 night of the living dead? zyggums
george romero we already have a michael moore dday07-1
Discuss Diary of the Dead (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page