First, the new film is going to be in 3D. I REPEAT: 3D. The official title of the film is “Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D”. Call me old fashioned, but I like any non-animated based film to be in regular, good ol’ 2D. If we have learned nothing from the newest installations of horror (I’m looking at you AGAIN ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’!) its to just leave it alone. The graphics always look off and ridiculously fake. Seeing a severed head tossed at the audience just seems like it would take away from the story and deplete the suspense. The gross out factor is less fun (but fun nonetheless, don’t get me wrong) than shaking in terror while watching a genuinely scary movie. Obviously zombie movies are chock full of body parts and blood, but what was so great about the original was that it focused on the people and their story lines of survival. It hurts me to think that this once amazing franchise is now being reduced to a lame modernized take, created only to make more money and capitalize on the hot ticket of 3D. Trying to be optimistic on this, but when has 3D ever been done tastefully? Lame, I say. LAME.
The film now takes place in New York City. The original was set in the country in a secluded house. This helped build the suspense and overall ‘close-quarters-walls-caving-in-on-us-with-zombies’ feel that may be hard to replicate in a big city like New York. Granted, in the remake it will be set in an apartment, and based on NY living, the space should be pretty small. Could work out for the better. There are lots of potential with an apartment building not to mention scary basements and parking garages that usually come with them.
Lastly, the lead is going to be Bollywood actor, R. Madhavan. Now while we may not know him very well in the states, casting virtual unknowns in horror films in the past hasn’t been a total disaster (most of the time) but having Madhavan seems a bit odd and random.
Hopefully these new re-imaginings to the movie aren’t completely tragic and the new updates will add to the genre. Let us know in the comments section below if you think this movie revamp is a good call or destined for the box office dumpster.