Survival of the Dead, the latest in George A. Romero's insufferable zombie franchise, is the latest proof that the once acclaimed filmmaker is decades behind the curve. The movie overflows with terrible dialogue, bad acting and embarrassing special effects.
Little more can be said. Romero is like that star athlete who continues to play well past his prime. He should have retired long ago, but instead continues to diminish his prestige with poorly done movies that are shells of his former productions. He hasn't made a relevant zombie movie in years, and even the zombie-comedies of recent years make his productions look amateurish.
I only watched half of Survival of the Dead it was so bad. Romero has resorted to CGI gore for many of the zombie-killing scenes, which is disappointing. The movie itself looks like it was produced by a high school student with a VHS camera. With so many good actors in the market, it's amazing that Romero managed to find the worst of the worst, though his own script is likely more to blame.
Mr. Romero, please stop making zombie movies. Please stop making movies. Period. There's a reason why your movies haven't been relevant since the mid-80's. Land of the Dead was watchable but weak compared to other modern zombie movies, and Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead have proven that any original ideas escaped you long ago. Stop now. For your sake. And ours.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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