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Diary of the Dead (2007)

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A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own.

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George A. Romero
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Todd Schroeder ... Brody (as Todd William Schroeder)
Laura de Carteret ... Bree
Amy Lalonde ... Tracy Thurman
Martin Roach ... Stranger
Joshua Close ... Jason Creed (as Josh Close)
Joe Dinicol ... Eliot Stone
Michelle Morgan ... Debra Moynihan
Shawn Roberts ... Tony Ravello
Philip Riccio Philip Riccio ... Ridley Wilmott
Tatiana Maslany ... Mary Dexter
Daniel Kash ... Police Officer
Chris Violette ... Gordo Thorsen
Megan Park ... Francine Shane
Scott Wentworth Scott Wentworth ... Andrew Maxwell
George Buza ... Tattooed Biker
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Storyline

While filming a horror movie of mummy in a forest, the students and their professor of the University of Pittsburgh hear on the TV the news that the dead are awaking and walking. Ridley and Francine decide to leave the group, while Jason heads to the dormitory of his girlfriend Debra Monahan. She does not succeed in contacting her family and they travel in Mary's van to the house of Debra's parents in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While driving her van, Mary sees a car accident and runs over a highway patrolman and three other zombies trying to escape from them. Later the religious Mary is depressed, questioning whether the victims where really dead, and tries to commit suicide, shooting herself with a pistol. Her friends take her to a hospital where they realize that the dead are indeed awaking and walking and they need to fight to survive while traveling to Debra's parents house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Where will you be when the end begins? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Bac Films [France] | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$275,061, 17 February 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$958,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,364,858
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite its freeform style, George A. Romero found this handicam interpretation required even more planning than a regular film. See more »

Goofs

One of the characters refers, in the start of the film, to Orson Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast as a hoax. In fact, that broadcast was announced as a work of fiction as normal for a Mercury Theater broadcast. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Police Officer: 628 Tremont. 6-2-8. Three dead. No, just the usual. Fuck. Usual. It's no big deal these days, right?
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Zombie Kills (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Yellow Rose of Texas
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[Ringtone of Tracy's phone and instrumental version heard when Tracy knocks Ridley unconscious and when she steals the RV and drives away]
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User Reviews

 
Romero's Best Dead Since The Original
1 April 2008 | by KashmirgreySee all my reviews

Many will disagree with me here, but I found "Diary of the Dead" to be the best of Romero's "Dead" flicks since his original "Night of the Living Dead" classic. This time he nails it and the method in which he goes about filming in first person perspective is the most effective I have seen to date.

A group of film students and their professor, finding themselves thrust into a "dead are returning to life to feed on the flesh of the living" setting, hop in a motor home and head for their respective homes. With a couple of high-end video cameras, they decide to document their journey when it is discovered that the government is in concert with the media to cover up the truth of what is really happening in the world. Along the way, one by one, the group "deceases" in number falling victims to the horror in their midst.

Diary has some eerie scenes, jump-out-at-you scares, some kick-ass humor, and enough gore for you picky freaks out there that demand and thrive on red goo. Romero goes without the hokeyness of Dawn, Day, and Land this time and the result is impressive!


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