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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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George A. Romero
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Van Sprang ... Sarge
Joshua Peace ... D.J. (as Josh Peace)
Hardee T. Lineham ... Lieutenant Vaughn
Dru Viergever ... Soldier Zombie
Eric Woolfe ... Kenny
Shawn Roberts ... Tony (archive footage)
Scott Wentworth Scott Wentworth ... Professor Maxwell (archive footage)
Amy Lalonde ... Tracy (archive footage)
Michelle Morgan ... Debra (archive footage)
Joshua Close ... Jason (archive footage)
Mitch Risman ... Drooling Zombie
Kenneth Welsh ... O'Flynn
Julian Richings ... James
Wayne Robson ... Tawdry
Kathleen Munroe ... Janet / Jane
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Storyline

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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Death isn't what it used to be. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2010 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Romero Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Ancaster, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,605, 30 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$101,740

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$386,078
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This marks George A. Romero's second time using the SCOPE format (2.35:1, 2.39:1, 2.4:1) for his Living Dead films. The first time was Land of the Dead (2005). The other Dead films were either shot in 1.33:1 (Night of the Living Dead (1968)) or 1.85:1 (Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985)). See more »

Goofs

(at around 21 mins) In the back of the armored car when the boy shows the soldiers the video on his iPhone the cellular carrier name on the screen says "Rogers" which is a Canadian company. The movie was filmed in the Toronto area but the story at that point takes place in Pennsylvania where AT&T would have been the cellular carrier for the iPhone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sarge 'Nicotine' Crocket: [voice-over] 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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Follows Day of the Dead (1985) See more »

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MAKE IT OR BREAK IT
Written by Charlie Finlay
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Another great Romero zombie flick
26 September 2011 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

A military group that has turned into bandits during the zombie infestation decides to follow an online infomercial and tries to make it to the peaceful island it promises. At the harbor they realize they have been ambushed by the guy pitching the island. He robs the potential clients and dumps them on the island, which is nothing but zombie-free.

Earlier in the movie we meet this guy O'Flynn, a fisherman on the island. He's runs one of the two Irish clans on the island. His nemesis is Seamus. When zombies infest the island, O'Flynn opts to eliminate them all while Seamus wants to keep them "alive" and chained. They kick O'Flynn of the island leaving his daughter behind.

Now the military guys make it to the island followed by O'Flynn who sees this as an opportunity to avenge himself from Seamus. They find that Seamus is trying to domesticate the zombies, enchained and treated like cattle or horses. His special project is trying to teach zombies to eat animal meat and not human. So far he has been unsuccessful.

Eventually we have the confrontation between the two clans plus the zombies in a bloody and brutal outcome.

As all Romero movies, this one is smart, sometimes funny and with plenty of zombie violence. Even what should be a lame scene, Romero manages to make it interesting. He's particularly good as showing human interaction. And of course there is the usual criticism of human inhumanity in how they treat the zombies. The last minutes are particularly entertaining for those who are into gore. The only problem I have with this movie is that the final zombie mayhem is presented as a comedy. It's unnecessary and doesn't suit the violent tone of the content. Otherwise this is classic Romero in a quickly paced and gory zombie movie.


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