Diary of the Dead

2007 R 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD

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Diary of the Dead

2007 R 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD
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While filming a low-budget horror film, Jason (Joshua Close) and his film school friends hear news reports of zombie sightings. As the living dead close in on the film crew, Jason seizes the opportunity to add real blood and guts to his movie. Meanwhile the American government promises to stop the violent uprising, but the relentless zombies gain an advantage by wiping out all forms of communication with the outside world.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating Pause for kids 16 & under
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this zombie horror movie is full of bloody violence and gory effects. Expect fights, shooting, disembowelment, gruesome wounds, and flesh-eating -- in other words, all the hallmarks of George A. Romero zombie movies. There's a brief shot of a girl's bare breast, as well as some kissing and allusions to "tits." The professor character drinks almost nonstop, including while advising and rescuing his students. Lots of strong language, particularly "f--k" and "s--t." The hectic handheld camerawork may be a problem for some viewers.

Sexual Content

Girls dress in close-fitting, cleavage-revealing tops; brief shot of one young woman's breast. Brief kissing by couples. An actress complains that girls in monster movies fall and their "tits fall out" -- then later in the movie she does just that.


Extreme, gory violence throughout, including gunfire (zombies take many bullets to chests and limbs, and, most effectively, to their heads), explosions, crossbow shots (arrows go through bloody zombie heads), wrestling, and kicking. Repeated hectic battle and chase scenes as victims run and/or fight back. Zombies bite/rip open necks and eat flesh. A van slams into and decimates zombies. Girl shoots herself in the head (bloody effects and tearful friends). A hospital patient's entrails fall out (very bloody). Looting and frenzy in the street. Virtuous Amish farmer splits his own head -- and a zombie -- with his scythe. Zombie killed by pouring acid on its head (gross). Lengthy climax, with characters recording images of friends being attacked.


Relentless language, particularly "f--k." Other obscenities include "s--t," "hell," "ass" (also with "hole"), "damn," and "bitch" (with "son of a").

Social Behavior

Drunken professor/war veteran; moral debates about journalists' duties; arguments about betrayal and loyalty; rich kid is untrustworthy; zombies eat everyone.



Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Professor is an alcoholic and drinks from a flask and other liquor sources frequently; he also behaves drunkenly. A couple of students hole up in a mansion, boast of drinking, and appear high in an Internet video. Cigarette smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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