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Diary of the Dead -- When a group of film students making a horror movie in the woods discovers that the dead have begun to revive, they turn their cameras on the real-life horrors that suddenly confront them, creating a first person diary of their bloody encounters and the disintegration of everything they hold dear.
Diary of the Dead -- A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own.


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Writer (WGA):
George A. Romero (written by)
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  (in credits order)

Michelle Morgan ... Debra Moynihan

Joshua Close ... Jason Creed (as Josh Close)

Shawn Roberts ... Tony Ravello

Amy Lalonde ... Tracy Thurman

Joe Dinicol ... Eliot Stone
Scott Wentworth ... Andrew Maxwell
Philip Riccio ... Ridley Wilmott

Chris Violette ... Gordo Thorsen

Tatiana Maslany ... Mary Dexter

Todd Schroeder ... Brody (as Todd William Schroeder)
Daniel Kash ... Police Officer

Laura de Carteret ... Bree (as Laura DeCarteret)
Martin Roach ... Stranger

Megan Park ... Francine Shane

George Buza ... Tattooed Biker

Tino Monte ... News Anchor

Matt Birman ... Zombie Trooper

Greg Nicotero ... Zombie Surgeon
Donna Croce ... Zombie Nurse

Nick Alachiotis ... I.V. Zombie
R.D. Reid ... Farmer

Scott Gibson ... Birthday Party Father

Jamie Bloch ... Birthday Girl
Kyle Glencross ... Bupkes the Clown

Boyd Banks ... White Man
Janet Lo ... Cell Phone Woman
Jack Birman ... Billy (as Jak Birman)
Trish Adams ... Dead Mrs. Moynahan

Alan Van Sprang ... Colonel
Ron Payne ... Elderly Man

Shelley Cook ... Elderly Woman (as Shelly Cook)
James Binkley ... Trooper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Cancelliere ... Zombie (uncredited)

Wes Craven ... Newsreader (voice) (uncredited)
Alexandria DeFabiis ... Zombie (uncredited)

Guillermo del Toro ... Newsreader (voice) (uncredited)
Ara Katz ... Shopping Cart Zombie (uncredited)

Stephen King ... Newsreader (voice) (uncredited)

Mani Nasry ... Zombie (uncredited)

Simon Pegg ... Newsreader (voice) (uncredited)

George A. Romero ... Police Chief Arthur Katz (uncredited)

Tom Savini ... Man Shouting on Radio 'shoot in the Head' (voice) (uncredited)

Quentin Tarantino ... Newsreader (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
George A. Romero 
Writing credits
George A. Romero (written by)

Produced by
Steve Barnett .... executive producer
Donna Croce .... associate producer
Paula Devonshire .... co-producer
Michael Doherty .... associate producer
Sam Englebardt .... producer
Dan Fireman .... executive producer
Peter Grunwald .... producer
John Harrison .... executive producer
Ara Katz .... producer
Art Spigel .... producer (as Artur Spigel)
Original Music by
Norman Orenstein 
Cinematography by
Adam Swica (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Doherty 
Casting by
John Buchan 
Production Design by
Rupert Lazarus 
Art Direction by
Jon P. Goulding  (as Jon Goulding)
Set Decoration by
Justin Craig 
Costume Design by
Alex Kavanagh 
Makeup Department
Sid Armour .... key makeup artist
Chris Bridges .... special makeup effects supervisor
Daphne Esdaille .... assistant hair stylist
Daphne Esdaille .... assistant hair stylist: additional photography
Norm Galloway .... shop coordinator
Kyle Glencross .... special makeup effects supervisor
Etheline Joseph .... key hair stylist
Tali Kalb .... assistant makeup artist
Tali Kalb .... key makeup artist: additional photography
Mandy Ketcheson .... contact lens coordinator
Marika Latorcai .... assistant makeup artist: additional photography (as Marikia Williams)
Jonathan Lavallée .... shop key
Neil Morrill .... special makeup effects supervisor
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects producer
Andy Schoneberg .... makeup designer
Production Management
D.J. Carson .... unit production manager
Paula Devonshire .... post-production supervisor
Michael Doherty .... post-production supervisor
Brigitte Rabazo .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Birman .... second unit director
Jack Boem .... second assistant director
Tyler Delben .... third assistant director
Doane Hanus .... daily assistant director
Jeff Muhsoldt .... trainee assistant director: additional photography (as Jeff Musholdt)
Martin Walters .... first assistant director
Jennifer Zabawa .... trainee assistant director
Michael Zenon .... additional first assistant director
Art Department
Lisa Amaral-Wright .... first assistant property master
Roxanne Borris .... second assistant art director
Steven Ciancamerla .... set dresser
Dwight Doerksen .... construction manager: additional photography
David Fujii .... head painter
Peter Harding .... construction coordinator
Deirdre Hughes .... art director: additional photography
Leandro Illescas .... carpenter
Andrew Kawczynski .... on-set dresser: additional photography
Kim Maticiw .... props buyer
Kent McIntyre .... art department apprentice: additional photography
Doug Moorehouse .... head carpenter
Jesse O'Connor .... lead dresser
Julian Peters .... set dresser: additional photography
Michael Smith .... on-set dresser
Joe Susin .... set dresser: additional photography
Giles Vanderholt .... art department trainee
Peter Waffle .... set dresser: additional photography
Craig Williams .... property master
Sound Department
Roman Alexander Buchok .... boom operator (as Alex Buchok)
Erik Culp .... foley recordist
Alan deGraaf .... sound re-recording mixer
Alfie DiPucchio .... adr recordist
John Gare .... sound re-recording mixer
Rose Gregoris .... assistant sound editor
Sid Lieberman .... foley artist
Craig MacLellan .... adr assistant
James Nichols .... sound consultant: Dolby
Jill Purdy .... adr editor
Jill Purdy .... dialogue editor
Adam Raley .... mix assistant
Regan Ramos .... audio coordinator
Nathan Robitaille .... sound designer
Zenon Waschuk .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Mark Ahee .... special effects supervisor
David Antonacci .... special effects assistant: additional photography
Sean Armstrong .... special effects assistant
Manuel Beccaro .... model maker
Joanne Bujouves .... prosthetic assistant: additional photography
Tim Ferguson .... special effects assistant: additional photography
Michael Gagnon .... special effects key (as Michel Gagnon)
Dylan Hankinson .... special effects assistant: additional photography
Geoff Hill .... on set key
Geoff Hill .... special effects key: additional photography
Kevin Hutchinson .... prosthetic assistant
Kevin Hutchinson .... prosthetic assistant: additional photography
Quinn Matthews .... prosthetic assistant: additional photography
Visual Effects by
Neishaw Ali .... visual effects executive producer
Doug Campbell .... visual effects producer: SPIN West VFX
Jeff Campbell .... visual effects supervisor
James Cooper .... Flame artist
Phil Dakin .... tracking lead: SPIN VFX
Colin Davies .... visual effects supervisor
Ashish Dewan .... compositor (as Ash Dewan)
Eric Doiron .... lead compositor
Rob Gyorgy .... digital effects artist
Lisa Hemeon .... visual effects producer
Terry Hutcheson .... assistant visual effects producer
Richard Keats .... systems manager
Petra Lendvai-Lintner .... visual effects production manager
Steven Lewis .... senior Flame artist
Steve Lowry .... Flame artist
Dave McGhie .... Flame artist
Kye Yong Peck .... 3D artist
Nick Perks .... systems administrator
Michael Ranalletta .... compositor
Mark T. Reid .... compositor (as Mark Reid)
Tim Sibley .... 3D artist
Sunny Wong .... compositor
Nick Alachiotis .... stunt actor
Taryn Ash .... stunt performer
Ron Bell .... stunt performer
Dan Belley .... stunt rigger
Leigh Bianco .... stunt performer
Marco Bianco .... key stunt rigger
Marco Bianco .... stunt performer
Matt Birman .... stunt coordinator
Brad Bunn .... stunt performer
Desmond Campbell .... stunt performer
Jericho Carbuntocan .... stunt performer
Shane Cardwell .... stunt performer
Tommy Chang .... stunt actor
Shelley Cook .... stunt actor
Christopher Cordell .... stunt performer (as Chris Cordell)
Tig Fong .... stunt performer
Liise Keeling .... stunt performer
Darren Marsman .... stunt performer
Duncan McLeod .... stunt performer
Simon Northwood .... stunt performer
Curtis Parker .... stunt performer
Rick Parker .... stunt performer
Sue Parker .... stunt performer
Cheryl Quiacos .... stunt performer
Kevin Rushton .... stunt performer
Bryan Thomas .... stunt performer
Max White .... stunt rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Terry Banting .... electric: additional photography
Roger Bate .... gaffer
Laurence Bortnick .... first assistant camera
Roger Bowden .... Genny operator
Darren Boyce .... key grip: additional photography
John Couto .... electric: additional photography (as John Docouto)
William Couto .... electric: additional photography
Greg Davis .... grip: additional photography
Christian Drennan .... key grip
Chad Edwards .... best boy: additional photography
Kristin Fieldhouse .... camera trainee: additional photography
David Gibbons .... gaffer
Mike Gillan .... best boy
Jeff Harrison .... grip
Terry Hooper .... grip: additional photography
Colin Hoult .... camera operator
Ken Huff .... grip
Rohan Lawrence .... best boy grip
Mark Lewandowski .... video playback operator
Lori Longstaff .... first assistant camera: "b" camera: additional photography
Edward Makuch .... grip: additional photography (as Ed Makuch)
Rob Matassa .... electrician
David McKane .... second assistant camera
Lincoln McRae .... grip: additional photography
Jim Neill .... electrician (as James Neill)
Mike Nieuwland .... camera trainee
Anthony Police .... best boy grip: additional photography
Graeme Potts .... epk videographer
Darcy Rodriguez .... grip
Gary Simpson .... genny op: additional photography
Michelle Veza .... second assistant camera: "b" camera: additional photography
Brad Vos .... camera operator
Kit Whitmore .... camera operator: "b" camera: additional photography
Steve Wilkie .... still photographer
Matt Kiskis .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Jason Knight .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Eppstadt .... costume breakdown artist
Jody Hoel .... costume set supervisor
Stephanie Lees .... assistant costume designer
William Ng .... wardrobe assistant: additional photography
Sheila Radovancevic .... costume truck supervisor
Anita K. Schapansky .... wardrobe truck coordinator: additional photography (as Anita Schapansky)
Editorial Department
Mark Betteridge .... digital I/O specialist
Louis Casado .... color timer
Patrick Duchesne .... digital intermediate producer
Ryan Kuba .... digital intermediate project coordinator
Mark Kueper .... digital intermediate colorist
Eric Myles .... digital film supervisor
Andrew Pascoe .... digital film technician
Brigitte Rabazo .... first assistant editor
Brian Reid .... manager of digital imaging
Transportation Department
Rosalind Callahan .... driver (as Roz Callahan)
Brian Clark .... head driver
John 'Jack' Coupland .... honeywagon operator (as Jack Coupland)
Michael Drysdale .... driver
Alex Laframboise .... head driver: additional photography
Ernie MacKey .... honeywagon operator
John McIntyre .... driver (as John McIntiyre)
Chris Radley Walters .... driver: additional photography (as Chris Radley-Walters)
Tim Reilly .... honeywagon operator
Dave Rowsell .... driver
Jeff Steinberg .... transportation coordinator
David Stetson .... transportation captain (as Dave Stetson)
Other crew
Sarah Baker .... trainee assistant accountant
Craig Drikis Barnikis .... hd downconvert operator (as Craig Barnikis)
Cory Bauer .... location production assistant
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... gun wrangler
Michelle Berrigan .... accountant: additional photography
Joshua Blankman .... assistant: Mr. Romero
Coralie Brady .... craft server: additional photography
James Burke .... production assistant
Stuart Campbell .... production assistant
Jennifer Chovancek .... assistant production coordinator
Tammy Cooper .... assistant to producers
Donna Croce .... script supervisor
Catherine Currie .... accountant: additional photography
Dan Feddern .... assistant location manager: additional photography
Michael Felsher .... epk producer
Steve Fitzpatrick .... craft server: additional photography
David Glasgal .... stock footage coordinator
Lisa Gyorfi .... assistant production coordinator (as Lisa Elchuk)
R. Emerson John .... script supervisor second unit
Mandy Ketcheson .... contact lens technician
Marc Lougheed .... production assistant: additional photography
Sam Malkin .... adr loop group coordinator
Alfonzo Mattuicci .... craft server
Chris Mikolovich .... craft server
Veronica Miller .... production accountant
Al Newman .... executive marketing consultant
Kyle O'Connor .... assistant location manager
Pauline K. Quong .... first assistant production accountant (as Pauline Quong)
Yan Regis .... on-set medic
Rancho Relaxo .... caterer
Rob Shea .... production coordinator
Philip Spurvey .... location manager: additional photography (as Phil Spurvey)
Alan Sutton .... fire safety coordinator
Jonathan Walker .... assistant production manager: additional photography
Madeleine Wazana .... accountant: additional photography
Rick Whalen .... location production assistant: additional photography
Eardley Wilmot .... location manager
Larry David Wilson .... production assistant
Kim Yu .... unit publicist
Steve Holt .... on-set medic (uncredited)
Brian Alexander .... special thanks
Coll Anderson .... special thanks
Jinny Barbosa .... special thanks
Cindy Bradeen .... special thanks
Nicolas Chartier .... special thanks
Justin Close .... special thanks
Wes Craven .... very special thanks
Nadine DeBarros .... special thanks
Guillermo del Toro .... very special thanks
Suzanne Desrochers .... special thanks
Carl Englebardt .... special thanks
Kathy Englebardt .... special thanks
Paul Fireman .... special thanks
Penny Fireman .... special thanks
Colin Geddes .... special thanks
David Gersh .... special thanks
Rebecca Grunwald .... special thanks
Leah Katz .... special thanks
Robert Katz .... special thanks (as Dr. Robert Katz)
Paula Kaye .... special thanks
Stephen King .... very special thanks
Sarah Lash .... special thanks
Jenn Lee .... special thanks
Matt Littin .... special thanks
Arnie Mullen .... special thanks
Dana O'Keefe .... special thanks
Simon Pegg .... very special thanks
Tait Reimers .... special thanks
Chris Roe .... special thanks
Tom Savini .... very special thanks
John Sloss .... special thanks
Nelly Spigel .... special thanks
Wally Spigel .... special thanks
Jay P. Sweet .... special thanks (as Jay Sweet)
Quentin Tarantino .... very special thanks

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Also Known As:
"George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead" - USA (complete title)
"The Death of Death" - USA (alternative title)
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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, and pervasive language
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In the scene with the zombie doctors, a voice can be heard on the radio inviting people to aim for the head. This is the voice of Tom Savini, a longtime friend of George A. Romero. In fact, this audio is lifted directly from the bonus features of the remake of Dawn of the Dead.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Debra claims one of the cameras that the footage was shot on was an HVX-200 high definition camera. The camera she refers to in the movie is actually a DVX-100A.See more »
[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?
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Movie Connections:
References Dead End (1985)See more »
Prelude in D Flat MajorSee more »


Is this a sequel to George Romero's 'Dead' films?
What remakes and unofficial sequels have sprung from the "Dead" movies?
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
George Romero's Diary Reveals Best Zombie Moments In Years!, 21 May 2008
Author: Streebo from United States

Following 2005's release of Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead marks George A. Romero's immediate return to the subject of zombies. George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead tells the story of a group of young film students on location in the woods, filming their own horror film. This mix and matched group of twenty-somethings are accompanied by their disillusioned, alcoholic teacher with an understated flair for theatrics. While working on their film school thesis, consisting of a mummy chasing a buxom blond in a white dress, they become witness to a ghoulish outbreak. The young director, Jason, makes the immediate decision to film the events for posterity. He records the ensuing Armageddon as he slowly sinks into a whirlwind of obsession that precludes concerns for safety. This film is a daring re-imagining of Romero's own Night of the Living Dead and the initial zombie outbreak that results in the undead apocalypse of Romero's "Dead" series.

Unlike Cloverfield, this movie is not presented as "found footage", instead it is a finished student film that was uploaded to the Internet. Being that Diary of the Dead is what became of the student film-within-a-film "The Death of Death", this gives the director and editor in Romero free reign to be as pretentious as he likes. He deftly mixes the medium of the digital age by showing everything from Youtube clips to mini-camera footage to Myspace clips to newscasts – ostensibly downloaded from the Internet for use in the film within the film. Romero has always been an economic editor with a knack for getting dynamic information across with as little cutting as possible and this multi-media Internet approach allows him to cover the spectrum of the digital medium. Romero, the director, has a painter's eye for compositions and can still set up a "boo!" scare with the best of them, however Diary of the Dead is not necessarily a scary film. It is an extremely horrifying film. The intercutting montages of the news and footage of zombie attacks create a terrifying tapestry of a world gone mad – as well as eerily mirroring events in our world today. So much information comes to us in the brief clips and snippets culled from the Internet that it borders on information overload.

Romero paces the film perfectly. He speeds it up with moments of suspense with splashes of action or gore. When needing a break, Romero slows the film down with character moments involving Jason and Debra and their on-going debate about the propriety of recording these events. There are many ways to examine this film as I find myself wanting to see a subtext of criticism of the media for the desensitization of our society's attitudes towards violence. I'm not sure how to look at the film as yet, but I can see that my perception of it might shift drastically with subsequent viewings. There are also multiple ways to enjoy the film as pure entertainment as this film had some of the best zombie killings I've ever seen in a horror film. Some were implausible, and some were improbable, but there were some creative kills involving sharp objects and zombies and a few other things. There's something amazing that happens when a scythe and a zombie make like the four tongued red beaver. You have to see it to know what I'm talking about. The gore is fairly understated, but well used throughout. The most foreboding elements of the film are not the gore effects or even the death scenes, but the overall mood and atmosphere. There is a dark apocalyptic feeling that hangs over the film like a shadow. I find that the more I think about the juxtaposition of news, personal footage and the student film, that the more Diary of the Dead opens up for me. I'm always a sucker for films that lend themselves to interpretation and Diary of the Dead is no exception. It's easily the most innovative use of the medium since Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers.

The film takes itself deadly serious at times while at other moments planting it's rotting tongue squarely in cheek. There are some funny little character moments in the verbal exchanges between the film students. There are also some fall down, nearly slapstick level, humor at other moments. These moments approach the level of a wink into the camera to remind us that there is a certain level of fun to it all. Even though some might criticize the film for taking itself too seriously, Romero firmly acknowledges the stuffiness of the subject matter and reminds us that this is just a movie after all and so let's have fun with it.

Streebo rates George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead a 10 out of 10 screams on the Scream-o-meter. It is the first masterpiece of 2008.

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