Survival of the Dead
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Survival of the Dead
A group of rogue soldiers seek shelter from the zombie apocalypse on scenic Plum Island, only to become caught up in a bitter feud between two warring families. Sarge Crocket (Alan Van Sprang) and his motley crew of military abandoners are searching for a safe place to rest when they cross paths with Patrick O'Flynn (Kenneth Welsh). O'Flynn has been banished from Plum Island, where his family is locked in a longtime quarrel with the Muldoons. The O'Flynns see the flesh-eaters as subhuman, never hesitating to put a bullet between their eyes; the Muldoons balk at the prospect of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even Romero's staunchest fans might conclude their hero is going through the motions here. Yes, almost like a zombie."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Steeped in fan-pleasing gore but woefully thin on ideas, originality (beyond new zombie-offing methods) or directorial flair."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"Are George Romero's late-career ghoul operas fatigued retreads of his seminal zombie classics, or eccentrically satirical twists on the genre tropes he pioneered? Survival of the Dead isn't about to clear things up."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, House Next Door
"Romero has freed his story up for a lighter, more amusingly misanthropic take on the worst tendencies of people."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"There's something here for enthusiasts to enjoy, but to newcomers or those lacking an appreciation for Romero's work, Survival of the Dead is a zombie soap opera."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"What we've got here is a just a B-movie western with buckets of gore, which might be fine coming from a Romero wannabe but not from the genuine article."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, L.A. Weekly
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"An exercise in beating a dead horse as well as eating a dead horse, the film demonstrates that the metaphorical usefulness of the zombie genre has reached a state of near rigor mortis, if not putrefaction."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A sad confirmation of if not George Romero's complete creative bankruptcy then certainly his wildly diminished gift for imparting glancing metaphorical dread."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"George A. Romero's entertaining new zombie feature shows that you can't keep a good man down."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"Survival of the Dead almost never snaps into focus. Even its oxymoronic title doesn't work. It feels marginal, like an extended footnote."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
""A man dies, he gets stupid," someone observes in the film. Maybe if a man makes too many films about the dead, the same fate awaits him. Mr. Romero, you are on notice."
‑ Elias Savada, Film Threat
"The creator is still driving his old Model-T to the ground."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Maybe it's due to the fact that Romero's work never struck me as particularly exciting or important in the first place, but I mostly enjoyed this newest entry."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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