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The World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out Says

3 out of 5 stars
A belated but welcome sequel to the no-budget, shaky-cam movie, ‘The Zombie Diaries’ (2006), featuring the same lead character, Leeann, and the same predatory villains, Goke (Russell Jones) and Manny (Hiram Bleetman). Found by a squad of Territorial Army reservists, complete with their own documenting cameraman, the traumatised Leeann journeys with them across zombie-infested rural Hertfordshire towards Hope’s Point, where rescue ships are due in two days. Shambling flesh-eaters are a constant worry, but roaming bands of barbarous humans pose the greatest threat.

Alix Wilton Regan is a great improvement over Victoria Nalder in the recast lead role of Leeann; the production values in general are classier; and co-directors Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates’s handling of the relentlessly grim, apocalyptic setting is more assured. That said, one attempted rape, and two actual rapes – the second and nastiest filmed in gloating close-up by the perpetrators – is excessive and self-defeating. Also, the cut-away scenes of army personnel in decontamination suits rounding up civilians like cattle only arrest the narrative flow, while adding little to the bleakly ironic ending.
Written by Nigel Floyd

Release Details

  • Rated:18
  • Release date:Friday 24 June 2011
  • Duration:88 mins

Cast and Crew

  • Director:Michael Bartlett, Kevin Gates
  • Cast:
    • Philip Brodie
    • Alix Wilton Regan
    • Rob Oldfield
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