Dead Rising: Watchtower
Release Date: 27 July
2015 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD Within 30 seconds of this achingly belowaverage zombie flick we get a T- shirtshaped reference to its videogame series namesake.
A servobot helmet here, a Frank West statue there... the nods are littered throughout. But while generous fans tick these off, the rest of the film trudges through colourless exposition, a tired quarantined city setting and characters about as likeable as a garden strimmer to the unmentionables. It woefully misjudges the bizarro comic appeal and its tonal spasms are even borderline offensive at times; comedian Rob Riggle’s Will Ferrell- esque comedy skits frame flailing attempts at genuine human tragedy, often involving young children. Dead on arrival.