First Promo Trailer for George Romero's ...of the Dead
Formerly known as Island of the Dead and unofficially known as the Diary of the Dead sequel is George A. Romero's …of the Dead. We've written about it a few times previously and ran a few first look photos, but now Bloody-Disgusting has the first official promo trailer for the film. Is it an improvement of Romero's last flop, Diary of the Dead? Barely -- I guess it looks a little bit better, but I still think Romero is way past his prime. Unfortunately it's so low quality that I can't even make out anything that's happening in it anyway. For those of you that are still zombie fans anxious for Romero's next film, here's your first taste.
Watch the promo trailer for George A. Romero's …of the Dead:
(Please head over to Bloody-Disgusting to watch the trailer for the time being!)
On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state.
…of the Dead is both written and directed by the legendary George A. Romero, the zombie mastermind behind such classics as Night of the Living Dead, The Crazies, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, and Day of the Dead. This film doesn't actually have an official distributor yet, which means it'll likely show up at some film festivals this year before hitting theaters. Expect to hear more about …of the Dead in late 2009!
Reader Feedback - 31 Comments
Looks like crap!
Hector on Jan 5, 2009
I didn't mind it. It actually looks like an improvement over Diary to me.
BahHumbug on Jan 5, 2009
I never saw a trailer that advertised itself as "In production" before.... i hope by the time production finishes it looks a lot better... I will probably see this anyway since i love zombie movies, however i dont think any zombie movie has topped "28 days/weeks Later" yet. Although Zack Snyders "Dawn of the Dead" comes close...
The Real Alex on Jan 5, 2009
Romero was a filmmaker who had a decent idea in the late 60s for a film (Night of the Living Dead), who took that idea and ran it in for a massive touchdown in the late 70s (Dawn of the Dead, not only one of the top films of the 70s, but also one of the best films ever made), and then pretty much petered out. He's had some interesting films (Martin, Knightriders) which don't involve zombies and it'd be nice to see him get back to those, since he's now out of his league in this genre.
Krug on Jan 6, 2009
I have to agree with #5 Romero can't make Zombie flicks as good as he use to.. as much as i love watching zombie films i can't stand crappy ones. Zack Snyder did an amazing remake to Dawn of the Dead, I haven't seen one to top he's yet.
Cherry on Jan 6, 2009
As a fan of a the genre, this looks like yet another nail in the coffin.
Syphous on Jan 6, 2009
Obviously it says "In Production," but going on how it looks now... I was going to say this looks like the SciFi Channel made it, but as the video went on...the SciFi Channel's movies look better...
Viper on Jan 6, 2009
URRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Hello, Aunt Alicia!
Bub on Jan 6, 2009
Romero has said many times that he would like to make non-zombie films as well, but too often than not the folks with the $$ in Hollywood tell YOU what kind of film you're making.
Zombie Chuck on Jan 6, 2009
This looks like a bad made for TV Zombie special. I really really hope world war z gets better production value than this crap.
Unseen on Jan 6, 2009
why doesn't this guy do something different
darrin on Jan 6, 2009
I love Romero but that cast looks like he got them out of a nursing home! chuck
entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com on Jan 6, 2009
He needs to make a sequel to Dawn of the Dead, and stop making this crap already!!
Brent L on Jan 6, 2009
"... of the Dead" ?! Really?! What kind of movie name is that? Did he ran out of ideas? And the poster looks so bad it is almost painful to look at. The guy invented the genre, and for that i thank him, but his latest movies are really bad when compared to 28 weeks later (maybe the next movie of the franchise will be called "28 ... later", if this becomes a trend). And I am really starting to think the first movies were good because they were the first zombie movies and he got lucky.
Ricardo on Jan 6, 2009
Awful! the Dawn of the Dead remake was so much better than anything he's ever done. So he was a legend back in the day, now he just looks like a joke with every bland assed zombie flick he brings out.
Bob on Jan 6, 2009
I hate to say this because I know he's the godfather of the zombie genre... but Romero is giving Zombie films a bad rapport
peloquin on Jan 6, 2009
Now, somebody answer me this.. Why would you go out and see this if you already own a copy of Left 4 Dead? Hell, go out and BUY a copy of Left 4 Dead. Its $50 more but it will provide you with dozens of hours more entertainment value, vs. maybe 2 hours of yet *another* average Romero zombie flick.
Derek on Jan 6, 2009
There seems to be a strong sense that high budget+good and low budget=crap. I'm not sure I see it. Personally I thought Snyder's remake was fun to watch, but lacked and real substance. "Land of the Dead", while not Romero's best was intelligent and seems to improve with each viewing and "Diary" was a bit of a letdown, but was not without its moments. What "Diary" was lacking was decent acting and a bit more zombie action. Romero's human characters have never been too fleshed out (excuse the pun), but they usually stand in as parts of a larger allegory. In these newer films, much of that depth is missing ("28 Days..." being an exception). Big budgets require big ticket sales and big ticket sales usually require stooping to the lowest common denominator. I have no doubt that this next movie, even if it is Romero's worst, will still have bits of satire, humor and guts (natch!) that 95% of horror cinema lacks. I hope it turns out well, he seems to have used "Diary" as a dry run so maybe there'll be some improvement. I too would like to see a non-zom film from Papa George, but even in the indy business people will finance what sells and zombies are the monster du jour. If you want to see a Romero piece that does not have zombies, you will have to support his newest work (whether or not you think it might suck) in order to get some of those investors to loosen up the ol' purse strings. PS- "...of the Dead" is a working title. Upon release the film will have an actual name. PPS- I hope "WWZ" is good, but can it be better than "Spaceballs"?
Zach Rocker on Jan 6, 2009
wtf is this crap, Romero may be Max Brooks's greatest hero, but the man can't make zombie movies for shit anymore. bring on World War Z, AND MAKE IT GOOD.
jman571 on Jan 6, 2009
Elipsis of the Dead?
Sean Kelly on Jan 6, 2009
The only Dead movie I'd see next is another made by Zack Snyder.
avoidz on Jan 7, 2009
diary of the dead had some of the worst acting i have ever seen.
milk on Jan 7, 2009
#23 - I totally agree. I couldn't even stomach watching the whole thing, I think I lasted about 15-20 minutes before I had to stop it. One of the worst movies ever.
Syphous on Jan 8, 2009
@#12 Darrin, Romero has done different things before. Why he doesn't do a lot of different stuff now, is 1. because he himself has said that he will never tire of the zombie genre, and 2. his past attempts at venturing out of the genre have resulted in near or absolute failure do to financing problems. It seems apparent to me that he doesn't like to work with studios because he's had such a rough time in the past of losing funding in the middle of a project. And more than once. Yes, Romero does seem to have lost a lot of his flair for zombie films, but if you look back at Dawn of the Dead or Day of the Dead, you can see that those could have used a lot of work, too. And if you're wondering why his movies aren't as scary as films of the same genre by other directors, it's because after Night of the Living Dead, his interest in zombie films has been from a comical satirical perspective. As bleak as 'Dawn ..' was, it was chock full of humor. That's the way his films have always been. It's more important for him to make his underlying statement than to make his zombies really scary. And @#16 Bob, The remake of Dawn of the Dead though a spectacular visual 'feast' for the eyes and a tremendously well directed action/horror film, was not better than the original. It was entirely superficial. That's not to say that Zack Snyder is a bad director, because he isn't. I have utter faith in Watchmen after all those amazing trailers. But Romero's approach to filmmaking has a lot more substance.
JL on Jan 8, 2009
I can agree with one claim made by many of you, and that is that Diary of the Dead was an atrocity. It could have been soooo good, if only they hadn't used so many terrible actors, and they had actually shot this with handheld digital cameras to give it that authentic, just been attacked by zombies look. It looked way too polished and edited to feel like it was done by some retard college kids who don't know their asses from a shotgun. By the way, if you want to see a more successful attempt at the same trick, watch 'The Zombie Diaries.' It's a little low budget, independent thing from the UK, and it actually looks like it was all shot like it was an actual event.
JL on Jan 8, 2009
Twilight of the Dead....
Sam Iam on Jan 11, 2009
I don't agree with many of you at all. Diary of the Dead was one of the best Zombie films I have ever seen and at #26, It was mostly shot by some handheld cameras so I don't know where you're coming from there. I cannot WAIT for the sequel to be honest, Romero is by far the best Zombie films director out there, the remake of Dawn Of The Dead was okay but nothing on the original, and while 28 Days/Weeks later were good films.. They just didn't touch most of Romero's films. Even Land Of The Dead was better in my opinion than 28 days/weeks and Dawn remake.
Damian on Jan 12, 2009
Finally, someone who agrees with me that "Land" was a good movie!
zach rocker on Jan 12, 2009
Is it just me or does the hefty zombie in the center of the poster look like an undead Jerry Garcia? Because that, unlike nearly everything else the overrated hack has made, I would be willing to see.
robert on Jan 13, 2009
Land of the Dead is great! Diary...well...uh, okay, not so great. But this new one, "of the Dead"? Shoot it in the head. Just shoot it in the head, Man! LOL! Seriously, I'll give it a fair chance. Who knows, it could be good? Maybe Romero can call it, The Wee Hours of the Dead? George, I want my cut if you decide to go with this title! LOL!
Daniel Walimaa on Jan 28, 2009
everyone needs to stop referencing 28days/weeks later as zombie films. they are not. those people are very much alive and want to beat the shit out of u. not dead and want to eat u. plus, and i dont care what you new age zombie fans think, the undead(unless their vampires) do not run. zombies do not run. anyone who thinks otherwise is not a true fan of the zombie genre. oh and the dawn of the dead remake was the dumbest, worst acting, piece of crap iv ever seen.
Brandon on Feb 17, 2009
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