Diary of the Dead

  • 18
  • George A Romero (2007)
  • US / Can
  • 91 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Horror icon George A Romero once again uses the undead to comment on the ills of contemporary US society in this fifth entry in his landmark horror series. This time, in a nod to The Blair Witch Project, the leader of a group of Pennsylvania film students turns documentarist when the news breaks of a real-life zombie outbreak. This film-within-a-film records the students' struggle for survival - fittingly titled The Death of Death. The target of Romero's satire is the media: anyone holding a camcorder, writing a blog or texting their experiences is "infected" with telling their version of the "truth" and is therefore willing to compromise safety to sensationalise facts. Yet Romero never allows his message to get in the way of his usual innovative splatter or visceral excitement. After 2005's bigger budget Land of the Dead, this feels like a return in tone and scale to his seminal Night of the Living Dead, as the plot rewinds to the initial outbreak of terror. This bleak slice of gruesomely amusing nihilism is another classic of the genre.

Plot Summary

Zombie horror directed by George A Romero and starring Josh Close, Philip Riccio and Michelle Morgan. Film students record their survival story during a zombie outbreak as "The Death of Death" documentary.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jason Creed
Joshua Close
Ridley
Philip Riccio
Debra
Michelle Morgan
Tony
Shawn Roberts
Tracy
Amy Ciupak Lalonde
Eliot
Joe Dinicol
Maxwell
Scott Wentworth
Gordo
Chris Violette
Mary
Tatiana Maslany
Police chief on TV
George A Romero

Crew

Director
George A Romero

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour and Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Guidance: 
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 7 Mar 2008
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Optimum Releasing
Categories
Drama