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09.26.2008

As the resident zombie fanatic around here, I'm obviously excited that legendary undead wrangler George Romero is doing another Dead film. Although I found the social commentary of DIARY OF THE DEAD was a bit "on the nose" compared to Romero's past subtext, it's still great to know he's playing in the same general graveyard.

Movieset talked to producer Nicolas Chartier, who says that the movie is not a direct sequel to DIARY and is as yet untitled (but is being referred to as SOMETHING OF THE DEAD). Romero is gearing up to shoot the film (and rotting heads) in Toronto, and perhaps in a nod to Fulci's infamous zombie-versus-shark scene, will apparently be taking the action into the drink. "We're shooting underwater zombies," Chartier said. "They're swimming, grabbing people's legs, pulling them down. It's a lot of fun."

Romero, however, also told schlock around the clock that his latest features at least a couple of characters from DIARY (unless script changes have since been made), and that the movie is about "tribalism" -- "How the internet creates a Hatfields and McCoys situation." he says. "It’s on an island, where people have been lured by someone on the net as a safe haven, but really what these guys are trying to do is hold them up at the boat docks." Guess that explains the submerged zombies.

Romero also says he wants to make a "balls-out comedy" that is "like the Coyote and Roadrunner movie… with a zombie and a human!"

Extra Tidbit: Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD co-writer Jack Russo parted company after that movie and is responsible for the book that RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD is based on, and several comic sequels.
Source: Movieset

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8:19AM on 09/29/2008
Romero's three original "...of the ...Dead" flicks are still some of the best Zombie movies ever made. "Land Of.." was okay but lacking, "Diary Of.." had some good gore but the plot and characters didn't really grab me. Still, if anyone's seen a worse Zombie movie than "House Of The Dead" I'd be interested to see it. That ranks for me as one of the worst films ever.
Romero's three original "...of the ...Dead" flicks are still some of the best Zombie movies ever made. "Land Of.." was okay but lacking, "Diary Of.." had some good gore but the plot and characters didn't really grab me. Still, if anyone's seen a worse Zombie movie than "House Of The Dead" I'd be interested to see it. That ranks for me as one of the worst films ever.
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7:54AM on 09/29/2008
Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead (Snyder) were the only two zombie movies I liked. Kinda grew tired of zombie movies.
Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead (Snyder) were the only two zombie movies I liked. Kinda grew tired of zombie movies.
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2:55AM on 09/29/2008
come on man, i loved the original dead films, night, dawn, and i even have respect for day. but if i was a director, which i aspire to be, i wouldn't want to be known for one type of movie. i know romero has more ideas in him than zombie films, so give it a try dude. we know you can make a good zombie film, that doesn't mean you can make a masterpiece anytime you try. give us something new romero, you've earned that right
come on man, i loved the original dead films, night, dawn, and i even have respect for day. but if i was a director, which i aspire to be, i wouldn't want to be known for one type of movie. i know romero has more ideas in him than zombie films, so give it a try dude. we know you can make a good zombie film, that doesn't mean you can make a masterpiece anytime you try. give us something new romero, you've earned that right
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2:23AM on 09/29/2008
I enjoyed Diary for what it was, which wasn't as much as his "proper" Dead series. But I don't want another. I don't like that, after 4 decades of the best Zombie series there's ever been, he hit the reset button. Was Land of the Dead really the end of that story? Can't he find a way to explore the themes he wants to explore with a fifth proper dead film? Maybe something to wrap it all up before he's gone? These "side" zombie movies are just filler.
I enjoyed Diary for what it was, which wasn't as much as his "proper" Dead series. But I don't want another. I don't like that, after 4 decades of the best Zombie series there's ever been, he hit the reset button. Was Land of the Dead really the end of that story? Can't he find a way to explore the themes he wants to explore with a fifth proper dead film? Maybe something to wrap it all up before he's gone? These "side" zombie movies are just filler.
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10:20PM on 09/28/2008
his last movies sucked and this one probably will too
his last movies sucked and this one probably will too
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4:55PM on 09/28/2008
Romero is the definition of a one-note director.
Romero is the definition of a one-note director.
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8:40AM on 09/28/2008
Hmmm, I'm a big Romero fan but I switched Diary off after ten minutes. To me, it looked cheap, rushed and very lacklustre. This was after ten minutes so maybe I never gave it a chance if so correct me people. Anyway, every other movie I have loved so here's hoping Diary was a mere blip
Hmmm, I'm a big Romero fan but I switched Diary off after ten minutes. To me, it looked cheap, rushed and very lacklustre. This was after ten minutes so maybe I never gave it a chance if so correct me people. Anyway, every other movie I have loved so here's hoping Diary was a mere blip
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3:59AM on 09/28/2008
Fucking Zombies dude.
Fucking Zombies dude.
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7:18PM on 09/27/2008

UNDERWATER ZOMBIES?

sounds like a rip from World War Z.

At least he's stealing from the best...

come to think of it, I'm sure World War Z stole from him first
sounds like a rip from World War Z.

At least he's stealing from the best...

come to think of it, I'm sure World War Z stole from him first
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1:05PM on 09/27/2008

romero's next

I really enjoyed Diary of the Dead, but this new idea of underwater zombies seems a bit dumb to me, it's like they've run out of ideas and are starting to just throw ideas around and came to the conclution that underwater zombies are the best way to go, I know they can do better than that or is he starting a chain of good movie follwed by bad ones...Dawn of the Dead was good, Day of the Dead...not so much, Diary of the Dead, good, and now this new "something of the dead", not the best idea,
I really enjoyed Diary of the Dead, but this new idea of underwater zombies seems a bit dumb to me, it's like they've run out of ideas and are starting to just throw ideas around and came to the conclution that underwater zombies are the best way to go, I know they can do better than that or is he starting a chain of good movie follwed by bad ones...Dawn of the Dead was good, Day of the Dead...not so much, Diary of the Dead, good, and now this new "something of the dead", not the best idea,
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12:16PM on 09/27/2008

Meh

I don't know what to think of this. I used to love Romero but his past two zombie flicks have been sub-par at BEST.

Calling Diary of the Dead innovative and original is complete BS. It was, simply, the next logical step. Cinema vérité has been "in" for quite a while now. Even movies that don't directly use it have been influenced by it. Lots of big budget action flicks have been using the shaky cam to bring the audience a more realistic feeling to the material (ala the Bourne movies).
I don't know what to think of this. I used to love Romero but his past two zombie flicks have been sub-par at BEST.

Calling Diary of the Dead innovative and original is complete BS. It was, simply, the next logical step. Cinema vérité has been "in" for quite a while now. Even movies that don't directly use it have been influenced by it. Lots of big budget action flicks have been using the shaky cam to bring the audience a more realistic feeling to the material (ala the Bourne movies). In fact, "[Rec]" and "The Zombie Diaries" already used cinema vérité in zombie-style flicks, so I thought Diary of the Dead was a bit of a rip-off. The last thing I'd expect Romero to do is rip-off a low-budget filmmaker, seeing as that's where he got his own start, so I'd LIKE to think all of these people had the same idea around the same time, and with the rising profile cinema vérité has had recently, it isn't all that surprising.
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10:35AM on 09/27/2008

Great News!

Diary of the dead was a good movie, i wouldnt say it was amazing, but i believe that it would have been bigger if it wasnt for Cloverfield releasing in the same year using that style of shooting, i still think it was incredibly innovative and new to pose a zombie movie in that fashion. That being said, no more of that style please, just a regularly shot zombie movie. George Romero is a god in the zombie world and i'm just glad to see him sticking to it, i have complete faith in him to bring us
Diary of the dead was a good movie, i wouldnt say it was amazing, but i believe that it would have been bigger if it wasnt for Cloverfield releasing in the same year using that style of shooting, i still think it was incredibly innovative and new to pose a zombie movie in that fashion. That being said, no more of that style please, just a regularly shot zombie movie. George Romero is a god in the zombie world and i'm just glad to see him sticking to it, i have complete faith in him to bring us a kick ass zombie flick, and i'm real excited to see it.
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10:07AM on 09/27/2008

Enough zombies George

I'd like to see some effort go into remaking some of his lesser-known, low-budget, early films like Martin and The Crazies. Diary didn't do much for me and any true fan can admit that each new Romero film has brought the genre down a notch.
I'd like to see some effort go into remaking some of his lesser-known, low-budget, early films like Martin and The Crazies. Diary didn't do much for me and any true fan can admit that each new Romero film has brought the genre down a notch.
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8:16AM on 09/27/2008
It's actually filming starting Sunday for a week in Port Dover (ON Canada), then moving to Black Creek Pioneer Village in North York (in Toronto Canada). An open casting call (which I just missed... damnit!) happened yesterday for "all types for zombies". I'm a type... a damn good type too! :(

Either way, it's GAR, so, I'll watch it.
It's actually filming starting Sunday for a week in Port Dover (ON Canada), then moving to Black Creek Pioneer Village in North York (in Toronto Canada). An open casting call (which I just missed... damnit!) happened yesterday for "all types for zombies". I'm a type... a damn good type too! :(

Either way, it's GAR, so, I'll watch it.
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3:01AM on 09/27/2008

meh

I like zombies just as much as the next ghoul, but Romero seems to have lost his touch with the genre. He would be better off just making the comic book he wrote a few years back into a movie. It had a pretty good plot, and had a freakin zombie elephant in it to boot! Hell, I'd even settle for a sequel to Land of the Dead (as was rumored before Diary was made) before seeing something related to the sub par Diary.
I like zombies just as much as the next ghoul, but Romero seems to have lost his touch with the genre. He would be better off just making the comic book he wrote a few years back into a movie. It had a pretty good plot, and had a freakin zombie elephant in it to boot! Hell, I'd even settle for a sequel to Land of the Dead (as was rumored before Diary was made) before seeing something related to the sub par Diary.
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2:57AM on 09/27/2008
I absolutely loved Diary. I thought it was original for Zombie flicks and also was well shot.

Im pissed off mostly because I live in Charlotte, NC and on the 21st of September I was shceduled to attend a Q and A, plus screenings of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, but, Romero cancelled so he could start shooting earlier. I spent 70 bucks total and I STILL haven't received a refund, after calling and everything. So, either way, if I dont get my money back (which would be fucked
I absolutely loved Diary. I thought it was original for Zombie flicks and also was well shot.

Im pissed off mostly because I live in Charlotte, NC and on the 21st of September I was shceduled to attend a Q and A, plus screenings of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, but, Romero cancelled so he could start shooting earlier. I spent 70 bucks total and I STILL haven't received a refund, after calling and everything. So, either way, if I dont get my money back (which would be fucked up) I will have already soent 70 bucks on this new movie so it BETTER be fucking brilliant.

Also, I really dont think Romero minds being the Zombie Guy because if he did, he wouldve stopped doing the ages ago. He's still the King of Zombies in m book.
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1:10AM on 09/27/2008

zombi 2 aka zombie...

...contained a little bit different underwater zombie action than this describes, Darth. I'm just as much a fan of that scene as the next guy but it wasn't exactly a shining example of zombie horror.
...contained a little bit different underwater zombie action than this describes, Darth. I'm just as much a fan of that scene as the next guy but it wasn't exactly a shining example of zombie horror.
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1:10AM on 09/27/2008
Meh, Dawn and Night are fantastic films and Day/Land are good movies, but I wish Romero would do something else besides another Zombie film. Diary sucked and he's pretty much done all he could do with Zombies. I'd rather Romero try to do something different like Martin or The Crazies.
Meh, Dawn and Night are fantastic films and Day/Land are good movies, but I wish Romero would do something else besides another Zombie film. Diary sucked and he's pretty much done all he could do with Zombies. I'd rather Romero try to do something different like Martin or The Crazies.
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12:53AM on 09/27/2008
I wonder how Romero feels about being locked in as the Zombie Guy. I wonder if deep down inside he really wants to direct a Rom Com with Kate Hudson, or a slapstick comedy with Adam Sandler.
And if he did, would he feel obliged to throw in a Zombie or two?
I wonder how Romero feels about being locked in as the Zombie Guy. I wonder if deep down inside he really wants to direct a Rom Com with Kate Hudson, or a slapstick comedy with Adam Sandler.
And if he did, would he feel obliged to throw in a Zombie or two?
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11:54PM on 09/26/2008

Underwater Zombies?

Has Romero seen ZOMBI 2? thats been done before.
Has Romero seen ZOMBI 2? thats been done before.
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11:52PM on 09/26/2008
i love george romero and would watch anything he does.
i just hope it's not filmed handheld camera style.
i love george romero and would watch anything he does.
i just hope it's not filmed handheld camera style.
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10:59PM on 09/26/2008

Balls Out?

Weren't the remakes already 'balls-out' comedy?

John Russo is the author's name, not Jack.
Weren't the remakes already 'balls-out' comedy?

John Russo is the author's name, not Jack.
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