Diary of the Dead
- Directed and written by George A. Romero.
- Jason always wanted to be a documentary filmmaker. But for his senior class project, he decided to try to make a horror film. That's what he was shooting on that first night, the night when... everything changed.
- We made a film - the one I'm going to show you now. Actually, Jason was the one who wanted to make it. Like that cameraman from Channel 10, he wanted to upload it so that people, you, could be told the truth. The film was shot with a Panasonic HDX-900 and an HBX-200. I did the final cut on Jason's laptop. I've added music occasionally for effect, hoping to scare you. You see, in addition to trying to tell you the truth, I am hoping to scare you so that maybe you'll wake up. Maybe you won't make any of the same mistakes that we made. Anyway, here it is, Jason Creed's The Death of Death.
- It's funny. You spend so much time resenting your parents, separating yourself, building your own life. But as soon as the shit hits the fan, the only place you want to go is home.
- It's interesting how quickly we find out what we're capable of becoming. Up until that night, we had lived predictable lives. Now... we would never be able to predict what might happen next. God had changed the rules on us. And surprisingly, we were playing along.
- Jason was compelled. I had never seen him like that before. What is it? What gets into our heads when we see something horrible? A horrible accident on the highway. Something keeps us from just driving on. Something holds us. But we don't stop to help. We stop to look.
- The more voices there are, the more spin there is. The truth becomes that much harder to find. In the end it's all just noise.
- Jason once said he thought he could help, maybe even save some lives. This is the last thing he downloaded before he died: a couple of hometown Joes who went out to shoot at targets. But that day, they used people. Dead people. You know, just for fun? There was one target that was different from the rest. A woman... tied by her hair to the branch of a tree. The boys had this one set up just for kicks. They got out their favorite 12 gauge and... [shoots and a zombie's head is blown in half] Are we worth saving? You tell me.
- Hi, my name is Jay... Jason Creed, and I have been given the opportunity, given the gift to be able to document the events that have suddenly landed in my lap. And I just want to let you guys know, the audience know, that I'm gonna do my best to capture the truth with me and my friends. There's gonna be no fakeness. I'm gonna go after everything. Really raw, really real. And I'm going to do the best job I can. And I'm just really excited to be given this opportunity. And I am not going to fuck it up.
- Tracy Thurman: Can somebody please explain to me why girls in scary movies always have to, like, fall down and lose their shoes and shit? It's totally lame. And why do we always have to get our dresses torn off?
- Ridley Wilmott: Actually, I'm looking forward to that part.
- Gordo Thorsen: Gordo Thorson, Danville, Pennsylvania.
- Tracy Thurman: Tracy Thurman. We're, uh... we're together.
- Gordo Thorsen: [hugging Tracy] Forever.
- Tracy Thurman: Uh, yeah. We'll see.
- Looter: What the fuck are you doing here?
- Jason Creed: What the fuck are you doing here?
- Looter: [holding TV] I'm just stealing shit. But you... what's a guy with a video camera doing in the women's dorm, huh?
- Andrew Maxwell: There will always be people like you, wanting to document, wanting to record some sort of diary.
- Jason Creed: Me? You're the one who put the camera in my hands. You're the one who made me want to do this.
- Andrew Maxwell: Not this. This is a diary of cruelty. And in wartime, when the enemy can be marked as this son of a bitch or that son of a bitch, then cruelty... becomes justified.
- Jason Creed: [after running over three zombies] Mary, how do you feel about what just happened?
- Mary Dexter: [sobbing] How do you think I feel?
- Debra Moynihan: [to Mary] They were already dead, okay? You didn't do anything wrong.
- Tony Ravello: Listen to me, unless you're Jesus fucking Christ, you don't stand up and walk around after you're dead!
- Tony Ravello: What's with you all? How come you stuck around?
- Stranger: 'Cause we got the power. For the first time in our lives, we got the power 'cause everybody else left. All the folks without suntans.
- Tony Ravello: They'll be back, right? The Army? The National Guard? Somebody's gotta put all this shit back together.
- Stranger: [laughing] The National Guard. Kid, I'm in the National Guard.
- Andrew Maxwell: Morning approaches.
- Debra Moynihan: Things always look better in the morning.
- Andrew Maxwell: Not to me. Mornings bring light. I prefer the darkness. It's easier to hide in the dark.
- Tony Ravello: You know, Professor? I actually get the... the mornings. They show you for what you are, instead of what you think you are.
- Andrew Maxwell: Inelegantly phrased, Mr. Ravello, but accurately put. Mornings... and mirrors. I despise them. Mornings and mirrors only serve to terrify old men.
- Where will you be when the end begins?
- Shoot the dead.
- A new vision of terror from the legendary filmmaker
- Shawn Roberts - Tony Ravello
- Joshua Close - Jason Creed
- Michelle Morgan - Debra Moynihan
- Joe Dinicol - Eliot Stone
- Scott Wentworth - Andrew Maxwell
- Philip Riccio - Ridley Wilmott
- George Buza - Biker
- Amy Lalonde - Tracy Thurman
- Tatiana Maslany - Mary Dexter
- R. D. Reid - Amish Farmer
- Tino Monte - Newscaster
- Megan Park - Francine Shane
- Martin Roach - Stranger
- Alan van Sprang - Colonel
- Chris Violette - Gordo Thorsen
- George A. Romero - Chief of Police