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Thoroughly enjoyed this film! Don't know why people have been so negative!!!
on 24 August 2013
Having read various reviews on Amazon criticizing NOTLDR, I made the brave move of purchasing the DVD, ignoring the negativity I had been witness to!
It was always going to be very brave of any producer or director to release a film with NOTLD in their title, and it was always going to be apparent that NOTLD fanboys and fangirls would either embrace the film or get their knives out and stab the film to death. I decided to watch the film as though I wasn't watching a remake of NOTLD and my experience was one where I imagined I had never watched the original film at all (Which I have several times I might add!)
There are some verbal nods to NOTLD in the film and some of the characters have the same first name as those in the original NOTLD, but the film overall bares slight reference to the original and is not a blatant rip off. It would have been easy to have just brought out a film which was frame by frame a copy of the original, but the writers and director have mixed elements of the original with elements of modern times thrown in for good measure. I liked the fact that the film wasn't all about zombies and that there was some tension between the members of the family all trapped in the house together and the stress of them dealing with death and resurrection. I have a very sick sense of humor so some of the serious scenes made me laugh.
I won't compare NOTLDR to NOTLD as we all know that NOTLD is a classic and would never be bettered by anyone. Come on, even the original was released at one time with additional footage added to it for some bizarre reason in an attempt to distant it from the original, so NOTLD is not the sacred film all fanboys/girls believe, as even the original makers added to it.
Another thought in my mind when people have accused the filmmakers of riping off the format is "haven't 1000s of other directors ripped off NOTLD too?" 100s if not 1000s of other zombie movies are based on the original but have a different title. The fact the title is attached adds to general negativity from others.
What I'm saying is give the film a go, it stands up well on it's own honestly. It's low budget but a lot was achieved on the budget it was given, and there are hints at a sequel being made, which would be a nice bonus, as it would allow the director more screen time to expand their vision.