Survival of the Dead – A Study Of A Fading Dream
I finally gave myself two hours aside to watch George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead. This is the 6th Dead movie that Romero has made, and though the original trilogy only kept getting better it certainly feels like this second trilogy just keeps getting more unmemorable. Land was actually quite terrible but at least Romero was swinging for the bleachers. Diary was just completely amateur and bad for anyone, but so sad knowing the master of the zombie genre had sunk so low. Now we have Survival, which is just completely averagely lame.
The basic premise is the soldier who raids the Winnebago in Diary (yeah, he WAS the best thing about the movie – not saying much) is now the main player and we follow him as he manages to find out about an island and decides to head there hoping to find safety, maybe a little isolation and peace. Instead, he finds two warring family/clans that are just unbelievably stupid and ignorant in the face of the end of the world. I kind of think that was Romero’s point, that humans are the problem, their petty problems would carry over. I don’t know about that but I know what I thought of this movie, so here are those thoughts:
Alright, I’m now going to heat up some lasagne and watch Survival of the Dead #zombiesonhorses Giddy. Up.
Pretty sure an exploding head doesn’t work like that-and these soldiers should care more. #zombiesonhorses
Oh damn, it’s the soldier from Diary of the Dead-he was easily the best actor in that hot shaft. #zombiesonhorses
There’s the horse-hey, lady, get off the zombie’s horse! #zombiesonhorses
First real scare of the movie-the audio of the door opening is dialed up to 11. #zombiesonhorses
The old man is fine with killing a human lady but draws the line at zombie kids-priorities man. #zombiesonhorses
Is that chick rubbing one out-around a bunch of sex crazed soldiers-and they don’t care-PLOT HOLE. #zombiesonhorses
Moaning zombie heads on pikes-that’s actually pretty damn cool. #zombiesonhorses
How’d DJ Squalls-a-like ever survive the zombie apocalypse? #zombiesonhorses
I like Romero is obv keen to use new tech but it never feels organic-where’s the electricity coming from to charge things? #zombiesonhorses
Fishing for zombies, on a slanted roof, at night. That guy deserves to die. #zombiesonhorses
I’ll never call my beloved zombies ‘dead heads’ ever. You hear me? Never. #zombiesonhorses
How is that zombie changing gears? #zombiesonhorses
Ooh, Ghost Rider zombie, seriously http://twitpic.com/25dqrw #zombiesonhorses
If you light your smoke off a flaming zombie head can you get infected? #zombiesonhorses
Zombie just delivered mail-they can do menial tasks-quick, get them to join social media-ha. #zombiesonhorses
Oh yeah. That zombie. Is riding-wait for it…A horse. Boom. #zombiesonhorses
“I’m going to go the stealth route, alone.” *starts unloading his gun, stealth style* #zombiesonhorses
Pig’s a filthy animal, zombies don’t eat filthy animals. #zombiesonhorses
Hey look, it’s the love child of Michael Biehn and Joe Pantoliano, if you can dig it? #zombiesonhorses
Cheap Shot #2: That bird noise was well amplified, and completely superfluous. #zombiesonhorses
Ah, the twin reveal late in the game. But to no real avail. #zombiesonhorses
Why is this hard ass suddenly soft-not consistent nor a true character progression. #zombiesonhorses
This zombie better eat this horse now, c’mon. #zombiesonhorses
Protip: Never walk up to your zombie twin. Ever. #zombiesonhorses
Zombie just peeled old mate’s hair back like a hood-nasty scalping. #zombiesonhorses
Hanging upside-down next to a zombie-it’s like a game show, or an exercise-it’ll really work your core. #zombiesonhorses
YES! That zombie is now eating that horse. Golden. #zombiesonhorses
Old man hick zombie shoot out. Seriously. http://twitpic.com/25e3k3 Lame. #zombiesonhorses
I give Survival of the Dead 2 Cleveland Steamers, it’s just not worth the effort for more. #zombiesonhorses
And that’s all I got to say about that.
I was always going to see it, it’s the master, but man, I won’t be watching it again any time soon.
Have you saddled up with the zombies on horses?
I picked this up on DVD when it came out, and it bummed me out so much I haven’t gone back to it. Land and Diary were both mediocre, but they felt like he was at least still trying to do new things. I’m not sure what he was thinking with Survival. Maybe he’s reached a point where he’s made his name and just isn’t that bothered any more.
I don’t subscribe to the idea that as an artist gets older, their output invariably gets worse, but Romero is sadly standing as proof of it.
It’s saddenly average.