Everyone knows that George A. Romero earned his title as the “Godfather of the Modern Zombie” following the release of Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Dawn of the Dead followed in 1978, and Day of the Dead made a trilogy in 1985. But the Living Dead franchise didn’t end there; though never gaining as much popularity as their predecessors, Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2008), and Survival of the Dead (2009) are all official entries in the franchise and part of the Night of the Living Dead canon.
Off these lesser-known Living Dead entries, Diary is more than just a standout; it’s a great film in its own right, a sleeper that never got the attention it deserved. Released on this date 12 years ago, Diary of the Dead is a found footage film, released during that subgenre’s heyday. But it’s more than just shaky cams and out of focus hordes. Diary of the Dead is a searing satire aimed at media-obsessed Millenials. If you never gave Diary of the Dead a fair shake, consider giving it a look with fresh eyes. I think you’ll agree, it’s a fantastic entry in the Living Dead franchise and an entertaining stand-alone.
Give the trailer for Diary of the Dead a spin embedded at the top of the article and peep the synopsis below.
The dead are returning to life to feast on the flesh of the living. As civilization dissolves in this nightmare scenario, a group of college students travel across Pennsylvania in hopes of finding refuge at their friend’s secluded mansion. Film student Jason (Joshua Close), tapes their journey, and the movie is presented as his footage. The fifth chapter in George A. Romero’s zombie saga that began with Night Of The Living Dead features the social commentary the series is known for.