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Published on Jun 24, 2010
The master of horror returns to the style of filmmaking he pioneered and the genre he invented. In his first independent zombie film in over two decades, George A. Romero takes us back to ground zero in the history of the living dead.
A group of film students struggling to get home amidst the chaos and terror of a zombie outbreak create a first-person video "diary" detailing their horrific encounters with the undead.
Nearly 40 years after he re-invented the horror genre with "Night of the Living Dead," George A. Romero returns to the style of filmmaking he pioneered to bring us his latest masterpiece. In his first independent zombie film in over two decades, Romero takes us back to ground zero in the history of the living dead.
Set in present day, "Diary of the Dead" returns us to the beginning of the living dead outbreak, telling the story of a group of college students who document their deadly encounters with the ravenous flesh-eaters just as the world is first plunged into chaos. Jason Creed and his friends, a small crew of college filmmakers, are working on a horror film when they learn the terrifying news that the dead are returning to life.
Frightened and disbelieving, the young filmmakers abandon school and set off for the safety and security of their homes, only to learn they have no homes to return to and no way to avoid the horror. Everything they depend upon, all that they hold dear is shattered as the living dead rise to take over the world.
Meanwhile, Jason relentlessly documents the real-life horrors in a tense, cinéma vérité style that heightens the terror of each encounter and the disturbing sensation that these are real events happening to real people. Even as his friends start to die ... even as flesh is ripped from their bodies by ravenous walking corpses, he keeps filming -- an obsessive, unflinching eye amidst the chaos.
In a world where the rules of society are crumbling, the government promises to quell the crisis but is unprepared to help. Technology fails. Communication with the rest of the world becomes impossible. Jason and what remains of his crew end up alone, a handful of lucky survivors, with nothing left but self-reliance, the seemingly futile struggle to stay alive and the creation of a "diary of the dead" to leave behind for future generations ... if any survive.