Talk about a dry spell. It’s been what? Two three years since we’ve seen the underrated - unappreciated “Diary Of The Dead” - you know why people dislike it? I’ll tell you. They dislike it because it is ahead of our time and what people don’t get - they deem as crap. And so the genre seems to have died again in such a short time span, but I still think there is life to be sucked out of it, but if done by the right person.
The problem I now see and understand is the approach, every filmmaker out there in the exception of a few have approached the genre as if it were a joke, they don’t have the ability to make it real so they make fun of it and people are tired of seeing the same thing over and over. And it’s been beaten out so many damn times that finally, the genre has settled for the DVD market. If you look at every other Romero picture in the exception of Diary and Land - the films are like stage plays. There’s all this action and chaos in the first act, and in the second act we settle for drama that is screwed harder and harder until it finally explodes with action in the final act. And yes there is also the gorehound pictures, but what many people don’t realize is that Lucio Fulci wasn’t alll about the gore, he dealt with themes which he tried to transcribe through the camera, most of his films deal with the occult, that is why you get these weird endings that you just don’t get. But I appreciate the Romero films best, where there is strak realism and character delivery, and this coming from a Resident Evil Fan. Well I’ll tell you why I liked THE FIRST Resident Evil - beside the fact that Milla stars in it. I see that as a modern exploitation movie with a huge budget, the opening has that Escape From New York exposition and sure the dialogue and characters are utter crap, but the sci-fi approach made the film an interesting faliure. It’s eye candy with no soul, but it’s still damn good in some parts.
Nowadays all the soul is gone, it’s just cheap banality with uninspired filmmakers (DVD filmmakers) who crank up the soundtrack with heavy metal and have people being torn up by zombies scene after scene. They have no right to even delve in this genre that is much more, if critics only knew how hard it is to make a zombi film work, they would shut their mouths pretty quickly.
There’s still some life that can be sucked out of this genre, but I don’t think it can ever hold up, seeing that most of the audience consists of videogame players who don’t have good cinematic sense of what makes a good movie - but there’s still an audience no less. It’s just a matter of the filmmaker who approaches the material. In all there hasn’t really been a zombie film that has surpassed the original “Dawn Of The Dead” - and how can there be? I just guess all the great filmmakers are too good to make one or something. I’m drunk on yougurt, what do I know. I just want another zombie movie that is actually released in theatres. :’(