Diary of the Dead Review
Written by: alex1176
George A. Romero's fifth entry in the "Living Dead" series works more as a satire of today's politics and technology than it does as a horror flick. I saw the first two "Dead" films (both of them great), but this latest one feels a bit off. Romero, a master of horror, has always placed social commentary into these films, but there's a bit too much of it this time and not enough geniune horror. The acting is intentionally (or at least I think it is!) horrible and the zombie kills/death scenes come off as a little hammy. Still, Romero gets his points off fairly well and the final shot with a voice over question is creepy.
Michelle Morgan's droll voice overs recalls Linda Hamilton's (as Sarah Connor) from "Terminator 2: Judgement Day". She narrates the film within a film entitled "The Death of Death" which is a video project intended to save people's life from zombie death. The whole scenario recalls "The Blair Witch Project" since it is a documented account of a group of young students trying to survive.
Here, the horror is widespread as television footage and the internet chronicles the worldwide events. Unfortunately, unlike "Night of the Living Dead", the film never delivers solid scares. It doesn't give off the feeling of dread or terror the way it should. Still, kudos goes out to Romero for returning to the genre that he helped create and giving it a modern twist. His die-hard fans will like it.