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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.
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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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 12 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.
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 18 months ago by andrew wheeler
This is one of the worst zombie movies I have ever seen. Would not recommend anybody waste their money on this.Published on December 21, 2013 by Mechwarrior
BORING!! I watched it twice, thinking maybe I had missed something....well, after watching it twice, i can't remember any of the characters or much of what happened. Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Lang Allen Reeves
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