Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Horrors of October - Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated (#21)

Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated (2009)

Not to be confused with the similarly named NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: RE-ANIMATION, a false prequel to the zombie classic, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: REANIMATED is a fan-make of the zombie classic. The movie does retain a novel idea: animators from all around the world recreated scenes from the Romero movie in their own personal style, which would then be compiled together, synched up with the original movie's audio track, and be released on DVD. The final product, however, ended up being the absolute worst movie I had to sit through for this month; I gladly would watch ZOMBIE LAKE three times in a row than lay bare to witness this abysmal piece of shit. The biggest issue of the film is that it switches animation styles nearly every second. Not a set amount of time like the recent STAR WARS fan-makes, I literally mean every second. For example, the famous opening scene where Barbra is attacked by a creepy old man at the graveyard goes from comic book format, to painting, to machinima, to anime on a dime. How can any understand what's going on in the scene? Which then leads to the second problem: Anyone who hasn't seen and/or know the original film by heart will never be able to comprehend the story. Then, there's the actual quality of all of the animation, which admittedly looks college-level to below but is still an absolute mess. There's a ton of compression on most of the works, causing the shots to smear or tear themselves apart. Plus, most of the stuff isn't something you call animation: puppetry is not animation, physically moving Barbie dolls isn't animation, pan and scan isn't animation, and one or two individual paintings aren't animation, let alone an animatic. This is the kind of shit that may wow the losers at an art exhibit but for home or public viewing, it's a god damn abomination. Stay far, far, far away from this thing.


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