Dead Rising Movie Adaptation Dead Rising: Watchtower is a Thing and Out Nowon March 31, 2015 by Oscar TK
Apparently this has been news for some time, but I was pretty surprised to learn yesterday that not only is their a film based on Dead Rising, but that it just came out last week. It’s called Dead Rising: Watchtower and was produced by Legendary Pictures as their first digital title, being released on the Crackle service to watch for free.
The film was directed by Zach Lipovsky of Leprechaun: Origins fame (?) and stars Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die, Desperate Housewives, that Dallas reboot) as Chase Carter, an original Dead Rising protagonist in an original adventure, set some time between Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3.
The film appears to be very tonally bizarre. But, you can’t argue with free. It looks like it’s a goofy, fun zombie film that’s very self-aware. Reception seems to be that it’s a good representation of the source material but not a very good film adaptation or a good film at all. But often that’s the fun with these types of “straight to TV” (which straight to digital essentially is) films.
Here’s the trailer, but, it seems you can watch the whole thing for free here.
I’m not familiar with the Crackle service but it looks like it’s being discontinued in the UK, so you may have to use IP trickery (which I do not condone) if you want to watch it over snacks and a few beers with your friends.
Rob Riggle as Frank West is a highlight for me. And while the scenes with him in the news station seem a little stiff, I wouldn’t put it on him, and in the trailer and TV spots it’s the only bits that have actually made me laugh.
It looks super weird. I’m not sure how I feel about anything anymore.
Let us know your favourite video game adaptations in the comments below! My money might be on Prince of Persia.
If you want more Frank West then check out Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, the version of Dead Rising 2 that brought him back! It’s in our Easter Sale for only £10. Buy it here!