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Night Of The Animated Dead Blu-ray Review

“Night Of The Animated Dead” is dead on arrival.

“Night Of The Animated Dead” is a new animated retelling of 1968’s horror classic “Night Of The Living Dead.” The story remains the same- a group of humans hold up at a farmhouse with the hope of surviving a horde of flesh eating zombies. 

Given that “Night Of The Living Dead” is in the public domain, anyone can do whatever they want with the movie and or release the movie through any service. Now it’s been turned into an animated movie for the reason of probably having some sort of new offering for the Halloween season. After watching this you’ll probably wonder why anyone even bothered to make this.

From the opening frames it’s clear that this director Jason Axinn’s feature is a cheaply made animated movie. The facial expressions are minimal, the same dialogue and script has been used (although the animated movie is condensed to 71 minutes from the 96 minute runtime of “Night Of The Living Dead”), the movie is now in color instead of B&W, and the animators seem more concerned with added gore which tells you everything you need to know. The entire creative team seem less interested in retelling the timely and poignant horror story about humanity being its own worst enemy and more focused on a few pointless, violent added tidbits like Ben at Beekman’s Diner, Tom and Judy’s death, and a more grizzly ending.

The voice acting here is also strangely stiff which is odd given the level of talent here such as Josh Duhamel, Katharine Isabelle, Nancy Travis, Will Sasso, Katee Sackhoff, Jimmi Simpson, and Dule Hill.

Overall Thoughts: Just watch Romero’s classic “Night Of The Living Dead” instead.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? The colors are sharp despite the low quality animation.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The best thing about this movie is the effective audio track.

Extras include a Digital copy and a featurette titled “Making Of: Animating The Dead” which contains cast and crew interviews and discussions about the project.

September 26, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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