Well, thankfully we got Land of the Dead over and done with, and we’re on the lesser seen, more old-school Romero zombie movies. Tonight, it’s low-budget ‘found footage’ shakeycam fest – DIARY OF THE DEAD. More of a prequel-ish kinda affair, it deals with the first few days of the zombie apocalypse, at the ‘same time’ as Night of the Living Dead, all filmed on camcorders by folk who are too stubborn to turn the damn things off and run away.
I also have homemade chips covered in soy sauce.
A group of student film makers find themselves isolated when the zombie apocalypse begins, after much shenanigans they eventually end up in a big mansion where they try to spread the word using the magic of the internet.
WHY IT IS GOOD!
It’s infinitely better than Land of the Dead! There are some decent jumpy scares and cop-outs! There are some fairly funny moments! The amish guy!!!!!! The camcorder movie style, although flawed is ambitious for the time! Zombie hospital nurse eye bursting!
WHY IT IS BAD!
None of the filming or acting is in the slightest bit believable as ‘genuine’ home-made footage! Some of the characters are just SO. FUCKING. DUMB.! You can clearly see which characters are doomed to die, and every single zombie movie cliché plays out here almost completely unironically! Any attempt to be pop-culture savvy comes across as panicky and rushed, like your dad making a joke about Sonic the Hedgehog. Likewise, when the narration tries to be spooky and foreboding, it sounds more like someone telling you that smoking isn’t cool!
RATING ON THE FUDGECRUMPET SCALE OF AWESOMENESS!