survival of the deadGeorge A. Romero's Survival of the Dead, 2010
Zombie movie master George Romero's follow up to the abysmal Diary of the Dead is a funnier and more interesting outing that focuses on the lifelong feud between two men living on the (almost) paradise of Plum Island. The rivalry is further complicated by, of course, the zombie apocalypse and the arrival of a team of mercenaries headed by Sarge "Nicotine" Crockett (Alan van Spring), the only character held over from Diary. Survival features plenty of creative and cartoony zombie kills (the flare gun to the face is a favorite of mine) and an odd preoccupation with the idea of rehabilitating zombies instead of killing them. There's lots of fun stuff here – the striking image of a raven-haired zombie lady riding a horse all over the island, Van Spring's hard-boiled performance – but Survival rarely rises above campy B movie stature to become the blood-splattered social commentary it wants to be.
categories Features, Reviews, Horror