According to IMBD.com and elsewhere, George Romero’s latest flesh-eating opus is now going under the official title of … (wait for it, wait for it) “…of the Dead”. No, I kid you not. Apparently they have dispensed with the “Island of the Dead” title that was going around for a bit there. I still like that title better. It’s just so much more descriptive than “…of the Dead”, which is just ridiculously ridiculous. As such, I’m going to keep calling this movie “Island of the Dead”, because that’s what it is — people on an island surrounded by zombies, thus Island of the Dead. (Oh who am I kidding. I’ll probably acquiesce like I did with the whole “Inglorious Bastards” deal. Sigh.) Anyways, new trailer for Georgie’s latest stab at the cash cow below.
On a small island off North America’s coast, the dead rise to menace the living. Yet…the islanders can’t bring themselves to exterminate their loved ones, despite the growing danger from those the once held dear. A rebel among them hunts down all the zombies he can find, only to be banished from the island for assassinating his neighbors and friends. On the mainland, bent on revenge, he encounters a small band of survivors in search of an oasis on which to build a new life. Barely surviving an attack from a mass of ravenous flesh-eaters. They commandeer a zombie-infested ferry and sail to the island. There, to their horror, they discover that the locals have chained the dead inside their homes, pretending to live ‘normal’ lives…with bloody consequences. What ensues is a desperate struggle for survival and the answer to a question never posed in Romero’s Dead films: Can the living ever live in peace with the dead?
Man, I’m telling you, at this point it’s just looking sad. This one looks awful, kids, and this is coming from a guy who worships the ground Romero walks on. But there’s nothing here that would lead me to believe Romero has gone back to form. To be perfectly honest, I don’t know why he keeps mining this territory. At this point, is there anything he can say using the undead as a metaphor or analogy or allegory or whatever it is the proper word I’m trying to think of is?
Ugh. Teaser for “Island of the Dead” (aka “…of the Dead”) below. Someone put me — er, I mean, them — out of their misery.