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    George Romero's Diary of the Dead is being put out in limited release coming up. The movie is filmed much like "Blair WItch Project" and "Cloverfield". Supposedly filmed for between 2 and 4 million dollars and filmed in 20 days.

    I understand that the movie was shown at a few Movie Festivals, before it was picked up by a studio. Has anyone had a chance to see the movie? If so I would love to hear some opinions.
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2008
    I'm dying to see this movie myself, no pun intended. I have high hopes for this one. I think it is a good sign that the Weinstein company decided to pick it up and distribute it. They must believe it has potential to penetrate the market or at least that they can make some good coin based on the lower original budget. I'm betting if the film was complete rubbish they wouldn't have picked it up and I have faith in George. The Cinéma vérité style could be a really affective way to personalize the terror of a zombie apocalypse in an age of jaded, overexposed movie audiences. I hope it works but I'm a total zombie nut so I'll probably love it either way.
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2008 edited
    Opens locally to me (I'm near the one theatre in the state I live in [of the USA] that has it scheduled) next Friday. Actually, they're opening it on Valentine's Day. How sweet.
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2008
    I ran a press screening of it (didn't get to watch it, however) and the word from the critics was that it's good, different enough from more recent zombie fare to be singled out and a nice jump for Romero after the Land of the Dead semi-flop. I was told that Cloverfield did the hand-held verite thing better, but not much better.

    If you live in the Denver area it opens on Friday at the Starz Film Center, located on the Auraria Campus in the Tivoli building. Come see it or it won't stay more than a week!
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    A bunch of high-brow critics at foreign festivals liked DIARY a lot more than Brian de Palma's REDACTED and say it succeeds where REDACTED failed.

    I wonder if it's going to be misunderstood again. Romero's movies tend to be 10 years ahead of their time. Look how long it took people to catch up with DAWN and declare it a classic. Look at how panned DAY OF THE DEAD was when it came out in 1985, but watch it today and try and say it's not talking about Abu Graib, the War on Terror and, obliquely, Iraq. Nearly everyone has missed the social commentary in LAND OF THE DEAD where the rich elite live in a gated community with a serf class working for them in exchange for safety.
    • CommentAuthorpeteloaf
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2008 edited
    Yeah, pretty limited release on this:

    Showtimes and locations for those interested.
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    A bunch of high-brow critics at foreign festivals liked DIARY a lot more than Brian de Palma's REDACTED and say it succeeds where REDACTED failed.

    De Palma hasn't done much worth watching recently, if ever, so it's not so surprising.

    I'm semi excited about Diary. I love zombie movies, and Romero, but I'm not big on the faux-cinema verite thing, so we'll see.

    Thanks for the link, peteloaf.
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    "Nearly everyone has missed the social commentary in LAND OF THE DEAD where the rich elite live in a gated community with a serf class working for them in exchange for safety."


    Because I thought it was blindingly obvious.
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    To me it was blindingly obvious too, but so many people just kept complaining about how Romero "sold out" or "ran out of steam". Made me wonder what they were looking for.
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    Avatar Press will be involved in the Night of the Living Dead 40th Anniversary tour this year! The tour kicks off in Dallas two weekends from now and features guests-of-honor George A. Romero, John Russo, and many of the original cast members. Check out the details at Texas Frightmare Weekend's website. I will post more information about future tour stops at This tour will be a great chance to meet these icons of horror film history in person. Plus, the great folk at AVATAR PRESS will also be there! Stop by our booth and introduce yourself if you are attending.

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    Saw a sneak preview of the film last night. Excellent. Review blogged *with minor spoilers* at my livejournal.

    If you are in North Carolina, it's running at the Carolina Theatre in Durham NC for one week starting today as a run-up to the Ninth Annual Nevermore Horror and Fantasy Film Festival next weekend.
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2008
    this limited release thing is a little annoying, but here's hoping it'll get a wider release sometime.
    very excited about this movie... maybe i'm a loser, but this is the concept i've been wishing for in a zombie movie ever since i saw my first zombie movie.
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    I believe they're likely to try to do a wider release in the US in the fall, near Halloween. But I don't know for certain.
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    Diary of the Dead looks alot more interesting to me than Land of the Dead, which felt like too big for Romero's style, even at a measly 16 million dollar budget. He works best in ultra low-fi. "Martin" looks like it was filmed for about 11 dollar, 10 of which was spent on fake blood, but that movie lingered in my headspace for days.

    Being better than "Redacted" is almost feint praise. That thing was cheap, exploitive and awful even for DePalma. Think on that one.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2008
    I hope that people don't look at it as a Cloverfield clone, espicially since I'm pretty sure Romero had the idea first.

    I'm definately going to check it out, though.
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    diary was pretty fuckin...alright. i think i might be turning into one of those stodgy older guys that would rather watch NOTLD. i liked it, it was done well, some of the acting was kinda ridiculous, but there was some very cool ideas and brutality- overall a good zombie movie.

    and: the way that its shot, if people compare it to cloverfield, i can only assume they didnt watch both movies.
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    @orwellseyes: I didn't care much for _Land of the Dead_. I like _Diary_.
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2008
    I'll definitely see this. I'm holding out hope, though, that somebody gets the idea to do "World War Z" and a multi-part TV mockumentary.
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    J. Michael Straczynski (of Babylon 5 and quite a few comic books) is adapting the book for Brad Pitt's production company. All indications were it was to be a very big film.

    I would love to have seen it done like "Band of Brothers" thought.
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    Y'know... this slipped right under the radar for me.

    VERY excited to check it out.