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Survival of the Dead is the sixth horror film in George A. Romero's Living Dead series which follows some characters who briefly appeared in Diary of the Dead. Survival of the Dead 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 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:
A Date with Rosie Palms: The single female in the group of Guard refugees shamelessly masturbates in front of her fellows.
Because she is, as said in the movie, "Um, Sorry, I'm Gay", and isn't interested in offers from the team's men.
A House Divided: More like An Island Divided. 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.
Feuding Families: 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 poor horse being devoured. Ugh.