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Film / The Zombie Diaries

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The posters always lie!

Three separate but interlocking stories of survival by unlikely people from London in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse happening around the world.

The Zombie Diaries is a low-budget independent film by Kevin Gates and Michael Bartlett. The film uses a documentary style of storytelling, the footage being shot on handheld cameras with unpolished dialogue to give it a realistic feeling. The overall quality of the film and the work that went into it has led some to compare it to The Evil Dead.

The Zombie Diaries include examples of:

  • Anyone Can Die: And how. Just about every member of the main cast(s) is killed off.
  • Apocalyptic Log: The whole movie more or less.
  • Book Ends: the British military at the beginning of the film and then again at the end.
  • Boom, Headshot!: As with usual Zombie Apocalypse situations, it's the only way to ensure they're really dead.
  • Car Fu: Actually van fu, but a couple of survivors are still running over a number of zombies.
  • Death of a Child: Everyone can die, including children.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: Not counting the beginning sequence with the military, it's just a few seconds after 20 minutes into the film that the first zombie makes an appearance.
  • Fingore: One poor bastard gets his fingers amputated with pruning sheers by a sociopath, another's fingers are bitten off after a struggle with a zombie.
  • For the Evulz: The reason Gokei and his bud are so willing to torture others.
  • Hope Spot: The British military at the beginning and the end of the film would suggest that the outbreak is being combated and there might be a chance of recovering.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The zombies are the least of their problems.
  • Improvised Weapon: Averted. Nobody seems to think of using any random object to combat the walking dead.
  • Jitter Cam: Justified, since the cameras are handheld and all the Londoners are running for their lives at some point.
  • Not a Zombie: During "Scavengers" the group find what they believe is a fully dead corpse on the ground. However later it gets up and moves from the sight it was left at.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: At first glance they seem like the traditional slow moving, flesh eating zombies that have almost become cliche. However throughout the film we're given instances in which they seem quite different from the likes of Romero's and others. Some will remain in a fixed position for long periods of time, others will lay down and pretend to be "dead" only to get back up after being disturbed. And there's supposedly something special about how their eyes shine.
  • The Load: Anybody who's in charge of the video camera during the world falling apart. While others are fighting they're just standing there and taping everything.
  • Sole Surviving Scientist: The opening scene shows a pair of scientists being escorted by some soldiers during the middle of the Zombie Apocalypse and taking tissue samples from a corpse.
  • Super Cell Reception: Reception isn't a problem even in the country. The survivors manage to get one or two calls out before services are terminated due to the quickly rising problems. Even the landlines go down.
  • Too Dumb to Live: One cameraman sees his group from afar has fend off zombies and run at them out of breath with a limp, naturally they shoot him thinking he is a zombie.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The protagonists of "The Scavengers" segment are two men and a woman who drive around in a car, searching for food and radio parts, with just a single gun between them.
  • The Virus: Nobody knows exactly where the virus came from, how it's transmitted, how it works, it doesn't even have a name. All anybody knows is that the first reported cases came from Asia, and its molecular structure is similar to that of the common cold.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Naturally.
  • Zombie Gait: Most zombies are very slow and lumbering in nature, others seem to be standing still. However some zombies seem to just come out of nowhere and sneak up on the survivors.
  • Zombie Infectee: Played with. Nobody who gets bitten really tries to hide their infection or pretend that everything's all right. Rather, the victims recognize that they're pretty much done for, but it's everyone else who doesn't want to admit it.