The Zombie Diaries 2 (Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates, 2011)
Despite everything I know about sequels often being worse than the originals (and sometimes sequels not having a damn thing to do with the originals in the first place—the Zombie “series” of Italian films, for example, don’t have a blessed thing to do with one another, starting with a studio christening Lucio Fulci’s classic Zombi 2 as a sequel to Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, which is just ridiculous), even the idea that The Zombie Diaries 2 implies that The Zombie Diaries exists makes me want to try and avoid ever seeing mention of it. Yet another shakycam attempt at a zombie movie that is utterly devoid of thrills or chills.
We get three somewhat related episodes that focus on the survivors of a military base that’s overrun in the first episode (this particular piece of stupidity has been savaged, quite rightly, by any number of users on the IMDB for the mechanism that allows this to happen). The second has our pals—photographer Jones (The Devil’s Hand‘s Rob Oldfield), Maddox (Dawn of the Dragonslayer‘s Philip Brodie), Kayne (World War Z‘s Vicky Araico), Jez (Toby Bowman, whose career to date has been the Zombie Diaries franchise, and looking him up at IMDB unfortunately clued me in to the first movie’s existence), and Leeann (Elemental Storage‘s Alix Wilton Regan)—facing off against a band of marauders who are only slightly less stupid than the biker gang in Dawn of the Dead, while the third has them trying to stay alive whilst waiting for boats they found out were on their way to England from an intercepted radio transmission. Nothing new, from the camera angles to the “twist” ending you likely saw coming a mile away. Some decent acting from a few of the principals is about the only thing the movie has going for it. That may be enough for you; it wasn’t for me. * ½
Trailer. Peruse at your own risk.