In an IGN exclusive, zombie fans were just treated to a full trailer of the upcoming animated adaptation of George A. Romero’s 1968 classic, titled Night of the Animated Dead.
Featuring the voice talents of Josh Duhamel (Transformers franchise), Dulé Hill (The West Wing, Psych), Stefan Marks (Justified, Velvet Buzzsaw), Katie Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Oculus), and horror legend Katherine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs. Jason, American Mary), the new animated movie will be released on VOD September 21, 2021 and on Bluray/DVD October 5, 2021.
The 90 second trailer almost feels like déjà vu for anyone familiar with Romero’s original. Initially, what really stands out is that it seems to contain the same characters, costumes, and setting. Many of the same lines and shots are replicated, particularly the infamous “They’re coming to get you Barbara.”
That said, its “R” rating for “Bloody/Gruesome Zombie Violence” suggests that it will be much more graphic than a movie was allowed to be in 1968. And given the fact that its animated, you can often get away with showing much more.
According to a press release it will contain “never-before-seen, exclusive animated scenes not found in the original live-action film”. Which is all we can really ask for with a remake, otherwise what’s the point in even doing one?
This story was previously remade in 1990 starring Tony Todd and Patricia Tallman, with Tom Savini directing. Much like this version promises, the 1990 remake upped the violence and made Barbara a much more active and bold character, following criticism that she was far too passive in the original.
So long as Night of the Animated Dead contains enough new and fresh ideas, it will be a worthwhile addition to the massive “of the Dead” franchise that George A. Romero began over 50 years ago!
Night of the Animated Dead is coming to VOD September 21 and Bluray/DVD October 5!
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