Saturday, May 1, 2010

Dollar Bin Horror Spotlight - Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated (Screener Review)

Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated is a mass collaborative artistic re-envisioning of George A. Romero's 1968 cult classic, Night of the Living Dead.
International artists and animators were invited to select scenes from the film and reinvent them through their artwork.
Open to all styles, media and processes the results ran the gamut with scenes created in everything from puppet theater to CGI, hand drawn animation to flash, and oil paintings to tattoos.
This cacophony of works was organized and curated across the original film's time line in order to create a completely original video track made entirely out of art.
The result of this project is an experimental take on the cult classic.

This isn't a remake, a re-imagining, or anything like you've ever seen. This is, simply put, the best tribute to one of the greatest horror films that I've ever seen. The entire film is made up of artwork from various artists laid over the original film's sound track. The artwork ranges from professional to amateur, comic book style to stop motion animation, Barbies to Furbies (yes, there are zombie Furbies, and it is awesome)! The film has moments of the terror of the original with a fresh punch of comedy done with the artwork every once in a while. It even had one scene that was the original from the movie with little spider like creatures on top playing basketball and stuff (I was rolling with laughter)! But in all seriousness, this film itself is an amazing feat and the best ode to a classic horror film. They didn't change the story, they didn't try to re-visualize it, they simply used the film as a medium to showcase some amazing artwork and to tell the same story in a way no story has ever been done. I tip my hat to the makers of this film, cause I can't think of any other film that compares. I simply loved this movie and if your fan fan of the original, your gonna love this film. Check out more about it at


Andre said...

This was shown at our friends All Things Horror monthly screenings in Boston and everyone ended up walking out of the theater until it was just me, Chris and Mike.

While the film is neat in some parts I don't think it holds up on the big screen or by watching it all at once. Some of the animation was really great, like the funny muppet character's but the ones that were great ended up only being used for mere seconds. The less desirable animations--the scribbly, static looking ones however were used for 5 minutes and it made no sense.

I think when it comes down to it- these mediums are best doled out in small doses-perhaps if a few different kinds of animations were used instead of changing it up every few seconds. I think it could also work better in a gallery or some kind of display. The constant switches are just at times too jarring. And as we found out at the screening--the majority of people will want to watch Night of the Living Dead and not an ADD animated tribute?

I enjoyed myself for parts of it though...I did quite enjoy the barbies!

Rhonny Reaper said...

yeah I do agree with the fact that some parts are used for too long, but I can't believe people walked on on it! I loved it! I guess to all his own, but I really did love this film

Mike said...

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it, RR. We've had screening events go to both extremes when showing the project.

It's not an animated film... it's an art show with animation in it. Reanimation (as an art process) is a term coined by Winsor McCay which means how artists enview the things they draw, sculpt, animate, etc with new life by virtue of their eyes, hands, and points of view. So people who enter it expecting an animated film are bound to be put off... because their expectations don't align with the project itself. It's experimental and that's a risk that we'll have to take.

Andre, remember, gallery is a loose definition for a space where you display art and with time being a dimension of space then a timeline can be a gallery onto itself. So where that timeline is showing isn't really an issue of how the work looks but rather the assumptions people make when viewing it. These assumptions need to be questioned or they are doomed to repeat themselves.

Like any thematic art show, you have a collection of works showing the variety there is within that theme. When you walk into such an environment, with a wide range of styles and media where many of the pieces present a strong opinion, as long as you've a mind of your own, there will be those pieces which appeal to you and those pieces which don't.

From there, people shape their opinions based on what hit them the hardest.. which is why both loving the project and hating it so much that people get up and walk out are both equally valid responses.

If fact, I'd like to thank people who aren't enjoying it for walking out rather then becoming a distraction to the people who are trying to watch. Though some venues have been completely positive and others completely evacuated... many find that mix where there are people on both extremes so I happy that the people who are into it have the chance to watch it in peace.

As we move forward and turn this process toward animating/ illustrating old time horror radio dramas, I wonder how it will shift those views since the original media didn't have any visuals to begin with... so anyone who would prefer that experience can just close their eyes. Hmm.. that gives me an idea...

-Mike Schneider
Curator of NOTLD:R