Audio commentary with George A. Romero and crew
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The newest film from horror master George A. Romero (legendary creator of the Night of the Living Dead franchise) picks up where Diary of the Dead leaves off. On a small island
off the coast of Delaware, live two families locked in a struggle for power and control over the fate of the undead. The O'Flynns approach the zombie plague with a shoot-to-kill attitude. The Muldoons feel that the zombies should be quarantined and kept "alive," in hopes that a solution will be discovered. For both families, existence on Plum Island is a nightmarish world where humans are the minority and zombies rule.
Writer-director George A. Romero, who invented the modern zombie film with 1968's Night of the Living Dead, returns to the graveyard for Survival of the Dead, the fifth sequel (of sorts) to his landmark movie, with his trademark gore and social commentary intact. Survival picks up shortly after the events of 2008's Diary of the Dead, which offered a revisionist take on the zombie outbreak in Night; here, a minor character from Diary (Alan Van Sprang) takes center stage with his team of fellow mercenary soldiers as they make their way to remote Plum Island, where two feuding Irish families sort out the best way to deal with the living dead. As is often the case with Romero's films, the ideas don't always match the execution--his dialogue and characters remain painfully stock at times, and the CGI elements of the effects look amateurish--but at its core, the picture retains his fascination for entropy in American society, as personified by the twin family patriarchs, who cling stubbornly to their beliefs as their world literally dies around them. Parallels between this story and the conservative movement of the early 21st century are obvious, and while others have made more artful statements about the situation, Romero once again cuts to the bloody heart of the matter. Limited in scope and budget, Survival isn't on par with Night or 1978's Dawn of the Dead, but it's a watchable and intriguing addition to his zombie canon. --Paul GaitaSee all Editorial Reviews
Great film, one of the many amazing zombie films by George Romero.Published 8 days ago by J. Collins
I read all the reviews provided for this movie, and despite some negative commentary, I decided to give it a shot. After all, it's George A. Romero. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Vinson Jaye
Disappointing. Boring. Couldn't even get half way through this one. Don't waste your time.Published 1 month ago by Andiej.
I was not impressed with the quality and the characters weren't very believable. This film was very predictable a full of cliches seen in way to many zombie movies.Published 1 month ago by Millissa A. Wright
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Survival could've been hell of a lot better, they should have stuck with the zombies in PA instead of some stupid island and that ridiculous fighting among the two clans. Whats with the girl zombie riding the horse? Was she training for an international horse racing competition? Lets keep... Read More
Aug 27, 2010 by Ravan | See all 23 posts
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The hand clinging to a fence was quite a nifty pice of design for 'Land' being as the whole film was metaphorically about 'barriers'.
I think the 'Survival' cover is trying to be retro and re-capture the golden age of zombies; it's the basically the same as the original 'Zombie Flesh-Eaters' VHS... Read More
Jul 9, 2010 by Perkins | See all 2 posts