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-OH GOD NO!! NOT THE HANDI-CAM AGAIN!!!
That's right. This English film is shot using hand-held video cameras much like "Blair Witch" and "Clover Field". Unlike those films, the cameras are handled with some competence. Though I did get a bit sea sick at moments, overall it was tolerable. Other than the adept use of the cameras there was nothing original about this idea. Strangely and mistakenly, there is some very tight in-camera editing while nobody is holding it.
-PLEASE GET ON WITH IT
The actors do about as well as you'd expect from a low budget independent horror film. However, they often aren't given much to do but drive around, rummage through abandoned buildings and look for resources. We get to know them to a certain degree and they all act fairly natural most of the time. Though probably a realistic approach, it hardly makes for compelling viewing. This film really does take its time getting to the zombie part of the diary.
-PLAUSABILITY TAKES A HOLIDAY.
Aside from the whole idea of zombies, there are problems with plausibility in "Zombie Diaries".Read more ›
There is a huge bounce in the timeline that made no sense, three groups of characters that made you cheer for the zombies, and a setting that was bland and uninteresting. You lose characters who they go back to at the end for no apparent reason. A lot of "What?" moments throughout. The writing lacked a basic knowledge of what people would do in a situation like this, going from one extreme to the other.
I'm am just very glad that we did not pay much for this movie. It makes "Diary of the Dead" look like it should be an Oscar winner. I would greatly encourage you not to bother with this wanna be zombie movie. As a person that has no experience making a movie, I could do better with a $500 budget and a camcorder.
Even for a movie that you know is going to have lousy, handheld camera film work, this one was terrible. The scenes that may actually have had the potential to have some action were ruined by crummy, camera-only lighting that just gave brief (and convenient) jumbles of images of the zombies, mixed in with longer scenes of complete darkness and off-camera screaming or yelling.
I really had to struggle to keep awake during this film.
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One of the better British Zombie films! There are two parts to this film and both are good but the first is a great zombie horror film. A definite must see for horror fans.Published 6 months ago by specialkrp
I bought the sequel first [Zombie Diaries 2]. Being a completist, I bought this one.
I suppose using a "zombie" cliche, I could ay I should've let a dead dog lay.
This movie owes much to “28 Days Later” and to “Cloverfield.” It may not be technically better or artistically better than either of the forerunners,... Read more
The movie case is the best part of the whole thing. I just bought it and it was a total waste of money. Poor graphics poor acting. Zombies don't look dead. Read morePublished 12 months ago by andrew wheeler
It doesn't compare to Romero's classics but may be worth a watch if you've nothing better to do or have time to kill. I'd actually give it 2. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rob
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