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Romero's ...of the Dead is revealed

GeorgeARomero.jpgThe plot and title for George A. Romero's latest zombie film, a genre that is getting well and truly covered from all areas these days, including the man who really made his mark as the master in the genre, is finally revealed.

For some time it's been operating under the title of Romero's ...of the Dead project, but now there's a title and a rather lengthy blurb for the film, and it does seem to be taking a different look at the stories. Something that I think Romero definitely needed to do.

Just recently I saw both The Dead Outside (Filmstalker review) and Pontpool (Filmstalker review), both zombie films that took very different looks at the idea of zombies than we're used to, and that George A. Romero is used to. Indeed Romero's last look at the zombie world with Diary of the Dead (Filmstalker review) was painful and pretty bad really.

Master of the genre he may be, but his attempt to breathe some life into his view of the zombie world just didn't work.

Perhaps this one might, and what is this one? Well the Toronto International Film Festival 2009 through AITH have the title and the blurb for us:

Survival of the Dead

...is the title that would suggest there's something more to being dead than just dead and eating people. However the blurb returns to familiar territory, and then puts a bit more of an interesting slant on it all.

In a world where the dead rise to menace the living, rogue soldier Crocket (Alan Van Sprang) leads a band of military dropouts to refuge from the endless chaos. As they search for a place "where the shit won’t get you," they meet banished patriarch Patrick O’Flynn (played with zeal by Kenneth Welsh), who promises a new Eden on the fishing and ranching outpost Plum Island. The men arrive, only to find themselves caught in an age-old battle between O’Flynn’s family and rival clan the Muldoons. It turns out that Patrick was expelled from the isle for believing that the only good zombie is a dead zombie, while the Muldoons think it’s wrong to dispatch afflicted loved ones, attempting to look after their undead kinfolk until a cure is found. But their bid for stability on the homestead has turned perverse: the undead are chained inside their homes, pretending to live normal lives – and the consequences are bloody. A desperate struggle for survival will determine whether the living and the dead can coexist.

So two groups of survivors find a place to live while the rest of the world is in chaos, and one of the groups wants a Shaun of the Dead life, while the other is doing the typical struggle for survival.

Oh I don't know, Romero has lost his shine and appeal for me these days, the rest of the world is overtaking him at a fast rate of knots, and I do wonder how much of this film will deliver something new and how much will just end up being the same old stuff.



that sounds stupid.

Romero tries to cram too much "social commentary" into his zombie movies. It comes off as idiocy. In a world where the dead rise from the grave to eat the living, who cares about human rights and liberal compassion? Survival is as brainless as "how deep can you bury that shovel into that head" and "if i shoot this barrel, will it explode".

I agree. It seems a completely daft question, hence the comparison to Shaun of the Dead, sounds more like comedy than anything.

The real questions I want answered by the series would be:

How do you organise long term survival and what does that look like?
How do you effectively create a plan to wipe out the zombies and discover the origin?
How do find other survivors and band together with them?

Those would be the points to answer in a zombie film.


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