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 Alan Smithee takes us on an irreverent (and unauthorized) romp through George A. Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead, the film that spawned the modern zombie craze and a thousand "of the living dead" remakes and rip-offs.
A medieval reenactment troupe find it increasingly difficult to keep their family-like group together, with pressure from local law enforcement, interest from entertainment agents and a growing sense of delusion from their leader.
In the Plum Island, off the coast of Delaware, the long feud between the families of the patriarchs Captain Patrick O'Flynn (Kenneth Welsh) that intends to eliminate the zombies and Seamus Muldoon (Richard Fitzpatrick) that intends to keep his undead relatives waiting for a cure culminates with O'Flynn expelled from Plum. Meanwhile in the continent Sarge "Nicotine" Crocket (Alan Van Sprang), Chuck (Joris Jarsky), Cisco (Stefano DiMatteo) and Tomboy (Athena Karkanis) are plundering and seeking a safe place to stay. When they rescue the young Boy (Devon Bostick) from group of sadistic hunters, Boy decides to join the group and suggests them to head to Plum Island since he had heard a O'Flynn's broadcast inviting people to move to the island. When Sarge and his team arrive in the island, they are attacked by Muldoon's men and they see that the place is crowded of undead. Sarge's friend Chuck is killed and they decide to fight against Muldoon. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The cast are almost all Canadian, the exception being Julian Richings who is from London, England. Thee movie was shot entirely in Canada. See more »
(at around 22 mins) At one point Sarge Crockett smashes out one of the windows in the armored truck with the butt of a rifle. In reality, that is impossible since the polycarbonate "bullet-resistant" windows would not be penetrated even by a bullet, much less the blunt plastic butt of a rifle. See more »
Sarge 'Nicotine' Crocket:
Last time anyone counted, fifty-three million people were dying every year, a hundred-fifty thousand every day, a hundred and seven every minute, and that was in normal times.
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I attended the North American Premiere of "George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead" at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. When the master himself decides to make a new "...of the Dead" movie, you know you can expect certain things: great kills, visual effects, shocks, and gore. Where it goes from there depends on plot and cast. So here's the premise: a zombie western set on an island off the coast of Delaware. Anyone else might pitch that story idea and have a door slammed in the face. But this is George A. Romero. Only he could pull it off, and he does it. Directing from his own script, Romero has made a movie unlike anything he's done in thematic terms. There are great kills, of course. But there are plenty of new elements that will surprise moviegoers.
The Muldoons and O'Flynns have been feuding for generations. They've turned little Plum Island into a war zone. But when faced with an enemy from outside their clans, new strategies must emerge. Outsiders eager to do battle with that enemy also invade their territory, and everyone must take sides. The actors do not take a back seat to the visual and special effects by any means. Veteran character actors lead the Irish clans with Seamus and Lem Muldoon (Richard Fitzpatrick and Matt Birman) facing Tawdry, Patrick, and James O'Flynn (Wayne Robson, Kenneth Welsh, and Julin Richings). Kathleen Munroe wins the viewers' hearts as Janet O'Flynn, Alex Van Sprang and Athena Karkanis are standouts as renegade soldiers, and 17-year-old Devon Bostick infuses just the right amount of naiveté into the "young boy" (he's nameless) who tags along, and whose bravado provides much of the film's comic relief.
Cinematographer Adam Swica is able to stretch the film's budget with mostly exteriors and night shots. A surreal hybrid of period piece and present day (or future?) allows costumes, art direction, and sets to inhabit any world at any time. Is this the Old West? Ireland? The location says Delaware but the film was shot in Ontario. The fact is, it's all the above, and doesn't matter -- Romero, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, is well aware of the metaphorical nature of his films and never takes himself too seriously. The result is simply loads of fun.
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