See This First Look at ‘Dead Rising: Watchtower’

By January 22, 2015

Legendary Pictures’ Dead Rising: Watchtower, their film based on the popular video game franchise by Capcom, will be releasing next month on the ad-based VOD service Crackle for free, and we now have our first look at the film thanks to the release of its first trailer. Released by Crackle earlier today, it shows just a taste of what the story for the film will be, and it looks to be pretty similar in tone to the video game series that inspired it. See the trailer below:

The official synopsis for the film shouldn’t be anything earth-shattering to either fans of the game series or to big fans of zombie stories. It reads,

Dead Rising: Watchtower takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative.

That’s not to say that it doesn’t look like a lot of fun. As a big fan of the games this film is based on, one of the stand-out elements has always been that it has dared to have a sense of humor in a genre that can often rely on melodrama. The more irreverent aspect of this film is easily signified by the near-perfect casting of Rob Riggle as photojournalist Frank West, the protagonist of the original game and the series’ most identifiable character. The movie looks like it’ll have a hybrid of Riggle’s own brand of humor coupled with the sardonic, dry wit of West himself, which makes for a satisfying combination in this early look.

While Riggle likely won’t be the lead if his prominence in this trailer is any indication, we can at least see that the film isn’t backing away from what so many people love about the games, which at the very least should make for an entertaining alternative to the typical zombie stories out there.

Dead Rising: Watchtower stars Harley Morenstein, Keegan Connor Tracy, Aleks Paunovic, Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen, and Dennis Haysbert, and will be released March 27th on Crackle. For more on the film as we get closer to its release date, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.