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  • Summary: 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 approach the zombie plague with a shoot-to-kill attitude. The Muldoons, headed by Shamus Muldoon, 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. They join forces and return to the island, to find that the zombie plague has fully gripped the divided community. (Magnet Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. The tone this time out is primarily comic.
  2. A polished, fast-moving, entertaining picture whose mainstream success will depend on audiences' tolerance of its tendency to become an abattoir of extreme carnage.
  3. 60
    Silly and not nearly scary enough, this does not rank as grade-A Romero, but the story unfolds efficiently and economically and it provides plenty of laughs.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    50
    The metaphor of senseless rancor is clear, but it's not compelling when the slow-moving monsters pose more of a nuisance than a threat.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    40
    In the past, the director has usually had an irreverent response on the issues of the day; Survival of the Dead is the first time in the series where he hasn't seemed to bother looking for one.
  6. 40
    The inevitable all-you-can-eat orgy of zombies pulling stringy mouthfuls away from red, wet rib cages may satisfy gorehounds, but big set pieces showing how atrophied Romero's cutting and tactical framing have become is depressing to anyone who has valued his films for more than just splatter.
  7. 25
    Survival of the Dead lacks the wit of "Zombieland," the polish and punch of last winter's "The Crazies," a remake of a Romero zombie picture from the '70s.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 7 out of 13
  1. LawrenceO
    May 28, 2010
    8
    Enjoyable little film by Romero. Although it has to be considered as a minor film in his career, that doesn't take itself very seriously, it's clever and funny, and offers some brilliant things to the audience. I think the best way to analyze it is not thinking about the movie as a horror flick, but as a gory 50s-style western, well crafted and well directed, with a little action and silly and cartoonesque gags. Kenneth Welsh is simply superb! Expand
  2. Jun 11, 2011
    7
    This has definitely mad it's way onto my favorite zombie movies of all time, it provides action and laughs, and is ultimately enjoyable and cheesy, it may not be as intense as other zombie movies but it will entertain zombie loving maniacs. Expand
  3. Jul 12, 2013
    6
    There are definitely better zombie films out there, especially from Romero also as I quite like him as a Director but this is not one of his great films. It focuses more on a fight between two bitter old men rather than a zombie apocalypse so it can hardly be called a zombie film at the end of the day. It has some good, and it did hold my interest, but at the end of the day there is just better films in the genre out there worth watching when comparing them, so perhaps give this one a miss. Expand
  4. DaveD
    Jun 11, 2010
    3
    Being a life long George Romero Zombie movie fanatic (I Watched the original Night of the Living Dead in 1968 at the age of 9 and every Romero "...of the Dead" movie since), I was excited when I read that his latest movie was going to be released on May 28th 2010. I was even more excited when I learned that Direct TV Channel HDNET Movies was going to show a free sneak preview of "Survival of the Dead" on Wednesday May 26th for (with subscription) 2 days before the movie opens in the theaters. There I sat in my living room, watching George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead for free and after the movie finished I wanted my money back. What a horrible movie it is. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY IN THE THEATERS WATCHING THIS STINK BOMB OF A MOVIE. My exciteness evaporated within the first 15 mintues of this movie. This turned out to be the WORST George Romero movie ever. It was not scary. the gore factor eventhough plentiful was phony looking. the acting HORRENDOUS, the zombies FX so cheesy(Dab some gray makeup on your cheeks and face and there you have the zombie f/x for this movie). The script so lame that I wished I was somewhere else but I had to watch it to the end to see if it was going to get better, well guess what IT DIDN'T. The last scene was so stupid, I am at a loss for words. George A. Romero should retire. Well the only consolation I have is that I copied all his Great movies "Night, Dawn, Day of the Dead"onto my Zune player to enjoy, For certain Survival of the Dead will not be added to my Zune collection. Expand
  5. Oct 27, 2011
    3
    "Survival of Dead" is one dumb, cheap looking, and terrible B-zombie movie that looks like it was inspired from a video game. I'd suggest George A Romeo to stop directing silly zombie movies or get the **** out of Hollywood. Expand
  6. Jun 3, 2012
    2
    this movie is good zombie are his word romero movies but still not good fact is that if george took what he down back in early 70s dawn of the dead used it in his zombie here it would be good


    the was plot hole in it how could the be internet or even cell tower was still up even knowing all power down
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  7. Feb 17, 2012
    0
    Ugh, Romero really REALLY should just stop making movies. This was just so DUMB I think watching it actually hurt my Brain.. A poor story badly written with badly characters and really lame effects. None of that eerie zombie feeling for even a minute in this film. Expand

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