Dead Rising film infecting international audiences

Capcom to bring Zombrex: Dead Rising Sun to North America, Europe in eight downloadable episodes, free of charge.

Although it fell short of lofty box-office expectations, this summer's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time showed that game-based films can be made with the same production values, star power, and marketing support as the biggest blockbusters. At the same time, Capcom's upcoming Zombrex: Dead Rising Sun shows a more low-budget guerrilla approach to adapting games on film--one with zero stars, low production values, and next to no marketing campaign.

The only good zombie is a dead zombie. Er…a more dead zombie.

Gamers in Europe and North America will get firsthand evidence of that later this year, as Capcom today announced that the film would be split into eight episodes and digitally distributed in the two continents this summer. Zombrex will be dubbed in English, with subtitled editions available in French, Spanish, and Italian. The publisher did not specify if the distribution will be handled through Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, or an official Web site.

The film has creative continuity with the game series, as Dead Rising director Keiji Inafune helmed the live-action adaptation as well. Additionally, Inafune reteamed with Dead Rising scenario editor Makoto Ikehara to create the film's story. Shot in Japan, the movie follows two brothers attempting to escape a quarantined area in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The film also ties in to the upcoming Dead Rising 2, the story of which features Zombrex, an anti-zombification medication.

Dead Rising 2 is set to contaminate North American Xbox 360s, PlayStation 3s, and PCs on August 31, with the infection spreading to Japan on September 2 and to Europe on September 3. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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133 comments
gbrading
gbrading moderator

Looks like they could use George A. Romero.

Hydrolix
Hydrolix

Wow, lots of negative comments here. This could easily be what I like to call a "craptastic" movie. A bad movie that is so cheesily bad that it rebounds into something enjoyable. Especially when fueled by adult beverages and sardonic friends.

UrinalGoonie
UrinalGoonie

its a mini series in 8 episodes i wouldnt consider it a movie hopefully its free if its not im not watching it.

SILENT_HAV0C
SILENT_HAV0C

Although I have much respect for Capcom and their products, this looks super cheesy.

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. Video game developers typically don't make good film producers.

sochio
sochio

no no no anda noooooooo this looks soooooooooooooo hugly

iamramses
iamramses

Wow... are they serious?! Why would they even make a movie in the first place?

MW2GhoST
MW2GhoST

uh... Dawn of the Dead anyone?

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I love low budget horror movies. Reminds me of the good old days when films like Night of the Living Dead and Evil Dead were just something you could do with practically zip money and a lot of enthusiasm, and yet still be a damn fine piece of eye pleasure.

burrito_tester
burrito_tester

WOW! This looks like the kind of movie you make whenn your 8 years old and your toying with the camera.

Dasim64
Dasim64

Wow that looks like utter crap.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

i'd rather play the game than watch the movie :/

kaychun88
kaychun88

Infested Japanese zombies!! AhhhH!!!

qubeley
qubeley

Yeah I'm kind of sick with zombies too. The original RE used zombies well and I was glad that they moved on to plagas but then other boring zombie games just won't die! (no puns intended either) We need more original stuff man!

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

completely agree with spike6958. Zombies are getting overused, there no longer scary at all. I remember RE they were scary and such, now there just a enemy that looks mutilated.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Why in the world would I want to watch a Japanese movie, split into episodes and dubbed into English????? Just frickin release the movie on DVD....no problems.

FMBelmont
FMBelmont

Oh, Inafume...I'm sick of him. He's terrible to the fans.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

A movie based upon a game based upon a movie based upon another movie. That just has to sell, right?

spike6958
spike6958

God, I wish Zombies would just die (no pun intended) they where ok in the first three Resident Evil games and some of the really old movies such as the original Dawn of the Dead, but now they are overused and boring, the last good Zombie film was Shaun of the Dead, and a fourm of Zombie seems to be added to EVERY game these days, they need to give them a break.

MasterThanatos8
MasterThanatos8

@ecw1983 We know everyone hates us. But when your this cool... ya just dont care.

cloudy14
cloudy14

I cant take it seriously with those japanese people hahahaha

borne_god
borne_god

It was average over here in asia... POPs story was jus not dat awesome as dat of the game! Looking forward to Resident Evil After Life!

ecw1983
ecw1983

Prince Of Persia was not a Box Office flop it in fact did very well overseas and poorly in the states, When will you stupid yanks realise you are not the centre of the world and that EVERYBODY HATES YOU

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

Japanese zombies....cool :). 0:54 looks like the witch in Left 4 Dead

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Another zombie movie!? Mehh! :(

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

HAHA that looks awesome :P a japanese version of dawn of the dead nice.

killip
killip

Why don't people understand that zombie films are meant to be terrible, cheap looking and over the top.

Braden-O
Braden-O

a movie? honestly this almost makes me not wanna buy the game haha but i still will game looks dope but not this...

biotyrant
biotyrant

Looks kinda bad.....hopefully they get the original live action cast from the 1996 Resident Evil to star in it.....

MKID232
MKID232

Did they use Youtubers from Japan to make this?

CrimzonPsycho
CrimzonPsycho

Looks pretty lame-___- And I normally am all for zombie movies

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

aawww man not on hard dvd thats no fun

vamroc
vamroc

Prince of Persia made 300, 000, 000 world wide I'd call that a smash hit in my book plus Resident Evil 1&3 were both AWESOME and Afterlife looks like it's going to be a terrific ride as well

Guntrotingidiot
Guntrotingidiot

This is better than those crappy Resident Evil movies. Martial Arts vs. Zombies is crap! Bunch Of Idiots With Random Stuff vs. Zombies is awesome!

Conduras
Conduras

Dead Rising 2 Collector's Edition comes with this movie and a titanium razor cause after you've seen this movie there's only one thing left to do .

neogeta8
neogeta8

If Lucio Fulci was alive (rot in piece!) he wouuld of LOVED this!! The rotten will rule!!!

shazam_lp
shazam_lp

Hahaha this looks dumb as hell!

Taxonomy
Taxonomy

Heh im in looks hella funny and if its free why complain plus the game makers have influence might be better than the RE debacle

jordan1
jordan1

this is epicly fricken awesome! I wanna see that movie!

ValentineRain
ValentineRain

All I can say is... ahahahahah....oh my god. I have to see this. The guy had sharp things grafted to his wheelchair... of DEATH. Cheesy, terrible acting... watermelon explosions of gore. I'm going to have to watch it at some point.

salvucci91
salvucci91

why is THIS the Dead Rising film(s)?