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The Zombie Diaries

2.2 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews

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Set in England during a world-wide viral infection, this documentary-style frightfest records the rise of the undead from the videocams of several survivor groups. As each struggles against the flesh-eating hordes, an even more horrifying fate lurks among them.

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  • Actors: Leonard Fenton, Russell Jones, Anna Blades, Hiram Bleetman, Craig Stovin
  • Directors: Kevin Gates, Michael Bartlett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Dimension Extreme
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DJ7PU0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,812 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Zombie Diaries" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
I probably don't have to tell you that this independent horror film isn't about zombies writing in their diaries. However, I should point out that the cover art has little to do with anything that happens in the film. In such a case you might conclude that this film is a complete waste of time since most DVD cases with exceptionally enticing and irritatingly deceptive cover art are stinkers. In this case that's not so clear. It depends on what you're looking for. As usual, I'll have to chew this into smaller pieces.

-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".
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As the wife of a huge fan of zombies in any genre and a horror fan herself, we were both severely disappointed by this movie. The acting is completely absent, I've seen better delivery by kindergartners. The plot made little to no sense and the special effects would only pass muster at a church spook trail at night. One scene that included "brains" on the ground had us both wondering, "Was that canned cherries?"

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.
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I generally have a have a high tolerance for lousy flicks, I just can't get through this one.
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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 2.5 stars if possible since I didn't really like or dislike it. It's not a memorable flick nor one I'd really watch again so take that for what's it worth. If you like the idea of a movie being shot with a handheld camera DIARY OF THE DEAD is much better.
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Zombie Diaries

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, but that is a matter of taste. It is absolutely more scary and at the end, a lot more horrifying. I have seen dozens of Zombie movies lately and this is the only one that actually scared me. Bravo.
The tail is told of a Zombie pandemic from the viewpoint of various English twenty somethings. This Zombie outbreak is stimulated by a highly infectious virus, a’la “28 Days Later.” The pathogen spreads so quickly that the organized humans are quickly overwhelmed, leaving only tiny groups of survivors. The story follows several of these groups over a time period that spreads from immediately after the outbreak to a month or so later. The movie is filmed by the hand held cameras of the survivor groups. A lot of the action occurs at night where the humans can’t see what is happening around them. It is very scary.
Kevin Gates and Michael Bartlett wrote, directed and produced this spectacularly well done film. The cast are real, if little known, actors. This avoids one of the perennial banes of Zombie movies, crappy acting. These people act their collective tushies off. But it is the camera work and the direction that make this one work so well. The writing is also good, the characters act as we imagine we might act in a similar situation. There are none of the typical horror film flaws like having people wonder off into the fog all alone while something tries to get them. This film is hyper realistic.
This is rated R for gore and a little nudity. It is pretty short at only 85 minutes. If the twist at the end doesn’t horrify you, maybe you have seen too many Zombie movies.
Three and a half brains, the highest award ever give a Zombie flick.
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