Diary of the Dead

Director:

G. A. Romero

Producer:

S. Englebardt

Year:

2007

Distributor:

The Weinstein Company

Country:

USA

Running time:

92 min

Genre:

Horror

Format:

Colour

Availability:

DVD

Keywords:

professor, film studies, student, zombies
Summary
A group of film studies students from the University of Pittsburgh are in the woods making a horror film, accompanied by their faculty adviser, Professor Andrew Maxwell. However, life begins to imitate their art in a shocking manner they realize that hordes of flesh-eating zombies are roaming throughout the state. Led by their intrepid Professor, the students wage a bloody war of attrition on the undead, even as their prospects of victory fade.
Teaching Notes
Portrayal of Professors
Most horror movies — and George Romero’s zombie movies in particular — cast authority figures in a bad light, and they are invariably the first to meet a grisly fate — teachers and professors particularly so. What distinguishes this film is its positive action-hero depiction of Professor Maxwell. Yes, Maxwell has is faults — he's an alcoholic and traumatized Vietnam War vet — but he takes his in loco parentis responsibility very seriously, protecting his students from zombie attacks as he attempts to lead them to safety. Further, Maxwell is not your typical academic film geek spouting postmodern jargon, quite the opposite, in fact: Maxwell is highly skilled in the art of war. He is a deadly archer and fearsome swordsman, yet has a philosophical approach that keeps him cool under pressure, able to take the most precarious situation in stride. When Maxwell decapitates zombies with his medieval broadsword, it becomes clear why his students never text during his university lectures, and why they never request extensions or quibble over their grade.
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