Production: Warner Bros.
Writers/Directors: Ralph E. Portillo
Starring: CJosh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katharine Isabelle, James Roday Rodriguez, Katee Sackhoff, Will Sasso, Jimmi Simpson, Nancy Travis.
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: 1 out of 5 🏹
What begins as a simple visit to a grave site soon escalates into a night of sheer terror! In this dark, animated retelling of the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead, bloodthirsty zombies suddenly begin amassing everywhere. As Barbara, Ben and an odd group of strangers hide in a remote farmhouse, their struggle to ward off the flesh-eaters outside creates fierce tension inside. Containing terrifying new content not found in the original, Night of the Animated Dead will convince you to lock your doors.
Night of the jerky dead…
I’m sorry but this is one of those movies that is fantastic in its idea but absolutely awful in it’s execution. I really had high hopes for this movie. It's a real shame that for me, it just did not deliver on any fronts. Ok, the idea of the movie was great and given Warner Bros incredible track record with animated movies, for me it was an absolute shoe-in to be an instant animated classic. It’s really disappointing that it didn’t live up to its potential.
My main gripe with the movie is the almost stop motion effects during the ‘suspenseful’ moments. I found myself looking at a still image of a character with dramatic music in the background. At one point, we have one of these moments when a character discovers a mutilated body at the top of the stairs, another character then ventures upstairs and himself discovers the same body and in all honesty I think the footage is the exact footage used with the previous character. The jerky animation style makes it seem that you are playing a video game, your internet signal is pants and the characters all keep glitching. The worst thing about this was that any suspense and interest that was being built was ripped away by boring, lazy animations and consistently repetitive scenes.
The use of dramatic and suspenseful music throughout did help to create an atmosphere but only when utilised during correct moments. There was an almost constant backing track that detracted from some of the scenes in which music was totally unnecessary.
I really am struggling for positives for the movie. It’s an animated remake of a classic that does nothing for the brand. Being animated, the gore factor has gone up (a bit) but that doesn't make up for the sticky animations, poor scripting and over use of ‘suspense music’. If you are thinking of watching this, take my advice and don’t. Watch Night of the Living Dead instead.