Review

George Romero's DIARY OF THE DEAD is a Fantastic start to FANTASTIC FEST - so says Harry!

Published at: Sept. 21, 2007, 2:52 a.m. CST by headgeek

I've known Quint since he was literally a child. I'm very proud of the man he's become, but after reading his review of George Romero's DIARY OF THE DEAD... I am left absolutely flabbergasted. Rather than dissect his review and point out several catty remarks I can make about his piece... I'm just going to give you my take. I've seen DIARY OF THE DEAD six times now. I love the film completely. Here's why... George does something so incredibly daring, something so far fetched in the minds of his fans - that it causes some to freak the fuck out. He has made a Zombie film that dares to act as though George Romero never existed. Imagine that. Can you? I mean, if that meteor that knocked hell out of Peru last week, making all those people sick in that village. Imagine that we began hearing reports that the villagers dying were coming back to life and attacking the living - and that an undead plague was spreading throughout South America and threatening our borders. The first thing that every Zombie-fearing geek in the world would say is, "Shoot em in the Head!" In George's DIARY OF THE DEAD... the characters discover the rules, the completely unfair rules, as though not only none of George's films were made, but all the zombie films that came in his wake. So - these kids that apparently were reared without Romero's influence. That, in and of itself is a horrific existence. But to then find yourself dealing with his world... fresh and happening for the first time, not just in reality - but with no fictional precedent... these kids react. And they do each react differently. There was one line in Quint's review that actually irked me. "our RV full of retarded, self-important college douche bags." Well, as someone with over 112 hours of college credit - and knowing quite a lot of college types... I actually take offense at the statement. I've dealt for the past 11 years with young film school types... budding directors, producers, actors and actresses that were attending the many colleges here in the Austin area - and they are often frankly "the cliché" - It isn't that they're self-important - it is that the entire experience of college is about figuring out what that path of life will mean, what your days and nights will be spent doing. As a result, a lot of college students are very self-reflective. Hit a college coffee house and you'll see that. The characters that Romero populates in his RV are not college douche bags. These are not kids that see the zombie Armageddon as a new excuse of elevated hazings. These kids are not obsessing about their bodily functions. They're also not hammering on about how this got out of hand because Bush is a fucking 'tard. No. These are all kids from the film department. The one shooting this... sees this as a significant opportunity to document the world turned upside down. He wanted to be a documentarian, but through film school had decided the only way to get noticed was to shoot a horror movie, but then the reality around him becomes... horrific. The other characters... well they're annoyed by him. His girlfriend goes into crisis mode. It's about being with her family.. her mom, dad and kid brother. She strikes me as someone that just wasn't hacking film school and when this came down... she was ready and willing to run home to mom and dad. The driver of the RV is a lost soul. She's a loving girl that simply isn't meant for the return of the dead. The geek aboard is an information junkie, figuring to get a ride home as well, but ultimately he's just freaking out because he's seeing everything he became dependant upon fall apart. The networks, the main stream... over the course of the few days they're on the road... it's all gone bad. He's hoping to find the right place to hole up, with some comforts and wait it out. Then there's the couple in love. They're just regular good people caught in something they don't really have a handle on. Anything they had in mind seems to be gone and they're faced with very tough times ahead. Then there's the guy that seems to be the most involved with butting heads with the filmmaker. He's the other director in the group - who is working on this project to probably steal crew for something of his own later on. It isn't really developed, but I get the impression he's sweet on the lead's girl and is waiting for him to just drop that ball. Lastly you have the professor on board. He's the most theatrical of all the characters in the film. A tired depressed older character that can't, so he teaches - and he hates it. He accepts the horrors that the world throws at him as if they're the most natural thing in the world. Of course his hell imprisoning him to teach snotty would be filmmakers would only further manifest itself with hell walking the earth as he is literally DAMNED to spend his remaining days here. THAT's how I interpret the "RV of college douche bags" Meanwhile - I love the subtexts of the film and in many ways, it's probably the most personally reflective of myself. I don't plan on having to deal with a zombie Armageddon. I think it's mostly unlikely. However, I do know a little bit about dealing with doom through projecting to a faceless audience. I created AICN whilst facing paralysis and praying for reanimation. I watched my dead legs in my bed praying to see them come back to life, and with zero intention to shoot the big toe. I wrote about film, because film is what made me happy. It took my mind off the big toe. It gave me a place in the world of my mind. It allowed me to feel like I was in a place larger than the oversized closet space I was spending my existence. Sharing the information I was gathering with all of you shook me out of the depression that my world was at that point. The internet was everything, the letters from readers, filmmakers... all of you, it saved my life. And I love it more today than I ever have. If I woke up one day without the bitching and the moaning, it'd be a sad day indeed. Being noticed, debated, discussed. It is a powerful drug. It's why the famous do their thing, more than the money, it's the feeling of counting... of doing something worthy of notice. And in DIARY OF THE DEAD - as the world gets more and more insane. As they face impossibly fucked up situations - they all begin to buy into the significance of that camera. The camera is the illusion of normality that the world dives into when it's gone insane. OJ makes sense to talk about because killing 700,000 civilians really doesn't. And while the mainstream masturbates about meaningless opinions and bullshit analysts - the soldiers and the students are posting the history of the times we live in... that some day will be gathered and tabulated as being the reality that we're living in. Not Britney or Paris or Mandy or whatever other bullshit meaningless celebrity drivel the news media shoves down our throats. The underlying message of the film is a conflict. Should we film Rome burn, should we watch Rome burn, do we grab a water bucket... or is it too late to do anything at all. The film is a treatise on how George as an old tired man... is left watching the tragedies of his youth repeating, just as artistically he began with the zombies, here... 40 years later... the zombies are left reflecting the world he sees around him. Add to that - some amazingly cool zombie gags, great bit characters - and perhaps a dozen additional themes that you could swill down pitchers of coffee chatting about, like a self-important college douche bag. I love DIARY OF THE DEAD - it is everything that I hoped for from Romero... a new theme, a new horror - but with my beloved zombies. BRAVO!

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  • Sept. 21, 2007, 2:47 a.m. CST

    yeah

    by duct tape wallet

    yeah

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 2:49 a.m. CST

    And now...

    by duct tape wallet

    to actually read Harry's pearls of wisdom...

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry...

    by duct tape wallet

    I'll have to give it a look.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Whats with all the references to subtexts and layers??

    by bongo123

    he handles that shite like were all fucking 5 years old. The dude made a few good horror movies ages ago which have dated worse than my fucking granny (shes 80 and looks like shes been dead for a 100years) he got lucky with some social commentary in his early movies which i think came about more due to circumstance than being actually planned, and all you fanboys jumped on it and continue to use it as a way to keep his movies alive. The dawn remake pissed all over his movie, 28days/weeks although not a zombie movie made Land look like a bad sci-fi channel movie (anyone that likes that movie and loves zombies needs a fucking headshot, heck even resident evil 1 blew land away, nah the dudes lost it and he better not fucking ruin it for any in production zombie movies, and why the fuck is he even writing these things when there are so many great zombie books/comics out there that are screaming to be made into a movie, fuck i've at least 10books id love to see put on film that piss all over his previous movies.. George time to retire mate and just accept the love from the diehards like harry.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Harry are you bucking romero?

    by bongo123

    cause your review read like someone who wants to have Romero babies and like some battered housewife wont hear no wrong said against her man

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Another shitty movie gets promoted by AICN

    by Andy Warhol Jr

    Oh, well...

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Harry's review is solid

    by AnwarNamtut

    I thought this movie was a bold departure and yet properly familiar when compared to older Romero flicks. I liked it quite a bit, moreso than any of my buddies, which makes me think that I need to watch it again, when George Romero, nice and funny as ever, isn't in the house coloring my views. On the other hand, it just makes me think my buddies are douchebags and that this movie is as good as I felt while viewing it.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Even if this film sucks..

    by Redfive!

    Ill still respect George for doing this.Land of the Dead to me wasnt as bad as most make it out to be,but it was different then the others and thats all I want,something different.I dont want to see dudes in a mall again,or in a bunker,or trapped in a house,i want soemthing different in ever romero zombie flick...even if it turns out to not be as good as the others.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Harry, in regards to the characters you describe

    by IndustryKiller!

    First you seem to say that it is ok that the characters are "cliche" but then immediately after you attempt to explain why they are NOT cliche. I'm not sure which it is. I'm not saying you are wrong per se in your observance of the college kid cliche, I was in college not too long ago and I can tell you outright 90% of the kids on campus were cliches. Were they bad people because of that, no. But they also weren't the least bit interesting. SO while Romero may be telling reality like it is in his portrayal of these kids, he also may be making a very weak dramatic choice by making them the main characters. Cause not one person in that 90th percentile would I want to see portrayed as a main character in a film. This might be Quint's problem. Now when you get into the deeper subtext of the characters I gotta say it sounds a little bit like you are reaching. You have a tendency in reviews to project people from your life experience in to the characters onscreen that frankly don't deserve it. I mean your description of the college professor is in fact really CLICHE. That could be any college professor ever represented in the history of cinema that you just described. The same goes for the girl that panics, you could make that same faux argument about nay horror movie bimbo ever. "She's in over her head and just wants to get back to her parents."? C'mon Harry that's a bit general. With that logic the movie Touristas now has a whole new character breakdown. As for the documentarian, you seem to be directly projecting yourself into that role. Taking something that may barely be apparent in the character onscreen and inserting your own lifetime worth of angst into it. The fact that it is so easy for you to plug you're own life observances into these characters almost makes me think that they are too hollow to exist in their own right. Considering you didn't so much describe what you saw, so much as what you gleamed and elaborated from what little you saw.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 3:45 a.m. CST

    IndustryKiller

    by HEADGEEK

    Cliche characters often hide their sublties, but if you OBSERVE them, when played by actors that have more going on that the cliches they're playing - you pick up nuance and variances. That's what I've noted about the characters in DIARY OF THE DEAD. Romero is attempting a realistic approach here and as a result - these characters may not think or act the way I do.... but the world these cliches are having to deal with is compeling, as are their situations and the numbness that goes with that. <BR><BR>The numbness of just having to move forward because that's what everyone else is doing. That herd mentality is played out. <BR><BR>Romero's films have always been about one's interpretations of what you have seen. Many in the mainstream label his films trash. While geeks like us love them. Are they loaded with A-list actors? By no means, rather - Romero finds actors that are naturalistically the characters he needs to tell his story. I for one, love that I don't know any of these actors or actresses.... it lends to the believability that they're dead, dying, hopeless or tragically hopeful.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 3:58 a.m. CST

    fair enough

    by IndustryKiller!

    I couldn't fairly argue further until I saw the movie. I just thought it was a something worth examining since I'm still trying to suss out my own expectations and Quints review seemed to confirm some fears of mine. That and I didn't like Land of the Dead in the least. I do wish more directors would use knoknown actors though.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 3:58 a.m. CST

    feck me Harry

    by axemurder

    how much do these fukkers pay you? do you just live in a happy world where every movie you see is amazing and nothing seems to suck.......

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 4:14 a.m. CST

    axemurder,

    by raw_bean

    it's just that Harry doesn't seem to review films he doesn't like any more. When there's silence from the Ginger one, that's when you know he thinks the film sucks, assuming he's seen it.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 4:17 a.m. CST

    What happened to the JLA news!!

    by boyblue

    I was going to post the following about Varietys confirmation .......... Ahem! Fucking Stupid Idea Thats all I have to say about rushing this into production, let Nolan finish his Batman films and Let Singer do another Superman, than take a run at this! It's going to be a huge dis-service to all the characters big and small, and it's going to be a nightmare when my kids start bugging me for 2 sets of Batman toys next christmas!! And for the record I will be seing Diary of the Dead as it sounds great, story..End of!

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Rambling nonsense

    by Mister Man

    And, a major jump-the-shark moment for AICN. It has been a great ten years, but I think it's time for cancellation.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the review, Harry.

    by TattooedBillionaire

    I hope you're right. I probably won't get a chance to see this for a long time, but I'm really excited about it.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 5:46 a.m. CST

    What 700,000 civilians killed? You mean in Darfur?

    by Walterego

    Darfur is a subject that has been avoided by all the candidates running for office in 08, and they should say what they are going to do about it. It keeps being overshadowed by Iraq, even though the loss of life in Iraq is far less than in Darfur. The most credible estimate is that just over 80K civilians have died in Iraq, whereas the conservative estimate of the death toll in Darfur is that 300K have died there. I think part of the problem with this disproportionate concern is from the presence of US troops attracting the attention of the world media, plus also the bogus Lancet total that exaggerated the Iraqi death toll by a factor of ten. I hope you weren't feeling depressed because you were taking that phony number seriously. Even though thousands of Iraqis have died in the ethnic violence, and to be sure it is a staggering figure, the UN estimated that the worst year of the civil conflict by far was 2006 in which 34K died, still that is nowhere near the zillions estimated by the Lancet. The Lancet number is really just not possible, if you don't want to take my word on that then just check out the website for Iraqi Body Count, they are completely anti-Iraq war but have come up with a devestating critique of the Lancet number, with many examples supporting their point that Les Roberts' total doesn't make sense. The complexity of overseas conflicts is perhaps the reason that people find comfort in the simplicity of "news" like OJ and Britney. Celebrity news is transparent, hard news is murky and takes effort to analyze, that's why they call it hard news. Anyway, I'm glad to hear you liked Diary OTD more than Quint, I recall he was undeservedly hard on DOTD 2004 also. Based on the trailer this should be great, better than LOTD, perhaps Romero works best on a limited budget.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Well this isn't a shock...

    by SamLowry27

    I seem to recall that about a year ago or so, Harry and someone posting a chat on the site where Harry argued that the concept of the movie was good and he had faith the movie had promise. From that point I knew that he'd love this movie.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Harry, just glad to see you writing & reviewing!

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Missed you 'round these parts.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 6:05 a.m. CST

    And this is a great review

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Although frankly I would be first in line to see a Romero zombie film, no matter what negative things anyone said about it, I would obviously prefer to see as good a Romero zombie film as possible.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Zombie Diaries

    by darkgrafix

    I thought that was a well constructed and very creepy film with a few whacked out characters. It reminded me of World war Z in the fact that they jumped to different groups of people documenting the outbreak and for a low budget film, some great effects!! We had the Zombie walk here in London for it. Great fun!! I have yet to see Diary of the Dead but am looking forward to it.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 6:09 a.m. CST

    That's why I love AICN

    by thinboyslim.

    the polarising views of 2 members of the same fraternity, now we as readers have to see this movie else how could we ever form our own opinion or join a side in the debate. Bravo to you Harry!

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Remember

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Harry thinks the Black Pearl is today's Millenium Falcon.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 6:19 a.m. CST

    How can anyone like LOTD!?

    by bongo123

    i mean seriously, how in the hell can anyone find anything to like in that piece of shite, the acting? abysmal, the story? childish bollocks, the direction? total tv movie crap... fuck me i hated that film.. was so hyped about a proper zombie movie and a romero zombie movie at that and i ended up walkin out of the movies. Its one of the only films I've ever walked out of, and i love me my zombies, i read everything about them and wonder when someone will pick up Down the Road, Autum series, world war z, Plague of the Dead etc and make those into movies although the latter 2 would require enormous budgets and seeing as this film sounds as bad as LOTD we can probably kiss goodbye to any future zombie movies being made, but I'll still go and see this in the theater just to support the genre and hopefully its a bit better than land, but then again that shouldn't be to hard.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Harry shocked by Quint's lack of taste & judgement!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Quint is a cock. We know that. We know his opinion is worth s**t. Harry however DOES have a taste and I respect his opinions, so if he says go see this, I'll be there.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 6:26 a.m. CST

    bongo123, you seriously need to relax.

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    You sound like you're frothing at the mouth. <p> I absolutely flat-out loved Land of the Dead. I didn't "think it was okay," I'm not here to say "you know, it wasn't ALL bad..." No, I fucking LOVED it. It was a really cool movie, and it doesn't need any excuses made for it.<p> Land of the Dead was an exciting, old-school zombie flick, as only Romero could have brought us, and it was a hell of a good time. It was thought-provoking, gruesome, and strange in unexpected ways. <p>Not an exaggeration: one of the best theater-going experiences I've had (although admittedly the theater itself played a part in that).

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Daddy your probably right, im going over the top...

    by bongo123

    and coming off like some sort of zombie loving mad lunatic...*slaps himself, but seriously as for your love for Land of the Dead, well mate your at the polar opposite to how i feel about it and theres no point arguing the points back and forth because you'll be wrong on all levels ;-) all i will say mind, is... "fucking thinking zombies" nuff said.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Is it better than LAND OF THE DEAD??

    by CardPlayer

    I think that LOTD was really disappointing...slow,boring,ugly and badly acted. I hope that DOTD is better.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Harry writes:

    by Mneth

    "Rather than dissect his review and point out several catty remarks I can make about his piece... I'm just going to give you my take." So if Quint had loved the movie you wouldn't have written your own review, Harry? Is that how you will use your voice here now, to correct thouse who dislikes the movies you like?

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 7:07 a.m. CST

    I'd rather get herpes than read another review by Quint

    by ROMERO4PRESIDENT

    Quint. I was there last night. Did you see the same movie I did? This film was awesome and the packed audience loved it as well. I love "DAWN" and "DAY", so I'm glad to have another Romero classic. Stay off the grass Quint.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Personally...

    by ZaphodBeeblerox

    I would have been a bit more interested to see Romero's 'Diamond Dead' finally take flight. I'll most likely pick Diary up when it's out on dvd to add to my collection though.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST

    "I don't plan on having to deal with a...

    by Lou Stools

    ..."zombie Armageddon. I think it's mostly unlikely." Funniest fucking thing I've ever read on this site. I bet Harry sleeps with Garlic around his neck to. That would explain the smell (?)

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 7:41 a.m. CST

    After this, I can't wait to

    by hedetoft

    After this, I can't wait to watch that movie!

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Quint got NO respect. Fire his ass, Harry!!!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Seriously, what a bitchy review he posted. Doesn't matter if it ain't his brand of vodka, guy shouldn't be so damn crass.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Steve Jablonsky

    by Musicballs

    Was this film scored by Steve Jablonsky or Klaus Badelt?

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Great review Harry!

    by PotSmokinAlien

    good to see you've still got em in you. <P> as someone who's known quint since he was a child, you got any idea where this johnny-come-condescendingly attitude has come from in the past couple of years? his reviews didn't used to have the snide, self important edge they now have. calling george romero "a super sweet guy" before even calling him a good/important filmmaker...yeah we get it that you've met him, quint. earth is this way

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Worst review ever.

    by gomez33

    Like the impartial review by harry. What a load of shit. Saw the film last night and it made me feel absolutely nothing. It didn't entertain, didn't make me question, didn't make me sympathise or empathise, fuck it didn't even scare me. A steaming pile of shit of a movie with awful acting and retarded dialogue. Stay home and maturbate to the original night of the living dead. A film with bollucks.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 9:48 a.m. CST

    LAND OF THE DEAD was awful.

    by brokentusk

    I'm not a fan of slow-moving zombies; I think the entire notion is ridiculous and not scary in the least. I think Romero's commentary on our culture is obvious to the point of being inane. Sure, his earlier work had some great underlying social commentary, but that was a long time ago. I tend to believe Quint more as far as this film is concerned. Harry tends to be overly positive towards films that cater to his inner geek child. There is nothing wrong with this, but as a viewer one should learn to discern each reviewer's tastes in films and then decide whether or not to take their word or not. For instance, I have no doubt in my mind that Quint is right on the money about this film having terrible acting and being filled with stereotypes. Harry's description of the characters sounded more like what was written in a character bible before the film as shot, than what is actually SHOWN in the film (by the actor's performances). In other words, it sounded like Harry was reading into the characters. I could be wrong, that’s just the impression I got.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Harry...

    by The Moseph

    Harry, I gotta tell you...your review put my mind at ease. Ya know, I used to find that Quint and I shared the same opinion about a lot of movies, but of late it's become increasingly obvious that...well, we don't. It seems like he's gotten incredibly cynical over the last year. Maybe it's just me. Maybe he's always been that way and I just never noticed because I shared the opinion. Anyway, regardless...thanks for that review. Whatever fears I initially had about the concept of Diary of the Dead have been officially laid to rest. My later suspicions about it have been confirmed. Thanks, Harry! Let's hope and pray George makes more!

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    funny, Romero bashed the Dawn remake for fast zombies,

    by HamiltonGeyser

    then makes a movie with zombies who can think and problem solve, which is a far dumber idea. what a fucking hypocrite.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Harry, you have no credibility when it comes to Romero

    by BobParr

    He is one of the many directors you have decided to love no matter how awful his movies are. Romero made a couple of really good movies but he has sucked for about 30 years. If he filmed somebody taking a 90 minute shit you would love it. When Eli Roth and Romero are double-teaming you which one gets the front and which gets the back?

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Hamilton Geyser

    by Lando Griffin

    I concur wholeheartedly! It's like Romero saw 28 Days Later and the Dawn remake and got all butt hurt and decided to himself "I'll show those whippersnappers" then he proceeded to shit all over some filmstrip throw it up on a screen and call it Land of the Dead.</p>Oha nd I'll trust Quint's review over Harry's any day of the week. Fuck I will trust any of the regular contributors reviews over Harry's.....scratch that Mirajeff < Harry

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Harry v Quint

    by mike_n

    I love zombie movies and the Romero films most of all. I'm eagerly anticipating Diary but if it comes down to choosing between Harry's review & Quint's, I'm sticking with Quint. Harry gets too invested in films that he likes and is too eager to overlook their flaws. Better to go into Diary with lowered expectations thanks to Quint's review than believe it's the 2nd coming of zombie cinema according to Harry.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by mastes360

    Does harry ever give any film a BAD review! lol.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Romero is overrated

    by UndeadXeke

    Night was awesome. Dawn was okay, mostly dull and the social commentary laughable. Day was just a bad movie. Land was enjoyable in a 'take your brain out and look at the pretty pictures' way. I'm not getting my hopes up for this...but it can't be any worse than Zombie Diaries - nothing short of a fucking atrocity. I would rather eat burnt ass hair than watch this steaming pile of shite again.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    speaking of Zombies...where the Rez.Evil review?

    by future help

    perhaps that is better than Romeros latest. (not bloody likely)

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    "Quint, you ignorant slut!"

    by DocPazuzu

    You should have started that off with that, Harry. No Quint-bashing is complete without that opening line.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Fast moving zombies and the morons who love them.

    by kennofolds

    First of all, How do you kill a zombie? You blow up its head where its BRAIN is. <p> Now that we have established that. What part of your body regulates every motion you make including running 50 miles an hour, climbing on ceilings, and jumping 5 stories in the air? The Brain. <p> Now ask yourself this question you drooling special helmet wearing morons. If everything in a Zombie is rotting and dead and the only part that seems to work is the brain (which controls all your senses and instinct) which zombies still have (unlike some of the TBers), in every film. <p> Now what is more likely, A zombie having his sense and instinct slowing ambling his decaying corpse around to eat brains and eventually after a period of years having a memory? or a supposedly undead corpse popping up from the grave and running 50 miles an hour, walking on ceilings, and jumping 5 stories in the air while hunting down humans like a goddamn rabid wolf? Exactly. <p> Now that I have put you in your damn place.... <p> Great review Harry, you don't just review to review. I personally like your snippets it gives us a peak inside that gingerdome. If I just wanted facts I could go somewhere else, I come here for news and reviews not just to bash every single topic on the front page cuz I have nothing better to do.. AICN is still rocking hard.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Oh poo!

    by FILMFUNK

    I like that opinions differ here. It makes for more interesting reading but I gotta get worried when Harr gets this defensive over a movie that's getting mixed reviews by a guy he loves who just dun a bit of a stinker previously! <P>I don't remember Quint ever sounding nuts in love with anything even when he relly likes something coz his reviews always sound more level headed or dare I say it dull but H's review didn't even talk about the Acting, gore, any killer scenes or any real meat at all and just sort of came across as a love letter excuse for other people not 'getting' Romero. I like Romero films they always contain way more ambition and ideas than your average movie even if certain stuff doesn't work for you and I don't think like some say They're meant to be too deep or political but always seem to be relevant and the internet and media ideas I've heard about Diary of the Dead sound at least interesting wheras Land of the Dead I don't think had a strong enough central idea or was it about megalomania or something or did I miss it. Will deffo have to watch Land again as I did enjoy bits but remember turning to my mate after it and just saying ''Oh well! never mind'' which aint what I first said about Day of the dead which was probably something along the lines of ''Fucking Hell that was the best film EVER!'' <P>Gotta Love George though the old scroats a Trooper!

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I like fast zombies. I like slow zombies.

    by JackLint

    Seriously, whats the big deal? Slow zombies incite a cold, lurking-horror type of fear, while fast zombies incite heart racing panic type of fear; both good. Slow Romero zombies are predicated on the fact that reanimated brain activity is low and scrambled, making it impossible for highly coordinated motorskills like running. All activities performed by romero zombies follow that logic. Movies with fast zombies never abide to that initial conceit, simple as that. Why is that a bad thing? It's just different.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Night of the Living Left

    by classyfredblassy

    Brain dead and slow, I buy that metaphor!

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 1:08 p.m. CST

    my opinion on Romero

    by HEADGEEK

    I love NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD, THE CRAZIES, CREEPSHOW, DIARY OF THE DEAD, MARTIN, KNIGHTRIDERS. I like LAND OF THE DEAD. However, I hate BRUISER, THE DARK HALF, MONKEY SHINES. Romero isn't infallible. That said, I love this latest film.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Actually, in MOST cases...the "fast" Zombies are NOT

    by future help

    even zombies to begin with...(in the latest horror flicks) they are virus-infected freaks. so there.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST

    kennofolds you're a fucking idiot

    by HamiltonGeyser

    Zombies wondering around suddenly learn how to work shit again? Give me a fucking break! their BRAINS ARE ROTTING! If anything they should get dumber. Their higher brain activity is gone. They only know one thing: eating other people. They are reduced to animals. In the Dawn remake they didnt run 50 mph are walk on ceilings. they just moved like a rabid human would if they didnt care about their own safety and had adrenaline pumping through their veins.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 1:36 p.m. CST

    JackLint: i agree. both are cool.

    by HamiltonGeyser

    just pointing out Romero's hypocracy...

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Harry spooged over

    by Yogsoggoth

    Lady in the Water. His opinion counts for nothing anymore.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I'm just curious when...

    by BowlingGreenPhilharmonic

    ...general consensus shifted to Land of the Dead being a piece o shite. Am I wrong in remembering the wave of good will this thing arrived on? And the fact that it was bumped up because of the good buzz? I remember the very high rotten tomatoes scores. And the Variety and Hollywood Reporter Review, both of which were beyond glowing. And you know what, I agreed with it. I loved the movie. Actually think it’s better than Day. Not perfect. But just shockingly well done and consistent. But now it seems like everyone hates it. And always has. It’s weird. Has it always been this way? Am I the only one who still digs it? Not trying to start a fight. Just find it odd how public opinion on this has changes. Because, if I'm not mistaken, this might be a first - a gore zombie movie critics loved but the public hated. Huh? Anyways, if you’re curious check out those original reviews. This “masterpiece” now seems to be persona non grata amongst us geeks: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117927425.html?categoryId=31&cs=1 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000964865

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    sorry geeks

    by classyfredblassy

    But the Italian film "Zombie" is the final word in zombie fun. Zombie vs Shark? Best...Scene... Ever. The "wood splinter in the eye" scene is a close second.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Harry,

    by SebastianHaff

    what about Season of the Witch? Haven't seen it myself, but curious as to where it stands. And good call on The Crazies, it doesn't get enough love. Actually, Romero in general doesn't get enough love. All anyone does is bitch about the poor guy. Every time I've met him he's been friendly, intelligent, and humble. And he signed a shitload of stuff for free once, which earned all kinds of points. Sorry. I'm swooning.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 2:37 p.m. CST

    classyfredblassy

    by SebastianHaff

    Don't forget the topless scuba diver girl! No zombies in that scene, but, well... yeah. Topless scuba diver girl.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Zombie diarys

    by ScaryJim

    I'm sorry but how exactly do you get away with completely ripping off an idea from a pretty terrible British film? Also they used that 'I've got to record it so it doesn't seem real' line in that too, oh and Blair witch. I'm just thinking about all the subtle character traits in the some other films I remember being rubbish, and you know what? It turns out I was wrong! Those films were great after all! I'm going to watch this but I can tell a desperate to please review when I read one, and this stinks of it. I'm looking forward to WWZ, thats the scope Romero should have been thinking of and it would be the only way of bringing the series forward. Everything since Dawn has been the same thing from a different angle.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Fuck the haters!, I'll be there to see it

    by quantize

    only douchebags are the ones above on this thread.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Hey ScaryJim, this is nothing like Zombie Diaries

    by ROMERO4PRESIDENT

    I don't understand how you can compare this film to "Zombie Diaries", without having seen "Diary of the Dead" yet.You stated your going to see it!! They are two completely different films. I saw "Diary" last night, and not only I, but the whole theater loved it. Losers must thank god for the internet, so you can state an opinion without backing it up with facts because nobody knows who you are. Oh, and buy the way, you and Quint should get together and get a room.

  • Sept. 21, 2007, 8:08 p.m. CST

    because killing 700,000 civilians really doesn't

    by jfp2007

    Prove it. Objectively. No leftwing websites or sites with dubious sources. Prove it. You can't. It's a bunch of bullshit, Harry.

  • Sept. 22, 2007, 3:52 a.m. CST

    I don't think talkbackers have turned on LOTD

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    But about 80% of the active talkbackers change up every couple months or so, and the replacements tend to be younger overall. And to make a generality, a younger person is more likely to see LOTD and go "man, I heard this Romero guy is supposed to be so great, but there's no good CGI in this, it has a look and feel I'm not used to... unfamiliar = bad and threatening... I hate it!" <p>It's like people saying "I heard about this 'Ramones' band but when I checked them out the music was really stupid and repetetive, they need some wailing guitar solos or some DJ scratching, or like, a better singer."<p> I think Eli Roth suffered a similar fate on TB, people just mindlessly bandwagoning because they want something to hate. I didn't see Hostel II, but I don't know how ANYONE who loves Fulci films could not be blown away by Hostel... not because of the gore, but because of the VIBE, the elusive Fulci vibe that Roth perfectly captured, where the danger spirals up and out from its source, encompassing the characters unexpectedly in all contexts, and no escape is really an escape; once you're tainted you're a part of it, no matter what choices you think you're making. Long before the Japanese were doing that kind of thing, Fulci had it down to a loopy, blue-and-red-palette-saturated science, and Roth nailed that perfectly, combining it with the sort of mid-seventies moral-compromise 'nam-era we-are-all-the-enemy American indie stuff. Maybe it was just a magic moment for Roth, but it didn't feel that way to me; it felt like an extraordinarily thought-provoking horror film by an exciting director beginning to come into his powers. And now every other TB is lumping him in with Rob Zombie?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? <p>keep repeating to yourself: It's only a talkback, it's only a talkback, it's only a talkback...

  • Sept. 22, 2007, 4:12 a.m. CST

    I can't wait

    by VERY METAL

    I'm really looking forward to this and i am in the minority that actually liked lotd but to be fair a large part of that could be because i am in love with asia argento :)

  • Sept. 22, 2007, 8:26 a.m. CST

    I agree with Harry

    by BDT

    I think it is great when an accomplished director gets to do what he loves to do on his own terms. I think this movie is just that. It may not be a perfect movie, but it is far from deserving the harshness I've seen heaped on it. I guess I am one of the weirdos, but I loved Land of the Dead, too. George...keep making your films, your fans love what you do...and there are plenty of us around. Stop listening to what other people say and listen to your own heart and follow your own artistic vision. You've earned the right to do that.

  • Sept. 22, 2007, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Things get out of hand because Bush is a f*ing tard?

    by The Ghost of Scrappy Doo

    Then it's a good thing John Kerry isn't president because he and his administration would have handled the zombie epidemic SO much better, making for a very lackluster movie. Why resort to violence and bloodshed when we could just negotiate with the undead?

  • Sept. 22, 2007, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Smash Drama

    by Ye Olde Gravy Leg

    Try actually READING the review, you fucking idiot.

  • Sept. 22, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST

    This movie sounds craptastic

    by Cruel_Kingdom

  • Sept. 22, 2007, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Hey MandalorianSage....

    by ROMERO4PRESIDENT

    Lets take a look at your pathetic post. You obviously hate Romero. You obviously hate Harry. Yet, your coming to Harry's web site...to discuss Romero. When you get done selling your girl scout cookies, I hope you realize how much free time you have on your hands.

  • Sept. 23, 2007, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Hey MandalorianSage...

    by ROMERO4PRESIDENT

    Time to get back on your lithium.

  • Sept. 23, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    ROMERO4PRESIDENT

    by ScaryJim

    Oh boo hoo. So with a name like that you tell me to get a room with Quint, nice one! I like Romeros dead films up until day which wasn't as good as dawn but nothing will be, Land was pretty dire. I wasn't saying he's completely ripped off zombie diarys (which was a bad movie anyway, which took the idea from Blair witch, which took a bit from Cannibal holocaust)I'm just saying the way he's talked about it like this handicam point of view is the next big thing 'sucks'. Harrys review feels forced and instead of just saying how it is, he's taken it personally that some people think it's a bad film and basically that seems just a bit mental to me. The reason you get so many haters is because alot of us who've been browsing this site for a few years have felt a shift in tone amongst certain reviewers which viewers think is probably due to their growing relationships with certain people in the industry and desire to please them. I might be completely wrong though (I'm not).

  • Sept. 23, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Ye Olde Gravy Leg has chosen Blu-Ray, and Here's Why

    by The Ghost of Scrappy Doo

    I did read the review, including Quints. Obviously you didn't or you wouldn't have missed the part I was commenting on. Hint: the entire point of every Romero zombie movie is that human societies and governments and religions are useless in the face of armegeddon or rapid social change or whatever X the unknown is waiting around the corner. Of course Harry can't help but slide in a slam at GWB implying that he would "f*ck up" a zombie epidemic. I'm not arguing the point, he would. But so would J Kerry and H Clinton or Martin Sheen or anyone else sitting in the soon to be over run oval office, which was my point. Thanks for the witty and insightful comeback anyway.

  • Sept. 23, 2007, 6:45 p.m. CST

    MandalorianSage took his lithium-so I'll answer

    by ROMERO4PRESIDENT

    First off, everybody is entitled to their opinion. Thats what makes it nothing more than an opinion. But I think you and a few others out there are assuming that Harry is the studios pet. Calling him names and making some of your posts are ludicrous. Because you hate Romero doesn't mean Harry is being forced to lie for the studios. He has an opinion and some on this thread are arguing about him...without having seen the movie yet.And just so you know, "Resident Evil 3", wasn't given a critics screening before release this past Friday (in other words-no one in the entire country reviewed it before Saturday- and since Harry is at the festival this weekend-that would explain why he hasn't reviewed it yet). He has every right to love this film just as I do. But some on here are attacking it, without even seeing it yet. Thats just dumb. I left the screening of "Diary of the Dead" with an erection the size of Texas from how much I loved this film. I walked through the lobby listening to crowds talk about how it was better than "Dawn" or "Day". Walked to my car, listening to someone say "That was better than Dawn". And his friend saying that the Amish guy was cooler than "Bub". Hey guys if you hate Romero- thats your right-but wait until you see "Diary" before comparing it to other films, or making anti Romero statements- If you love Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" or "Day of the Dead" I promise you will all love "Diary"!!!

  • Sept. 23, 2007, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Hm, I'm detecting a lot of right-wing anger

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    in these anti-Romero posts. Could it really be that simple? You're threatened by what you percieve to be Romero's politics, so you're bashing his films? <p>Me personally, I don't agree with the right-wing politics of film directors like... uh... well... let's see, I'm sure there are some... um, oh, John Milius. There we go. I don't agree with his politics, but that doesn't affect my judgement of his films.

  • Sept. 23, 2007, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Romero & Carpenter are gods-unlike today's horror crap

    by ROMERO4PRESIDENT

    I miss the days when horror was always great. 7o's and 80's horror- the days when you didn't try to sale out to get the pg-13 rating to make a couple of million more-but instead went to the extremes to give it their all. The days when Romero could release a nc-17 horror film without being questioned by studios- or John Carpenter could cast Rodney Piper or Donald Pleasance-and pull it off brilliantly!! Today We have the horrible Eli Roth, Or incredibly overrated Tarantino-Lecturing us on what makes good horror.Not to mention-have overrated freshmen filmmakers such as Rob Zombie-Remake Carpenter's classic-"Halloween", and decide to turn it into a soft porn instead of a horror film- I miss when horror films were great-Thats why I'm so happy that Romero created "Diary". Its what horror films used to be before the corporate studio sell out.

  • Sept. 24, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    MandalorianSage...

    by ROMERO4PRESIDENT

    I'm sorry, could you repeat that.

  • Sept. 24, 2007, 4 p.m. CST

    Memories-Of-Murder-Cudos-The Descent was A+

    by ROMERO4PRESIDENT

    There are a few exceptions in today's horror. You just pointed out a big one. Neil Marshall did an outstanding job with "The Decent"!!!Also, what did you think of Vincenzo Natali's "The Cube"? That was great too. I just have a problem how modern horror has become more torture/porn, than good script and direction. But you are right about Neil. I cant wait to check out "Doomsday".

  • Sept. 25, 2007, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Mandyboy

    by ROMERO4PRESIDENT

    How long have you been bi-polar>

  • Sept. 25, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Is Romero's "Diary" A Rip-Off Of "The Zombie Diaries"?

    by Graphix67

    "...British writers/directors Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates decided to make a zombie movie that is shot exclusively from the perspective of handheld video camcorders. The premise is a simple one: It is the early days of a zombie virus outbreak in the UK, and “The Zombie Diaries” follows three separate groups of survivors in the aftermath of the epidemic..." Now, I'm not saying that washed-up old Georgie Boy ripped off the "Zombie Diaries", but, just which one went into production first and why has AICN failed to mention the obvious similarities between the 2 movies???

  • Sept. 25, 2007, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Romero had idea first but "ZD" started first

    by ROMERO4PRESIDENT

    Thats a great question Graphix67. I know that Romero and John Harrison were talking together in 2001 to make Diary of the Dead a weekly television series(I saw Romero talk about this at a convention in 2002).I think Zombie Diaries started production around 2003 or 2004(I'm not sure though). The weird thing is though, that Michael Bartlett used to go on the DIARY OF THE DEAD IMDB web site and post fake comments like heres the new diary trailer, and it would end up being a trailer for his film, or state heres new diary of the dead pictures and it would be for his film. The members on that site would just attack him saying stop this guerilla warfare advertising- people kept saying they wouldn't go see his film because of this. So he eventually stopped.I've seen both films and yes I love Diary much better- but for a rookie filmmaker, Michael did a decent job. They are completely different though, just the filming ideas the same similarities. But truly completely different stories.

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Is the acting any good in this one?

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Not to say that a good zombie film requires it - just look at the pseudo-thespians in Dawn and Day, but it would be nice if it the performances were alittle better than Land...."You got fucked, bahahahahaha!!" Sheesh.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    any chance we can get a trailer anytime soon?

    by liljuniorbrown

    The movie will be out on DVD before I can get a gilmpse of it.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Harry likes almost every film ever made..

    by jamazio

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Harry likes almost every film ever made.....

    by jamazio

    It has been a very rare occasion indeed where this guy doesn't spews up man fat on everything he watches and doesn't add a 'HOWEVER, THIS FILM ISN'T PERFECT' instead he just waxes lyrical on a film cause its 'new'. He either does that or outright shits on the film ie blade trinity. FACT- this guy cannot write an honest, decent review. Head on over to roger eberts site to read well constructed, honest reviews, even if they're not always agreeable. But does a GOOD review of a film always have to be?