Survival of the DeadMay 6, 2010
On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 5.1/10 (9,571 voted)
Critic's Score: 43/100
George A. Romero
Stars: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe
In the Plum Island, off the coast of Delaware, the long feud between the families of the patriarchs Captain Patrick O'Flynn (Kenneth Welsh) that intends to eliminate the zombies and Seamus Muldoon (Richard Fitzpatrick) that intends to keep his undead relatives waiting for a cure culminates with O'Flynn expelled from Plum. Meanwhile in the continent Sarge "Nicotine" Crocket (Alan Van Sprang), Chuck (Joris Jarsky), Cisco (Stefano DiMatteo) and Tomboy (Athena Karkanis) are plundering and seeking a safe place to stay. When they rescue the young Boy (Devon Bostick) from group of sadistic hunters, Boy decides to join the group and suggests them to head to Plum Island since he had heard a O'Flynn's broadcast inviting people to move to the island. When Sarge and his team arrive in the island, they are attacked by Muldoon's men and they see that the place is crowded of undead. Sarge's friend Chuck is killed and they decide to fight against Muldoon.
Alan Van Sprang
Sarge Nicotine Crockett
(as Stefano Di Matteo)
(as Josh Peace)
Hardee T. Lineham
Survival isn't just for the living.
Release Date: 6 May 2010
Filming Locations: Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $54,605
(30 May 2010)
(11 July 2010)
Did You Know?
The cast are all Canadian, and the movie was shot entirely in Canada.
When Francisco is swimming to the ferry you can see the actors scuba mask on the zombie he bites the finger off of.
Sarge 'Nicotine' Crocket:
Last time anyone counted, fifty-three million people were dying every year, a hundred-fifty thousand every day, a hundred and seven every minute, and that was in normal times.
Romero destroys what is left of his reputation
Romero's latest zombie-flick "Survival of the Dead" fails on every
level. Its most basic problem is simple : It is just not scary at all.
The characters are either too one-dimensional and boring or too
overdrawn/cartoon-like for us to care about them, the setting is not
believable (even for horror standards) and giant plot holes punch us
from scene to scene, never allowing for any tension to build up.
As stupid as this may sound : This is a zombie movie that feels like it
has no zombies in it – because they never come off as a threat.
Romero's zombies have always been slow and somewhat passive, so in the
past he made them deadly and scary by making them many. In "Survival of
the Dead", there are no big zombie masses. No places are overrun, no
one is hopelessly trapped and almost everyone is fully armed throughout
the movie, reducing conflicts with zombies to automated necessities
in-between D-grade drama/soap, and even the characters are just bored
of the undead : In one scene, a soldier actually rolled his eyes and
sighed in frustration before shooting one.
Since there is no "one big lingering threat", most scenes feel randomly
connected and the (obvious-by-genre) climax of the zombies finally
getting "out of control" seems artificial and forced. Most of the
runtime is spent with mindless, pseudo-philosophical subplots about the
morals of shooting zombies (!?) and the conflict between the two groups
of the island – "pro-zombie-life" and "pro-killing-zombies" if you will
(yes, the script is that retarded). The script is way too dumb to be
taken seriously, but unfortunately it is neither intentionally nor
"Survival of the Dead" does have a few "strong" (read: bearable)
scenes, but every time you think Romero is finally on to something
good, he inappropriately switches from horror to unfunny slapstick
comedy by bending the laws of physics in laughable ways – since i don't
like to spoil anything:
Imagine Uwe Boll and the writers/directors from "Home Alone" getting
drunk together, then finding a mediocre zombie-script and deliriously
deciding to "improve" it by inserting "funny" ideas they got from
failing to follow "Tom & Jerry" on TV. If you can create this image in
your mind, then you are very close to understanding the indescribable
level of unfunny-ness and failure of some of the "trying to be funny by
being over-the-top"-scenes. And no: It's not "so bad it's good", it's
"so bad you'll feel embarrassed for everyone involved in this picture".
I still think "Survival of the Dead" is marginally less abysmal than
"Diary of the Dead", mainly because it is not filmed with hand-held
cameras and one of the main characters looks like a chain-smoking,
militarized version of Billy Mays – the only awesome element of the
film, as everything Billy Mays-related is ****ing awesome! Don't get me
wrong, it's still one of the worst movies i have ever seen and nothing
compared to Romero's early stuff – but that's exactly what fascinates
me, because it gives me a new perspective on his classics:
In a way, movies allow us to take a look into the minds who created
them. See one movie of a specific writer/director, and you will
probably get the basic idea of what that artist is about – what he's
trying to tell the world, what fascinates him, how complex/simple he
thinks etc. With every movie you see, your image of that mind gets
sharper, and you might gain insight into previous films, as new
material sometimes gives you a new perspective on the creator's ideas
Romero used to shoot scary and clever zombie flicks, he is obviously
not capable of doing so anymore and he doesn't even seem to understand
why his early movies were great – what does that tell us? Probably that
he created awesome movies by accident, not by genius. I've seen his
movies several times, and with every viewing, with every failed scene,
my image of George A. Romero gets sharper and sharper:
It is the sad, depressing image of a simple-minded craftsman who was
once mistakenly labeled a "genius" and an "artist", and who now spends
his late days desperately trying to re-justify the credit he once
received. He bends the logic behind his zombie universe (zombies
getting smart, discussions about pro/contra killing zombies) in
laughable attempts to find "stunning" revelations about society, he
thereby rapes his previous works and still – despite ripping apart
everything that he created – the only thing he does is prove the
randomness of his earlier success.
It seems quite clear what happened: Since Romero was hyped a genius, he
now thinks he has to center his brainless flicks around "philosophical"
themes and "clever" takes on society – a thing he cannot pull off,
because, as the mediocre B-movie-director that he actually is, he
simply doesn't have any interesting insights.
If you watched Romero's pre-millennium-movies and you still have that
image of a clever, creative filmmaker in your head: Please avoid his
new trilogy at any cost. It won't entertain you, it won't scare you –
it will only shift your image of Romero from "artist" to "lucky
B-movie-director", and this might ruin his classics for you.