‘Night Of The Animated Dead’ Reveals Synopsis, Debut Date

On this night, the dead not only live…they’re very animated.

Night of the Animated Dead–a decidedly different reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1968 iconic Night of the Living Dead–will be available on digital Sept. 21, and then in a Blu-ray combo pack ($19.99) and on DVD ($14.99) Oct. 5 (in plenty of time for you-know-what), as reported by comicbook.com. Preorders for the box sets begin Aug. 10.

This R-rated animated film from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment–while drawing inspiration from Romero’s classic–deals specifically with siblings Barbara and Johnny as “they visit their father’s grave in a remote Pennsylvania cemetery, when they are suddenly set upon by zombies,” according to the synopsis.

Barbra flees into the refuge of an abandoned farmhouse, along with a stranded motorist, Ben, and four local survivors hiding in the cellar. “Together, the group must fight to stay alive against the oncoming horde of zombies, while also confronting their own fears and prejudices.”

Night of the Animated Dead–from director Jason Axinn (To Your Last Death) and writer John A. Russo (who co-wrote Night of the Living Dead)–features the voice talents of Josh Duhamel (Transformers) as Harry, Dule Hill (The West Wing) as Ben, Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps) as Barbara, James Roday Rodriguez (Psych) as Tom, Katee Sackhoff (The Mandalorian) as Judy, Will Sasso (MadTV) as Sheriff McClelland, Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) as Johnny and Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing) as Helen.

The original Night of the Living Dead–directed by Romero from a screenplay he wrote with Russo–follows seven people who become trapped in a Pennsylvania farmhouse that comes under attack by an army of zombies. The groundbreaking horror film spawned five official sequels and several remakes.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Night of the Animated Dead.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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