June 30, 2011

I was starting to get bored until the Dynamite-tossing Amish guy showed up.

Even then, it was still boring in between zombie attacks – probably because the characters kept talking and talking and talking about their predicament. As I’ve said before, it’s not that Existentialism has no place in Zombie movies…it just comes off as pretentious if it’s not done right. Diary of the Dead was not the least bit subtle – the characters kept rehashing their situation. I was ready for all of them to die, I was so sick of their bellyaching. Is it better to die now or die later? Fuck you, I want to see more zombie attacks!

The Mockumentary style was somewhat interesting at first, but as the other characters began to get annoyed, I got annoyed right with them. There’s no such thing as privacy in times of crisis – or ever, really. It was another not too subtle point – we now live as voyeurs through the Internet. Under the same circumstances, I can’t say how I would react…but I’m guessing there would be a lot of facebook updates and zombie pictures posted. I tend to upload a lot of pictures to facebook, so I’m thinking that a picture of my first zombie kill would get a lot of ‘likes.’ Unless, of course, it was someone on my friend list…I wonder how long facebook would last during a zombie apocalypse? Farms would go untended, Mafias would no longer fight, it would chaos! Chaos! Twitter would die, as would FourSquare. MySpace already appears to be the victim of a zombie invasion – nothing left at MySpace but Pedophiles and Scammers. World of Warcraft would likely be unaffected, as those losers are already hiding in secure, light-proof basements and attics.

So…I liked the premise, but did not like the execution. The premise would have been better served by either comedy elements or by less ass-holish characters. However, I would watch a sequel to see how the survivors fared…they were pretty much fucked as the credits rolled.


Year – 2007
Rating – R
Runtime – 95 minutes
Genre – Zombies
Director(s) – George A. Romero
Writer(s) – George A. Romero
Actor(s) – Michelle Morgan, Joshua Close, Shawn Roberts, Amy Ciupak Lalonde, Joe Dinicol
BOB Rating – Two BOBs
Favorite Quote – "The problem doesn't seem to be that people are waking up dead, but that dead people are waking up." - Andrew Maxwell (Scott Wentworth)