Survival of the Dead (2009)

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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
D.J. (as Josh Peace)
Hardee T. Lineham ...
Soldier Zombie
Tony (archive footage)
Scott Wentworth ...
Professor Maxwell (archive footage)
Tracy (archive footage)
Debra (archive footage)
Jason (archive footage)
Mitch Risman ...
Drooling Zombie
Janet / Jane


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

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Rated R for strong zombie violence/gore, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 May 2010 (Germany)  »

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...of the Dead  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$54,605 (USA) (28 May 2010)


$101,055 (USA) (9 July 2010)

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Gory good fun, Romero lives to kill again
24 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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