Following the viral outbreak which left the majority of people as the living dead a small group of survivors have taken refuge in an army barracks in the UK. But with their numbers dwindling due to losses as they do raids on nearby towns for supplies this small bunch of regular people in army gear must try and make it across country in order to get to mainland Europe where they hope to seek refuge and other survivors.
For those who are unaware "World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries" is also called "The Zombie Diaries 2" and technically it is a sequel. Having not yet seen the original "The Zombie Diaries" I'm not sure if it adds anything to this follow up but from how this came across this felt pretty much a stand alone movie focussing on these men and women in a British army barracks trying to survive. And to be brutal I don't think watching the original would make this sequel any better because frankly it is low budget boring.
Now I have a dislike of horror movies which are pseudo documentary, found footage movies as it is a gimmick which has been done to death and the fact "World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries" uses this technique is a negative for me straight away. But what actually happens in this does little to wow either as we watch these men and women in military gear try to make it across the countryside and having to deal not only with the living dead they come across but also violent bunches of survivors. This often means that the camera switches to night vision when ever they find one in the dark recesses of a building. There are some scenes which work such as coming across a booby trapped wood but these are few and far between.
For me the biggest mistake which "World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries" makes is making the characters we follow anonymous as it meant I didn't care less what happened to them. Maybe it is just me which feels this way but this anonymity combined with the faux documentary style footage and not many original ideas makes this a difficult movie to enthuse about.
What this all boils down to is that "World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries" might entertain those with a fetish for zombie movies but for general movie fans who don't mind the occasional zombie movie this one leaves you wanting a heck of a lot more.
Tags: Zombie Movies