It’s ironic to me that the subgenre of film that seems to have the most energy, creativity, and originality today is the one essentially created by George Romero, and yet, Romero’s new zombie films are the only ones that I don’t care to see any more. In the 40 years since Night of the Living Dead, Romero has somehow regressed. The original Dead trilogy still stands as the greatest contributions ever to zombie movies (yes: Including Shaun of the Dead, which couldn’t have existed without Romero), but Romero’s last two films — Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead — are two of the worst zombie movies in recent memory.
And it’s hard to make a zombie movie I don’t give a shit about.
But, it appears, he’s done it again with Survival of the Dead, which sets the zombies on an island off the coast of North America. From the looks of the trailer, there’s nothing new here. In fact, it appears that he’s rolling out the same shots and the same zombie kills that he’s been rolling out since 1968. I’d argue, in fact, that the the trilogy had much more sophistication than Survival of the Dead, which looks like a quick cash out thrown together by an aging icon with about $100 and a few six-packs.