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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 Watschuk .... production sound mixer (as Zenon Waschuk)
Special Effects by
Mark Ahee .... special effects supervisor
David Antonacci .... special effects assistant: additional photography
Sean Armstrong .... special effects assistant
Manuel Beccaro .... model maker
Manuel Beccaro .... prosthetic assistant
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 .... key dyer ager
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
Alfred S. Newman .... executive marketing consultant (as Al Newman)
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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Additional Details

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 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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[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:
Referenced in Zombie Squash (2012) (VG)See more »
Any Other WaySee more »


Why has this been called "Night of the Living Dead" meets "The Blair Witch Project"?
Is this a sequel to George Romero's 'Dead' films?
How does reanimation work?
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113 out of 223 people found the following review useful.
Great film from Mr. Romero..., 9 September 2007
Author: eveneshen from Canada

Alright, well I'll start right off the bat with, I loved this movie. I will bore you with a synopsis of the movie, cause you can read the plot somewhere else, and I am pretty sure most of you know the plot already. Instead of the movie starting off with saying "George A. Romero's DIARY OF THE DEAD", it begins as a fully cut together documentary about what these students went through for the first few days of the outbreak. The movie has narration, and is told through a variety of cameras, security cameras, self phones, news footage…this makes for an already very interesting watch.

The movie starts out with a great opening scene which grabs you right from the get go, and already you can tell that this is not some Blair Witch knock off. Comparisons to Blair Witch will be thrown right out the window. In DIARY the camera acts as a character in the film, a lot of time I forgot I was watching a documentary esquire movie, and thought I was just watching a film. Instead of shaky cameras, off the cuff improv dialogue, we get a full more theatrical sort of experience. We still watch the whole movie through the POV of the cameras, and this never changes…which leads to some terrifying scenes. I have never found zombie movies scary, but this was quite a creepy film in parts. Most notably the "Hospital Scene", talk about a perfect creep fest…great location, great build up…great pay off.

From the get go, I can assume that this will be a movie that either fans or going to love or hate. It's very much the Romero world; there are little nods to Night and Day. But the overall feeling is something new all to itself, obviously one can compare it to Night, but even that would be a very loose comparison. What really makes this movie work is what you don't see. The film is not a zombie gore fest by any means, not by comparison to Land anyways (But don't worry, DIARY still holds a great deal of signature Romero moments that had the audience up and cheering). There are no huge crowds of zombies roaming around, they are here and there and they still very much are a threat, but still not the scariest. Radio reports and peoples actions really up the paranoia level of the movie, and make it a scarier experience. This is by far the scariest Romero Dead film of the series; it holds a great sense of dread with it.

In the negative department, of which I have very few complaints, I think some of delivery of lines where a little camp. And the staging of a couple scenes definitely played cheesy in a few parts where it should have been serious. Also, there were only a couple CGI moments that took me out of the movie (don't worry, there is no priest zombie in the movie, the CGI is very subtle). But all these complaints are few and far between each other.

All together, DIARY was a very impressive achievement for Mr. Romero, and I hope this film sees the light of day soon, cause I know I can't wait to see it again. I think the social commentary in this movie played stronger and better then it did in the other films. This was a nice touch; it really added to the overall experience, it brought a sense of reality to the whole concept…more so then the other films in my opinion. In conclusion, Romero fans won't be disappointed, the film has his dark humor and great zombie moments laced through out the film. And people looking for more then just cheap thrills, should also leave the theater feeling satisfied.

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