a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
Survival of the Dead
Death isn't what it used to be.
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.
Worst zombie movie of 2009. Survival of the Dead is just a weak movie and I know George A. Romero can do better than that.
George Romero was the man who gave us zombies as we know them today, complete with all the rules we take for gospel. For example, to kill a zombie you must shoot it in the head. Unfortunately, I think it's time to take Romero's career as a director of zombie films and put it down with one well placed piece of lead between the eyes, because Survival of the Dead is just as shambling and soulless as the ghouls that haunt it. The story follows a group of rogue soldiers who stumble into a feud between two Irish families on a remote New England island. The island itself is the only real thing of note, filling the film with beautiful…
Film #7 of my Band-tastic Halloween Season
I'm a die hard fan of Romero's Dead flicks. You don't see much criticism for the original trilogy although Day of the Dead is still pretty underrated. The same does not go for the latest three.
I liked Land of the Dead a lot. I saw it theaters when it came out and left completely satisfied. It was updated, modern and more of an action film than the original three but I felt that Romero touch.
Diary of the Dead is widely disliked but I liked the direction he took with it. He jumped on the found footage bandwagon but I thought he pulled it off and I liked the characters and, most…
Romero, Romero! Wherefore art thou Romero?
Finally forced myself to watch this. The reason it took me so long is that after all the bad reviews and having not forgotten about Diary of the Dead, I just didn't want to link any more bad memories to George A. Romero. It's incomprehensible that the same man that gave us Night of the Living Dead and it's three sequels also gave us this (yes I have love for Land even). It just finally got to me that there was a Romero zombie movie that I had not seen and it was just somehow wrong.
I don't regret watching it though. The story was ambitious for the budget, but it was also quite ridiculous at times. No mater... my love for Night through Land won't be effected by this.
Hands down the worst thing Romero has ever made. Funded and shot in Canada (my home country), the whole film embodies the worst qualities of Canadian film and television: the cinematography is flat, over lit, and looks like the recreation footage for a history channel special; the bulk of the cast is made up of hammy actors who, when not on "The Red Green Show," headline local community theatre productions or perform in live versions of "The Vinyl Café." Were it not for the gore, I swear the film was one step away from turning into a God damned "Wingfield" stage play.
(If you don't know what "Wingfield" is, consider yourself lucky. Very, very fucking lucky.)
What makes it all…
I thought Diary of the dead was a disappointing film, but it was still ok, it's ideas were strong even if I didn't like how it was executed. Survival of the dead is a different beast, it didn't even register in my head as Romero's work, I couldn't find anything remotely Romero within. The story was slow and plodding, the acting sub par and even its social commentary was um...not as strong as what we've seen before we'll say. As much as it pains me to say it hopefully this is the last time Romero takes his zombies out and about, but regardless of what I think of this pile if crap, Romero is still a brilliant filmmaker.
Romero does a Canuck version of the Hatfields/Mccoys where Irish-speaking old men inexplicably live on an island off the coast of Delaware. The CBC aesthetic looks like Road to Avonlea with Zombies; the rest is Romero's fogey fascination with youngsters and awful-looking CGI zombie novelty deaths. Better than Diary of the Dead, which makes it the second-worst zombie movie he's made.
It had better characters than Diary, but spends too much time being a bad film for that to matter.
At least I can have fun laughing at this one.
Also QT zombie twins.
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Mr. Romero, for you, the zombie movie well has run dry.
For some, George A. Romero's drought began a long time ago. Many fans had sounded the alarm in 1985 with the delayed release of the troubled Day of the Dead. The quality was definitely in a sharp decline since the immortal Dawn of the Dead in 1979, so it should come as no surprise that now Romero just doesn't have anywhere else to go with it. The proof is his latest, Survival of the Dead.
Even though Romero, essentially, invented the modern formula of the 'living dead' horror film in 1968 with the brilliant Night of the Living Dead, that doesn't mean he should always get a pass whenever…
Seamus Muldoon: We got to get these things to learn to eat something other than us.
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Taken from a blog review of mine found here - cinemaoftheabstract.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/survival-of-dead-2009.html
In lieu of witnessing Dario Argento's Mother of Tears (2007), the equivalent at looking at a roadside accident with morbid curiosity, the question of the later careers of directors famous for horror films and the quality of the work springs to mind. For myself, the issue has always been how director who made their reputations in the seventies - John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper etc. - suffered from the transition of cinema into the Millennium. An entirely different attitude to horror films in particular exists that, for every good one still made, is frankly questionable, not looking to its forefathers barring remaking the older films and not providing the necessary…
It's hard to believe that Romero was in any way involved in this. Had a moderately interesting point to make, but couldn't make a moderately interesting film to wrap it in. Filled with Syfy level CGI, but does have a single good practical effect in the climax of the piece.
Horror movie season is coming up! This is just a list for my personal references of stuff I'd like to…
It took me few days to made it, but here it is- the biggest 2000's horror movies list ever.