Diary of the Dead (2007)

Posted: February 24, 2013 in Movie Review
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Diary of the Dead

Directed By: George A Romero

Starring: Shawn Roberts, Josh Close, Michelle Morgan, Joe Dinicol, R.D. Reid,

Subgenre: Zombies

Synopsis: A group of film students attempt to document a zombie outbreak.

Thoughts: While Diary of the Dead is the 5th movie in Romero’s Dead Franchise, this is the first film that does not follow in the general timeline.  Instead, it goes back to the beginning of the outbreak and attempts to “rejig the myth” as Romero himself has said.

After having a star-studded cast for Land of the Dead, Romero went back to his usual ways and used a cast of virtual unknowns for Diary of the Dead.  Part of that has to do with the fact that he produced and funded Diary himself, but the story also lends itself to unknowns. 

I wasn’t a fan of the cast or the characters in Diary of the Dead.  The majority of the characters are rather unlikeable, which may be intentional, but it just led me to not care whether or not someone got eaten by a zombie.  The acting was also subpar in my opinion.

Romero tried several different techniques in Diary of the Dead.  The first was the “hand-held” camera technique that has been so popular in the horror genre the last decade or so.  The second was the almost exclusive use of CGI for the gore effects.  The use of CGI allowed the filming to be completed quickly, with the effects being added later.  I’ve enjoyed several of the handheld movies, but I didn’t really enjoy it in Diary of the Dead.  The way it was played out just didn’t work for me and the fact that one of the actors explained why there was music added was one of the worst moments of the movie.

Diary of the Dead is not only my least favorite Dead movie, but it is also my least favorite Romero movie, and it’s not really close.  Every director’s filmography contain a few pock marks and I consider Diary of the Dead to be more of a festering wound on Romero’s list of movies.  This one is for zombie fanatics or a Romero completest only.

  1. stl7dust says:

    The hand held style by this point had been overused and abused.

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