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Thursday, January 6, 2011



*Synopsis from
Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) specialize in splicing together DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiments. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature that exhibits uncommon intelligence and an array of unexpected physical developments. And though, at first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams, she begins to grow and learn at an accelerated rate - and threatens to become their worst nightmare.

Rated: R

Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.

Directed By: Vincenzo Natali

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror


Splice is a confounding movie in that it’s overly self serious tone would be fine if it’d just stuck to its smarts which permeate it’s first 2 acts. Instead it de-evolves in a hodgepodge of eye rolling moments and dialogue in it’s final act which makes you wonder whether you’d been taken for a ride by the director, who also helmed the wonderful cult favorite Cube. It’s a real shame because before the final act there is a plenty to like here, the acting, direction and plot are refreshing original even if the story is a modern Frankenstein tome.


*Synopsis from
Immediately following the events of "Diary of the Dead," "Survival of the Dead," is the 6th film from George A. Romero to look at a world where Humans... Immediately following the events of "Diary of the Dead," "Survival of the Dead," is the 6th film from George A. Romero to look at a world where Humans are in the minority and the zombies rule.Off the coast of Delaware sits the cozy Plum Island where two families are locked in a struggle for power, as it has been for generations. The O'Flynn's, headed by patriarch Patrick O'Flynn (Kenneth Welsh) approach the zombie plague with a shoot-to-kill attitude. The Muldoons, headed by Shamus Muldoon (Richard Fitzpatrick), feel that the zombies should be quarantined and kept 'alive,' in hopes that a solution will someday be found.The O'Flynn's, who are clearly outnumbered, are forced to exile Patrick by boat to the mainland, where he meets up with a band of soldiers, headed by Guardsman Sarge (Alan Van Sprang). They join forces and return to the island, to find that the zombie plague has fully gripped the divided community.As the battle between humans and zombies escalates, the master filmmaker continues to reinvent the modern horror genre with wicked humor and pointed social commentary.

Rated: R for strong zombie violence/gore, language and brief sexuality

Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Directed By: George A. Romero

Written By: George A. Romero

Genre: Horror


Survival of the Dead is a tonally odd film in Romero’s Dead series, especially after the impressive if didactic Diary of the Dead. It’s difficult to get a feel for it until you realize that Romero is making more of a horror comedy than a straight up horror film in his usual vein. You always have to respect Romero’s desire to do what he wants and while it’s an interesting if odd choice, personally I would have liked to have seen a sequel to Diary, in the end Survival of the Dead feel flat and unremarkable.



  1. Still haven't seen SPLICE yet, but SURVIVAL was a disappointment. Maybe I need to rewatch it but I didn't dig that film at all. Great reviews!

  2. I'd be very interested in reading your review of Splice, it's a movie I thought could have been great but just feel terribly short in the end.

    Survival was a letdown besides the curveball comedy aspect it's was a major drop off from Diary which I really enjoyed.

  3. Who would have thought talent of that calibre would combine to create such a catastrophic stinker.

    1. Both films could have been quite good but they just missed the marks in both cases.


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