George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead

I know Romero has made some of the greatest zombie flicks to date and I would love to see more ( except this one kinda looks lame). I wish he would try something else though.
 
The only thing that bothers me about this film is that the general public (the ones not steeped in Romero-lore) are going to quickly write this off as a Cloverfield knock off. And with all the security surrounding Cloverfield, I don't think anyone knew it was going to be all home video footage until Diary of the Dead was already shot.

Now that Cloverfield is a big success, that might not be such a bad thing.


I'm hoping for something better than Land of the Dead, because even though that movie had its cool moments, it really wasn't all that fantastic.

Plus, the upcoming Day of the Dead remake looks like total crap based on the idiotic trailer, so there needs to be good zombie flick to balance that out.
 
A zombie film for under 5 million? I'm sure it can be done but this is going to be one cheap looking film ala the scifi channel. Television pilots get more money than this.
 
I think it will be fine. With most money going to make-up and actors, I think the rest will be fine since the hand-held camera style will hide any other cosmetic flaws.
 
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It's some kinda limited release. Dunno how large or small.

EDIT: From the official MySpace page:

DIARY OF THE DEAD is coming to a town near you!

Check out the latest confirmed theaters and release cities for DIARY's February 15, 2008 release. Keep checking back for more updates as theaters are added! Stay tuned and stay scared!


NEW YORK CITY
AMC Empire 25
(212) 398-3939
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City Cinemas Village East
(212) 529-6998
Visit City Cinemas Village East


LOS ANGELES
AMC CityWalk Stadium 19 (opening 2/22/08)
(818) 508-0711
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Landmark Nuart
(310) 281-8223
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Mann Chinese (opening 2/22/08)
(323) 464-8111
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CHICAGO
AMC South Barrington 30
(847) 765-7AMC
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AMC Pipers Alley 4
(312) 642-6275
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SAN FRANCISCO/EAST BAY
Landmark Lumiere
(415) 267-4893
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Landmark Shattuck Cinemas
(510) 464-5980
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Camera 12 Cinemas
(408) 998-3300
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ORANGE COUNTY
AMC 30 At The Block (opening 2/22/08)
(714) 769-4262
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SACRAMENTO
Regal UA Laguna Village 12 (opening 2/29/08)
(916) 689-0483
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PHILADELPHIA
Landmark Ritz - Bourse
(215) 440-1181
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AMC Neshaminy
(215) 722-4AMC
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NEW JERSEY
AMC Jersey Gardens 20
(908) 289-1855
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AMC Cherry Hill
(856) 486-7420
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DENVER
Landmark Starz FilmCenter
(303) 820-3456
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BOSTON
Revere 20
(781) 286-1660

AMC Boston Commons
(617) 423-5801
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Landmark Kendall Square Cinema 9
(617) 621-1202
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DALLAS
Angelika Film Center and Cafe-Dallas
(214) 841-4700
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AMC Mesquite 30
(972) 724-8000
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HOUSTON
Angelika Film Center-Houston
(713) 225-5232
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AMC Gulf Pointe 30
(281) 319-4AMC
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PHOENIX
Harkins Arizona Mills 24 Theater
(480) 820-0387
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ATLANTA
Paulson Plaza Theatre
(404) 873-1939

Regal Hollywood 24
(770) 936-8235
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SEATTLE
Regal Meridian
(206) 622-2434
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AMC Alderwood 16
(425) 921-2985
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MIAMI, FL
Regal South Beach 16
(305) 674-6766
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Brand Dolphin Cinema 19
(305) 591-9380
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TAMPA
AMC Veterans 24 (opening 2/29/08)
(813) 243-4955
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ORLANDO
Regal Waterford Lakes 20
(407) 207-9110
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AMC Universal Cineplex 20
(407) 354-3374
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PORTLAND
Regal Lloyd Center 10 Cinema
(503) 287-0338
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DETROIT
Center Uptown Palladium
(248) 644-3456


SAN DIEGO
AMC Palm Promenade
(858) 558-2AMC
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LAS VEGAS
Cinemark South Point 16
(702) 260-4061
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BALTIMORE
Muvico Egyptian 24
(443) 755-8992


PITTSBURGH
Squirrel Hill
(412) 421-7900
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AMC Waterfront
(412) 462-6923
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RALEIGH-DURHAM, NC
ACME Carolina Theatre-Durham
(704) 643-4AMC


ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA
AMC Ontario Mills 30 (opening 2/22/08)
(310)289-4262
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KANSAS CITY
AMC Studio 30
(816) 363-4AMC
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WASHINGTON, DC
Majestic 20
(240) 393-4826
Visit Majestic 20
 
It's some kinda limited release. Dunno how large or small.
That's not fair.:csad:

I hope it doesn't get too many comparisons to Cloverfield cinematography wise.
 
Check out my edited post below for theaters. :yay:
 
YAY! It's coming to my theaters!:grin:

Thanks.:yay:


Still surprised I've seen no advertisement of any kind outside of the Hype.
 
Last year or so, I would loved this, but after seeing the absolutely dumbass LandotD, I coulndn't care less.
 
Im disappointed its not a wide release.
 
YAY! It's coming to my theaters!:grin:

Thanks.:yay:


Still surprised I've seen no advertisement of any kind outside of the Hype.

That's because they are too embarrassed with it to give it any promotion.
 
Well, the reviews so far aren't as bad as I expected.

The consensus seems to be that the B-movie zombie splatter aspect is still fun, but there's some heavy-handed statements about technology turning people into metaphorical zombies.

I liked it better in the old days when Romero didn't have to spell out the points he was trying to get across quite so obviously.
 
OK, I saw it...

Sorry to say this, Romero fans, but I think old George has gotten a little squirrelly and ham-handed in his old age.

The zombie scenes were well-done for the most part, and there was some effective gore (if a bit too familiar), but the dialog was HORRIBLE. I could have overlooked the terrible script and pathetic delivery by the actors if this was just another fun, B-movie splatterfest, but this movie takes itself so damn seriously that it's hilarious for all the wrong reasons.

The insufferable narration by one of the main characters keeps reminding us that the metaphor this time around is the public's voyeuristic obsession with online videos. OK, we got it the 20th time - please give it a rest. Just in case we're still missing the point, there are actual montages of previous scenes that are repeated to remind us, coupled with more pointless voiceover philosophizing. Back in the day, the racial metaphors in the original NOTLD and the consumerism metaphors in DawnOTD were not beaten into our heads so humorlessly, so what's with the sledgehammer this time around, George?

Seriously - you're better off going to see Cloverfield again. For die-hard Romero-fans only, and even then, prepare to be disappointed. :csad:

Rating: 5/10
 
^^^SO what I was afraid of. Romero made some of the best zombie flicks ever Im still surprised he turned to such a gimmicky concept to continue the Dead series
 
OK, I saw it...

Sorry to say this, Romero fans, but I think old George has gotten a little squirrelly and ham-handed in his old age.

The zombie scenes were well-done for the most part, and there was some effective gore (if a bit too familiar), but the dialog was HORRIBLE. I could have overlooked the terrible script and pathetic delivery by the actors if this was just another fun, B-movie splatterfest, but this movie takes itself so damn seriously that it's hilarious for all the wrong reasons.

The insufferable narration by one of the main characters keeps reminding us that the metaphor this time around is the public's voyeuristic obsession with online videos. OK, we got it the 20th time - please give it a rest. Just in case we're still missing the point, there are actual montages of previous scenes that are repeated to remind us, coupled with more pointless voiceover philosophizing. Back in the day, the racial metaphors in the original NOTLD and the consumerism metaphors in DawnOTD were not beaten into our heads so humorlessly, so what's with the sledgehammer this time around, George?

Seriously - you're better off going to see Cloverfield again. For die-hard Romero-fans only, and even then, prepare to be disappointed. :csad:

Rating: 5/10

Interesting.

You know- the consumerism metaphors in Dawn were actually unintended by Romero. That was just what the audience took from the film.
After this was pointed out, Romero then made out like that was his vision. He did in fact just choose the mall location because he thought it was cool, nothing else. Interviews from the time confirm this.
 
Saw this on sunday night in Toronto and I really liked this. I don't think it will be for everyone thoguh.
 

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