Thursday, 10 September 2009
Venice 2009: Survival Of The Dead
For the sixth instalment of his ongoing zombie saga, George A Romero’s offers up a zombie western, a bloody riff on William Wyler’s The Big Country. Not a direct sequel to 2007’s Diary Of The Dead, although it shares with it one scene and one character — renegade National Guard sergeant Nicholas “Nicotine” Crocket (Alan Van Sprang who also appeared in Land) — this begins six days after the dead have started to walk and is set mainly on the fictional Plum Island where two warring families, the O’Flynns and the Muldoons, are engaged in a decades-old conflict, with “Dead Heads” and Crocket’s unit caught in the middle. Typically gory with some inventive new kills, this may lack both the bite and social commentary of previous Deads, but is reasonably diverting, nevertheless, if not a patch on Night or Dawn.