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Within the pages of a diary, a terrifying tale is written, but is this chilling tale an account of a nightmare once lived, or an omen of events yet to come?


David Covarrubias


David Covarrubias (screenplay), Stephen Leclerc (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
John Zacchino ... Jonathan
Rachel Oliva ... Heather
Scott St. Blaze ... Billy
G. Larry Butler ... Red
Elizabeth Pan ... Rosemary
Dave Strebel Dave Strebel ... One Armed Zombie
Daniel N. Smith Daniel N. Smith ... Leg Biting Zombie
Mark Mareck Mark Mareck ... Bookcase Zombie
Lisa Strebel Lisa Strebel ... Girl Zombie #1
Rebecca Manning Rebecca Manning ... Girl Zombie #2
Sara Jane Kennicott Sara Jane Kennicott ... Female Zombie #1
Julie Bossinger Julie Bossinger ... Female Zombie #2
J. Kevin Stevens J. Kevin Stevens ... Male Zombie #1
Jesse Gee Jesse Gee ... Male Zombie #2
Jeff Scott ... Male Zombie #3


Looking forward to a weekend retreat, Jonathan (a young writer) and his wife Heather headed to an isolated rental cabin deep in the Oregon Woods. But there is an evil in the forest that awaits them, and what was to be a relaxing vacation quickly turns into a horrific nightmare as they fight for their very survival against a merciless evil force hungry only for human flesh. Within the pages of a diary their terrifying tale is written, but is this chilling tale an account of a nightmare once lived, or an omen of events yet to come? Written by David Covarrubias

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It was to be a romantic weekend . . .


Short | Horror



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Release Date:

26 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Camarillo, California, USA See more »


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$20,000 (estimated)
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CAMmotion Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The basement used in the film was actually a horse stable with massive amounts of set design to hide this fact. See more »

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Great Horror short
13 August 2005 | by VinceRoccaSee all my reviews

I saw an early screening of the Diary and thought at that time it was great.

I've heard that it has been tightened and is now even better.

The short has great make-up effects and a yummy bloody zombie feast. I see the director has worked on many big budget Hollywood flicks in the special effects department. No doubt thoses skills and favors were pulled in for the Diary. Because you usually just don't see this level of talent in shorts.

The shooting locations are creepy and very effective. I dug the dungeon basement. It looks like it cost a fortune.

The direction is solid. The acting is good. The cinematography is solid and the sound (which is most important for horror) is excellent. You can't go wrong with this flick.

I also love the miller product placement. Good stuff.

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