George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead

Director: George A. Romero
Screenwriters: George A. Romero

Institute History

  • 2008 Sundance Film Festival


In George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead, fiction turns into reality for a group of film students who set out to shoot a low-budget horror flick in the woods of Pennsylvania. When the dead come to life before their eyes, director Jason Creed decides to capture these startling events with his camera, even as members of his cast and crew become prey to the increasing army of walking corpses that surround them. Mainstream media coverage of this plague is manipulated and unreliable, so the only way to get the real story out to the public is by posting raw footage on the Internet. As the group make their way back home in an old Winnebago, they are met with death at every turn, and the realization sets in that the only remaining audience for Jason’s film may be the same undead subjects he is risking his life to document.

Widely regarded as the master of all things zombie, George A. Romero reinvents his legendary contribution to the horror film zeitgeist with this entirely new take on undead culture. Romero’s fifth zombie film never violates the rules of the undead that he created nearly four decades ago with his landmark film Night of the Living Dead—he stays true to his roots, solidifying his place as a true “gore auteur” of the genre.

— Adam Montgomery

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