George A. Romero's Diary of the DeadDirector: George A. Romero
Horror icon George A. Romero effectively hits the "reset" button on his hugely influential Dead series with this scaled-back look at the zombie apocalypse as told from the perspective of a student filmmaker who sets out to shoot a low-budget fright film, but instead captures the breakdown of modern society at the decaying hands of flesh-eating ghouls. Jason Creed (Joshua Close) and his crew are shooting a mummy movie in the Pennsylvania woods when media reports begin pouring in about the dead rising from their graves to feast on the flesh of the living. While self-centered star Ridley (Phillip Riccio) beats a hasty retreat to his family's fortified mansion halfway across the state, the remaining cast and crew are forced to fight for their lives despite having no weapons to speak of, and only a wobbly recreational vehicle in which to seek shelter. Immediately recognizing the gravity of the situation and outspokenly skeptical of the media, determined director Creed decides to use his own camera to capture the real story in a documentary entitled "The Death of Death." Now, as the group attempts to fight their way to safety, the skeptics will all watch as their greatest fears become reality, and the realists will attempt to process a nightmare that modern science would pass off as impossible.
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Cast & Crew
|Michelle Morgan||Debra Moynihan|
|Joshua Close||Jason Creed|
|George A. Romero||Director,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Steve Barnett||Executive Producer|
|Dan Fireman||Executive Producer|
|Gaslight Studio||Makeup Special Effects|
|John Harrison||Executive Producer|
|Alex Kavanagh||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Rupert Lazarus||Production Designer|
|Gregory Nicotero||Makeup Special Effects|
|Norman Orenstein||Score Composer|
|Martin Walters||Asst. Director|
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George Romero has made his fair share of flops in his time, but this is above and beyond the call of duty in terms of sheer awfultude. How this could have come from the man who spawned not only the classics "Night of the Living Dead" and "Dawn of the Dead" as well, but even the lesser two films is mind boggling. Upon first hearing of Diary.., I foresaw a film shot on the cheap by an old master who knew how to make cheap work for him. Instead, it looks a bit more budget heavy than it should, and it actually detracts from the picture, which purports to be a sort of fake-documentary like many recent "reality" type films. What Romero has failed to realize is that in order to sustain believability, you must have respect for the audience and at least somewhat believable acting to carry the "story", for which this film has neither. At all. The actor's here emote in gloriously bad fashion, spouting terrible dialogue while a droll narrator extolls voiceovers that pound Romero's juvenile, half-baked ideas about society into the viewers skulls with all the subtle delicacy of an elephant gun. The zombies are few and far between, and there is no sense of atmosphere at all, just a hollow wish to end the film quickly. Moments of awkwardly inserted comic relief offer no respite from this dull ride. At one particularly terrible moment when a character, who is Texan, pummels a zombie, espouses the old chestnut "Don't mess with Texas!", and storms out of the scene as a banjo rendition of "The Heart of Texas" blares on the soundtrack, I completely gave up on trying to find anything to like about this film. In my opinion, the only redeemable thing about Diary of the Dead is the poster art, which isn't even that great! avoid Avoid AVOID!
Way better than Land of the Dead. Intelligent, in some spots outrageously funny - if this turns out to be Romero's last say on the subject, this film caps the series nicely. Don't listen to the haters who say this film sucks - this is George getting the chance to document the initial outbreak in the way it should have been done to begin with.