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Diary of the Dead (2007)

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

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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

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Shoot the dead. See more »

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

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22 February 2008 (USA)  »

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George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$952,620 (USA) (25 April 2008)
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The documentary-within-the-film is called "The Death of Death." This is also the name of George Romero's four-part miniseries for the DC Comics zombie title "Toe Tags." See more »

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At one point a radio report says that deaths will rise at four times the rate in eight days, and by a hundred percent after ten days, as if this is even more. However, to rise by a hundred percent only means that it doubles. See more »

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Police Officer: 628 Tremont. 6-2-8. Three dead. No, just the usual. Fuck. Usual. It's no big deal these days, right?
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[Ringtone of Tracy's phone and instrumental version heard when Tracy knocks Ridley unconscious and when she steals the RV and drives away]
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Lights, camera and . . . . . . can we have some action?
14 May 2008 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

George A. Romero, king of the zombie movie, returns with a new . . . . . zombie movie. Well "if it ain't broke" and all that. The plot concerns a group of students who are making a horror movie one moment, supervised by a heavy-drinking professor, and then finding themselves trying to survive the next as everyone realises that, yep, those pesky corpses are getting up for a wander once again. The twist this time around is that Romero has decided to join the current crop of filmmakers who have gone down the DV, hand-held, cinema verite path but how does his outing compare to theirs? Pretty unfavourably, I'm sad to say. Sharing one of the major negative points that turned me off Cloverfield (the making you want to shout "just stop filming and help save your own damn ass" sensation) and none of the positives from, for example, {Rec} or Noroi or even The Blair Witch Project means that it makes for a difficult movie to like, although I suspect it will end up becoming just as divisive as all of those.

Unfortunately, there's also a problem with the intelligent, thought-provoking side of things. Romero's zombie movies have always contained some underlying social commentary but here it actually gets in the way of the more entertaining moments and proves to be too much of a distraction thanks to the unusual heavy-handedness from Romero and too much repetition.

The points made ARE interesting (about media by the masses for the masses, how images can be edited to show the version of events that you prefer, etc) but they simply do not gel in the zombie uprising storyline.

Luckily, the effects on display are handled much better and, although not all of them are 100% on target, most of them are well-realised and seamlessly done so that they never remind you that you are watching fake "real" footage.

The acting is okay, the shuffling zombies are up to standard and there are definitely moments here that will please fans (not least the comments on horror movies in general and a reminder of why zombies don't run) but I must say, at great risk of personal insult and/or injury, that on a basic entertainment level I even preferred the much-maligned Day Of The Dead remake to this movie for it's zombie carnage and fun.

Having said that, I did love every zombie moment featured in "Diary", it's just a shame that they weren't framed by a much better movie.

See this if you like: Land Of The Dead, The Last Broadcast, George A. Romero.


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