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George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead
- George A. Romero

Overview - Director George A. Romero returns to the subject matter that made him famous with this postmodern take on the zombie genre. DIARY OF THE DEAD begins in innocuous fashion as a group of film students head out into the woods to make a low-budget horror film.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director George A. Romero returns to the subject matter that made him famous with this postmodern take on the zombie genre. DIARY OF THE DEAD begins in innocuous fashion as a group of film students head out into the woods to make a low-budget horror film. This film-within-a-film is directed by Jason Creed (Joshua Close), who draws on a group of friends, and his college professor, to get the job done. But the filming comes to an abrupt halt when news comes in that the dead are springing back to life, devouring people, and taking over the world. Film obsessive Creed doesn't put his camera down for long, and he's soon heading out on the road with his friends in a quest to document the real-life carnage as it unfolds. The film is shot entirely from the point of view of Creed and his camera-wielding friends, and in a neat nod to contemporary technology, Romero's feature is full of references to websites such as MySpace and YouTube. This interesting sidestep from Romero's long-running zombie saga is a 21st century take on the initial zombie outburst that occurred in the director's 1968 classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Romero unleashes much of his trademark gore and violence as the film progresses, and there are some increasingly witty and inventive ways in which characters become zombiefied. The cast of young unknowns fit snugly into their roles, particularly Michelle Morgan, whose character is in charge of piecing together Creed's film in the editing room. But what really sets DIARY OF THE DEAD apart from its horror-movie contemporaries is the hefty dose of social satire that Romero works into the film, making this a welcome return to the director's trademark style following the more straightforward gore-fest of 2005's LAND OF THE DEAD.

Cast List

Sam Englebardt - Producer
Norman Orenstein - MUSIC COMPOSER
Stephen King - Best-selling horror novelist, THE STAND miniseries (1994)
Richard Bachman - Best-selling horror novelist, THE STAND miniseries (1994)
Wes Craven - Horror Writer/Director
Wesley Earl Craven - Horror Writer/Director
Peter Grunwald - Producer, LAND OF THE DEAD (2005)
George A. Romero - American Horror Director, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
George Romero - American Horror Director, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
Philip Riccio - Actor
Tatiana Maslany - Actress
Michelle Morgan - Actress, DIARY OF THE DEAD
Guillermo Del Toro - Director, PAN'S LABYRINTH, HELLBOY, CRONOS
Guillermo del Toro - Director, PAN'S LABYRINTH, HELLBOY, CRONOS
Quentin Tarantino - American director/screenwriter/producer, PULP FICTION
Joe Dinicol
Josh Close - Actor, DIARY OF THE DEAD
Adam Swica - DOP, ENTER ZOMBIE KING
Art Spigel - Producer
Dan Fireman - Producer
Simon Pegg - Actor, director, SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)
John Harrison - Director
Chris Violette
Amy Lalonde - Actress, DIARY OF THE DEAD
Ara Katz - Producer
Steve Barnett - Director/Upm
Scott Wentworth - Actor
Shawn Roberts - Canadian actor, ANIMORPHS/DEGRASSI: THE NEXT...

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 96
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 796019811736
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for strong horror violence and gore, and pervasive language)
  • Release Date: April 2009

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Reviews:
"[T]here's some striking filmmaking in DIARY OF THE DEAD..." - 02/15/2008 New York Times


"[I]t's a kicky B movie....There are some gruesomely imaginative deaths...they're as snappy as speed-metal power chords." - 02/22/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.76


"Romero has lost none of his wild inventiveness. This film has more left-field weirdness and edgy suspense than LAND, with unexpected characters, grim jokes, and horror scenes you have never seen before..." - 03/01/2008 Sight and Sound, p.49


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The best scary movies show the monster invading us from the inside. This one belongs with the leaders of the scare pack." - 03/01/2008 Rolling Stone, p.62


4 stars out of 5 -- "DIARY...is an ingenious way to revitalize a franchise...The film works because Romero has rediscovered his pulp roots..." - 04/01/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.123


4 stars out of 5 -- "[Romero] remains unmatched for thumbnail characterizations which emerge during suspense-horror sequences." - 04/01/2008 Empire, p.60


4 stars out of 4 -- "[It delivers] eye-popping and gut-spilling galore. It's an ingenious, energetic, angry and extremely plugged-in piece..." - 02/13/2008 Premiere

 
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