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Quint thinks SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD is a huge improvement over DIARY OF THE DEAD!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here to give you my thoughts on George A. Romero’s SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD.

I want to state up front that my expectations going into this movie were pretty low. I hated DIARY OF THE DEAD. And that’s not a word I use lightly. I felt it was a horrible film that made me embarrassed for Romero as a fan of his work. It’s possible that I walked away from his new movie impressed simply because he made a real movie again, but I don’t think so. I think he really stepped up to the plate this time out and delivered a fun movie. But that’s kind of Romero’s M.O. The dude’s career is a rollercoaster. I’m a big fan of some of his non-Dead work like THE CRAZIES and MARTIN, but he’s had some horrible misfires in his heyday as well. SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD moves back to straightforward filmmaking from that failed experiment POV documentary gimmick of DIARY. Don’t get me wrong, that style can work. CLOVERFIELD is flawed, but makes good use of it, REC is awesome, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is pretty damn good. I don’t hate the idea of Romero making a movie like that, but coupled with the most uninteresting annoying and horribly acted characters in any Romero film since SEASON OF THE WITCH it made me want to claw my eyes out. Romero shot this new film on a budget as well, but what a difference a good director of photography and some good old fashioned filmmaking can make. The social commentary this time out is war. Romero boils it down, simplifies it, making it about two men on an Island that have a family feud going back centuries. I wouldn’t be surprised if Romero intended the O’Flynns and the Muldoons to have been at war all the way back to their roots in Ireland. While that’s where the political message lies, the actual plot follows the national guard guys who rob the film school assclowns in DIARY led by Alan Van Sprang. As you’d expect with Romero we get a diverse group, multicultural and multisexual. Athena Karkanis plays a hot woman soldier nicknamed Tomboy who is unfortunately trapped with a squad of men. It wouldn’t be so bad except she’s a lesbian in a world where only men seem to be surviving. We also have the joker of the group, a charming Latin dude and, eventually, a civilian teenager who is good with a gun. There was surprisingly little shown of this group looting, but I’m fine with that. The story’s on the island, not on how many people this traveling band of soldiers rob. In fact, it helps make the team a lot more likable than I was expecting. The top O’Flynn is banished from his island and leaves his him and family behind. So he puts a video on the internet, which apparently can survive the zombie apocalypse, advertising this great island refuge that is safe. Of course, when people show up he’s like a profiteer during WW2 who steals all the money and gold from the Jews in exchange for safe harbor. And it’s not even safe harbor. He sells them boats to go to this island for the double purpose of getting rich and pissing off his arch rival who believes the island only belongs to the Muldoons’. Naturally he gets more than he bargained for when the national guard guys show up in their armored Brinks truck. But that turns out to be a blessing in disguise as he recruits the team to help him retake the island. There’s been lots of talk about how Romero employs a sort of Western filmmaking style this time out and that’s partly true. The scenes between O’Flynn (Kenneth Welsh) and Muldoon (Richard Fitzpatrick) definitely play out that way. Long homestead establishing shots, Mexican stand-offs, etc, but the rest of the movie plays out in a fairly standard army vs. zombies way. As expected the gore is very well done. Even in Diary there’s gore moments to like courtesy of Romero knocking his head together with the brilliant dudes at KNB. The gore in this movie is pretty small until the shit really hits the fan at the end, but we do get a Romero trademarked complete disembowelment and some other surprises I won’t spoil. All that said, it’s not a flawless movie. Some of the acting is limited, especially with the lead bad guy, but there’s nothing in this movie as laughably bad as the overly dramatic teacher from the last movie. The ending is a bit muddled and over complicated, but it has a solid foundation that supports the shenanigans at the end. And some people might have a problem with a couple of the more Looney Tunes moments (there’s literally a scene with a giant bundle of dynamite that might as well have ACME stamped on it), but then again this is the man who ended his masterpiece with a damn pie fight.

Above all else it felt to me like Romero had a solid vision that was extremely well executed. According to the director’s pre-screening Q&A they shot the movie on the Red Camera and it looked very sharp, sharper than a lot of Red work I’ve seen courtesy of Adam Swica. Much better than his work on Diary, but he was hobbled from the get go by the premise of that movie. I wouldn’t call it a return to form, but this is definitely Romero on an upswing. It’s not his best movie, but it’s very far away from his worst. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Same old same old

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Bring on Zombieland!

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST


    by fanboy71

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    missed it by THAT much!

    by fanboy71

    Well, 4 minutes or so. This movie looks look worthy. I shall give it one.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST


    by sonnyfern

    I'm down! I didn't hate Diary, but just wasn't as good as it should've been. I did however love Land Of The Dead. We'll see about this one!

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST

    The social commentary this time out is...

    by Iowa Snot Client

    Likely as hamfisted as everything he's done since Dawn.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    I rewatched Land of the Dead the other day and....

    by ghost_matt

    ...I never noticed the AWOL national guard guy from this and Diary of the Dead was in it, playing an army guy.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Diary > Land

    by kolchak

    There. I said it.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I seem to be the only person who loved Land

    by ackack

    I even saw it twice in theaters. With Diary, I barely made it through one showing. What a POS! I hate when one of my fav directors just completely misses the mark. Makes me reconsider liking them at all. Like Tarantino with Death Proof. Luckily, Basterds was amazing.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Another fav completely missing the mark.

    by ackack

    John Carpenter = everything after Mouths of Madness. Village of the Damned was decent but boy, did things drop off after that.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I liked Land, too

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    Sure, a bit hamfisted in places, but then again, what Romero movie isn't? Still, cool flick.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    One more fav missing the mark

    by ackack

    Sam Peckinpah = Convoy.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Zombi 2

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Has to be my favorite Zombie movie, and even as an official sequel to Dawn.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    unofficial i mean

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Roman Polanski arrested in Switzerland...

    by BrokenHeath

    and will probably be extradited to the U.S. for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. Polanski has asked a U.S. appeals court in California to overturn a judges' refusal to throw out his case. He claims misconduct by the now-deceased judge who had arranged a plea bargain and then reneged on it. His victim, Samantha Geimer, who long ago identified herself publicly, has joined in Polanski's bid for dismissal, saying she wants the case to be over. She sued Polanski and reached an undisclosed settlement. I saw recently the documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" and agree there were shenanigans during his original sentencing by a judge who liked the spotlight, so hopefully he serves his remaining short time then is released.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    I'm suprised - the buzz on this is it's easily worse...

    by JuanSanchez

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by SanityKaos

    Romero directed Season Of The Witch? Huh?

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Zombie movies

    by lochkray

    WHAT'S WITH ALL THE FUCKING ZOMBIE MOVIES??? I'll give Romero some leaniency, and Zombieland looks like a hoot, but sweet-jesus-fuck-me-gently, could somebody put a copyright on the concept of canabalistic undead people, and put an end to the ceaseless movies featuring zombies, fast zombies, slow zombies, funny zombies, virus infected zombies, pet zombies, zombies in caves, zombies in space, bad-cgi zombies that fight will smith in new york, zombies in England, zombies in apartment buildings, point of view zombies, zombies in video games, zombies in comics, zombies in books, zombies, zombies, zombies. The only thing I loathe more than zombies is emotionally angst-filled teenaged vampires. Now, there's an idea for a non-shitty underworld movie. Instead of vampires versus werewolves, we could have hablophile 90210-vampires falling in love with hoards of teen zombies, who eat them, and then choke on their yearning puppy-dog eyes until their heads explode. What the fuck has happened to horror?

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    how about hopefully he goes to prison

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    FOR DRUGGING AND RAPING A 13-YEAR OLD GIRL. And he did it to her more than once. Would you be so sympathetic to a pedophile if he didn't make movies you liked? Jesus, the man got a good plea bargain because of his fame in the first place. Zero sympathy.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    SEASON OF THE WITCH has other titles

    by palimpsest

    In some places it's called JACK'S WIFE, in others HUNGRY WIVES. Was made in the early 70s - it's not the HALLOWEEN III movie!

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Polanski does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Breaking news.<p> Polanski, lured to the Zurich Film Festival by the promise of a lifetime achievement award and under-age sex with some Swiss schoolgirls has been arrested for ass raping a 13 yr old back in '78.<p> When pressed for comment Bale was quoted as saying "Guy's had it coming for a long time. At least the fucking prick's off the set now."

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Hopefully Victor Salva's next

    by palimpsest

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Pandorum, Daybreakers and Surrogates

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    <p>Since AICN doesn't seem interested in any of these, I thought I'd pitch in.</p><p>Surrogates definitely wants to be i, Robot, but misses the mark. the advertising is a bit misleading. The surrogates don't shut off until the very end of the movie. maybe the first time I can remember the ending of a film being used in the trailer. It's an ok movie. It's just such a bizarre concept that everyone can afford their own personal robot. The film makes no attempt to respond to this. I did like the high concept and they do some interesting things with it. Definitely worth a rental. </p><p>Just got back from Pandorum. It included a trailer for Daybreakers which looks really amazing. In daybreakers, nearly the entire planet is made up of vampires who harvest blood from humans in a Matrix-type way. There is a rebel band of humans who resist them and have apparently found a cure for vampirism.</p><p>Pandorum was freaking amazing, particularly the first half hour or so. It's essentially Dead Space meets Event Horizon. It's very claustrophobic and the villains are scary. The production design is also very convincing. This film takes sedveral opportunities to disorient the viewer so that you aren't quite sure what's going on. Insteade of frustrating you, it just makes it a little more nerve-wracking. My one complaint is that it gets pretty conventional towards the end.</p>

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    yeah i saw this one at TIFF

    by The3rdMan

    ... and it was horse shit. Worst film of the festival hands down, and probably in the top ten of worst films i've ever seen. Romero should be making good zombie films by now, no more of this "step in the right direction" crap. just make em good or dont make em at all Georgie boy

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Dawn '78' will always remain champion.

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by midgarddragon

    Cloverfield is awesome, douche. That is all.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by The3rdMan

    ...was good, not great

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Diary messed up Romero's momentum

    by ackack

    He should've done a direct sequel to Land liked he talked about. I believe he wanted to call it Road of the Dead.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Your lips to God's ear...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...Quint. But if you're wrong, I swear, from one Robert Shaw character to another, I will haunt you. LOTD and DOTD were both crushing experiences for someone who cut his baby teeth on the original NOTLD.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by MacReady452

    Way step up the lack of coverage. Much appreciated. As far as this movie....?...I know opinions are opinions but this movie got crushed as a piece of shit in the last TB and now Quint is saying it is better than Diary? I didn't hate Diary but it sure wasn't great. So confused.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake teaser trailer debuts tonight!!!

    by Mike_D

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    so are we going to get a Polanski Arrest talkback

    by Getiton

    It's going to get ugly

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  • Sept. 27, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    13?!? I SWEAR I THOUGHT SHE WAS 8!!!

    by CarlThorMark1978

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Diary sucked as bad as land of the dead

    by Powerring

    Blase college kids "" OOh, I'm like totally sooo scared. The movie wasn't fresh, unpredictable or engaging at all. Anything is a step up.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    so, was Surrogates any good?

    by jackknifed_juggernaut

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    Diary was more embarrassing than Land but I also felt like it had more authentically good moments. I liked the zombies in the swimming pool and really the whole bit with the rich kid being sanity challenged. The bit with the Amish guy wasn't the worst thing I'd ever seen...ahhh, I don't have the heart for this. I love Romero. But when you're digging for nuggets that small you know the mine's played out. I guess I'd rather watch Diary again than Land, though, at least if I could fast forward through the resolution of the Texas girl's story. Oh, and the lead's horrible starting and ending narration. "I've added some music to try to scare you..." Yeah. Now I'm just depressed.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    the "Is he dead now" sequence lifted from (and done with much less style than in) the Savini Night of the Living Dead remake. Loved that Patricia Tallman. Couldn't really act, but what an overbite.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    "My zombie movies aren't about horror, they're symbols"

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Jesus! Can it, George! You can subtly telegraph a societal message but your "military/bad, women/nice" pretensions are about as insightful as a kick in the nuts. And, underestimating your audience, you reprise the same "message"--over and over again--until the "zombies" are eclipsed with overripe ('60s) dialogue. Remember NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD?; it's message (intentional or not) didn't conflict with the "horror". Compare with LAND OF THE DEAD's lame conclusion where the"message" was imploded with your neon-lit soap box. We want a horror film, not another diatribe. By the way, several reviews have already pegged SURVIVAL as the worst of the franchise.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    every single line spoken by the professor. From the extra credit bit at the start to him using the bow and arrows. Cringe cringe cringe. And pretty much the whole warehouse sequence, from the zombie who died of the heart attack to the convenient internet scene to the horrible/unbelievable "I'm not leaving until you give me what I want" bit.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST


    by CarlThorMark1978

    In 1990, her and Lauren Holly (In Ford Fairlane) both had that tall, long leg, short red hair thing going on.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by Powerring

    I was very psyched to see LOTD. In fact, I have played LOTD video game a dozen times and beat's great! I was let down by LOTD to the point I was pissed leaving the theater. DOTD was a movie I saw based on mixed reviews. I will concede there were moments, but somehow I just can't stand Romeros direction of actors. I am enthusiastic about Zombieland and the prospect of WWZ. BRING IT ON!

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Damn, you people like ugly chicks

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Patricia Tallman looks like a zombie.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 6 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I'm the other kind. Instead of getting angry I spent a reasonable time in denial over both Land and Diary, trying to convince myself that...well, that they weren't bad.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    what huh Polanski arrested while making Survival of the Dead?

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    take this elsewhere fucksticks.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    @Red Ned Lynch

    by Powerring

    Romero made 3 movies that I really didn't have to make excuses to enjoy. NOTLD, Dawn OTD, and Day OTD. The other two were a bitter pill to take. It's like he had a basic idea, and hashed his way around it instead of making a solid concept.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I hated Diary of the Dead as well

    by Autodidact

    God it was so annoying to hear the characters discuss the fact that they were filming in every scene.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 6:37 p.m. CST

    A Polanski talkback would be so entertaining

    by ackack

    I love crazy talkbacks.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by Eyegore

    Fucking spoiler warning asshole. I was thinking of seeing Surrogates and you just had to talk about the ending. No wonder they delete your emails. Asshole.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    "But officer, I only put two fingers in teenager. Two." - Polans

    by Stuntcock Mike

    "One in kunis, one in anus. I go now, o.k?"

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Roman Polanski, your time is up.

    by Stuntcock Mike


  • Sept. 27, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    they could put 'em in every film made, and i wouldn't mind a bit (just not those of the O'DONNELL/DEGENERES strain)

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Disqualification mentioning Cloverfield!

    by quantize

    Easily the most retarded dumb ass shit ever made...a cheap gimmick and marketing campaign posing as a film. Diary, I'm sorry, was nowhere near as insulting.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by HaterofCrap

    breaking news. also, no visits from anyone who starred in his movies during his term.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    I heard Polanski tanked a couple cops...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    before they got him down. Crazy motherfucka.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST


    by Powerring

    ...The New Hampshire zombie movie? And if they were in Mexico, "Diarrhea of the dead."

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST


    by _Jonathan_

    Roman Polanski has been charged with murder after removing the head of a security guard whom Mr. Polanski claimed died and returned to life only to try and bite him. - Fox News

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Cobra Kai, just for you.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Quint, how stoned were you?

    by TheDark0Knight

    this film is easily the worst of Romeros career. It looks like one of those 10 dollar straight to video zombie movies we see come out on a weekly basis. This film is so bad that even though Romero was in attendance I wanted to walk out..& I rarely even think about doing that. even the main actor in this flick made fun of it during the QnA in Toronto. I love Romero, but this is easily as terrible as anything Uwe Boll has made...seriously.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Commentary has gotten more hamhanded with each film

    by MrD

    Night accidentally backed into racism, so naturally that's not in the text. Dawn makes sure it has one character draw the comparison between zombies and shoppers. By Diary, he's hitting us over the head with it. Just one of the reasons I too fucking hated Diary. That, and the god awful acting and Romero's complete inability to film in that POV style - shaky cam every scene EXCEPT every kill shot is perfectly framed; characters sneak off to have private conversations right in front of the running camera (and camera man). Land may not have been a masterpiece, but if Survival can match it, I'll be thrilled.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST




  • Sept. 27, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Expected way too much from Land

    by Turingtestee

    Does anyone really like the pie fight at the end of Dawn?

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    I liked what I read of the original script

    by Turingtestee

    After Night and Dawn, Day just felt too limited in scope.

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  • Sept. 27, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Diary wasn't very good...

    by DonRivella

    ...but it still towered over that horribly silly and boring [REC]. I really hope that Survival is a return to form for Romero.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    its not a spoiler if it is in the commercial

    by MacReady452

    you just sit and wait for it until the end of the movie, or it never happens which is infinitely more annoying.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST


    by Turingtestee

    The pie or the scope?

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 8:57 p.m. CST

    You could argue

    by Turingtestee

    that because of the limited group conflict in Dawn compared to Night that the next logical step could have been to follow a single survivor. Or it could have been following the ever-present local militias/biker gangs who would have an even more stable group dynamic.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Which would make a good argument

    by Turingtestee

    for the pie fight

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST

    but I still dont like it

    by Turingtestee

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    SO happy to hear it's good...

    by yesiamaplant disappointment with Diary was as tangible as the bile rising in my throat during the screening. GO ROMERO!

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Raiders of the Lost Zombie

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Kingdom of the crystal zombie

    by Powerring

    ...they are actually aliens.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Kramer Vs Zombie

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Only positive review I've seen

    by solanine

    Romero remaking 2 Girls 1 Cup into a feature length film would be a huge improvement over Diary.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Other Things That Are An Improvement on DIARY OF THE DEAD

    by Autodidact

    1. Ass rape...

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Other Things That Are An Improvement on DIARY OF THE DEAD

    by Autodidact

    2. Police Academy 6

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Other Things That Are An Improvement on DIARY OF THE DEAD

    by Autodidact

    3. Hyperhydrosis

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Iron Man 3 Iron Zombie

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST

    There'd be a Polanski talkback

    by ackack

    if it weren't for Fantastic Fest and it would be freakin entertaining. Almost as entertaining as the transformers talkbacks.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Zombieformers 3: Revenge of the fallen

    by Powerring

    They fall into graves and come back as cyberzombies.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 10:50 p.m. CST

    You lost me at "so he puts a video on the internet"

    by WickedJacob

    Any apocalypse that still has enough sane people to maintain the infrastructure of a public internet isn't an apocalypse. Who is supposedly his ISP?

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Slow staggering zombies couldn't possibly

    by Castlemonster

    overrun the earth. Maybe in a ciouple of generations but not in the time frame of these movies. That fact alone makes the premise far too tired to work. Even Night of the Living Dead assumes that the crisis was manageable.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    And I know zombies don't really exist...

    by Castlemonster

    Just talking about theory. And the first movie suggests that the crisis would -eventually- be manageable. I guess Romero just got off on the idea that humans would wipe each other out as efficiently as the zombies. But if that were the case then we could dispense with the zombie plot altogether.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST


    by Darthkrusty

    Liked Land, (thought opening credit sequence was one of, if not, the best part of the movie). Didn't like Diary, (gave me a headache, but enjoyed acid-head-melt part & Amish guy). Lookin forward to this one, (perhaps a double-feature w/Zombieland?). Yee-Haw!! Long live the living dead! Viva Romero!!

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    people please dont get your hopes up

    by TheDark0Knight

    Quint has never been more wrong on a film. this film is actually horrendous, I am a DIEHARD romero fan & Im telling you that if you thought Diary sucked you wont last 20 minutes watching this...its an embarrassment for everyone involved. The fact that it was directed by a legend makes it worse. You thought Argento had gotten bad? wait till you see this.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    another thing.

    by TheDark0Knight

    I hate to say it but the slow zombies just dont work anymore. They arent threatening enough & this film proves that.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST

    I love Romero...

    by Anti-fanboy

    He used to come on the forum of his old website, years ago, and interact with everyone -- such a great guy. I'm glad he's making movies again, even though I'm not so crazy about his recent ones.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Eyes Wide Zombie

    by justinvsky1

    Romero has been bad for a while now. He needs to save money instead of making so many damn shitty films and make a really sick one.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST


    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    Hard to call something that's in the trailer a spoiler! I just pointed out that Surrogates is not about "what happens when all the surrogates turn off?" as the trailer suggests. It's obviously a metaphor for our "e-lives" and our disconnection from our fellow man. The film explores this concept through Bruce Willis ajnd the mystery of a weapon that, when fired at a surrogate, also kills the user. The story, and just about everything about it, is very similar to i, Robot. It's just not as concise a story and it's not executed as well. go see it. I didn't spoil anything.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Polanski tb

    by redshirt

    Christ, Herc will post a photo of Christian Bale drinking a cup of coffee on the set of his new movie (made that up for illustration)and start a new TB, but no post on the biggest movie news in a long time? Even if he didn't have time to put down his thoughts, he still should have set up a thread for us to discuss...

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Quantum of Zombies

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Bond must infiltrate a new Spectre thread that turns people into zombies.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 1:02 a.m. CST

    I really can't think of anohter director like Romero


    He's quite unique. I'm not talking about his directing style here but the fact he created a world back in 1968 and is happy, even today, to continually revisit it.<p>The only other movie I can think of that's had this many sequels is Dr. No but, even then, it hasn't been the same director all these years. Can you imagine if Terence Young was still alive and had just released Quantum Of Solace?

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Weird lockesbrokenleg


    Your post wasn't there when I started writing about Quantum Of Solace.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 1:12 a.m. CST



    You're right about two out of three.<p>I first learnt about Daybreakers from AICN a few months ago when they published a link to the trailer for it (if it's the same one you watched, it has Placebo's version of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" playing towards the end).<p>I'm interested in Pandorum and it's shame it's not being covered on here. Thanks for making me think it might not be a bad movie. I'll got and check it out.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST


    by Toonol

    I'm going to be grinning for weeks. I never thought he would have to serve any time.<p> Is it wrong of me to want people who drug and sodomize 13 year old girls to spend time in jail? I mean, he is a director, after all... don't they have different laws, like congress?

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST

    one trick pony

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    that is all

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 1:37 a.m. CST


    by CarlThorMark1978

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 1:49 a.m. CST

    The Zombies probably ate my post

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Watched the Elm Street teaser and....



  • Sept. 28, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST


    by CarlThorMark1978

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Diary better than REC!? wtf! Romero = Uwe Boll

    by bongo123

    Seriously, all his latest films have been straight from the Uwe Boll camp of film making.. at least Uwe gets half decent actors to star in his godawful flicks and even if they just dial it in for the money, they are 10 times better than the nobodies romer populates his straight-to-the-fucking-bin video garbage, i swear, if he keep releasing shite after shite he'll end up killing the zombie genre, move on Romero, we love your original dead trilogy even if they have dated like fuck but for the love of god stop making zombie movies! and as for the knobhead that actually had the gall to say Diary was better than Rec.. oh please fuck off, your beyond help mate

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Earnest Scared Stupid...of the Dead

    by pokadoo

    ...when the world runs out off ' the dead' titles!

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 4:22 a.m. CST

    To clarify

    by Quint

    That above review wasn't a glowing recommendation. If I had a star rating system it'd be something like 2 1/2 stars out of 5. There are good things in the movie and I do believe it's a massive step above his last film. Absolutely feel free to disagree with the ranking of Romero's dead movies. That's one of the great things about movies as an art form, people can have different opinions. We're all wired differently. Romero might be doing better, but he's going to have to take another step forward in order to get close to his first three (and best) zombie flicks.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Quint, do you not think he’s harming himself and the genre in ge

    by bongo123

    By releasing these downright awful zombie movies? I mean, we all have a soft spot for the guy but jesus there comes a time when even his fans have to admit his latest films are STV garbage and that many other great directors are actually moving the genre forward whereas each new Romero flick takes the whole thing 5steps back. I haven’t seen his latest flick and to be honest from the atrocious trailers and reviews from people not on the Romero Koolaid i probably wont bother. Thankgod for flicks like Zombieland, fingers crossed it scores big and movies like WWZ can get the kinda budget it deserves

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Romero is like a has-been quarterback

    by Powerring

    Made some good plays in his youth. Now he gets the ball and can't finish the play. It's his name people are leaning on to promise return to former glory. His last 2 projects that I have seen have been simply hack work. Poor stories, poor character direction, poor pacing and BAD acting. There was no suspension of disbelief. There was no engagement. Other directors zombie movies have destroyed Romero's work since Day of the Dead, and that was over 15 years ago. I beg Romero to either retire from zombie movies, or hire someone who can write the script and direct competently. IOW: stick a fork in him, he's done.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Professor Lightweight

    by Mr_P

    Did anyone else notice that the prof managed to milk his hip flask for days and yet still manage to get sozzled its contents? I like a whisky and can tell you it would take a magical hip flask to get any sort of buzz on without lousing the lot in one go. But thats maybe the jock in me. Maybe he had a litre bottle somewhere and kept topping it up?

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Slow Painful Death of the Dead

    by Iowa Snot Client

    A has-been movie director claws his way from the grave again and again and, like Big Daddy, grabs a camera and mindlessly goes through the motions of his former job. A group of college kids band together to behead the zombie director in a bid for YouTube fame. Blunt social commentary ensues.

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  • Sept. 28, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Make a list...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...of the top ten horror directors of the modern era. If Romero isn't on your list you made your list wrong. Fine to say the game has passed him by. Fine to say he should stop making films now. Fine to say he's embarrassing himself and hurting his legacy. But show some stinking respect.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Did any of you guys watch "Bronson" Last night?

    by pubgrundy

    seriously, I've been waiting for a review on this incredible film from you guys for months now, what is taking so long? this was hitting festivals in the U.S last year, and is now in its second run before its release!

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Kenneth Welsh in a Dead movie? I am so there.

    by Royston Lodge

    That's worth the price of admission all by itself. Love that guy.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Is it technically a spoiler when

    by Powerring

    the whole movie is spoiled?

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    TAINTLICK, i think

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    you accidentally left your caps lock button on

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    Holy Shit!

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...Romero is now making the only movies he can get the pittance of a budget for making. And odds are they are going to continue to be zombie movies, of one kind or another, until that money runs out. Which is sort of sad for a guy who was one of the giants of the genre. But for other subjects try watching Martin, or The Crazies, or even Creepshow. Actually, once you've gone through puberty and girls don't seem all ookie like zombies anymore, try Knightriders, which features the lovely Patricia Tallman.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Patricia Tallman is not that hot

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I'd rather watch paint dry than to see her "acting".

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Just messing with you...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...each to his/her own.

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  • July 17, 2010, 4:09 a.m. CST

    George has become senile. Mentally less acute.

    by martinf

    Senile meaning forgetful ( he forgets how to scare his audience) Senile meaning confused ( Most of the dialog and the entire story was dumb and confusing. He focuses on the feud between 2 families and leaves the zombies as a 2nd nature in the film) Senile Dementia takes place after 65 years of age. and George DEFINATLY has it. Ive seen better amature films on YOU TUBE that scares better than this one. The majority of the film takes place in front of a barn, where a few hicks are fueding over nothing really. The zombies are kept behind a 5 foot fence ( easy to climb over) but they stand there and watch the argument of the hicks. Thats basically the story. Zombies watch hicks arguing. AND THE CLIMAX was Zombie eats horse. The END! Moral of the story is George A Romero has become one of the undead himself. The only reason this film was made was because he USED TO be the master of zombie films. Its time to bury him now. Bye George, you will be missed. Maybe it would be a better idea to go back to the beginning. The 60s. Make a movie that led up to "night of the living dead" How did it start?

  • July 17, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Little Zombie On The Prarie

    by martinf

    Here are great titles that would fit better than is boring piece of @&#$. Little Zombie On The Prarie The Good, The Bad, and The Zombies Dances With Zombies Play Zombie For Me Bringing Up Zombie High Plains Zombie