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Survival of the Dead Review

Posted on August 29, 2010 at 2:02 PM

5 Headshots/10

Death Isn't What It Used To Be

Directed by George A Romero

Starring Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe

Release Date 2009

Whats it about?

On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state.

The Movie

Survival of the Dead is the 6th OF THE DEAD film that Romero has made. The guy is a horror legend who is the Godfather of modern zombies. Say what you will about his lastest films (they suck for the most part) but that doesnt take away from the guy's genious work (the original trilogy of the dead films). Survival follows a group of AWOL soliders who are looking for a place to start over, and along their journey they meet some people that eventually leads them to an Island where two clans of families have been feauding for years. Their latest feud has to do with both familes different views of what should be done with the zombies. One wants to eradicate them the other wants to keep them around and make them docile. The plot itself is interesting enough. Its just that Romero doesnt really seem he knows exactly what theme he wants Survival to be. Is it respect for the dead? letting go of old prejeduces? Greed? Anti War? All those and more come up at random times and dont do anything to move the plot in a distinct direction. Its ok to have multiple themes but not a good idea to just through in views just for the sake of having them. For example the whole movie goes along not talking about anti war..until the last monolouge the main character starts talking about it, and doesnt mention a thing about what we thought was the main theme of the film. The acting in this was good for the most part. It is a lower budget film but the actors all play their parts well. It was full of stereotypical characters though and stupidly played out soldiers. We have the tough lesbian that masturbates in front of dudes, the smart ass SGT, the smug kid that thinks hes tough, and the latino soldier that thinks hes suave. Add to that the way the soldiers were shown was stupid as fuck. Dog tags hanging out, stickers on their weapons (me being a soldier myself its just funny to see this..do some fucking research). so we have the plot and the acting down. Now to one of the most important parts of a zombie film....the zombies. The zombies were great. Very well done makeup and they all acted well. Another bad aspect was the comedy. I appreaciate the other DEAD films for their black comedy but this one just tried to hard. The gags were forced and were their just for "comedic" value. Lighting a zombie unfire then lighting your CIG on his face? C'mon Romero. It just made the zombies looks like comedy set pieces then scary monsters. One last thing, this is a zombie film so you want alot of feasts. This film didnt have them. It had one classic rip a body apart scene and another man getting scalped but apart from some generic not gory bits..nada.

Violence Report

Lots of headshots, bland generic bites, one feast scene, a good scalp scene. Bland for a zombie film

Eye Candy

Apart from the cute lesbian nothing


A plot that would lose its direction frequently, skimpy gore, cheesy moments/gags. Average film

Categories: Horror Films

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