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Sunday, October 28

13 Days of Halloween: DVD Review - Zombie Diaries 2: World of the Dead

Zombie Diaries 2: World of the Dead
Directed by Michael Bartlett & Kevin Gates
Starring: Philip Brodie, Alix Wilton Regan,  Rob Oldfield, Vicky Araico, Tobias Bowman, Okorie Chukwu, Russell Jones, Hiram Bleetman, and Toby Nicholas
Studio: Dimension Extreme
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Running Time: 92 minutes
Rated R for violence and gore, a rape, language, some sexual content and brief nudity


Three months after the worldwide zombie outbreak that wiped 99.9% of the population, a small group of British survivors are trying to survive. They have heard that there is a ship at sea that is taking the remaining survivors to safety. The group is lead by Maddox (played by Philip Brodie) whom has just taken in a few more survivors at the beachside compound, which includes the sole survivor of the first movie's film crew, Leanne, (played by Alix Wilton Regan who is replacing Victoria Summer). Before long the zombies invade the compound causing Maddox, Leanne, Jonesy, who is constantly filming with his camera, and a few others to runaway.

With no vehicles, they run on foot looking for any place for shelter. Eventually they come across some booby-traps and the remains of headless zombies in a wooded area. The carefully survey a cabin from a distance where a group of human bandits are watching another man sexually assault a female zombie. The deadly Goke (played by Russell Jones) comes out of the cabin and murders the man. That is when Leanne recognizes Goke and his henchman Manny as she had encountered them in the first movie.

Instead of using their weapons, Maddox and the group battle the undead by hand-to-hand combat, so the bandits won't know their location, but it is too late as Goke learns that Leanne is alive and he has a special fate for her.

I never even knew there was a movie called Zombie Diaries or that it had a sequel! I just happened to stumble across it at my local Walmart last week for only five dollars, so I thought I would give it a try as it had cool DVD cover. Well, let’s just say that covers can sometimes be misleading, like Hellraiser: Revelations. Zombies Diaries 2, or also known as World of the Dead: Zombie Diaries, is a low-budget British horror film about a group of survivors trying to reach the shore to get to a ship that will rescue them. Has anybody seen Resident Evil: Afterlife? It has similar plot, except for the fact that Zombie Diaries 2 doesn't use CGI special effects and it contains more graphic situations, including a rape scene, which I could have done without. Considering its budget, the movie was nicely filmed, but I got annoyed with all the shaky camera shots. It basically follows the same zombie rules set by George A. Romero in the Night of the Living Dead. Overall, Zombie Diaries 2 is better than your typical low-budget zombie flick, but it doesn't offer anything new, especially with the predictable ending.

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