New Red Band Trailer: Survival of the Dead

One film we’re particularly anxious to have come out here in the States is George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead. We still have a few weeks to go, but the new red band trailer introduced by George himself just hit, and it’s available NOW!

Magnet will be releasing the film in the US on April 30th via VOD, XBOX Live, Playstation, and Amazon and then follow that release with a limited theatrical run on May 28th.

Like its predecessors, Romero’s Survival of the Dead (reviews here and here) takes place in a desperate, nightmarish world where the dead walk the earth, relentlessly attacking the living. It is the story of Plum Island – a beautiful refuge whose isolation allows two powerful families to maintain a semblance of order in the wake of the zombie holocaust. But as the inhabitants slowly die off, the two clans become sharply divided: The O’Flynns believe that the undead must be destroyed without exception, while the Muldoons insist that afflicted loved ones be kept “alive” until a cure is found. The result is an escalating showdown with echoes of a classic Western stand-off that erupts in brutality and violence.

Check out the red band trailer below, which features a very familiar looking zombie going to work!

Survival of the Dead – Red Band Trailer 2
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  • SelfMedicatedBlues13

    I must say being a fan of all of the dead films. As well as Romero’s ofter films. I might be a bit of a fanboy but I really have to say this film looks great. Creepy you made my day saying you felt it was a return to form. Now I’m just playing the waiting game!

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  • The Buz

    Whoa. This looks excellent. I have been very skeptical since Diary (it just didn’t tickle my fancy, great movie in there some where, but it’s just poorly put together), but this looks like it will be back to basics for George.

    And minus Survival, my list is exactly like yours Creepy.

  • maikii

    Holy SHIT… I just watched the first 2 minutes of this movie and had to stop because I was laughing so hard. That first zombie getting his head blown off… Holy frigging smokes, The CGI is SO BAD. Not that ANY CGI is ever good, but god damn. This is on par with those awful Sci-Fi original movies. Jesus Christ Romero, I thought you wanted to avoid these shitty effects. I’m starting to think that without Tom Savini, Romero just can’t cut it.

    • zebediahdesoto

      CGI is SO BAD?

      without Tom Savini, Romero just can’t cut it?

      You ever try making a movie?

      You should be so lucky as to smell his shit for all I care!

      Romero IS this genre!!!

      His budgets are limited!
      He has just started expanding into the digital domain of effects were people are trying to charge 7to12 thousand dollars a shot just for tracking (A.K.A match moving) the camera so as to make the C.G. stick.

      That price doesn’t even include the actual creation (A.K.A. Modeling) and animation (A.K.A. making the rat bastard model move) of C.G. animation.

      Then on top of that you gotta go and composite the C.G. effect into the shot.
      Meaning some talented or talentless bastard gets to touch your film/your baby

      And either make it rock or make it go suck dick on the corner for crack rock!

      Romero has proven himself in this genre time and time again.

      He has shined as bright as any star could in this genre.

      Just as a painter works on a single frame.

      His medium is painting his minds eye on thousands of frames.

      He career has spanned decades.

      If his producers didn’t understand the difference between SyFy (A.K.A. Sci-Fi) post and knock you on your ungrateful ass for entertaining millions upon millions of people VFX.

      Not all directors are as fortunate as to have the creative freedom as others.

      If Romero was givin a “Lord of the Rings” 90million dollar budget do you even think his digital effects would be even playing within that SyFy level of entertainment? When the man had the freedom and the level of financial support necessary to support such an incredible vision…

      His star eclipsed all other suns.

      Grow some balls.
      Have some fuckin respect.

      That little children’s story pic of a deadman you use carry yourself through these forums wouldn’t event exist with out Romero.

      • maikii

        So anyway, I love Romero. Or I did anyway. His original 3 Dead movies are 3 of the best movies I’ve ever seen.

        That being said, the GCI in his newer movies looks like shit. In fact, the CGI in ANY movie, despite the budget, looks like shit. Paraphrasing something that Romero HIMSELF once said; when I see something like CGI, and I know it was done with computers, it takes me right out of the movie.

        I finished watching this movie, and I’ve noticed a common thread in his 3 latest Dead films; I don’t give a rats ass about any of the characters. They can all die and I’d be all set. This is not a good thing in my book.

  • Masked Slasher

    It pains me to say this, but Survival of the Dead is an embarrassment to the genre.

    Beginning with the obvious, the CGI effects are some of the worst we’ve seen. The ‘zombie heads on pikes’ scene is a joke, especially considering that Romero’s previous films were a showcase for great FX work. Now they’re the anthesis of it.

    But that’s just the start. There isn’t much to Survival of the Dead and, what’s worse, is that its very badly directed by Romero. Nothing holds any weight: characters lose loved ones and friends and they’re forgotten about two scenes later.

    The climax is awkardly staged, leaving most of the actors to stand around like stage actors in need of direction. It all contributes to the disaster that is this film.

    This and Diary are the only Romero films I dislike, but I do severely dislike them.

    As much as I love George A. Romero, I can’t help but feel he needs to forget about zombies. I really wish he left them at Land and moved on.

    • Uncle Creepy

      That’s the thing about Romero’s movies. They have this effect on the fanbase. It seems at first either people love them or hate them. Then in 20 years they’re regarded as classics.

      People HATED Day upon it’s release, and even I wasn’t too jazzed by it. Now it’s my fav.

      • Floydian Trip

        I went and saw Day and loved it right away but everyone else went to see Return so people had to catch up wit it. His movies now just plain old suck. Including Land.

      • Terminal

        Romero is still on the fringe making movies ahead of their time. Diary and Land are going to be appreciated sooner or later.
        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • Floydian Trip

          Yep, in 10 years someone is going to make a drinking game out od Diary. Every 5 minutes you make it through the film you take a shot of Vodka and get punched in the face.

      • Masked Slasher

        I do not believe either Diary or Survival are on the level of his other zombie flicks.

        Most of my friends aren’t hardcore horror fans, but I was always proud to show them some of the genre’s best, including Night, Dawn, Day and even Land.

        But I wouldn’t show them Diary or Survival as those films just embarrass me.

        Diary had some interesting things to say, but did not say them very well. The fact that NOBODY in the film acted like a rational or intelligent human being really saddend me. And Survival is just a disaster.

        If either of those films were made by some unestablished filmmaker, I don’t believe anybody would care about them. And I still consider George to be one of my favorite directors, but these last two movies …

        • Terminal

          I fell in love with Diary upon my first viewing and grew to enjoy it even more with subsequent viewings. I can definitely understand why people would dislike it though.
          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • Vanvance1

      Actually I saw this and I was very pleased. I hated Diary but thought Survival was a return to form for George. I will admit some of the f/x work is weak… but it’s imaginative. I can forgive a low budget and weak technical aspects if the story and inspiration is there. Survival has both.

      This is a fun, smart zombie flick. I even prefer it to Land of the Dead.

      • Uncle Creepy

        110% agree.

  • Vanvance1

    Romero is a hero and I’m with you Creepy, Day tops my list of Romero movies (and is in fact my all time fave zombie flick) with Diary at the bottom.

    Truth be told I hated diary and couldn’t believe it came from Romero.

    Now that he has flexed his zombie chops another few times I’d like to see him do something else. Don’t forget this is a director good enough to make King’s ‘The Dark Half’ fun. I couldn’t even finish the book but enjoyed the movie hugely.

    • Uncle Creepy

      Dude seeing him direct was like watching the Mona Lisa be painted. Don’t even get me started with what it felt like to be directed by him! HOLY SHIT! I still have a hard on!

      • Terminal

        My mom has a major crush on him. I have to take her to meet him someday.
        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • Floydian Trip

          My Mom thinks James Cameron is hot!

          • Spaceshark

            My mom likes Daughtry. I win.

  • Cinemascribe

    Hell yes..this is what I’m talking about. Rock on George..keep bringing that zombie goodness!

    Y’know what ? I have a response to all of the people out there who have been saying Romero is a hack and his best days are behind him ( or that he shouldn’t have had aliens in the last film becuase the other entries dealt with religious artifacts and,consequently, it raped their childhood…oh, wait,wrong franchise).

    Take a good long look at the scroll of titles seen in this trailer. Night,Dawn,Day Land, Diary and now Survival. I know for a fact I’m not alone in being a fan who has enjoyed every single chapter in this saga up until now (as I’ve stated elsewhere on DC, I actually thought Diary was his best since the original Dawn),but that’s beside the point- those who would hate should look at that list of titles as they flash and clue into the reality of George A. Romero. This is a man who created a legacy, has earned his place as an icon of horror and has made what now comes to six films in a constantly entertaining and socially relevant saga..and the man did it HIS WAY. Outside of the studio system (save for Land), on limited budgets, he has managed to craft his own,unique vision of an apocalyptic world of the undead and he has consistently done so while making the films he wants to make.
    No,Romero is not a hack..he’s an inspiration. I wish more people would retain the passion for their chosen genre that he has all these years. I’ll take one of his films over any studio produced mass release any day of the week.
    “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

    • Uncle Creepy

      Agreed. For me though the Dead franchise rates as follows —

      Day of the Dead
      Night of the Living Dead
      Survival of the Dead
      Dawn of the Dead
      Land of the Dead
      Diary of the Dead

      A lot of people are shocked at Dawn’s placement on that list, but I loved Night and Day so much more. I honestly believe that Survival is the best entry since Day, and I’m not just saying that because I’m in the fucker. In it George borrows bits from all of the Dead films and creates yet another sad, violent, and darkly humorous view of ourselves.

      If I had to say anything bad about it at all it would be some of the CGI gore used in favor of practical effects but even then there is way more practical stuff than there is CG. Like it or not CG is here to stay, and nowadays it’s actually cheaper to do than practical and we all know Romero has never really had a big budget for these things.

      I hope you dig it when as much as I do when you see it. I’ve watched the fucker like six times already and it gets better with each viewing.

      • Terminal

        I think Land is very under appreciated if you ask me.

        I’m not being an apologist because I fucking hate Big Daddy, and the climax is way too sappy, but I think it’s a fun movie that could have been incredible had Romero been left alone to do what he does best.

        And it also would have helped if he could have included clips from Night, Dawn and Day as a preamble.
        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • Terminal

      Cinemascribe you’re not alone.

      I loved Night, Dawn, Day and Diary, and liked Land.

      Being very horrified of zombies all five keep me up at nights.

      I thought Diary was an excellent commentary about the digital age and the mishandling of information on the internet age and how we’re wasting our resources on crap like cats flushing toilets when we, as the people, could be offering each other the REAL news of the world.

      Romero has yet to make a misstep in this series.

      For me it’s Dawn, Night, Day, Diary, and Land.
      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • Uncle Creepy

        And that digital age commentary continues some in Survival. It’s great, the world is rapidly going to hell (Survival takes place three weeks after they started walking again) and the one thing still left standing is the internet and its bloggers. It’s pretty funny and ironic!

        • Terminal

          I have a laundry list of movies I’m obligated to see for my site and all so I’ve yet to see Survival and Bitchslap, but I’m getting to it with baby steps.
          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Uncle Creepy

            Dude. Trust me. Pass on Bitch Slap.

          • Terminal

            Everyone is making comparisons to “Faster Pussycat,” and that’s one of my favorite movies of all time. I have to see what the big deal is. I have to.
            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Uncle Creepy

            Wow. If you’re hoping Bitch Slap can muster an iota of that flick’s moxie I anxiously await your upcoming anger and fury. LOL

          • Terminal

            Hey, that’s all I ever bring to the table, am I right? 😉
            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Uncle Creepy

    Finally a good trailer! I was beginning to think it was impossible! Way to go Magnet!