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Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)

Dead Rising (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Horror | 27 March 2015 (USA)
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A group of people fight to survive in a zombie-infested town.


Zach Lipovsky


Tim Carter





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Metcalfe ... Chase Carter
Meghan Ory ... Crystal
Virginia Madsen ... Maggie
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Jordan
Aleks Paunovic ... Logan
Dennis Haysbert ... General Lyons
Gary Jones ... Norton
Carrie Genzel ... Susan
Rob Riggle ... Frank West
Reese Alexander ... Shearson
Harley Morenstein ... Pyro Biker
Julia Benson ... Amy
Peter Benson ... Bruce
Darren Dolynski ... Sergeant
Patrick Sabongui ... Hippie Zombrex Doctor


In East Mission, Oregon, the Hit Point reporter Chase Carter and the camerawoman Jordan are covering stories from the people in quarantine of a zombie outbreak. The FEZA is using the vaccine Zombrex to inoculate the victims and Chase tries to interview Crystal LaRourke that is on the location. Out of the blue, the patients turn into zombies and Jordan flees with the Hit Point car, leaving Chase behind. He follows Crystal chased by zombies and she stumbles upon Maggie, a woman in shock that has just lost her daughter. They seek shelter in a loan store while Jordan arrives in the border but is sent to quarantine. While the military under the command of General Lyons want to bomb the city since Zombrex is ineffective, Chase, Crystal and Maggie fight to reach the border. Chase discovers a secret about Crystal while Jordan discloses the real intention of General Lyons. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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2.35 : 1
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Ryan Connolly visited the set and is also one of the zombies. See more »


After Carter, Crystal and Maggie escaped the Mega Dome in a Dodge Caravan van, they hit a zombie road worker and the car's windshield glass broke instantly into the cabin. Modern car's windshields are made of tempered glass coated with a plastic transparent membrane in order to withstand breaks and ruptures without falling pieces on the passengers. See more »


Frank West: You're basically fucked.
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Spun-off from Dead Rising (2006) See more »


Walking in Horror
Written and performed by Bill Ryan and Brendan Ryan
© Ryan Bros Music
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Dead Rising: Watchtower is easily the best video game adaptation to date, fun filled, blood soaked entertainment.
28 March 2015 | by MoviesReviews101See all my reviews

Dead Rising: Watchtower is based on the video game which is one of my favourite ones, so don't expect to get a Walking Dead level story. This story ends up giving us everything you would expect to see from Dead Rising video game, it has all of the traits with the wacky over the top weapons and blood splatter around every corner. The most important word to describe this film world be fun but you could use enjoyable or easy to watch. I personally really enjoyed this because I am a fan but I could understand the non-fans thinking this is just another zombie film. As a fan I will rate this high because it could easily be put in the list of good video game adaptations. (7/10)

Actor Review

Meghan Ory: Crystal O'Rourke is the infected woman who knows how to survive zombies but she is running low on Zomdrex, meaning she has to fight her way through the zombies to look for her next dose. Meghan does a good job as the kick ass heroine of the piece. (7/10)

Virginia Madsen: Maggie is a grieving mother who loses her daughter to the zombie outbreak and ends up teaming up with Crystal and Chase to try and survive. Virginia gives a solid supporting performance but it really here to show the human effect of the outbreak. (6/10)

Jesse Metcalfe: Chase Carter is an aspirating reporter who finds himself in the middle of a zombie outbreak where his dreams of a story go against his quest for survival. Jesse does a good job in the lead role playing a character that is very similar for Frank West from the original game. (7/10)

Dennis Haysbert: General Lyons is the man in charge of the quarantine and the plan to firebomb the town, he makes himself look like the hero of the situation even though he has an alternative motive. Dennis plays the traditional General role solid but never offers anything new to the idea but doesn't need to. (7/10)

Rob Riggle: Frank West provides a running commentary from a newsroom on how to survive the situation and simply not holding back on his comments. Rob steals every scene he is in as the charismatic Frank West the survivor from the original game. (8/10)

Support Cast: Dead Rising: Watchtower has a large supporting cast that includes the other people trapped inside the walls be it the good or the twisted, as well as the military outside the wall with Chase's plucky partner trying to uncover the story from the outside.

Director Review: Zach Lipovsky – Zach does a good job here which is surprising after his last outing. (7/10)

Action: Dead Rising: Watchtower is filled with plenty of blood coated action throughout. (9/10) Horror: Dead Rising: Watchtower puts us into a zombie outbreak making it feel like we are trapped much like the games. (8/10) Thriller: Dead Rising: Watchtower does keep you wanting to see what happens next and who will turn up around the next corner. (8/10) Settings: Dead Rising: Watchtower creates the isolation for our survivors as they become trapped inside the town. (9/10) Special Effects: Dead Rising: Watchtower uses great special effects with the zombie kills throughout the film. (9/10) Suggestion: Dead Rising: Watchtower is one for all the zombie fans to enjoy, it is really just fun and enjoyable to watch. (Zombie Fans Watch)

Best Part: Frank West everything about him was great. Worst Part: It won't please the serious zombie fans. Action Scene Of The Film: Final fight. Funniest Scene: Frank West interviews.

Believability: No (0/10) Chances of Tears: No (0/10) Chances of Sequel: Could easily have one, depends how popular it was. Post Credits Scene: No Similar Too: Dead Rising Video Game.

Oscar Chances: No Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

Overall: Dead Rising: Watchtower is easily the best video game adaptation to date, fun filled, blood soaked entertainment. Rating 85

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