Monday, 4 July 2011

World of the Dead: Zombie Diaries 2

Michael Bartlett
Kevin Gates
Philip Brodie 
Alix Wilton Regan
Rob Oldfield
I enjoyed the first Zombie Diaries, it was flawed as many zombie films are but ultimately with the exception of the shitty ending it was okay. This however was a big pile of shit. Don't get me wrong, some things in the film work really well. I just can't get over the fact that some guy can't stop filming while his friends get done in. I mean they even allow a civilian they've just met (Leeann from the first film this time played by Alix Wilton Regan) to run around with a shotgun while the military trained Jonesy films everything.

To give you an idea of how frustrating the film is, within the first 5 minutes a guy is giving his kid a birthday cake, it's mid zombie infestation and their worried their daughter is gonna start noticing somethings went awry. So when he hears a noise outside during the zombie infestation clearly he goes outside with a little fucking torch to find out where the noise is coming from. It's almost as if he wants both himself, wife and child to die. And that's just the start of the stupid shit going on.
The main door in a military compound is opened allowing zombies in, though I don't really understand why a military compound would have a) such a flimsy lock easily opened without making any noise and b) why the hell a military compound wouldn't have a lookout of some kind during a zombie infestation.

The film even features a moment in which the military guys are being chased by bandits with guns in the dark, the guy with the camera actually puts the cameras light on thereby giving away their position to the bandits chasing them with semi automatic weapons. What the fuck. It's the sheer stupidity of the film that get's in the way of the story. Which could be good.
I can't help but think this would have been better if it was filmed as an actual proper film rather than a video diary. You can make a good zombie film on a low budget, the recent German film Siege of the Dead is an outstanding example of this. Hell even the first zombie diaries is an example of this. This film just has far too many frustrating moments which ultimately ruin your enjoyment of the film.

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