Alright, so Zombie Diaries 2 picks up just a few months after the first film… which means there’s more shaky-cam, more zombies and more roving bands of rapists. The only difference is that this time around we’re stuck with a single video diary; that of some mopy UK military officer. But once zombies attack the base, his entire squad is forced to camp in the woods, share their feelings and eat S’mores or something. I don’t know.
Listen, if you decide to go with the whole found-footage, fakumentary thing… you’ve gotta’ play by the rules, man! First off, camcorders don’t have flashbacks. Second, you can’t have a dramatic musical score. And finally, you’re not allowed to just switch to a third-person narrative after everyone dies!
Now, for the most part i’ve tried not to let five years of film school turn me into a horrible film snob. But i’m starting to worry that the easy availability of video and editing equipment is producing a generation of uneducated filmmakers. I know that sounds horribly pretentious, so i’ll have to save my explanation for another time. But believe me when i say that even though Zombie Diaries 2 is a mishmash of modern film clichés, it still somehow manages to be pretty darn entertaining.
Best Scene: I was glad that the end of the film dispensed with the generic, first-person shaky-cam. It began to feel like the series had finally decided to grow up.
Worst Scene: Why in the world would a mother shine a blinding camcorder light on her daughter while attempting to hide from zombies?
Tertiary Phase: The possibility for another sequel is wide open. And i actually enjoy the series, but i hope it can eventually overcome the filmmakers’ growing pains.