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Diary of the Dead (2007)
Flawed and preachy, but with good scares
George Romero's societal commentary goes more overt than ever in this zombie installment. The premise: A group of Pennsylvania college kids (along with one mysterious vagabond alcoholic Englishman with street smarts and an eagle eye) are, ironically, filming a low-budget horror movie in the woods during the first night of the zombie outbreak. The movie is mostly first-person perspective taken from a videotape recorded from the camera man of the low-budget horror movie who just continued to film everything from the beginning of the outbreak. This time, the movie addresses mass media, information distribution, the internet, news and sensationalism. The scares are there, probably even better scares than all of his zombie films save for Night of the Living Dead; and the idea of first person perspective ala Cloverfield and Blair Witch gives the film a raw and real feel. However, as mentioned before, Romero's societal commentary goes from subtle in Night of the Living Dead to blatant and preachy in Diary of the Dead (and Land of the Dead if one doesn't want to exclude his other work), which in the end hampers - instead of enhances - the film's quality. The acting and script gets a bit contrived at times but the scares and the film's overall mood are good enough to make this worth a watch. Don't expect to be wowed, but do expect great zombie fun...that is, if you can ignore Romero trying to cram a message down your throat.