In the majority of cases, when you see “dead” in the film’s title, it means there’s something about zombies in there. “Survival of the Dead” fits right in there.
The entrance to the story is simple – as always its epidemic, zombies wandering all over, and groups of people try to fight them off.
At the Plum Island, off the coast of Delaware, there has been a long feud going on, between the O’Flynn and the Muldoon families.
Head of the O’Flynn family, Patrick O’Flynn (Kenneth Welsh) believes the zombies must be killed, since there’s nothing else can be done, as soon as someone is infected.
On the contrary, the head of the Muldoon family, Seamus Muldoon (Richard Fitzpatrick) believes the dead can be taught to do simple things, and eat something else, besides humans.
The feud temporarily ends, when O’Flynn is expelled from the island. Meanwhile, the epidemic continues to grow, and a bunch of soldiers are in the center of it, on the continent.
Sarge “Nicotine” Crocket (Alan Van Sprang), Chuck (Joris Jarsky), Cisco (Stefano DiMatteo) and Tomboy (Athena Karkanis) are plundering and seeking a safe place to stay.
When they rescue the young Boy (Devon Bostick) from group of sadistic hunters, Boy decides to join the group and suggests the team to head to Plum Island since he had heard a O’Flynn’s broadcast inviting people to move to the island.
When Sarge and his team arrive in the island, they are attacked by Muldoon’s men and they see that the place is crowded of undead.
“Survival of the Dead” is, thus far, the sixth “dead film”, directed by legendary filmmaker George A. Romero.
While the film itself stands head above the usual, modern, low-budget zombie flicks, “Survival of the Dead” is considered a letdown for Romero, compared to his previous “dead films”.
While Romero’s directing is good, and the acting is above average, there are some CGI effects, and not too much gore overall, compared to other of Romero’s films.
“Survival of the Dead”, was not favored by many zombie film fans, and Romero himself admitted that the film simply did not make enough money after it was released.
Between 2000 and 2012, Romero’s “Land of the Dead” has had the best run in the theaters, as being made for $15 million, the film gathered a worldwide gross of $46,770,602 ($20,700,082 – domestic gross, $26,070,520 – foreign gross). But that was in 2005.
Today, Romero seems to be struggling to get money from investors for another zombie movie.
According to Box Office Mojo, “Survival of the Dead” could gather only $143,191 worldwide ($101,740 – domestic gross, $41,451 – foreign gross), while being made for $4 million.
“Survival of the Dead” is neatly made, yet it does have a certain soft feeling to it, and Romero, probably due to budget constraints, had to rely more on the drama, than elements that zombie fans can never get enough of.