Survival of the Dead (2009)

3.5 Overall Score
Story: 3/10
Acting: 4/10
Visuals: 4/10

Not much

Dull zombie movie, poor entry to Romero's Dead films

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Survival of the Dead

Studio:  Artfire Films

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  September 9, 2009 (Venice)/April 30, 2010 (United States)

MPAA Rating:  R


Irish Spring! Lucky Charms! Any stereotypical Irish stuff…I’ll say it!

Sarge “Nicotine” Crockett (Alan van Sprang) and his crew have been vilified after appearing in a video where they robbed a group of survivors while in their National Guard uniforms. When they learn about an island in the Atlantic where they might be able to set up a community, they become involved in an age old feud between the Patrick O’Flynn (Kenneth Welsh) and Seamus Muldoon (Richard Fitzpatrick) that could cost them their lives.

Directed by George A. Romero, Survival of the Dead followed Diary of the Dead and is a true sequel with characters from Diary of the Dead appearing in Survival of the Dead. The movie wasn’t well received by critics.


Pop goes the zombie!

Survival of the Dead isn’t very good. I like that it is a sequel for a change, but it really doesn’t do much to advance the story of “the Dead”. The really bad generic Hatfields and McCoys fight is such a drag on the story and doesn’t make much sense. Why is there an island off the coast of the U.S. where everyone has an Irish accent, and they live like it is the turn of the century? Who thought this would be a good idea for a story?

The only advancement in the actual story of the zombies is that the people of the island are trying to get the zombies to eat animals. After a weepy scene involving twins (another misguided plot), the zombies do it though no one is around to realize it…I don’t know if this is a good idea. Now, the food supply is also open to being tainted since it was shown that the blood of zombies can turn a person…good planning guys.


Zombie stand-off…nice shot…lame story

The actors in the film are all rather dull. The person who gives it the biggest shot is Kenneth Welsh (as Patrick O’Flynn) who does live it up with the over-the-top Irish accent. No one else really tries and all the characters are rather generic. I thought that by bringing back Alan van Sprang the filmmakers would do more with Diary of the Dead, but they didn’t.

Survival of the Dead is for fans of the Dead films only. As a zombie movie it is pretty dull and there aren’t enough zombies.  As a drama, the Hatfields/McCoys storyline is so over-played and irrational when the Dead are walking around. I’d just steer clear of Survival of the Dead and pick-up a better zombie movie (or just rewatch one of the older ones).

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Related Links:

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Day of the Dead (1985)

Land of the Dead (2005)

Diary of the Dead (2007)

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