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A spy has read Romero's DIARY!!!

Published at: Sept. 6, 2006, 3:22 a.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Now I know I've been a negative nancy on George A. Romero's proposed DEAD flick, DIARY OF THE DEAD. You can read my debate with Harry about it here. I know kinda came off as a bit of a judgmental asshole, but I take my Romero DEAD films very seriously and while I was still trusting of Romero, I really hated the concept of filmmakers out in the woods videotaping zombies.

Still do, actually. And the recent reports of this film being made to go straight to video don't do much to bolster my confidence. However, I like a lot of what I read in the script review below, sent in by contributor "Boba Fat." I like that the film seems to quickly go from "We're making a movie" to a desperate attempt at survival. That avoids my worries of these kids going out and stalking zombies through the woods with the video camera, inserting them into the film, etc... In other words, it puts a little more reality back into the world. Anyway, before I go on too long, here's the review! You'll find out some details, but nothing too spoilery! Enjoy!!

Hi Quint

Hope you're well. I've had a short "Be Kind Rewind" report posted before but here's my first script review.

I managed to get my hands on the "Dairy of the Dead" script and my inner geek was doing back-flips, my outer geek tried to remain calm but screw him. Anyway, to be clear, I'm a big Romero fan but my faith had been shaken by Land Of The Dead. Then, after reading your and Harry's IM chat, my heart sank. It seemed a weak idea, cheap and beneath George. A.

So is it that bad? No it is not, in fact, half way through reading the script I started wishing that this had been the film he'd made instead of LOTD. To clear a few things up, The film takes place outside of the Night, Dawn, Day and Land chronology. We see the dead start to rise much like the Dawn remake. It's present day and there's no explanation. The students are shooting a Mummy film in the woods and it takes up about 3 scenes. When they pick up news reports on the radio they abandon the film and head home or back to their dorms. There's some nice jokes about slow or fast moving Mummy's during the filming scenes. One student, ambitious film-maker Jason Creed, keeps filming as a documentary much to the others disgust. The film then becomes a standard Zombie apocalypse story as the group, split and one faction make their way back to Jason's girlfriend's house.

The handheld camera style is really a stylistic device so it doesn't come over as cheap as it sounds. The action takes place on the road and in many locations and for some of the shocks, think of the night-vision first look at the troglodyte in "The Descent" i.e disorienting and unexpected, it adds to their effectiveness. All the traditional ways for a filmmaker to technically build suspense aren't available with this style so the zombies appear almost out of nowhere. With the glut of Zombie films we're faced with, this approach seems fresh and not as dated as I first feared.

There are parts of the story that seem odd, an, African, American, guerilla army pop up in the middle section and when Jason posts the footage onto his My Space page he gets a million hits in an hour. The Dead Walk and everyone turns to My Space for answers? There's also an alcoholic, English character that rivals Day of the Dead's drunken Irish man for cringe inducing dialogue but it's basically a Zombie road movie with the sort of imagery Land was missing. We get to see Amish zombies, golfer zombies, burnt zombie cops and a character keeping the rest of his undead family, in the deep end of the swimming pool, underwater, because he doesn't know what to do with them.

So, I'm a convert, in fact while were at it George why not get Savini out of retirement too?

If you use this call me Boba Fat

Sounds good, but I'm not too sure what I think about the whole "new universe" aspect, of it being modern day and existing completely out of Romero's other zombie movies. If Romero really digs this concept and wants to go forward with it, I don't know about you guys, but I'd love to see him set this on the same night as the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, with the young filmmakers using a 16mm or even Super 8mm camera to make their Mummy movie.

It sounds like it'd be an easy switch and I actually find the idea of making a parallel film to the original NIGHT pretty fascinating. At least more interesting than starting a modern day zombie film outside of the ones we all know and love (plus it eliminates all possibilities of a MySpace reference). What're your thoughts?



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  • Sept. 6, 2006, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Sounds LIke An Old Guy Trying To Be Hip

    by flamingrunt

    He must be 70 plus now, referencing myspace etc just seems sad.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 3:33 a.m. CST

    FIRST...

    by ScarranHalfBreed

    ...and TOO SOON! Just to piss everyone off, y'know?

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Twenty seconds out...

    by ScarranHalfBreed

    I feel kind of hollow inside.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Sounds good and, er, first? No idea...

    by NowImTheMonster

    Can't see any talkback- surely that can't make me first? Or is this some stupid conspiracy to make me a lowly Brit look really dumb? Anyhoo, sounds good to me. Love beginning of the apocalypse movies, I also like the idea of someone documenting it. AFter all if you were a doco filmmaker, which I've been known to dabble in, part of me would want to keep a record. I'd just get a cameraman to film it whilst I carried a big axe, shotgun, mail gauntlet with a spike on it etc. Can't wait to see this!!!! So its slow zombies right? Just wanted to check, he does mention Damn remake...

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 3:37 a.m. CST

    My god its too early to think

    by NowImTheMonster

    I meant "wouldn't you want to keep a record, I know I would". Think I just got a bit too excited writing about zombies. Never done that before...

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Oh And Im Not Suprised Its A DTV

    by flamingrunt

    Land was a piss poor film, the studios put their faith in him and stayed out of it and he still delivered a bomb. I Mean it wasnt even a critical success that failed to meet its market (Like serenity) it was just a financially unsuccessful turd. There comes a point when film makers have to accept theyre too old for this shit.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Jesus Mary and Joeseph

    by DOGSOUP

    That sounds horrid.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 4:01 a.m. CST

    can't tell

    by llephen

    can't tell yet what type of thing i should be expecting. when we say direct to video, i get images in my head of those awful awful Fangoria sponsored direct to video movies. or starship troopers 2. ugh. but i think it could be really awesome. ol george knows what he's doing. i think that seeing the zombies through a regular video camera could make it seem more realistic, like it's occuring in the real world at the present. that could be pretty scary. i just hope the myspace references don't make it into the movie.. that's just not good. leave myspace to movies like John Tucker Must Die. It is the domain of crap like that. let's keep romero clear of that nonsense.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Anyone who has a point of view is now a judgemental....

    by IndustryKiller

    asshole? God that just reminds me of those douche bags who call "hater" no matter how reasonable or well formulated someones grievance to a film is. Quint you were well within your rights to judge the idea of this film. Especially since Harry increasingly loves movies for reasons that are WAY beyond the actual quality of the film. My favorite is when he is clearly underwhelmed by a film he wants to love so he spends his entire review justifying to himself why it's worthwhile.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 4:11 a.m. CST

    posts zombie footage on his MySpace...

    by godoffireinhell

    jesus christ that's got to be a joke

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Same old, same old....

    by random dude

    Fuck Romero. His name is a synonym to "unoriginality".

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 4:22 a.m. CST

    What do zombies have to do with Transformers?

    by Dead-Kid

    Unless... John Legui-zombie from Land of the Dead shows up on Michael Bay's set looking for Dennis Hopper and gets stepped on by Megatron in the last ten minutes of the film.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 5:01 a.m. CST

    llephen

    by darthwalters

    Hey, one of my friends was in Starship Troopers 2. . .ok it sucked . . .bad, but he was also the dude that spray paints his brand on a cow in that salsa commercial, got to trade quips with Mr. T in a 1-800-Collect commercial and rested easy as the fat stupid friend of Malcom's older brother in military school on Malcom in the Middle, so he's still the shit. I pity the fool who says otherwise!

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 5:14 a.m. CST

    For guys that run an internet site...

    by LordEnigma

    YOU SURE AS HELL IGNORE THE CURRENT STATE OF THE INTERNET! If there's a zombie invasion. Are they going to get everyone at once? Is the power going to go out all at once? No. We have the internet. Which would mean that this info would get out in a hurry. Why not on MYSPACE? Again, your complaints Quint, are fucking ridiculous. I commend you for calling yourself out on your shenanigans. We all have something in pop culture that bugs the hell out of us. If it does not fit the mold we see it in. However, why not, have faith in Romero and see the possibilities instead of the problems?

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 5:15 a.m. CST

    The MySpace part sounds realistic to me.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Face it: When the dead begin to walk, you will check the internet first.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 5:17 a.m. CST

    You know what's a piss poor film?

    by LordEnigma

    the DAWN remake. Apparently, some of you, are in love with that film. Which could have tainted you in relation to Land. Whateverthecase, your limited critiques makes me want to reference Big Daddy; "AAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGG."

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Romero has earned the right to do whatever he wants.

    by Edison

    The man defined zombie movies, so I think he gets a free pass to make a film within that universe, outside that universe, whatever he wants. The genie is out of the bottle anyway, if Romero makes a bad Dead flick, it's not going to kill the subgenre.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Sounds kinda cool!

    by tompbeast

    At first it was being slagged off for sounding like Blair Witch just because they are filming it themselves but I think this could be the angle George needs to breath new life into his zombie movies rather than a continuation of his Dead films. Land of the Dead felt like someone trying to do a George Romero style Zombie action film and was one too many. It had it's moments and a couple of cool characters but it just isn't as effortlessly cool as the first three which I could watch any time. Night has a classic creepy Black and white vibe going on, Dawn has a slapstick social satire thing and Day has a bleak future apocalypse beat. Land was watchable but I don't concider it in the same light as the original trilogy which is a damn shame! Saying all that diary of the Dead at least has the plus point of being back at the outbreak of the disaster something that is always interesting and a stand alone story from George with propper slow zombies sounds like just the ticket.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Myspace = Unrealistic...

    by Obscura

    As for Youtube however, its probably already on there heh. talking of zombies on youtube, everyone who loved shaun of the dead needs to see this. http://tinyurl.com/gb2r3

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Script Review

    by JolietJakeBlues

    there was a script review of Diary done back at the end of August over at flixens. http://tinyurl.com/nwt8v for all those interested.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 6:18 a.m. CST

    MySpace Or CNN?

    by flamingrunt

    seriously if youre going to post it on the net then which would garner you most publicity, your myspace or CNN? Or in fact ANY of the news websites. And if theres a zombie outbreak would you really want to be behind a camera? these arent wartime photographers here that do a quick point and click. To actually film anything half decent you have to actually be behind the camera. Which means youll get eaten. This is also the reason why the second half of blair witch is confusing, irratic and a tad bit shit

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Myspace = Nipples On Batman

    by crayotic

    someone had to say it

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Myspace=Geocities/Tripod Ten Years Ago.

    by solartaco3

    Its making Zombies out our kids.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Could Be Good

    by LaserPants

    Could be crap. Wait and see. (I like LOTD, althought clearly it wasn't as cool as the original 3. Dudes like 80, right? Give him a break.)

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 7:14 a.m. CST

    No Comment

    by FordPerfect

    Not A Single one. Okay one, I will know whether it is good or not when I see it with my own eyes.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 7:20 a.m. CST

    I hate MySpace

    by tripp5

    If MySpace was a person, I'd lock him in an airtight room with FOX, and then I'd fill the room slowly with liquid cement

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Better than Land of the Dead? Wow, is that possible?

    by alucardvsdracula

    I mean it's like the best zombie film evar, like since that one with that french chick from Resident Evils and that was uptothen the bestist film, like, evar. I hate this new zomvie film thu cause it aint got made yet. And it wint be any good anyway. So there. Feeling dizzy. Must eat. Brains. Brains. Brains. Fuck I must be bored to post this shit.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Zombies never accept my "friend requests"...

    by Frijole

    Maybe we have different taste in music. Hmmm. I wonder if Tom will show up at the end to save our protaganists.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 8:13 a.m. CST

    I liked it better when it was 28 Days Later...

    by brycemonkey

    without the shit MySpace references and slow moving zombies. Brains... Braainness... etc.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Profile Tracker!

    by filmcans

    IT REALLY WORKS!

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 8:16 a.m. CST

    I agree

    by Mr Brownstone

    this should be set in the 60's and take place parallel to the original.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Heyyyy -- I liked Bill McDermott!!

    by Roguewriter

    DAY OF THE DEAD's smartass whisky-drinking old guy was a hoot! This fuck's talking out of his ass. But he makes me hopeful for DIARY, which is more than I could say for The Harry & Quint Show...

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Dairy of the Dead!!! NOOOOO!!!!!

    by grendelson138

    Is this guy sure he read the right script. Dairy of the dead sounds like rotten milk to me.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 8:42 a.m. CST

    The weirdest thing about this whole deal

    by Mattapooh

    I've had a few extremely vivid zombie dreams in my life and I had one a few years ago in which the whole world was taken over by zombies, so I took my Mini DV camera out and started recording it and editing it into a "fictional" film. Good thing I didn't run with that, because I'd have a bunch of d00ds telling me it was a "piss poor idea".

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 8:46 a.m. CST

    So What Youre Trying To Say is His Idea

    by flamingrunt

    is not only a pisspoor idea but someone already came up with it years ago?

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Can't lay off the typo

    by BrandLoyalist

    Dairy of the Dead - sounds like a new Ben & Jerry's flavor with rEAL cHUNKS of hUMAN bRAAAINNS

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Budget?

    by radio1_mike

    What is his budget for DTV? My first thought is DTV? Crap...! But who knows? That's why cult movies become cult movies. If this was a studio pic and it tanked- it'd be out on vid lickety-split. The proof will be in the brain pudding.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Retro Zombie Invasion

    by Guy Gaduois

    I scoff at 8 and 16mm camera format - The ultimate would be a hand - held display of papyrus rolls with charcoal pictograms representing the struggles of 1st century man to deal with a zombie invasion. There'd be a guy dressed up as a 1st century greek philosopher in the theatre, they take out all the chairs, we all gather cross legged on the floor and the dude explains all the papyrus rolls in Greek. I bet if I had enough liquor, I could get Mel Gibson to produce. I haven't figured out subtitles yet, but whatever. That's old school.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    for a script review, there's a lot of talk about

    by emu47

    the look and feel of the film, which strikes me as more than a little fishy. Something's wrong with this review.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST

    romero digs on this shizzle

    by kidjingo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azo8heDmNoQ

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Sorry George...

    by biggles2_22

    I've seen all of the Dead movies and pretty much any movie with zombies. Gotta say that Land of the Dead was a zombie of a movie, in-as-much as I felt as if my brains had been sucked out by the end. Shaun & the Dawn remake have been the best of the past ten years, hands-down. The future is with these producers and directors, not with George. George, your sauce will mix with theirs and make a good ghoulash, baby. So give up your cape and scepter.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 9:50 a.m. CST

    If someone had told me about this premise...

    by Childe Roland

    ...and that Romero was doing it five years ago, I would have been excited as all get out. The key there being that I wouldn't yet have seen Land of the Dead. God, but I hated that movie. It was just unoriginal to the point of parody and unsubtle to the point of being insulting. I'm not saying that means this movie will suck. I'm merely saying htat this movie will have to be even better than I would've thought it could've been five years ago in order to wash the foul taste of LOTD out of my mouth and put George back in my cool book.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 9:54 a.m. CST

    I found your zombie diary beneath the tree

    by durhay

    I want to see people holed up in a Home Depot go all A-Team on the zombie hoarde outside. Build a trebuchet on the roof, launch propane tanks covered with layers of nails/duct tape that explode on impact. Then build a "kill zone" inside the store by the roll up doors that herds them into a single file line where they can be beheaded, then disposed back outside the building. But no, let's just have more idiots running around outside.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    I hate MySpace

    by Datascream

    anyone else with me on this? anyone anyone? Bueller? And yeah I'm not too excited about the movie. decent idea I suppose.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Sorry George...

    by biggles2_22

    oh, and a smaller one for KG. Allright!

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 10:48 a.m. CST

    What the hell would mummies be doing in the forest?

    by I Dunno

    Anyway, LOTD wasn't great but at least it advanced the overall mythology. How people are living with the zombies, the zombies evolving, etc. Now they're going back to just people running from zombies. It's amost as frustrating as how they never furthered the Aliens story after the second one.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Road of the Dead

    by PotSmokinAlien

    is this idea what "road of the dead" turned into? or is that idea still being kicked around in that place where good ideas go to die. if that original idea got made, that would have the potential to actually be beter than the original DAWN. no one has had the balls yet to make a movie about abandoning this shitty country and leaving it for dead, pun deliberated over. and romero's the wily, funny old fart to make it.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 11:30 a.m. CST

    QUESTION

    by Vern

    So is the whole movie seen through their cameras, or is that only part of the movie? I assume it is the former, because it seems like that's the whole gimmick of the movie, but this review doesn't seem to mention that.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST

    The next logical step for Romero

    by readingwriter

    A zombie movie with only zombies, no normal people. The zombies have been shown to be learning in the last two films, so now what? They're just like people, except dead? What kind of society? It seems to be the direction Romero's been heading toward, so how completely has he thought this out? What does he see as the ultimate stage of this situation?

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Cameras

    by Boba Fat

    The whole movie is seen through the characters camera's They up grade back at the Uni and a for couple of scenes more than one caracter has camera. There's a whole "can you only cope with reality when it's seen through a lens" sub plot.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Get out of the grave, Alan.

    by FXRH

    Get out of the grave and let an artist show you how to call a curse down on Satan! I like it!

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 12:17 p.m. CST

    ROMERO'S BRAIN HAS BEEN DEVOURED BY A ZOMBIE...

    by jabberwookie

    Cause he sure as hell isn't displaying the fact he has one with this mess. BRAINS!!!!!!!!! BRAINS!!!!!!!! they should make 'Zombies On A Plane' ....... sequal to 'snakes on a plane' IM TIRED OF THESE MOTHERFUCKIN ZOMBIES ON THIS MOTHERFUCKIN PLANE

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 12:37 p.m. CST

    my two cents

    by SuperJAMF

    I think Georgie-boy should make Brokeback Dead instead. It would be the story of two gay men and their enduring lust, I mean love, for one another. Their "relationship" is tested when one of them becomes a zombie. The other must decide to either kill his gay zombie lover or yield to him and become one of the living dead. Can gay love win the day when your body parts are rotting off? Is it necrophilia? Such challenging questions. Such a tender love story.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 12:42 p.m. CST

    SuperJAMF is a homophobic dickwad

    by jabberwookie

    I CAN SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOUR JOKE haha nice joke superdick 'lust, I mean love, for one another' ... i can read you a mile away you dumb filthy republican and your homophobic stance. Why does it scare you so much that two people of the same sex can actually love, and not just lust for one another? I bet if it were up to you they'd be burned at stakes still.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Super-jamf: One big problem with your plot, there.

    by FatPaul

    It's basically just a gay remake of Zombie Honeymoon, which is just a remake of Shadows of the Dead, and both of those movies are absolute shit. (Oh, yeah, and Brokeback Mountain jokes have been getting old for about a year now, and they were never all that funny in the first place. How about you throw a "Is that your final answer?" in there, too? That shit never gets old.)

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    No to Myspace!!!!

    by quadrupletree

    Myspace is so over, if you use that it will be dated months before the movie releases. All the marketers creating fake myspace accounts and spamming it have killed it already, or at least it's halfway there. Give it 4 months and Fox will be rueing the day they bought it.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Sounds Great, what the 4th film SHOULD have been.

    by uberman

    Please make us afraid of zombies again. Make them seem like real corpses come to life instead of bad actors in halloween prop makeup ala 'Thriller'. This should be a freak show of twisted flesh and bone, barely caught glimpses in the woods with a flashlight. Sell it slow and let the dread grow. You dont need alot of dialouge-just a sense of impending doom like the 1st one. Dont show too much, just enough to horrify. Some of the ideads-the family in the pool, the woods, the MY SPACE-all are brilliant. This could be great IF done right-nothing like LOTD. Abdandon everything that was done-the style, the look of the zombies, everything.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 2 p.m. CST

    Even Scary Movie 4 Made MySpace References

    by flamingrunt

    This just smells of "Focus Groups." I mean what next? Have two talking lizards? The characters say "waazzzzzup?"

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST

    "dj" would NOT like to be added as one of your friends

    by duanejones

    _the ill_. _before i wake_. _turn of the screw_. _scary move 23_. paris hilton's next sex video. ANYTHING BUT THIS!!! this is the way talent ends -- not with a bang, but with a myspace account...

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 2:53 p.m. CST

    MySpace

    by blackwood

    ...could be Romero commenting on both the desperate need for recognition and validation in kids today, and that said kids are themselves just mindless idiots willing to consuming anything they come across. Georgie may be old, but he sure as hell ain't dumb.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 3 p.m. CST

    SHERMDAWG'S A BITCH

    by deadlegend

    Now that that's out of the way, this movie is gonna be mediocre, just like Land of the Dead. The DOAD remake was a decent movie and it was shitloads better than the original, which I used to be a fan of. The original was so damn cheesy, with the shopping zombies and the shitty music. I can still watch it, though, but only for nostalgic purposes, not as an actually decent movie. Day of the Dead was exponentially better, although the remake of it will probably suck. NICK CANNON = JUGG FUCKLED. BOOONNNNGGG.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Land of the Dead was Great!

    by biggles2_22

    Oh, wait, no actually I meant it was a piece o' smelly shit. I think I liked that guy in Ice Age better although those animals are dead now right? And BTW the Dawn remake was a fantastic zombie movie. You shrivs with yer hard-ons for the old Dawn should come to the realization that it was Day that made Dawn look like a classic. Psst... it wasn't that great...and yes, I get the whole social consumerism subtext, but slow moving zombies=slow moving movie. Slow moving zombies with personality (ie the gas station dude)= f-ing stupid slow moving movie. If you get chomped on by something moving that slow...oh forget it...like a talkback is going to change yer atrophied brain...BRRRAAAAAINS!

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Companion Piece to Night

    by Boromir187

    Romero stated himself in the audio interview over at Dread Central that it is a part of the Dead Franchise and that it does indeed take place during the same time as Night of the Living Dead. He said he thought it would be interesting to go back to the first night of the zombie invasion and examine it in a different way. Based on that I can only assume that it does not have a modern day setting. That said, I was never aware of any specific time frame that the Dead films took place during anyway, so I don't think it would matter very much.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST

    It can be set in the same universe

    by daarkfilm9

    without taking place in the 60's. All the dead films take place in "Current Date and Time." NOT the 60's, 70's or 80's. To have this film take place in the 1960's (when we think the outbreak occurs but is never actually said in Night) totally ignores what's already been set in place in previous films. Dawn takes place weeks/ months after Night, Day - months after Night, Land takes place 2-3 Years after Night. Romero has stated this numerous times.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 4:18 p.m. CST

    by Boromir187

    I agree with daarkfilm9. Romero has stated on numerous occasions that each film does not take place in the decade it was made and there really isn't a specific time period (at least year-wise) in which the saga takes place. Like he say, Dawn takes place a few weeks after Night, Day takes place a few months after Night, and Land takes place a couple of years after night.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 4:58 p.m. CST

    THE BLAIR ZOMBIE PROJECT

    by v3d

    'nuff said.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 4:58 p.m. CST

    When there's no more room in hell...

    by BannedOnTheRun

    ...the dead will have to settle for MySpace.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Land was a mixed bag.

    by rbatty024

    I liked the attempt at allegory, and some of the violence was more inventive than most modern films (the army man falling on his own severed hand holding a grenade and the priest with his spinal chord still attached are two of my favorites). However, at times the allegory was too heavy handed. Oh, and I still think the Dawn remake sucked. Two decent scenes can't make up for a bunch of characters being absolute idiots.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Nipples on Batman= a crutch

    by chickychow

    for someone who has nothing to add... regarding this story.. I got nothin.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Studio Interference

    by Boromir187

    Romero has refered to the studio interefering with whated he wanted to do with Land of the Dead quite often recently, hence his desire to do another low budget zombie film where he can do what he want. I wonder what and how many compromises he was forced to make by Universal?

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 8:21 p.m. CST

    I loved Land of the Dead and fuck all of you who didn't

    by JarJar25

    Land of the Dead was fantastic and the best looking of all of the Dead films. It had a great story, kept up with what was going on in the evolution of the zombies and gave us a more introspective view on how society has changed since Night of the Living dead. People complained about not a lot of gore, but Dawn of the Dead had it only in the beginning and the end. You fucks out there have short memories. Dawn is still my favorite, but Land of the Dead is a very close second.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Diary Of The Dead II : Writers Block

    by The Ender

    ...All hell would break loose

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 10:46 p.m. CST

    "Theyre Just Looking For A Home"

    by flamingrunt

    Arh so that why he decided not to kill all those flesh eating killer zombies.... because theyre just looking for a home. The proplems with land werent too little gore, it was the simplistic characters, non existent plot and confused sentimentality

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Funny thing about LOTD...

    by Roger Thornhill

    Is that the mainstream critics for the most part panned it I believe. But I remember reading some glowing reviews of it from pretentious (in a good way I guess) academic films magazines like Film Comment. Of course, they were jizzing on it because of Romero's brutal attack on Bush's America. Me? I like LOTD a lot, not as much as the original three of course, but it's certainly not the Phantom Menace of zombie films that some people call it. For one thing, there is no obnoxious kid and a retarded fucking lizard saying shit like "exquueeze meee!"

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 11:50 p.m. CST

    "Looking for a Home. . " Fucking stupid

    by krullboy

    Does anyone think that the "stenchers" would give the humans any sympathy in LOTD? No!! Dead Reckoning should have blasted the fuck out of those guys, but no, we get a pussified ending that is trying to make the "Can't we all just get along" BS in a different way. The whole Fiddler's Green idea was stupid; the post-apocalyptic "utopia" in Thunderdome made more sense. And yes, the DOTD remake was much better than the original. Zack Snyder established in the 1st 10 minutes of that film what Romero had failed to do in DOTD and LOTD.

  • Sept. 7, 2006, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Krullboy doesn't know what the fuck he's talking about

    by JarJar25

    The ending to Land of the Dead is not about being friendly and all. Human beings are screwing themselves over, not the zombies you stupid fuck! All of the dead films are showling the decline of humanity. Of course the dead don't show sympathy, because they're the new race. The Dead films are all based on the short story, "I am Legend," where the new race of vampires don't want anything to do with the living, because they have had their day. Fuck you on Dawn of the Dead remake asshole. The original Dawn of the Dead was so much better, with a fantastic story. It's the Empire Strikes Back of the Dead films. You really don't know what the fuck your talking about. Jar Jar 25 I am!

  • Sept. 7, 2006, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Jar Jar, to compare any of Romero's stuff to "Empire"

    by krullboy

    . . .is crazy. LOTD's ending was weak, very weak. If Asia Argento was not in the movie, would care as passionately about it? Come on! I get Romero's social commentary, especially in NOTLD, but "Land's" was just wrong. And yes, there are many that prefer the Dawn remake over the original. Fast zombies kick more ass than slow ones, and are more "believable" as threat. That is one of the reasons why the "Rage" sufferers were so freaky in 28 Days Later. . .you were fucked if you could not move.

  • Sept. 7, 2006, 2:01 a.m. CST

    DAIRY OF THE FUCKIN DEAD?

    by WISEBLOOD

    BWAAH HA HHAAHH AHAA HAHAA HAHA AHAHAH AAHA AHAHA AH HA AAHAH AAHAHAAHOIJSAOPIusdP{OASIdujoawsdio I just pissed my pants

  • Sept. 7, 2006, 2:30 a.m. CST

    posts it up on his myspace.....WTF

    by axemurder

    Wow George is really down wit da kids...no? this will be a bigger floating turd than LOTD. He may be a master of the zombie movie, but i think he is becoming a past master, spesh when you see a trailer from Automaton Transfusion, which looks like 28 days later on steroids! this sounds lame.

  • Sept. 7, 2006, 2:35 a.m. CST

    oh

    by axemurder

    and i'm not sure Romero is a fucking zombie he looks like hes been dead a million years and well this idea is fucking brain dead. think ill just return of the living dead again.

  • Sept. 7, 2006, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Could be good.

    by Archduke_Chocula

    Though I have to agree the myspace thing is dumb as hell cause you know....that's just rediculous. Putting aside that rediculousness the guy would upoad it on Youtube, not Myspace. http://k105.blogspot.com/

  • Sept. 7, 2006, 5:26 a.m. CST

    I can not believe some people actually think

    by Lost Prophet

    the dawn remake was better than the original. The remake was fun, but it was brainless, derivative fun. Whereas the original is an absolute classic of its type. There is no comparison.

  • Sept. 7, 2006, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Diary of the Boll

    by Mace Tofu

    saw this while online...Uwe Boll beats up some film critic at a convention. The video... http://tinyurl.com/fp4kr I'll have to wait and see Diary, could be hit or miss. LotD left me wanting...

  • Sept. 7, 2006, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Direct to video, why its a good option :

    by Ridge

    Romeros creating a niche movie here. A movie that will obviously be cult, and it's not likely to get a massive cinema screening. In this respect, he can get a lot more money on dvd sales than he can out of box office tickets. The budget is reportedly 5 million dollars and its being made completely independantly. This cuts out a lot of the middle men who take a large portion of the cash. Im looking forward to it, theres something to be said about a late night zombie movie, beer, pizza and your mates all sitting around enjoying the gore!!! GO ROMERO!!!

  • Sept. 7, 2006, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Why Not Direct To Video?

    by ZombieSolutions

    Does it really make a difference? Especially if its being done in this faux-docu style? Why not? Most people saw the original 3 on video first, right? *** All that being said, I think this looks like it will be fun take on the zombie genre, if derivative of Blair Witch. The title really is awful, though. *** On the MySpace thing; who gives a fuck? It is what you make of it. And in its defense, its a great resource for D.I.Y. music promotion; essentially a totally free advertising / promotion space.

  • Sept. 7, 2006, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Just for the record, LotD got generally good reviews.

    by HumanRain

    71% at metacritic. From wiki: Roger Ebert gave the film three stars for what he considered its skillful and creative allusions, something that he argued was pervasive among Romero's previous three installments that contained numerous satirical metaphors to the reality of American life. In this installment Ebert noted the similarities between the fireworks mesmerizing the zombies and the shock and awe tactics applied during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and the movie's distinction between the rich and poor, those that live in Fiddler's Green and those that live in the slums, something he considered Romero's take on the alleged rising gap between rich and poor in America. Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune awarded the film four stars, writing, "It's another hard-edged, funny, playfully perverse and violent exercise in movie fear and loathing, with an increasingly dark take on a world spinning out of control. By now, Romero has become a classicist who uses character and dialogue as much as stomach-turning special effects to achieve his shivers." Overall critical reaction was mostly positive; the film received very favorable reviews from The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Premiere (magazine), Variety, Slate (magazine), and Los Angeles Times. The film earned a 75% positive rating at the Rotten Tomatoes movie-review compilation website. This film, though it didn't do well in the U.S., also made its budget back many times over in global sales. So it certainly wasn't a critical or commerical disastor. Curiously, it's the fans who seem to hate it the most; critics mostly praised it.

  • Sept. 7, 2006, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Shit Krullboy, all you care about is action!

    by JarJar25

    Land of the Dead's zombie are slow, because they have always been slow you idiot. All the dead films have zombies that act like that. More people like the Dawn of the Dead remake? Well, most of those idiots liked Dead Man's Chest and Underworld. Those movies had no stories and were some of the worst films ever made. Most film goers don't know a good movie when they see one. LOTD made you think and take time to drink in what was being said and seen. You go off and whack off to you Dawn remake, while stick with the better films like LOTD, Silent Hill and Wonderful Days!

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 7:35 a.m. CST

    All His Films are amazing!!!

    by Lu Lu

    Has everyone completely forgotten the one main relevance in all Romero films.....? Instead of criticizing every little thing, realize that for once you may be wrong! It seems that for such "devoted" Romero Film Lovers you have seemed to have forgotten 1 very important aspect of every single one of his Zombie flicks... His messages. Every single Romero Zombie flick has some sort of political/worldly message about how F***ed up or sh*ty something is. I mean why else would he have put LOTD back on the self after the tragedy of 911... Society didn't need the up stir that another one of his messages masked by the gore of an amazing zombie movie would bring. So just get over it, he is and always will be awesome at what he does while you can only criticize the simplicity of his movie because you can not grasp the concept of it. And lastly if you were truly a fan of his movies you would have been able to see this movie for what it really is a complete work of art and expression. In simple terms Amazing just like NOTLD, Day of the Dead, and of course Dawn of the dead. But of course no one dares to criticize Day because of its lack of gore or action because is was and still is 1 of the best Zombie Movies ever. Just like Diary Of The Dead will be.