Shock-O-Rama: Dawn of the Deal Comments -


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redslayer 11/24/2012 10:37:55 AM
A great classic! and so much better than the remake. Not many zombie movies can measure today. My hopes are with World War Z next year.
joelr 11/24/2012 11:52:48 AM

I think you have a point about the latter trilogy, there very well could be some graceful aging of their concepts, except for "Survival". I think the problem with the second trilogy is they needed to be a bit more simplified. There's a wonderful simplicity to "Dawn"- Escape the city, take refuge in a mall. "Land" is the natural progression- make a full-on city the focus, but the budget just wasn't up to snuff, and instead of finding clever ways to use that to it's advantage, it just feels like it never reaches the heights the concept could have. The base level idea and satire are good, the execution is just lackluster.

"Diary" is an interesting idea, but i'm not sure that type of filmmaking is Romero's forte. Someone years in the future making a documantary of the zombie apocalypse with found footage from around the word would have been very cool. Again, the critique of "Everyone has a camera" culture is a sound idea, but it could have been so much more biting and clever.

"Survival"... oy... It's just a poor film, and that really saddens me. It's the oddest of all the concepts, and it never really shines through. The didital effects are also appalling.

I would love for someone to give Romero exactly the production budget he needs to go out with a bang. The Diamond Dead, or Twilight of the Dead, I'll take whatever he's serving.

InnerSanctum 11/25/2012 5:15:38 PM

 I just finished watching Land of the Dead...again.  It still feels like it was a zombie movie made by anyone.  Not the many who started the genre. Night and Dawn remain my favorites in his resume.  

Land didn't have any bite.  It is painfully obvious as The Walking Dead plays in the background.  It just went through the motions and didn't really have a true, central message.  

Diary and Survival were dismal.  Some of the worst zombie films in the last decade.  I can't excuse "lack of budget" for Romero's failures.  After all, he created some classics on a shoe string.  And, there are so many clever films that have been made, using the zombie theme, with almost zero budgets.  If anything, he should pull back and just tell a good story.  If that is his goal.  





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