In an interview with Bloody-Disgusting, George Romero, the Godfather of zombie movies, says that if his latest zombie opus, the miserably generic and underachieving “Survival of the Dead” does well (i.e. if it turns a profit), then he plans on doing two more “Dead” films before calling it quits. As with “Survival”, the final two films would focus on two other characters from “Diary of the Dead” and expand on their story.
Sigh. I love George Romero. I really do. I still get giddy everytime I run across the original “Night of the Living Dead” on TV every now and then. And for my money, reruns of the original “Dawn of the Dead” and “Day of the Dead” are criminally under represented on basic cable. Then again, those films are pretty grisly, and it’s better to see them on DVD anyway.
Still, two more “Dead” films? I don’t know if I can get behind that. The only worthwhile moment in the entire “Survival of the Dead” was the final shot in the film, with two zombies shooting at each other on top of a hill. That’s it. The rest of the film was by-the-numbers and silly. I still can’t get my head around the fact that in the film’s zombie apocalypse, there are still people doing talk shows and ranchers are still paying hands to do their bidding for them. With money! In the zombie apocalypse! Who cares about green rectangle paper when the world has been overrun by flesh-eating zombies?
Anyways. For those still interested, “Survival of the Dead” opens in limited release May 28, 2010, but is currently available on Video-on-Demand, and you can stream the movie from places like Amazon. Here’s a trailer: