Diary of the Dead

Diary of the Dead


3.5000 Stars


A Zombie gets it's skin, skull and brain melted by a jar full of hydrochloric acid, all caught on tape! Yum!



George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead is a 'first person view' film, similar to The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield. One misconception is that Romeo copied Cloverfield in the filming style, this is not true. The idea for this film was conceived before Cloverfield was released and, if anything, The Blair Witch Project had more of an impact on the shooting style than anything. It's more of a coincidence that two movies got released using this shooting style, at relatively the same time.

This is a great movie, if you like Zombies or horror. If you're not a big fan of either, then it'll probably rate in the fair – good range for you. Either way it is quite enjoyable. The movie revolves around a group of film students caught in the middle of an apocalyptic Zombie outbreak. They decide to 'Get out of Dodge' and make for the countryside.

There is a good amount of suspense, action and gore in Diary of the Dead. The great thing about the film is that Romero had more creative freedom than he did with his last venture, Land of the Dead, and it shows. A lot of people were let down with Land, not this author, but a lot of people didn't like it. Diary should prove to satisfy many more people.

The main drawback to this movie is the acting, which isn't all bad, but it's not good either. You can feel a sense of forced emotion, and the somewhat cheesy lines don't help. The actors aren't great, but Romero tends not to cast big name stars, which adds to the feel of his films in a good way.

All in all this is a very good movie. Definitely recommended for any horror fan, or any movie fan. Unfortunately, it's DVD release date came after that of Cloverfield's. Which happened to be very, very good. Better than this movie some would argue. All of this tends to make people compare the two, so try not to when you watch this instant classic. I only bring that up because this movie doesn't have a 50 storey tall monster running around a big city... and the massive effects that go along with it.