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  1.  Not his best, but a very bold attempt at something new


    There is no escaping the flaws of this film, notably the rather iffy acting, a strained voiceover and some dodgy script moments, but Romero fans will find more than enough to enjoy. There is everything in this film that makes the Dead films so much fun to watch - plenty of gruesome zombies meeting very creative and hilarious ends while the cast of incompetents do their best to get themselves caught. There is also the thematic tropes which have made the Dead films timelessly appealing, and very neatly tie all the films together. Romero, especially as he approaches his 70s, should be commended for re-imagining the zombie film in light of 24hr news and the continuing growth of the internet and it's spread into popular culture. About 10-15 minutes in the film shifts from conventional filming techniques to being almost exclusively shot from just two handheld perspectives, which could've easily seen the film nosedive. Instead, Romero more than comfortably achieves his aim of making the film more personal and human, of telling the story of the zombie infestation and outbreak as told in a video blog-style format. The cinematic drama is unfortunately sacrificed, and a little clunkily added at points, but ultimately that wasn't what this film was about. While it isn't as good as Night of the Living Dead or Dawn of the Dead, it is much better than Land of the Dead or Day of the Dead, and is arguably the most cerebral of the Dead films. It left me thinking it over for days afterwards, and I've enjoyed it the more I have watched it. Diary of the Dead is a must for all Dead fans and I highly recommend it.