''Survival of the Dead'' is the sixth horror film in George A. Romero's ''Film/LivingDeadSeries''. It follows some characters who briefly appeared in ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead''.

The movie takes place in a desperate, nightmarish world where the dead walk the earth, relentlessly attacking the living. It is the story of Plum Island - a beautiful refuge whose isolation allows two powerful families to maintain a semblance of order in the wake of the zombie holocaust. But as the inhabitants slowly die off, the two clans become sharply divided: The O'Flynns believe that the undead must be destroyed without exception, while the Muldoons [[ZombieAdvocate insist that afflicted loved ones be kept "alive" until a cure is found]]. Into this situation wander a small group of National Guard troops who have decided to strike out on their own in an effort to survive.
!!This film contains examples of the following tropes:

* ADateWithRosiePalms: The single female in the group of Guard refugees shamelessly masturbates in front of her fellows.
** Because she is, as said in the movie, [[SorryImGay "Um, Sorry, I'm Gay"]], and isn't interested in offers from the team's men.
* AHouseDivided: More like An Island Divided. [[spoiler: The Muldoon vs. O'Flynn shootout at the end, zombies milling about and eating people during. And in the final shot, they're still trying to shoot each other as zombies with empty pistols.]]
* AllGirlsLikePonies: Jane,[[spoiler: even as a zombie! She really likes the taste, too.]]
* BoomHeadshot: Zombie movie, so of course. Props to a point-blank rifle shot that obliterates an entire head down to the lower jaw.
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: Averted. The sole gay character survives 'til the end.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Crockett's grenade, O'Flynn's Derringer.
* ConspicuousCGI: A few of the zombie deaths, particularly the flare gun and the fire extinguisher.
* ContinuityNod: The troopers whose story this is are the ones who stuck up the bloggers in ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead''.
* {{Expy}}: Tomboy is reminiscent of Rocky from Romero's little-seen KNIGHRIDERS: an out-and-proud lesbian who's as tough as (if not tougher than) her straight/male cohorts.
* {{Fanservice}}: Tomboy masturbating out in the open. Could be FetishFuel too.
* FeudingFamilies: The O'Flynns and the Muldoons. The subject of how to deal with the zombies is just latest round. When O'Flynn makes a half-assed attempt to bury the hatchet, Muldoon shoots him in the back. O'Flynn shoots him in retaliation and the feud even survives undeath.
* {{Gorn}}: Oh yeah, big time. Special commendations to a fire extinguisher blowing up a zombie's head, a flare gun lighting a zombie's head on fire, a zombie ripping some dude's scalp off. Oh, and the [[spoiler: poor horse being devoured.]] Ugh.
* GratuitousSpanish: Cisco, practically every other line.
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Tomboy
* HorrorHunger: Subverted, as [[spoiler: Seamus Muldoon aims to stem the zombies from eating humans, and have them move onto other sources of food...and it works, but not before it's too late.]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: The soon-to-be zombie Cisco, for the hope he does not end up in hell. He asks Tomboy to do the deed, and she complies.]]
* LatinLover: Cisco seems to consider himself one.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Crockett is shot in the shoulder, with the only effect being that he grimaces, then once briefly passes out. Other than that, he keeps using the arm like normal.
* OralFixation: Sgt. "Nicotine" Crockett and his cigarettes.
* POVSequel: to ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead''.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Crockett and his merry band of National Guard deserters, ditching their outpost and striking out on their own in the ZombieApocalypse.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Crockett for the Kenny, despite the former claiming he'd never do such a thing earlier in the film. Minor inversion as both get hit, and the latter dies.]]
* TheUnfavourite: Janet [[spoiler: thinks she is but her father says she's not]].
* ThemeTwinNaming: [[spoiler:Janet and Jane.]]
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Janet, trying to connect to her zombified twin sister at hand-biting range. She gets bitten for her troubles.]]
* TwoferTokenMinority: Tomboy as a Black Lesbian is a threefer.
* UndeadChild: At the start of the film.
* ZombieAdvocate: The Muldoons believe that zombism is a disease that can be cured, or at least that the walking dead can be "re-educated" not to feed on human flesh.
* ZombieApocalypse: Naturally. And with all [[TropesOfTheLivingDead appropriate sub-tropes]]:
** KillItWithFire: Nicotine uses a flare to light up a zombie then uses its flaming head to light his cigarette.
** NotUsingTheZedWord: Played straight as the slang "deadheads" becomes popular, but also subverted as people do use the word "zombie".
** ZombieGait: The slow kind.
** ZombieInfectee: kept alive by the Muldoons. And in [[spoiler: Cisco's case,]] complete with denial... but subverted with the sensible response.