Monday, October 24, 2011
SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD (2009)
I've had this movie sitting on my to-watch pile of DVD's for a long time now. I kept putting it off mainly because all I've heard is how terrible this movie is and what a disappointment it was coming from Mr. George A. Romero, the man responsible for basically creating the modern-day zombie movie as we know it. Another scary thing is that this is a sequel to DIARY OF THE DEAD which I also didn't feel was a very good film except for maybe the opening scenes of dead people starting to rise. For the most part after watching this one I would have to agree that this movie is, as expected, just basically not very good. It sorta reminded me of that scene in DAWN OF THE DEAD where a biker gang has a pie fight with zombies and what it would be like if you stretched that out for 90 minutes. Except in that scene I always thought that at least the bikers were cool(and it would probably make an entertaining film if we followed them around) and in this no one was in any way cool or interesting and I didn't care about anyone. Every character is pretty much an asshole and nothing seems to be very serious. Also there's a completely distracting use of bad CGI for every little spurt of blood that makes it even more cartoonish. Also why was the island set in the old west with horses and stuff? Also why was everyone on this island Irish? Also was this supposed to be a comedy cuz it's barely a horror film? Also, and most importantly, is Romero still capable of making anything worthwhile? It's looking pretty doubtful at this point. While there are way worse zombie films out there considering this one was made by someone who, at least at one time was capable of making classic horror flicks it's all pretty sad and only slightly better than your typical bottom-of-the-barrel, no-budget backyard-made zombie crap movie.