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Rise of the Zombies
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Asylum's answer to the Walking Dead and George Romero's Of The Dead.
Genre: Horror
Directed By: Nick Lyon
Produced By: David Michael Latt
Paul Bales
Written By: Keith Allan
Delondra Williams
Starring: Mariel Hemingway
LeVar Burton
Danny Trejo
Distributed By: The Asylum
Release Date: October 27, 2012
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $129,545

Rise of the Zombies, also known as Dead Walking, is a 2012 American zombie horror film from The Asylum and directed by Nick Lyon. Written by Keith Allan and Delondra Williams. The film stars Mariel Hemingway, Chad Lindberg, LeVar Burton, and Heather Hemmens.


During a zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors hides on Alcatraz Island to escape from rising zombie hordes. When their refuge is overrun, and upon hearing that a scientist may have discovered a cure, they leave the island to seek him out.

Why It Sucks

  1. It is pretty much a generic zombie movie that steals a lot of elements from The Walking Dead, and this movie tries so hard to be a Walking Dead look like Dora the Explorer style, but it fails miserably.
  2. The acting is absolutely abysmal, especially for Mariel Hemingway, LeVar Burton, and even Danny Trejo as well.
  3. They made the children turned into zombies, not only that but there's the scene at the Golden Gate Bridge after they gave birth to a child, but shortly after that, the child suddenly turns into a zombie and making Mariel killing it.
  4. Misleading title: The title, and as well of a premise that stated that the zombies were rising at the beginning of the movie left before the zombies actually happened, but at the very opening scenes of the movie it seems pretty clear that the zombies have already risen.
  5. Poor lighting in a lot of scenes.
  6. Absymal soundtrack, it tired so hard to be "scarier" and "suspenseful", but the soundtrack is rather dull and exhausted.
  7. It creates numerous plot holes in the entire movie.
  8. The original title Dead Walking is a total rip-off to The Walking Dead's title.
  9. Poorly looking sets, especially for the Golden Gate Bridge, which the bridge's roads are wider in real-life, but here, the bridge's roads are narrower.
  10. The whole movie is boring, and it's nothing too scary throughout the entire movie, no fun, or anything scary, no nothing, but it has a lot of cheesy, and campy moments throughout the entire film.
  11. It recycles too many elements from The Walking Dead, and as well as Zombie Apocalypse.
  12. Much like The Asylum's Zombie Apocalypse, many of the characters keep making idiotic mistakes throughout the entire movie, and all of the characters rarely get any character development because of it.


Critical response

The movie currently lacks a Rotten Tomatoes score, but critical, and audience reception of Rise of the Zombies were mostly negative with a 15% of 241 audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes were positive (rated 3.5 stars out of 5 or higher), with an average rating of 1.9/5. On IMDB, it had a 4/10 rating on the same site. Mike Hale of The New York Times felt that the film was "largely in the venerable horror tradition of movie-as-extended-chase-scene" and that The Walking Dead was "gentle by comparison."


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