Diary of the Dead (2007)



Critic Consensus: As Diary of the Dead proves, time hasn't subdued George A. Romero's affection for mixing politics with gore, nor has it given him cinematic grace or subtlety.

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Horror icon George A. Romero effectively hits the "reset" button on his hugely influential Dead series with this scaled-back look at the zombie apocalypse as told from the perspective of a student filmmaker who sets out to shoot a low-budget fright film, but instead captures the breakdown of modern society at the decaying hands of flesh-eating ghouls. Jason Creed (Joshua Close) and his crew are shooting a mummy movie in the Pennsylvania woods when media reports begin pouring in about the dead … More

Rating: R (for strong horror violence and gore, and pervasive language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: George A. Romero
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2008
Box Office: $0.7M
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as Tony Ravello

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as Andrew Maxwell

as Ridley Wilmott

as Gordo Thorsen

as Mary Dexter

as Francine Shane

as Police Officer

as Stranger

as News Anchor

as Zombie Trooper

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Critic Reviews for Diary of the Dead

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (33)

We want to high-five Romero for finding new ways to off his lifeless marauders.

Full Review… | July 16, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Not only the most satisfying motion picture Romero has made in a long while, but one of the best of his career.

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
Top Critic

It's clever, or at least clever enough to keep you going and interested from start to finish. It just isn't scary.

April 14, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

One needn't be a splatter junkie to miss Romero's marshalling of action across multiple theaters. But the maestro finds a way to slay intellectual and aesthetic antsiness with the same bullet.

Full Review… | September 30, 2014
Stop Smiling

Not the best but certainly far from the worst of Romero's series of accounts of an epidemic of dead people coming to life to eat the living.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

In Romero's apocalypse, the brutish and soulless hold sway, and that's just the humans.

Full Review… | May 8, 2010

Audience Reviews for Diary of the Dead

Romero's 'Diary of The Dead' has become his first independent film for years. Personally, it deserves a bit more recognition that what its currently given. Romero still gives some political representation, but not as gripping or obvious. This time the message is; don't believe everything on TV, the truth is more horrific, but everyone deserves it. It sadly doesn't reach the gore levels like Romero's previous films. However, this is still worth a try for any zombie, horror or hardcore Romero fans.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

A group of film students attempt to document the descent of society into chaos as the dead begin to rise again and feast on the living. I had a creeping dread of this film because I had the horrible feeling it would just be The Blair Zombie Project, particularly after witnessing the shapeless waste of an hour and a half that was Cloverfield, but the latest in George Romero's "dead" series actually works reasonably well. The use of multiple cameras intercut with faux internet footage and closed circuit TV gives rather more scope for dramatic momentum than the usual sole first person perspective and the mockumentary approach gives the film the kind of structure woefully lacking in Cloverfield. Unfortunately it still suffers from the unavoidable weakness of this sub-genre. The acting is ropey and dialogue weak for the sake of "realism", despite the fact that somebody constantly filming while all these horrific events are happening to them is of course inherently unrealistic. But as a whole it's rather more intelligent than other offerings of this type, providing a little social commentary and sly digs at the media and the public's obsession with same. It's more a collection of decent moments than a credible and coherent story, but still probably the best example of this kind of thing I've seen and an adequate addition to the franchise.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

As of now, one of the main types of horror films that are taking reign as being the main ones made are the 'Found Footage' genre. In case you do not know, found footage is a genre that is a horror film that is filmed like a documentary on a certain event; characterized by shaky cameras. Examples include Cannibal Holocaust, The Blair Witch Project, and Rec/ Quarantine. Diary Of The Dead is George A. Romero's take on this genre with his famous zombies and what is created is a film that is not terribly smart, but entertaining to say the least with a great political backdrop like most of his films have. Now, the direction of this film, as I have said, is different than the other films in the '... Of The Dead" franchise. With the use of shaky cameras, it gives more chances for scares that, in some ways, actually work and become effective. With the production quality, the only thing that really has improved are the gore effects which there are plenty of (as you can tell, it is not best to watch this if you hate gore). Some times it looks cartoonish and at times it looks good. So, that is a mix bag. Now we have the characters that try to survive this entire ordeal. For the most part, the actors were one dimensional with constant arguments over filming this epidemic and, to be honest, that did take away from the film a bit. The score for this film, unlike most recent horror films, actually works with creating the suspense with the film. There were a couple times here and there that I think it should have been different, but it is not that much to complain about. Now, finally, how good the allegory for this story was. Like with all of Romero's zombie films, there is an underlining message. Here it has to deal with people's usage of the internet and how dependent we are. The use of this allegory, and how it works with the zombies, I feel got the point across, but I doubt most others will get it. So, overall, my main opinion is this: to the general audience, this will be a rather unintelligent but fun zombie film to watch, but try looking for the underlining themes and understand what is really being said. A little fun fact: look for the cameos of Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Wes Craven, and George A. Romero!

Zach Brehany
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

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