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Yes, Romero is doing a new Dead movie and we have a brief scene description and some spy photos from the filming!

Published at: Oct. 3, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. You may have just seen the trade story that Herc ran just below this and now we have a follow-up from a reader who has some info on ISLAND OF THE DEAD (TM Hercules The Strong) and some rather blurry set pics. Nothing crazy awesome yet, but it is exciting to see Romero at work again and it's doubly exciting for me that he's not doing DIARY OF THE DEAD 2. Thank Christmas. DIARY OF THE DEAD just pisses me off and I'm happy to see the master at work on a Dead film not tied to the last piece of doggy-doo. There's also a link for locals to sign up for a zombie call... I highly, highly, highly recommend Toronto locals to do this if they can. I myself flew up to the great White North in order to be a Romero zombie for LAND OF THE DEAD and it was a hell of an experience, something I'll treasure even if you can't really see me in the final movie. I got to be a Romero zombie! And now you can, too! And you can even do me one better... get paid! Anyway, here's the info and some blurry pics (that second, blurriest pic is, I'm sure, of George Romero in red). If any other people who stumble upon the set can get something clearer (and preferably more dead-filled) please drop me a line with some pics! Enjoy!

Hello Harry, I have been visiting your site for a few years and I love reading what you guys have to say, but I have never written before. Recently, George A. Romero visited my hometown of Port Dover, Ontario, Canada to film scenes for his new, yet untitled, zombie film. I, unfortunately was not there to observe filming, but my brother was able to visit the set and take some photographs (I apologize for their grainy quality). Most of the photos are shots of the set with various vehicles and boats and many people running around the set. What I know about the scenes filmed is that they take place while the survivors of a zombie attack are trying to escape an island they are on, and as they run for the ferry it has already departed and they miss the boat so they are forced to confront the zombies that are chasing them. There is also a scene where a shack is blown up - one of my friends, who was hired as an extra had to play dead following the explosion. Port Dover resides on the shores of Lake Erie and is a small tourist town, with a large marina. As you can see from one of the photos a ferry has been labeled with many signs that say "Amherst Islander - Slaughter Beach Ferry". In one of the photos there is a truck with writing on the side (I am not sure if this vehicle is a prop in the film or one of the vehicles used for the crew). In one of the photos George is the one in the red jacket with his back to the camera. My brother, who visited the set everyday was lucky enough to have his original Dawn of the Dead signed by Romero, but was too young to be hired as an extra. I hope you can make use of these photos on your site - I would be excited to have contributed. I have also included a link to the article regarding the casting call, and a link to the Port Dover website. If you use these photos you can call me, "Port Dover Zombie".








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  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST

    gahhh

    by bunkyboo

    yeah baby

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST

    slaughter beach

    by bunkyboo

    how ironic

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Just to be clear ...

    by Hercules

    I'm pretty sure I made up the title "Island of the Dead."

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Inevitable comparisons to Lucio Fulci's Zombie

    by Cannabis Holocaust

    Are coming.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Island of the Dead (2000)

    by bunkyboo

    Director:Tim Southam, starring Malcolm McDowell andMos Def- also "La Isla de la Muerte" (1967), so HERC, you didn't make up that title, dude.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Cannabis

    by bunkyboo

    I think you mean Zombie 2 aka "Island of the Living Dead".

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:21 a.m. CST

    off the subject

    by GavinVanDraven

    watching the 70's King Kong on AMC right now.... holy blue screen helicopter attack. man that sucks.... were we that easy to fool a few decades ago? Jesus Tapdancing Christ.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Added a TM for you, Herc

    by Quint

    Just to make sure you get some moolah when Romero ends up going with the title. heh

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:26 a.m. CST

    ok, back to topic

    by GavinVanDraven

    i always thought the natural progression of titles would have been Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Week of the Dead, Month of the Dead, Year of the Dead, Decade of the Dead, Century of the Dead..... i guess i was wrong. but isnt the natural follow up to Land of the Dead actually World of the Dead? Diary of the Dead to Blog of the Dead...? coming soon... Blog of the Dead

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    so......

    by GavinVanDraven

    does this movie continue from where the Diary film rebooted? or is it a continuation of the first 4 films?

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Zombie viagra

    by DocManhattan

    Damn, this guy works fast.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Diary..

    by Harold-Sherbort

    wasn't ALL that bad. It could have been worse. Nick Cannon could have been in it.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    yay

    by Eyegore

    I didn't hate Diary of the Dead, but I wasn't thrilled at the idea of a sequel that follows those same characters. This sounds good. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    zombi 2 aka zombie flesh eaters (UK) aka Zombie (USA) aka Island

    by billyhitchcock

    any way you cut it romero has taken to remaking spin off sequels to his own movies. how can this be good? the practice not the film. hopefully it will be.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    didn't know it did that...

    by billyhitchcock

    ...island of the living dead aka island of the flesh eaters

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    Continent of the Dead

    by Fuck The Napkin

    He could fit Continent of the Dead and Hemisphere of the Dead in between Land of the Dead and World of the Dead. Don't go missing opportunities, George!

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Seriously?

    by palpeedude

    How many stories can one tell about zombies coming to life?

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    How about Theme Park of the Dead?

    by palpeedude

    Oh wait, isn't that called Hot Topic?

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Dead of the Dead

    by Elemeno Pee

    I fucking hate zombie movies. there are a few exceptions, but you have to admit.... it's a pretty goddamn easy formula. Romero is no genius.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Australia still waiting for Diary Of The Dead

    by deanbarry

    Residents furious. World domination via Zombie Outbreak in planning stages. Release it here now or there will be undead mayhem. For real!

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    diary wasnt awful...

    by Obscura

    but it plodded along to the point where i stopped caring... and i actually quite liked land of the dead. course they dont touch the original 3. i just hope he adds a more meaningful social commentary this time round, instead of just "isnt youtube cool?"

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Lesser Plots of the Dead

    by Missing Dink

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:08 a.m. CST

    damnit auditions too far away

    by BurgerKing

    I would TOTALLY go for auditions for being a zombie but its like 2 hours away almost.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:09 a.m. CST

    NIght of the Grateful Dead

    by Missing Dink

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Godzilla vs. the Dead

    by Missing Dink

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST

    italy too still waiting for diary of dead

    by brando76

    when can i see this movie? i really don't know....

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Indian Summer Sunday Afternoon of the Dead

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    it will be soooo poignant

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Nice one Romero.. kill off the zombie genre before we get

    by bongo123

    World War Z... dude leave the zombies alone & pass the fucking torch.. Land & Diary where fucking atrocious, hell i couldnt even make it through to the end of Diary it was that bad and this coming from a guy who loves his zombies in all shapes and forms

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 4:14 a.m. CST

    diary of the dead was...

    by vestaxwax

    TERRIBLE: eattheblinds.blogspot.com/2008/09/george-romeros-diary-of-dead-close-book.html

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 4:19 a.m. CST

    "it is exciting to see Romero at work again"

    by Iowa Snot Client

    Yeah, that six-month grind between Romero zombie movies is a killer! I hope this one has zombies in it, and maybe some ham-fisted social commentary.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Election Of The Dead

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    It is about time zombies got into politics, so that is what I would like to see Romero handle next.<p>Romero can be a little heavy handed with his subtext, so this will likely be a film about a black zombie and his nondescript white zombie running mate taking on an old white zombie and his dim MILF zombie partner in crime. In the end, everyone dies or runs away to an island or both. Also, someone will have their guts eaten by, let's say, the dim MILF zombie.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Mombie Zombie (Of The Dead)

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    In this one, the zombie Bub from Day Of The Dead returns, this time with his cute as a button zombie daughter, and they star together in an anodyne sitcom for children, with spin-off anodyne records and t-shirts and whatnot.<p>In the end, everyone dies or runs away to an island or both. Also, Mombie Zombie outrages the world by posing nude for FZM (For Zombie Magazine).

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Is There Any Chance I Can Stop This Shit (Of The Dead)?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    In this one, former film maker George A Romero returns from the dead to demand the opportunity to direct a romantic comedy or a lesser action film, maybe something with Steven Seagal or Wesley Snipes in it.<p>In the end, everyone dies or runs away to an island or both. Also, Romero directs Out For The Dead, a zombie action vehicle starring zombie Steven Seagal.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 5:28 a.m. CST

    It is a sequel

    by sorking

    http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=23327 <br> <br> “It’ll be about three weeks in (past the initial zombie outbreak) and it doesn’t start with the people in the mansion (at the end of Diary Of The Dead)," says Romero to Shlock Around The Clock. "It starts with the blonde who drove away and the national guardsmen who robbed the people. So those are the only characters that return."<br> <br> Returning characters there. So - sequel. (Happy news for me, who love Diary. Sucky news for, y'know, everyone else.)

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Franklin T Marmoset...

    by Johnny Wishbone

    Seagal was in "Half Past Dead" so yeah. I can see that working.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Johnny Wishbone

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Also, it would not suprise me if Seagal came out as a zombie. I reckon he's been dead for quite a while now. He's not getting fat - those are post mortem gasses giving him that bloated look.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    I'm A Big Fan Of Romero, Especially The Dead Movies, BUT...

    by LaserPants

    Diary of the Dead was fucking TERRIBLE. However, I think continuing where Land of the Dead left off could be cool. Clearly, the first three installments -- Night, Dawn, and Day -- are the best of the series and his work, but I really liked Land alot too...

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Zombie Road movie

    by drunkenmonkey73

    Oh that was Diary.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Sick of the Dead

    by Nice Marmot

    Seriously, I am.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST

    The once great Romero.

    by rbatty024

    I love the first two dead films. Day wasn't bad but it wasn't on the same level either. Since then he's really lost it. Land of the Dead had a couple of great moments intercut by mostly poorly directed scenes and way too heavy handed social commentary (that's saying a lot for Romero). Maybe he should just give up on the whole dead thing.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I LIKED Diary of the Dead.

    by Smerdyakov

    The small scale kept the story personal and thus more powerful. It was a nice return to what made the original so scary.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    stop or my mom will shoot of the dead

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    gigli of the dead

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    day of the dead...no that doesn't sound right

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    teenage mutant ninjas of the dead

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    land before time of the dead

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    alice in wonderland of the dead

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    evil dead of the dead

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    robocop of the dead

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    super mario bros of the dead

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Robocop of the Dead is redundant as

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    he's already been raised from the dead.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Flubber of the dead

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    is as intelligent and quirky as

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    donwillymo enough of the title spamming

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    or at least stick with the other zombie talkback you've already marked up.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    damnit that didn't work the way I wanted it to

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    uh duh, nevermind,

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I'm in the wrong talback, I thought it was the other one.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    if romero can title spam so can I damnit!

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    willy wonka and the chocolate factory of the dead

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Although why we need two talkbacks

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    in one day on the same subject is beyond me.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    romero has earned a living title spamming

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Zombie Oompa Loompas

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    now that's a scary thought. Will they be the original green and orange ones singing a zombie version of that creepy song?

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    so have the producers of the bourne identity

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:44 a.m. CST

    oompa loompas scare me enough as it is

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST

    if those midget fuckers became zombies I'm moving to england

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Each to their own opinion Smerdyakov but Diary??? i mean

    by bongo123

    come on mate, the actors were laughably bad, totally cardboard and the whole thing reeked of amateurish sci-fi tv movie shite.. but fuck it, i like battlefield earth so what the fuck would i know lol.. to me Romero is the first 5-10mins of Dawn, absolute fucking genius in setting up a world falling apart, the whole thing still sends a chill down my spine, every frame just oozes total and utter impending doom.. now why the fuck he cant get that back is beyond me, but these should be DTV and not theatrical, the Remake Dawn is the way to make a zombie movie, full on and to fuck with this social commentary bullshit that permeates his movies like a fucking 800lb pink gorilla.. i dont need a fucking commentary on scoial or political shit, i want a world thats on the brink, i want gangs preying on the weak, governments & countries in total collapse and i want fucking millions of zombies ripping the shit outa the survivors.. not a fucking in your face commentary about how we lead our lives, nope, Romero if your reading this, i love your first 3 movies and always will but like John Carpenter who made absolutely undeniable horror classics, its time to hang up the mantle and produce the movies, write the scripts or whatever but for the love of god, hand the director duties over to some newcomers

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    That won't work

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    You're moving towards them. The Chocolate Factory IS in England.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    I liked Land of the Dead but I didn't give

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Cloverzombie a chance.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    nick and norah of the dead, that's it folks thanks for comin out

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    title spamming works better in rambo talk back

    by donwillymo

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Slaughter of the Dead

    by FILMFUNK

    If the Boats called Slaughter ferry then the Island is no Doubt called Slaughter Island so there's your title -<P>'Slaughter of the Dead'

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Diary is no masterpiece

    by Samuel Fulmer

    but it's a lot better than the crap known as Cloverfield. That one makes the acting in Diary look Oscar worthy. Diary's biggest flaw was taking the social/political subtext of the other films, and making it so blantent you can't call it subtext, but the text.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    BART: Dad, you killed the zombie Flanders!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    HOMER: He was a zombie...?

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    I love the idea of a new group with every movie

    by xannibal

    Kind of puts everything in focus - that there were isolated survivors across the planet. I HATED Land of the Dead, though.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Diary better than Cloverfield?

    by bongo123

    you have got to be kidding me.. id hand out Oscars to the cast of cloverfield before even acknowledging the fact that the "cast" in Diary were even actors let alone competent ones... but that's the problem with Romero apologists, they're like a cult, they cant see past the blatant awfulness of his recent movies based on the sheer brilliance of his early ones. Diary was a fucking abomination along with Land.. fucking smart zombies...and that shite at the end.. "they're just trying to find there place in the world just like us" or some bollocks.. i mean.. what the fuck!!!?? THEY'RE FUCKING ZOMBIES, relentless, unwavering, unthinking eating machines.. does my head in that those two movies where so shit...

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Diary Of The Dead

    by anyrandomhero

    Was so fucking bad. I mean I have a lot of love for Romero but I mean c'mon people did you just want to love it that bad you've convinced yourselves that you liked it? The only good part was the mute Amish guy. Simon Fulmer the acting in diary is of amateur porn quality. Cloverfield was 100 times better than Diary

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Sorry

    by anyrandomhero

    I meant Samuel Fulmer above, damn lack of edit function.<br> Bongo I totally agree man as i said the acting in diary makes softcore porn acting look good.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Romero + Zombie Epicness = Happy Me

    by qball86

    I'm really glad he's back this quick on his next zombie flick and that it indeed isn't a sequel to DIARY. Although i didnt hate that film, i wasnt too keen on the small scope you had of things going on in that world, in NIGHT it was a different case. My appreciation for LAND did sky-rocket after it though, but hey, you gotta try something new once in a while. This concept for his new film reminds me of the original script of DAY OF THE DEAD where they travelled in a boat and there was a religious element to the zombies, that they were waiting for their souls to be let into heaven or something....keep 'em coming George!

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    A george A romero...

    by emeraldboy

    Zombie western! A bunch of tourists on a bus visit an old abanondend western town. They unwisely spend the night there. Beside the old town is a grave yard which is full of the corpses of Two cowboy gangs. They two gangs rise from the dead. These two gangs come together and attack the humans. who are all oaps. McCain could have a guest cameo.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    bongo123

    by Phildogger

    absolutely genius post, dead on, BRAVO! George, drop the commentary, give us MAYHEM!

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Fanboys...

    by evilnerd

    you guys want to love romero flicks so much. I really admire you. Life could acctualy be really simple.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    important question

    by Vern

    Doesn't the big lighting setup in the pictures tell us that (sequel or not) it's not gonna have the camcorder POV gimmick of Diary? Or did they use stuff like that on that one?<p> And I bet it will be called Slaughter Beach.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Evilnerd, its not a case of wanting to love Romero

    by bongo123

    Its a case of recognizing that the guy is pretty much the godfather of the zombie genre but what he needs to do is get out of the directors chair cause lets face it, he just doesn't cut the mustard these days. His last two films where straight to video nonsense and i'd be willing to bet a night night of sweaty monkey sex with girls aloud that his latest one will also be complete and utter shite. The guy is living off his past glories and thinks that his fans want more of the same shit, but this is 2008 and his heavy handed social commentary bullshit might've worked in the 70's but were all a heckuva lot smarter these days and don't need that shit in a zombie movie, we want as the poster above said.. total and utter fucking mayhem!

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Actually, I like Battlefield Earth, too.

    by Smerdyakov

    But what I liked about Diary was that it was a smaller, more intimate movie. The actors were not playing flamboyant macho stereotypes like they do in the bigger budget dead movies, they were trying to portray real people doing what real people would do in a crisis, try to get home to their loved ones. And it definitely was a better movie than Cloverfield because the shaky cam didn't make me barf. I'd say, next to Day and Night, Diary was my favorite Romero Zombie flick.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Like I said above Cloverfield<Diary of the Dead

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Cloverfield=No logical sense why idiots are running around with cameras, first 25 minutes was like watching a bad MTV reality show, baby godzilla raptors rehashed from the '98 Godzilla crapfest, Character moments conjured up to make characters likeable/realatable fail miserably, acting is hammy but since it's shot to look real it comes off as even hammier. Diary of the Dead=Logical reason (though still a not quite believable) for filming, Movie starts with a bang and goes from there, characters are not likeable and not made to be likeable, Cool zombie deaths/horror moments...no rehashing from the cinema of Roland Emmerich, and acting is more low key. I'm not claiming that Diary of the Dead is the best film of the year, but definitly the best of the recent Blair Witch Rip-offs. As a whole I hate the found footage genre in general, and hope the fade ends soon.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    I'm with you bongo123

    by evilnerd

    you got that damn right. And Smerdyakov the only cool thing about Diara was the fact that romero went back to the outbreak. Well kind of tryed...That scene where the chick is sitting in front of her dea boyfreind, waiting for him to come back was the moment i knew that this film would suck donkey balls. It was so bad. I stilcan't believe it.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Jesus...

    by evilnerd

    what the hell was i writing there? sorry guys. I guess thats my R-Complex taking over.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    two possible 'twist' endings...

    by zom-bot.com

    let's assume this is another slice of life from the same time as the 'original' zombie outbreak: the people don't know what's going on. shit hits the fan and suddenly they are on the island with no communication to or from the outside world. they don't know if the plague is worldwide, or isolated to their locale. their instinct is to get off and go to the mainland. this is the ironic opposite of many of the romero movies where the survivors want to hide on a 'safe' island.<P>so here's how i think the movie will end. both are kind of 'played out' twists, but if romero does anything different, it will surprise me.<P>ending #1: the survivors get off the island only to realize that while they were on it, the zombie plague was nationwide, and it's more chaotic than where they came from. the streets are filled with the dead. big whopp. mediocre ending.<P>ending #2: the infected or wounded (among them) survivor(s) get off the island, only to be the catalyst or 'patient zeros' that actually become the start of the national plague. if they had just stayed on the island, the world would be saved. the moral message being individual mankind's drive to survive sometimes has wider damages. Like the guard who crashed the gate with his family in 'the stand'. <P>they will probably not go with that ending because Romero has always kept the 'supernatural/religious' approach to reanimation over a virus, which most writers have kept with now.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Diary gave me a headache

    by Darthkrusty

    Seemed like the camera shaking, zooming & going in & out of focus was way overdone. Only other shakey-cam movie that gave me a migraine was Woody's Husbands and Wives. On a better note, Diary did have a couple creative, gory killings and the Amish guy was cool.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    the amish guy

    by zom-bot.com

    i think i read that one reviewer said the movie 'lost it' after the amish guy. I agree that when they made it to the crazy mummy boy's mansion it became a completely different movie, and sucked hardcore.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Wasn't there a..

    by kem070396

    short story in one of the zombie anthologies with this plot (the zombie plague on an Island)? Regardless, what the great thing in in my humble opinion, is that Romero generally presents a micro-cosm within his "dead" universe and then is free to layer in subcontext at will. I enjoy ALL the Romero zombie movies just for that reason. I would really love to see how Romero would do, say, a big budget the siege of NYC a la WWZ in the Diary of the Dead universe (ie the present)...

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I think he's shooting this one to

    by TheManBehindTheMask

    let us forget Diary quick. At least I hope.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Geek Pension Program

    by rudimus maximus

    I know this is pretty much blasphemy on this site, but isn't there a pension we could create, either from voluntary donations or a chunck of ticket price and rental revenue, to put icons like this out to pasture when they're so obviously done? Land of the Done was shallow, boring and nonsensical. Diary of the Done made Land look like Godfather I and Citizen Kane rolled into one film. How is it possible to get actors to give such poor performances? Diary's acting was worse than the cheesiest novella and the childish "message" hammered on the audience like a Neil Young song, was embarrassing. The first two dead films worked so well because they were horror films with a subtle social commentary as a subtext. The next three blew because Romero seems to have made the films about the social commentary taking place in a horror film and, frankly, he is not talented enough as a director or writer to pull it off. Making a great horror film is hard. Some very fine directors have tried and stunk the joint up. (Mike Nichols's Wolf, both of the abortive Exorcist prequels)Romero was great, in the dead films and even outside of the zombie genre. But he now is part of the problem. I say, screw the wall street bailout; use the 700 billion for pensions for greats like Romero, and rock and rollers (rod Stewart, etc)!!!

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    "Diarrhea Of The Dead" or George Romero needs an enema

    by Partyslammer

    Seriously, the franchise, indeed the entire genre is....... er, dead. Is Romero capable of doing a movie that doesn't involve zombies anymore?

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Oh Come on!

    by Smerdyakov

    You didn't think "They're in the swimming pool was cool"

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    The 40 Year Old Dead Virgin

    by Darthkrusty

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    The Godfather of the Dead

    by Darthkrusty

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Please use Island of the Dead

    by MaxG

    Island of the Dead is an amazing title. I hope Romero goes for it.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    America's Next Top Zombie

    by Cajunsblues

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Beverly Hills Chihuahua of the Dead

    by Darthkrusty

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    The last thing id do is give Romero a big budget

    by bongo123

    it would overwhelm him and lead to the total death of the zombie genre, what i'd love to see is a larger zombie flick ala WWZ, but unfortunately the studios wont throw that kinda money on a genre that unfortunately is in decline no small thanks to Land & Diary's piss poor reviews and box office, but fuck me how cool would it be to see the opening shots of NewYork from I Am Legend then stick in thousands of zombies all over the camp, then add in the Army fighting them to reclaim the cities.. hey i can dream of seeing massive scale apocalyptic zombie shit on the big screen, at the minute the best zombie shit were getting is the Resident Evil series for fucks sakes with the occasional gem like the Dawn remake and anyone who doesnt like that flick, doesnt like zombie movies in my book cause that film hit every fucking nail on the head in how to make a zombie movie and i wish to fuck Zack came back and give us a proper Day of the Dead remake... now man that would be cool as fuck

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    The Breakfast Club of the Dead

    by Darthkrusty

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Here's the plot

    by thegreatwhatzit

    All blacks should be canonized as saints (the usual condescension), all military appendages are evil, there's a government conspiracy of some sort; humanity, bad...zombies, good. God, do anything--maybe a tapdancing competition--to circumvent the deja vu routine.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST

    And enough with political "sub"text

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Endless dialogue reflecting Romero's political diatribes; as usual, he'll insist that "it's not really a horror film," it's a soapbox. I'm pretty much convinced everything that clicked in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is an accident (cinema verite=too cheap to rent a tripod).

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    And BATTLEFIELD EARTH

    by thegreatwhatzit

    is a crock of shit (snoozed through 50% of this vanity turd). Alright, alright, I'm outta here (Iowa Snot Client, you rock--loved your feedback).

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Island of the Dead

    by DefyThis

    Woah, welcome to last week, this is old news, but the ferry shot is cool :)

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Beverly Hills Zombie Chihuahua

    by Flip63Hole

    Sounds good to me...

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    new dead movie idea?

    by elvirasbuttboy

    I think that it would be fascinating if , not necessarily directing , but Romero producing a new zombie pic with the idea of going back and doing it during the very first night. The story would not involve any of the original characters, but take place on the same "Night of the living Dead" with other events and circumstances. They did some of the "Plague of the Living Dead" comics in this time frame, i.e. late 1960's and I would love to see something like that.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    of the Dead

    by Flip63Hole

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Dead of the Dead

    by krullboyisback

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    dawn of the day of the land of the dead

    by krullboyisback

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Dawn of the Dead 2004 > Land of the Dead

    by Mr. Profit

    You bitches know this to be true. Romero lost his touch big time. Day of the Dead was his last good movie and that is mainly because the zombies looked awesome. But Land of the Dead was a contrived piece of garbage that everyone wet their undies for while trashing the far superior Dawn Remake. So what if it had running zombies? I'm the type of person who has seen so many horror films that it's impossible to scare me. So a well paced action film with running zombies and good acting was what the genre needed. And that's what Dawn 04 provided.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    When "Island" Takes Place

    by JesusSavedIn01

    Diary of the Dead technically was a prequel, not a reboot. All the Dead films take place in the same fictional universe and timeline, but have the characteristics of the era they were filmed in. Dawn took place weeks after Night but looked like '78. Day took place months after Dawn but looked like '85. Land took place years after Land but looked like '05. And Diary took place during Night but looked like '08 instead of '68. Diary was called a "reboot" by Romero in the sense that he was going back to his indie roots and the beginning of his series after making Land, which was a moderately big-budgeted Hollywood project that cost $16 million and made a $30 million profit. Given that the plot of "Island" involves people living on a remote island and debating whether the their zombified loved one can be saved, this seems to take place somewhere during or after Day and Land. I'm sure we'll see some intelligent zombies in the tradition of Bub and Big Daddy

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    DIARY Sucked, But It Was Better Than CLOVERFAIL

    by LaserPants

    Seriously, DIARY was lame, but CLOVERFAIL was ridiculously bad; epicly awful.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST

    This is kind of pathetic

    by catlettuce4

    Romero is like one of those one hit wonders on a VH1 "where are they now" special, constantly trying to jump-start his career by trading on nostalgia and ripping himself off in the vain hopes of a comeback.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Romero on the convention circuit

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Collects extra revenue signing photos. Burt Reynolds and a legion of other has-beens (sorry) have joined the brigade. The latest: Richard Dreyfuss.

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Richard Dreyfus? Damn.

    by catlettuce4

    The guy was one of the greatest actors of the 1970s. What happened? One too many divorces?

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Sad, isn't it?

    by thegreatwhatzit

    I mean, seriously! Why doesn't Speilberg re-hire the guy? Val Kilmer has been selling his signature at British conventions. Tap into http://www.chillertheatre.com/gt/gtc4.htm for a "has been" venue. Linda Hamilton??? Yikes! http://www.chillertheatre.com/gt/gtc4.htm

  • Oct. 3, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Dairy of the Dead

    by jackofhearts29

    That's the one where they milked the zombies for their special no-fat dead milk, right? The kind that Ben and Jerry uses?

  • Oct. 4, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    "Good to see the Master back at work"

    by Pop_aristocrat

    really? Yeah? So 3 good films in a 40 year body of work makes you the master? <br> I dunno if I can even call him the master of the Zombie genre anymore, after Land and Diary... <p> Seriously, talk about a guy stuck in a self-cannibalizing cycle. <p> I met Romero, he's a great guy, but his best works are far behind him, and I'd like it if he'd just go out on a limb again and try some different film genres. <p> Martin wasn't great, but at least it showed some balls.

  • Oct. 4, 2008, 4:58 a.m. CST

    cool...

    by The Amazing G

    let's hope it's good

  • Oct. 4, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    if you liked Diary

    by ScaryJim

    You have a screw lose,really there was nothing good about this film. I didn't think it could be worse than 'Zombie diaries' but it actually was. Beyond bad acting, awful 1 dimensional characters (and no I'm quite sure it wasn't done on purpose) that I had absolutely no sympathy for, and 'wry political observations' that would make a 9 year old blush with embarassment. And how many times does someone in a 'found video' film have to say 'do you film cos it doesn't seem real if it's on tv?' Straight out of Blair Witch. How could the man who made 'Dawn'make this? I cannot believe it's the same man. I wish he'd just say 'Look, sorry it was a terrible mistake' and either make one more great zombie movie or leave it alone. Plus all those saying that it seemed more intimate with the scale- I don't think so, there's plenty of intimate zombie movies... He needs to move on- The one movie that could revive the Zombie flick is an epic of World War Z proportions.

  • Oct. 4, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Death Of The Dead - The Deadening

    by Partyslammer

    It's DOA

  • Oct. 5, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    no mission of getting a WWZ flick unfort

    by bongo123

    its to big in scope and apart from us zombie fans and general horror fans, it doesnt have the mass market apeal to warrant any sort of bug budget that would be required to make it even half decent, so for now zombie flicks will stay small scale and intimate, even adapt the walking dead, take the prison part and you could make a decent zomb flick with a small location with lots of room for scares and dark corners

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Dawn Remake

    by radio1_mike

    I really like the Dawn remake. It's great. But it is not better than Land or Diary. Why? There is no eating of people. Sure we got some bite closeups of people being attacked but not full on cannibalism. Romero zombie films-- even they are 'bad'- they are good.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    The first half of the dawn remake was really good

    by orcus

    Then it went down hill in the second half since it brought in too many secondary characters when they should have been concentrating on the initial band of folks. The ending was horrible. They should have left it with the boat sailing out to nowhere to parallel the ending of the Original.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 10:06 p.m. CST

    This guy still makes movies?

    by maddox

    I can't believe he didn't get his license taken away after Diary. Can't his friends do an intervention or something?<p>"George, put the pen down. George, for the love of horror movies everywhere just put the pen down!"<p>Best line from Diary: "It's just like your stupid horror movie!" Indeed.