[REVIEW] Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015) - ManlyMovie

[REVIEW] Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)


Runtime: 107 Mins
Rated: R
What To Expect: Another poor video game movie, tries too hard to be accurate at the price of being interesting

I was never much into those Dead Rising games myself.  The comedy and weapons gimmick just didn’t do it for me.  To me, real zombie games began with Resident Evil in 1996 and ended with Resident Evil Zero in the early ’00s.  It’s sad that we never got a real Resident Evil movie instead of the dogshit (including the first one too) that Paul W.S. Anderson puts out.  Which ironic because Anderson pulled off possibly the best video game adaptation for movies ever, with Mortal Kombat.  Anyway, Dead Rising: Watchtower does not buck the trend of weak video game movies.  I don’t know if I could even recommend it to hardcore fans of the game.

The movie is actually quite faithful to the source material.  It’s actually set between the events of Dead Rising 2 and 3.  And of course those stories followed a zombie out break at a shopping mall, where a vaccine called ‘Zombrex’ followed.  In this movie reporter Chase Carter (Jesse Metcalfe) is on the scene in a zone infested with zombies.  Naturally all hells breaks loose and to cover the mayhem ‘media break’ style humorous news commentary separates the horror and action.

I couldn’t dig this movie.  Firstly it looks cheap as shit, which I can forgive, but it adds to the troubles in tone.  One minute the movie is World War Z, death, doom, hell.  The next its  black humour, which by the way, isn’t funny at all.  And the movie can’t blend this type of contrast, it doesn’t know whether it wants to be a comedy or a horror.  They should have picked one angle and went with it.  It’s another zombie feature that once again can’t recreate the claustrophobic stench of doom that George Romero is such a master of.  I get a feeling that that problem came about through an attempt to stay true to the source material.  It works on some levels in that regard, the improvised weapons fights are mildly amusing, with no shaking camera, but let down by suspect CGI.

I can’t see how hardcore fans will be won over by nodding gestures against a backdrop of mediocrity at best.  They should’ve removed 15 minutes from the runtime and cut out the crappy comedy.  At least Meghan Ory looks hot, even playing a half dead hybrid zombie.



  1. 123

    April 1, 2015 at 12:25 am

    This looked bad from the trailers, guess I ll give this one a miss. Best zombie movie in recent memory the dawn of the dead remake awesome film ving rhymes is so badass big budget cool practical effects I wish they did a good sequel. I agree with mortal kombat been the best video game adaptation was awesome for its time the soundtrack was so badass, I would love a reboot. I have to disagree with resident evil comments the first was a solid movie, the second was entertaining as hell cool action loads of nods to the games I dunno how anyone could hate them who liked the games. As for the rest I can see why people dislike them as alice has powers, she’s the centre of the films and main characters take a back seat like chris/Claire Redfield. I personally like the other films just see them as switch your brain off entertainment with nods to the game they always make the main monsters look cool at least, the axe man in number 4 was off the chain!

    • Mucho Macho

      April 1, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Dawn of the Dead remake was fuckin awesome!

      • 123

        April 1, 2015 at 4:44 pm

        Too right muchooo one badass film shame there isn’t mote big budget zombie movie. I actually enjoyed world war z it was tame (pg 13) but I liked the spin on it. The unrated edition adds alot more to the movie for anyone wanting to give it a second chance makes the film alot better more violence etc.

        • Mucho Macho

          April 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

          World War Z was cool. I actually wonder about the original footage they shot. Matthey Fox u can see briefly. He had a supportin role but the reshot a bunch of shit.
          but i liked it. I read they makin a sequel but havent read anything for a while now

          • 123

            April 1, 2015 at 6:57 pm

            Yeah I heard it had major reshoots I liked the end product thought the aeroplane scene was cool and the scenes in the lab in Scotland was badass I liked the mixture of pacing throughout too. Yeah I heard there making a sequel havnt heard any updates in a while though.

  2. Mucho Macho

    April 1, 2015 at 10:25 am

    All i wanna know..
    Is there any hot female nudity?
    cause that always elevates a movie for me in my perv book👀

    • 123

      April 1, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Haha I’ve got this movie I mite watch it tonite I will inform you muchooo if theres any tittys on display haha

      • Mucho Macho

        April 1, 2015 at 4:53 pm

        Yes damn it!
        Boob vision in 3D!
        Thats what i want

        • 123

          April 1, 2015 at 6:59 pm

          Lol piranha 3d was a awesome movie Kelly brook in all her glory and some badass practical effects wow it was hardcore the guys penis getting bitten off haha. Thats a good time no alcohol required lol and yeah I let you know muchooo we can hope.

          • Mucho Macho

            April 1, 2015 at 9:38 pm

            U know..i just remember…
            i didnt watch Piranha 3DD.
            kelly brook is on a new show her in the states on NBC
            looks crappy though.
            but those tits makr us forget quality.
            survival island is a masterpiece!!

          • 123

            April 1, 2015 at 10:03 pm

            Haha the 3dd was hilarious I can’t recommend the movie though was so bad shame the first was tongue and cheek but done well that one plain out sucked ha. Muchoo you watch this weeks raw was awesome lesnar going wild f5 ing Michael cole lol. The lucha dragons debuting was cool, Neville s awesome and I like sheamus s new looks the crowd chanted “you look stupid haha. D Bryan vs ziggler was cool hopefully they ll fued thats “best for business”.

          • Mucho Macho

            April 1, 2015 at 10:14 pm

            Lesnar’s a Beast.
            but Booker or JBL been knocked out due to a flipped table?!
            Are u familiar with Lesnar’s initial wwe run?
            He had great moments .
            like him vs Taker in Hell in a Cell.
            Vs Rock for the title,vs Angle at mania.

          • 123

            April 1, 2015 at 10:23 pm

            Yeah mucho the match with angle was awesome the shooting star press he did lol nearly broke his own neck. Remember his match with the big show were the ring broke off the suplex?or him fighting the guy with one leg zack gowen funny stuff. I’ve watched wwe (wwf) since mid 90s just before the attitude era started and ever since. I also watch tna which is getting better.

          • Mucho Macho

            April 1, 2015 at 10:38 pm

            The worst thing that happened to TNA was Hogan & Bishoff takin charge of the company.
            they almost buried it like they did WCW

          • 123

            April 1, 2015 at 10:48 pm

            Yeahh true glad they went back to six sides as well hopefully the company will grow over time.

  3. Mucho Macho

    April 1, 2015 at 10:26 am

    if Meghan Ory changed her name to Meghan Orgy..she’ll be a bigger star!

  4. Barney Ross

    April 1, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    This was trash, was watching Z Nation the same night, much better than this shit.

    • 123

      April 1, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Haha I watched the full season of z nation was actually alrite not bad ha bit cheap but was entertaining.