Diary of the Dead (2007)

Mike Matei / October 29th, 2013


  • KennyM

    October 29, 2013 at 4:32 am

    got it

    • Richard Vela

      October 29, 2013 at 4:33 am

      Great. Now all you need to get is a life and you’re all set. 🙂

      • jasonjrf

        October 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

        Oh here come the haters that care what other people do like it affects them

      • 3D Retron

        October 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm

        If any of us had lives would we even be on here? 😉

      • Isaias Pimentel

        October 29, 2013 at 11:13 pm

        hey fuck off man

      • akronymn

        October 30, 2013 at 12:29 am

        Hey Dick Vela,

        Can I call you dick? It sounds fitting… Fine I will call you dickless if you prefer.

        Hey Dickless, what have you ever done with your life?

      • akronymn

        October 30, 2013 at 12:35 am

        Hey Dickless Vela,
        I have a feeling that I should of went with Pussy Vela instead.
        Cheers Fucker

      • Richard Vela

        October 31, 2013 at 12:03 pm

        Wow. Such a sensitive bunch we have here. I must have hit a critical nerve. Experiment complete.

      • Isaias Pimentel

        October 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm

        your still a a dick

      • T0xicwarpig

        April 28, 2014 at 3:36 am

        You all are just feeding the troll.

      • Noyemi K

        August 20, 2015 at 10:19 am

        Nobody had been “feeding” anything for quite some time when you posted your comment, genius.
        (inb4 irony)

  • October 29, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Awww, so close to the end of M-M 🙁 Been awesome this year though!

  • KennyM

    October 29, 2013 at 4:33 am

    I personally liked this one, although I do agree its not one of the best

  • JamesIsTehBest

    October 29, 2013 at 4:35 am


    • Matalik

      October 29, 2013 at 4:37 am


      • JamesIsTehBest

        October 29, 2013 at 5:06 am


    • fata_morgana_pseudonym

      October 29, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      You know what’s even more retarded than a “first” post? A “first” post that is misspelled and isn’t actually first.

      • KennyM

        October 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

        LMFAO!! or maybe he was taking a fist?

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    October 29, 2013 at 4:52 am

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    • Milkyjoe

      October 29, 2013 at 4:52 am

      Yea i got that too.

      • whitestripe

        October 29, 2013 at 4:55 am

        Not a single clip on cinemassacre works for me. Worked just fine yesterday…

    • kyberno

      October 29, 2013 at 5:48 am

      same here…

    • October 29, 2013 at 6:24 am

      Should be fixed now

  • Matthew Boone

    October 29, 2013 at 4:56 am

    I actually enjoyed this movie, quite a bit. This movie makes more sense now, than it did in 2007, with everyone holding a camera and recording everything that’s in front of us. Hell, people take pictures of their food and upload it to Instagram. The only thing I didn’t enjoy, was the overuse of CG. My favorite characters were Andrew Maxwell and the amish guy. I don’t understand why many people hated Maxwell (British guy). He was awesome!

  • October 29, 2013 at 5:14 am

    I just woke up and saw that none of the videos are working. Just letting you know, I’m aware and we’ll get this fixed asap

    • October 29, 2013 at 5:40 am

      Right on- thanks Mike, now I can stop reloading this every few minutes LOL

    • Super castlevania 1994

      October 29, 2013 at 5:41 am

      Awh Noo Cinemassacre before bed 🙁 Thank you Mike!!!

    • skwij

      October 29, 2013 at 6:52 am

      Thanks for fixing things up.

  • October 29, 2013 at 5:26 am

    I can’t watch the video for some reason, looks like something is wrong with it.

    • October 29, 2013 at 6:25 am

      Should be fixed now. Sorry about that.

      • JamesIsTehBest

        October 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm


  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    October 29, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Absolutely hated this film. First time I ever went straight to IMDb afterwards to write a post about how much I disliked a movie. Asinine filmmaking across the board, in my opinion, and with a Metascore of 66, SEVERELY overrated. I’m a sucker for ’80s B-movies, so my standards aren’t exactly high, but I personally found no redeeming quality in this one; it wasn’t entertainingly bad, it was frustratingly bad.

  • Super castlevania 1994

    October 29, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Saweet it works again!


    October 29, 2013 at 6:02 am

    i find it funny that on the dvd cover it says 4 stars a masterpiece.

    i did not know about this movie.
    but yeah maby i am gonna watch it.

    oow and i would love a zombie movie madness for next year.

  • Crabjock

    October 29, 2013 at 6:11 am

    I am very easy to please most of the time, but the characters in this movie just ruffled my feathers (literally, I have feathers). They were painfully unbelievable. After an intense scene, you get a small pause, and a “witty” one liner. I wanted to punch every single character accept the Amish dude for reasons I’m not quite sure of.

    I mean, I hate that I hate it. It’s a hard pill to swallow. Like James, I respect Romero tremendously, but he totally flubbed this one. I’ve heard people say it was meant to be satire of the “hidden footage” thing. Even if that’s true, then it was definitely not obvious enough.

    Anyway, thanks for the vid. Sad it’s almost over.

  • Lukas Sprehn

    October 29, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I’m pretty sure what she meant about the music was that she intended to scare people so that they would open their eyes to this zombie epidemic. But the line is still way too long and embarrassing like you said. It could have been said with fewer words. You know the saying “If you can say something with two words, do it.”

    • Lukas Sprehn

      October 29, 2013 at 6:47 am

      It was pretty good review James. I loved the part about the cameras. You’re really starting to know your gear and film techniques better, and thus can critique on them more. But of course you also happens to own a HVX200 and a DVX100. Just don’t be like the mad weapons fanboy who can tell every gun from a military movie alright? 😛 Anyway, this review’s going up on the Cinemassacre fan group on Facebook! 🙂

    • juggalo747

      October 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      “If you can say something with two words, do it” says the guy who leaves several rambling comments on every single video, haha.

  • Tom Kawecki

    October 29, 2013 at 6:23 am

    If romero would do just a staged film it would work so much better in this case.
    Also, acting to the handcam doesn’t feel like a found footage, it actually feels exactly like playing Sega CD video game.

    • StAlphonso

      October 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      yes exactly…the scene with the robber stealing the tv reminded me of night trap, or even myst when you talk to achenar in the blue book….beyond embarrassing

  • skwij

    October 29, 2013 at 6:53 am


  • October 29, 2013 at 7:00 am

    James nailed it. The biggest problem for me (as it was for him) was that Romero was trying to make a “found footage documentary” except that at no point did it ever feel like the footage was “found”; it always felt like it was “manufactured”.
    Sorry George, but you really dropped the ball on this movie. 🙁

  • DON

    October 29, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Thank you James.
    Diary is the only one of the “new trilogy” I liked for some reason.

  • Loserhero1982

    October 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Phew what a stinker haha. I hope he keeps reviewing more shit after halloween these reviews are great.

  • Bryan Brooks

    October 29, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Yeah I started watching this movie awhile back, I turned it off about half way through.

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  • Cilliandrew

    October 29, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Haha, James getting all filmmaker-snob on Romero! I hate to stick up for George, cause it’s not like Diary is a GREAT film, but it was ok. And James, you did like ALIEN RESURRECTION more then ALIEN 3, so… Opinions are like ass holes, and all that.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 29, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Oops, meant to post this as it’s own post: AHEM: Haha, James getting all filmmaker-snob on Romero! I hate to stick up for George, cause it’s not like Diary is a GREAT film, but it was ok. And James, you did like ALIEN RESURRECTION more then ALIEN 3, so… Opinions are like ass holes, and all that.

    • Cilliandrew

      October 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

      SORRY for the doublepost, guess i’m confused why my post isn’t going under Lukas Sprehn’s down below. Anywho!

      • October 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

        He wasn’t being a snob, he was making legitimate points about the movie not being realistic as found footage. And yes opinions are like asshole, but James has one of the most informative and entertaining assholes I’ve ever known.

  • herbsuperb

    October 29, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Only saw this one once, but I do remember one thing I liked about it. The scene where the zombies were trapped in the pool. I remember that being really eerie.

  • October 29, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Yeah this is the kind of thing I was getting at when I talked about Land. You could see the bad signs creeping up with it and they come to fruition with this film.

    Land had 50% of a cast that couldn’t act, really bad cg effects, and bad cinematography.

    This movie has the same issues, only by a factor of 5.

    I think James is a bit too hard on the camera technical errors. He’s a film nerd after all and is going to notice stuff that most people wouldn’t. The reason they put sound fx in space even though there isn’t any sound in space is to make the film watchable and I think that was the point of a lot of these artistic liberties. Blair Witch, Cloverfield, and all the other found footage films are completely unwatchable imho. They give me motion sickness more than anything else. So that being said, the concept was at fault here and not the authenticity of the filming. FF films suck! NEVER EVER DO THEM!

  • October 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Diary of the Dead? More like Diarrhea of the Dead.
    It was a boring, uninspired movie, it was like Romero decided to become a Ted Turned and teach us something,because that worked so well, right Captain Planet? Although that cartoon was entertaining, when I was a kid and even now it is cheesy but watchable.
    Romero’s idea had potential but it didn’t work, it disappointed as a zombie movie and failed as a found footage movie. But the next movie, Survival of the Dead, oh boy! Number 3 curse. Silly title, another clicheic plot with stupid characters. The only good things in the last two dead movies, Diary and Survival are the gore, but it is CGI so even that is disappointing.

  • October 29, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I can’t stand this movie, never got over the 15 minute mark. It’s not just a bad movie that you watch because you might end up discovering something good. You can see from the start, and i was right apprently, that this is an old man movie for old man and women who are nostalgic about better time. This movies says: “It was better when we had worse”. And i don’t like this commoner thinking, from Romero or any other filmmaker.


    October 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

    This movie was GARBAGE!

  • ZoNeS

    October 29, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I honestly thought George Romero must have suffered a stroke or something when I saw this.

  • Freddie Phillips

    October 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I have to finish watching this one all the way through someday. I hated it.

  • October 29, 2013 at 10:13 am

    This was the best review so far. I cracked up when you started going off on Debra’s inclusion of music while her friends are being killed. Also, her narration in the movie was very flat and uninspired, constantly beating the audience over the head with its confused message. Looking forward to the Survival of the Dead review tomorrow!

  • October 29, 2013 at 10:15 am

    This was a terrible movie. I kept turning it off and on because it was George A Romero. This is one of the worst found footage movies I have seen and 98% of them are terrible.

  • GLJeremy

    October 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Great review that summed up how I felt about this one. I wanted to like it, but I think Romero was just unprepared for writing and directing this type of movie. The dialogue and acting were so poor it always seems like this is footage for an old Sega CD FMV game with the gameplay just cut out.

  • taykel

    October 29, 2013 at 10:54 am

    This is my favorite review you’ve done so far for this year’s monster madness. I love your expressions at some of the stupidest parts of the movie. They’re so fun to watch. I’m looking forward to the last two reviews!

  • alex pedraza

    October 29, 2013 at 11:09 am

    great review

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 29, 2013 at 11:27 am

    It was alright from what I remember. Another movie that isn’t great, but not terrible. I agree with the sentiment that is should’ve been more of a legit found footage movie.

  • Oropher

    October 29, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Next one was better again ImO.

    The Islans scenes are awesome, a bit like Walking Dead ImO.

  • October 29, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I cant belive this is Romero’s work. It looks more like an Asylum poor effort.

  • October 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Woo that movie looks like shit

  • fanboyfilms

    October 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Found footage movies are always unbelievable. Why would they keep filming when they’re about to be killed? They tried explaining it in Blair Witch and it wasn’t that great an explanation. Nowadays they don’t bother to explain. Like Cloverfield, amazing special effects, horrible characters, horrible story, totally unbelievable. I suppose Paranormal Activity was the most believable since they just set the camera down and shot stuff and it wasn’t always perfectly in frame. Although part 3 lost me when they found some old VHS tapes that for some reason were HD and widescreen.

  • October 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    There was actually a rip-off movie that came out the same year. It was infinitely better, in my opinion. Definitely worth watching for comparison.

  • ZomboCombo

    October 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Romero had more control for this one? Sounds like George Lucas and the Star Wars prequels.

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  • Dremeli

    October 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    The Zombie Diaries was way better than this movie.

  • October 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  • SilverDragon

    October 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Great review as always, but I feel you weren’t distant enough. When I watched this film, it was the french version, and it was renamed Jason’s journal des morts (Jason’s Diary of the Dead) rather than Georges A. Romaro’s Diary of the Dead. I had no idea it was a Romaro movie (in fact, I’m not sure I knew who was Romaro back then), so I didn’t expect much. Also, I have no experience in filming. For me, the movie appeared fine, I didn’t and could not notice things like the fact the sound was so good, or that nothing is out of focus. It’s like on CSI when they pull out the big analyser machine: someone like me, trained in chemical analysis, can tell half they do with it is unrealistic, but it sounds like true to someone not of this field.

  • enakerak

    October 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    One day… I’m gonna do coffee on the MOON!!!

  • October 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Land of the dead was, in my opinion, an average movie, wasnt great, wasnt even better than the Dawn of the Dead remake, so my hopes for Romero where low when this movie came out and when I saw it… it wasn´t good, the found footage style went completely wrong and this one has the unfortune of come out the same year than other very similar zombie movie, only than much, MUCH better, called REC, so, Romero was destroyed for a few spaniards who made an awesome found footage zombie movie, you need to watch it, the US made a remake that I´m sure you´ve all seen called Quarantine, but the original REC is a master piece.

    • Louis Minett

      October 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      I agree,

      Rec is much more ‘dirty’ looking, like a snuff movie or something.

  • October 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    monster madness is never a let down, but diary and land of the dead were I thought. james and mike are two of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, at the chiller convention nothing but class acts. anyway, james next year pleaseeee review like Halloween specials I know you did ernest scared stupid already and I love it too, so maybe Halloween tree, mad monster party, Charlie brown, Garfield and bugs bunny’s Halloween specials. haha gay but awesome stuff for Halloween.

  • Louis Minett

    October 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I did enjoy this movie, however I understand what James is saying. I’m a massive Romero fan, I’ve got his autograph sitting next to me right now.

    I was also very curious about the whole chronology of the ‘dead’ movies, I would’ve liked to have seen a more threatening looking movie. With ‘Land’ it just didn’t seem as scary, it did have some neat moments… but I just miss the whole ‘Savini’ gorefest that was Dawn Of The Dead.

    I did have an idea for a movie where everyone is actually aware of Zombie movies, because I get annoyed when people say the same cliche things such as “What are these things?!” and all stuff like that.

  • October 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    oh and yea dawn of the dead best zombie movie ever…then these two pieces of shit land and diary of the dead

  • James21113

    October 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I agree with James. I love the romero films but this one i really did not like at all

  • xx_vadont_xx

    October 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    i never heard about Diary of the dead !! why ?? O_o

  • October 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I didn’t care for this film either. But it is still sitting on the film with the rest of my Romero films.

  • October 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Actually the most baffling thing is that there’s enough suckers out there to keep the whole found footage thing alive. Yeah, I really want to watch a movie that looks like it was shot by Joe Shmoe next door. As if someone shaking a camera around like they’re having a seizure is anything but distracting.

  • BladeRunner

    October 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    great review James, I always disliked this film. I think its just because I’m not a fan of “found footage films” they bore me and feel real dated already. Even though there are a few good ones.

  • Bright Anderson

    October 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Ugh, yeah, I thought this looked pretty awful. The found footage thing usually annoys me for all the reasons James goes through. It can be done right but it’s very difficult and rare. I hope Romero can pull off a last great film. Survival of the Dead looked pretty weak from what I’ve seen too. Would love to see him reunited with Tom Savini doing practical VFX but I don’t think there’s a chance of that happening.

  • October 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Pretentious film.
    “It used to be us against us, now it’s us against them.
    He was right, us against them. Except they are us. “

  • hobblegobble

    October 29, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    This isn’t a “found footage” movie. It is a mockumentary.

  • October 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    While not a masterpiece like the original “time of day” trilogy, this movie was slightly more entertaining to me than the last movie, land of the mentally challenged. It was a fresh start with the zombies first appearance all over again. It does fail at multiple times with the found footage idea, for pretty much all the reasons james listed. And yeah the battery light flashing on screen, as if the camera was recording that too, totally bugged me as well james. Of course being an amateur myself, james pointed out things I hadnt considered. Most people don’t notice as many details as I do so it really shows your expertise in this area. But at least in this movie the zombies were very zombie like. Zombies weren’t teaching each other how to use technology for example. And they were definitely the main threat of the movie. But the thing about adding scary music to a documentary that is supposed to be showing her real life friends actually being murdered is so so stupid. Isn’t real footage about real people really getting killed scary enough? Imagine the five o clock news showing a brutal stabbing and needing to add music to make it scary. I wonder what kind of music they would use for 911 or a school shooting. And imagine editing footage of all these murders. watching it over and over again, seeing if the scene works or not, trying out multiple types of music while watching your friends murdered over and over again. You’d have to be a sick fuck to actually do all that. I know james and mike edit a lot of footage, and they know how time consuming and involved it is. You have every second memorized after a while. Imagine doing that for a film about your friends actually getting killed, its crazy. Plus, they never put the camera down when shit hits the fan. It’s like “put the F-ing camera down and help your friends you fuck-tards.”

  • October 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    More like “Diarrhea of the Dead,” m i rite?!

  • October 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Diarrhea of the dead, that movie was shit, if they done it without the POV shot, It would have worked so much better. Anyway, those character were the craziest of the series, George Romero topped Land of the Dead in that regard which is an incredible task in itself. But the sad thing is, He did worse in survival.

  • October 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I’ll agree the acting mostly sucks, but I love “Diary” for its message and terrifying revisioning of “Night of the Living Dead” in the digital age.

  • October 29, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    The name sounds so bad in every way.

  • Aaron1375

    October 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    This one and Survival are not my faves. I liked aspects of this one, but it made Land look like a masterpiece by comparison.

  • Davoo

    October 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Ahhh, James is exactly the kind of fanboy every fanboy and fangirl should strive to be: one who is really forgiving to weaker entries in his favorite franchises, and isn’t whiny when outright criticizing it.

  • ikensee

    October 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I have this movie and I agree with James points. It’s still entertaining, but I ultimately don’t consider this to be “of the Dead” series. It just isn’t up to the quality of the rest. Script wise.

  • October 29, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I think this is a case of the director not understanding the tech.

  • Dean

    October 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    When I watched this I thought that it was below par and with these points James makes just increases the films shitness.

  • October 29, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    This was a really great review, and shows that he’s not just a blind fanboy but can even look at one of his idol’s work subjectively.

  • Berkeley_Bum

    October 30, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Can’t wait to see what you’ve cooked up for Halloween. As always, good review James. 🙂

  • October 30, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Interesting review. I can’t say I was even aware of this one, it kinda slipped under my radar.

    It sounds like Mr. Romero tried experimenting with some new styles and techniques and the experiments didn’t quite pan out well.

    For example, I think the problems with the “found footage” style breaking down can be attributed to an older filmmaker not quite “getting” a very new film-style.

    The movie might have been better if Romero had stuck to his classic style or perhaps studied more “found footage” movies beforehand.

    BTW if everyone will forgive my shameless self promotion, I just posted a drawing on my site that I think people here will really appreciate (click my name).

  • fcabanski

    October 30, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Debra’s narration in that disinterested, husky whisper voice, is awful.

  • Kieran St James

    October 30, 2013 at 12:50 am

    OUCH! Put some ice on that Romero. 😉
    Seriously though, most of your negative points on this movie are about it not conforming to “found footage” style. I understand your arguments, but personally the overly shaky camera/ poor audio has always been just annoying for me personally. It doesn’t feel authentic, it just looks like crap. *Cough*Cloverfield*Cough*
    This movie seems to have gone in the opposite direction. Perhaps too far, it seems to be a fine line. Also your points on the cameras and Rec in the corner, again, I understand your point of view but it seems to be from a base of knowledge. The Average Joe doesn’t know the difference between those cameras, and most people also wouldn’t know the Rec symbol shouldn’t be there.
    I agree though the narration is over the top, and that of the series, this is probably the bottom. It’s nice he tried something new and that he’s still working, but this one obviously didn’t pan out as well as we might have hoped.
    Excellent review as usual James, thanks for an awesome month of Monster Madness! I’ll be sad to see it over. It’s been a fun ride.

  • Wheatballs

    October 30, 2013 at 2:52 am

    hey James finally found the site from from your you tube channel. The then harvest of great reviews and videos were pretty awesome. Just wanted to say I felt the same way about this one love George since night of the living dead. I hope the man can put out one more great film before he happily retires.

  • lotusclown

    October 30, 2013 at 7:26 am

    ugh.. i fucking HATE movies like this.
    what really sucks is when you get tricked into watching one, a preview of something looks cool and interesting so you decide to watch it, then spend the next hour staring at some shmuck behind a camera waiting for the actual “movie” to kick in untill you see credits and realize that WAS the movie.. this style of movie making should be banned from studios.

  • October 30, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I think, that Romero wanted to say, that Hollywood becomes a cheap unbelievable piece of shit with a hundred of those mocumentary slapdash. I feel this movie is some kind of parody of these.

  • dansims

    October 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Well, I have to disagree whit James on this one, I think he mist a point. Romero want’s to make a theatrical use of the found footage style, not a real one. We all know that FF is a gimmick, Romero just use it as a tool, and another way to shoot movies, and he probably took the opportunity to Moke those kind of movie. James say’s that he don’t understand why people still shoot horrible scene instead of running scared, well, maybe because that it is exactly what append in FF, and when it append, why they don’t drop the F*** camera ? The problem is that Romero put to much of is social consideration in it, found footage is a stupid trick, Internet is dangerous and the official media are suspect. But it’s a real fun movie to watch. Not is best, but better then many other about zombies or FF.

  • dansims

    October 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Well, I have to disagree whit James on this one, I think he mist a point. Romero want’s to make a theatrical use of the found footage style, not a real one. We all know that FF is a gimmick, Romero just use it as a tool, and another way to shoot movies, and he probably took the opportunity to Moke those kind of movie. James say’s that he don’t understand why people still shoot horrible scene instead of running scared, well, maybe because that it is exactly what append in FF, and when it append, why they don’t drop the F*** camera ?

  • dansims

    October 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I Also have to mention that Romero probably put to much of is social consideration in it, FF are for the majority stupid, internet video’s are suspect and official channel prove to be manipulate…but, all in all, it’s and entertaining movie, made by the only old fellow wee love that can shave the younger..

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Nice review, James. I’m sure it wasn’t easy to be so critical of a movie made by one of your idols, but that’s just how it is sometimes. Especially with this movie. From what I’ve heard with your review and others, the movies’ messages are muddled, it can’t decide if it wants to be found footage, bad acting, etc. Well, on to the next.

  • zbeeblebrox

    October 31, 2013 at 12:54 am

    What really frustrates me about this one is, aside from the fact that it’s a procedural failure at executing on being a found-footage movie (like James explained), Romero missed a FANTASTIC opportunity to add to the mythos – zombies shouldn’t notice people holding cameras.

    It’s exactly the kind of social commentary he’s was trying to get at, rolled into a facet of the mythology he’s most in control of. Namely: telling everyone else what zombies can and can’t do.

    That what this movie reminds me of the most. The missed chance for the original creator to expand the universe he invented, even in just a small way. Oh well…

  • Dan021

    October 31, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Wow this one looks really bad. The acting is terrible and that part with the thief doesnt even makes sense. Another good video James! Thanks!

  • October 31, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    did i noticed a tool reference at the end?

  • November 1, 2013 at 1:52 am


    That looter guy is my favorite actor ever.

  • Lastor

    November 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Hey, James! I thought it might interest you to know that there’s a Finnish movie magazine that often uses your Top10 videos and whatnot whenever they post articles on their website, the latest being about your Top10 Lost Horror Movies.
    The good thing is they do tell who you are and give you full credit, so fortunately there’s no plagiarism going on. Free promotion, yay!

    • Lastor

      November 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Or maybe they’ve already got in contact with you about it and you know. Anywho…

  • November 1, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I kinda feel like James would be ripping this movie a part if it wasn’t for the fact that it was a Romero movie

  • Oliver Axelsson

    November 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Diary of the dead, huh? More like diarrhea of the dead! 😀

  • Poor Tortured Guy

    November 7, 2013 at 4:29 am

    I agree with everything James said but I still managed to enjoy Diary more than Cloverfield which had the same issues of the camera and sound being too good. Sure it has it’s flaws and goofy moments but who can forget the creepy birthday party scene or the awesome introduction to the deaf Amish guy. I’ll also always remember this movie since when it was in theaters it played at only one theater in all of Los Angeles and George Romero himself came out and talked with the people standing in line before the show. Really nice guy.

  • November 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Wow, Rolfe is way out of line with this review. He’s been reviewing all these zombie films like they’re pieces of art, when in truth they’re a big pile of garbage (with the exception of the first Night of the Living Dead), so the joke’s on him.

    All the same, he’s way out of line here. The whole point of Romero’s zombie films is that he’s supposedly doing some social criticism in what are otherwise generic horror movies. It never works cause you can’t combine smarts with tackiness, but that’s what he’s been doing. So the problem with Rolfe’s review is that he’s been criticizing all these technical inaccuracies, like what camera they’re using etc, when basically this is just another Romero zombie film (i.e. crap) and the social criticism of the day is reality shows and internet fixation (youtube, facebook etc).


  • Strazdas

    November 12, 2013 at 5:58 am

    1. the acting: Most people seem to mix realistic acting with bad acting. In real life people act stupidly and sporadically. It is true that bad acting does also act that, hence the mistake is often made. The robber, if he was robbing TV from girls dorm room during a zombie outbreak, was obviously quite crazy to begin with. ANd people, robbers included, do quote thier favourite movies sometimes.
    2. Desensitization: well judging from how your last video took the death of two zombie kids, id say people arent desensitized enough.
    3. Internet: Yeah they mixed stuff up here and narration overall was quite bad idea but the thing of internet being full of lies is sadly true. there are so many false things in there its hard to believe sometimes there exist people so stupid.

  • paul richards

    November 12, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    PAGE OF THE DEAD dedicated to the undead in cinema, literature and video games. https://www.facebook.com/pageofthedead0813

  • nammm3

    November 14, 2013 at 1:30 am

    ‘v/h/s’ was in my opinion a very good pov-horror movie that had a low budget (unlike the ‘paranormal activity’ series). Lol, this review was great! I’m baffled by the Texas girl’s anthem too


    December 1, 2013 at 9:43 am

    i hate the movie.
    i just hate it.

    best part the texas girl boob scene!!!

  • HomingMissiles

    December 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    The movie isn’t good, but I guess I went into it in the right state of mind. Even the prentiousness, the bad acting and the lackluster writing didn’t bother me that much, in fact it amused me as quirky experimental cinema that only its makers think is “pretty deep”. The found-footage style, even if inconsistent, helped me adjust very early on to the “crappiness factor” so I could enjoy it for what it was.

    I liked this film more than I did Survival of the Dead. The latter is a much better put together product and the western, Hatfield vs McCoy theme had a lot of potential, but these good aspects just sets you up for a huge disappointment. The characters and writing are embarassingly flat in both movies, but Diary of the Dead at least made me intrigued, like “what the hell was Romero thinking here?!”. Anyway, I wouldn’t rewatch either of them.

  • sonsofawitch

    January 29, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I remember watching this shit-load-of-fuck of a movie years ago.

  • Dave G

    March 28, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I was hoping James would criticize this movie to the degree that he did. Watching George A’s early masterpieces up to this one, I thought this was extra shit. No heart, cliche’s, and that flat, hollywood angle that has no soul to the experience.

  • Herlea Florin

    August 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Well this movie is not what i expected nothing special pretty boring sometimes my favorite scene in this movie is when the first zombie appears on the screen that was the only thing creepy in this movie

  • September 13, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Great review of a mediocre movie, have you read George Romero’s new Marvel comic Empire of the Dead? It’s pretty cool, full written review here: http://fronttowardsgamer.com/2014/09/12/empire-of-the-dead-1-review-comics/

  • fcabanski

    November 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Land of the Dead was a good showing of the aspects of man. Man with body and soul (mind) is still just a zombie.

  • fcabanski

    November 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I don’t understand why people mention Blaire Witch as some kind of icon of found footage films. It was awful. All the praise it receives is like the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes. It’s hip to praise Blaire Witch, so people praise it. You can’t be a true horror fan or horror maker without paying homage to the naked emperor’s new clothes.

  • fcabanski

    November 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    A claim that average people uploading info/news is noise, while “the media” delivering news is all true and accurate. There is bias in all media. In the early days of America people recognized that fact. It was a late 20th century liberal media lie that the media is supposed to be unbiased. It can’t be unbiased.

  • Robin Wise

    December 9, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I agree with James. This movie looks like it’s crap. Who in the name of fuck would scream loudly for no reason? Way to go bitch, you probably just attracted the attention of every zombie in the building! In a more realistic situation, someone would’ve shot her because she endangered the group. I know I would’ve.

  • March 28, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    that sucks man, i fuckin love Diary of the Dead.

  • Noyemi K

    August 20, 2015 at 10:20 am

    God, every time that woman started talking I wanted to just turn this video off.

  • October 18, 2015 at 4:13 am

    And yet after all that bitching this movie is still better than the one that came before (land) and the one that came after (survival). Yes, that’s how bad the other ones are. It’s either over the top super zombies with guns, unbelievable found footage or zombie twins & horse meat. Horse meat! Wtf. Just wtf. None of these newer sequels can even come close to the originals or even the savini remake of night. I’m just done with sequels made 30 years later. This, star wars, Indiana Jones, & a myriad of others have taught me a valuable lesson. So pls film makers, pls just stop. All you have to do to let a good movie be good, is just leave it the f*** alone. How hard is that? So pls just stop. Don’t pull another Lucas.

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