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Halloween Horror Countdown 2010 – The Death Rattle November 2, 2010

Posted by vorpalkeith in Movie Review.
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Yes, I know that Halloween has passed, but it was a busy work weekend and I had one movie left sitting on my pile to review. I’m glad I saved this for last too, because it’s a good one.

Diary of the Dead
Directed by George A. Romero

This is the fifth entry in Romero’s dead series. This time we details the efforts of a group of film students at the time of a zombie outbreak who decide to end their attempt to shoot a horror film and create a documentary about the event.

The movie is shot in a Cloverfield-style with, as the narrator/editor explains “music added for effect”. At first this may seem like a gimmick, but it’s actually an essential element of the statement that Romero is trying to make. You see, there is always an element of social commentary and satire in the Romero films.

Night of the Living Dead spoke about racism and hysteria surrounding the civil rights movement in the sixties.
Dawn of the Dead was about consumerism.
Day of the Dead was about militarism.
Land of the Dead was about classism.

In Diary, Romero turns his lens upon our 24/7 news culture, the confusion it breeds, the tragedy as ratings it needs, and the panic it feeds. The film questions the nature of our relationship with tragedy and horror, when we only deem to see it through the glass of a monitor, or the lens of a camera. As a detached observer, can we genuinely empathize with what we see?

As a detached observer, do we even feel anything anymore?

Five spooky pumpkins out of five.



1. Christian Kocinski - November 2, 2010

I find it interesting that the concepts of “Cinema Verite” or “Mis-en-scene” are now being called “Coverfield Style” as of Abrahms and Co. Invented this style of filmmaking….

Remember Dogma 95? Anyone? Keith does…

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