Diary of the Dead (2008)

This movie…was a movie.

I’ve been on a nostalgia trip lately as you can probably tell from some of these reviews. Diary of the Dead was one of the movies that made me fall in love with found footage when I was a teenager. I thought that the story that George Romero put together was a masterpiece. Looking back at it now…meh.

I have two problems with this movie: Jason the camera man and some of the acting.

From the get-go Jason acts like he’s the next Spielberg. One of his friends is also a directing major and he treats him like he’s an intern.  And the way that he is CONSTANTLY SHOOTING THE MOST INITIMATE PARTS OF PEOPLE’S LIVES. I get it. That’s his story. He wants to get what’s happening to the world out on the internet because nobody else will cover it. But seriously dude. One of your friends was being chased by a zombie and you just stood there like “Oh yeah, she’ll be fine.” If you had been in my group, I would’ve punched your ass out.

The acting though……

There are just times in this movie where I bust out laughing because I actually think the movie is trying to be a comedy and then I realize they were actually trying for a serious moment. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing but respect for George A. Romero. I believe without him, zombie lore wouldn’t be what it is today. But I do believe that not every direction can make a blockbuster hit. Some of have to be duds.

At least it isn’t Survival of the Dead though…

Rating: 6/10

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