A new, Red Band Trailer for George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead has hit the net thanks to IGN. Romero, of course, is the godfather of zombie movies. His groundbreaking debut, Night of the Living Dead, was not the first zombie movie ever made, but its unique blend of horror and social commentary solidified zombie movies as a viable genre.
Unlike most genre filmmakers, Romero has never been content to just copy his original ad infinitum; instead every zombie movie he makes is thematically and stylistically different from those that have come before. This approach is sometimes quite successful (Dawn of the Dead) and sometimes less so (Diary of the Dead). With Survival of the Dead, Romero looks at what happens when the undead become pawns in a Hatfield-McCoy type feud. It’s a premise with great promise and I really hope he hits this one out of the park.
See the new trailer and read the synopsis after the jump.
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.