George Romero, who invented the zombie genre as we know it back in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead, finally has a title for his newest zombie feature, Survival of the Dead. The movie is set to premiere this September at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to a press release on the festival's official website.
Survival of the Dead, which has up till now been officially listed on the Internet Movie Database, the film's poster and elsewhere simply as ... of the Dead is Romero's sixth zombie feature, following the aforementioned Night of the Living Dead, the huge cult favorite Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, the post-9/11 critique Land of the Dead and the attack on new media that was Diary of the Dead. It looks like Survival of the Dead will be as freighted with social commentary as the other entries in Romero's zombie series, which over its 41-year history has savaged everything from the crass consumerism of shopping malls to YouTube. The premise of Survival of the Dead deals with a group of people who insist on chaining up their recently deceased loved ones in their homes so they can lead "normal" lives until a cure for their zombie condition is found.
Survival of the Dead will be part of a passel of genre movies set to premiere at the Toronto fest. Others scheduled include the upcoming Diablo Cody-scripted Jennifer's Body, the Australian SF/horror movie Daybreakers, written and directed by brothers Michael and Peter Spierig (who had previously made The Undead), and British director Michael J. Bassett's adaptation of Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane.