As is the case with any genre or subgenre, the key to allowing it to live on is to examine it from different perspectives and hopefully break some new ground. For the past fifteen years or so, zombies – and, to a lesser extent, vampires that sparkle – have been all the rage. But after digesting them in countless movies, video games and TV shows, even this longtime Resident Evil fan has admittedly experienced fatigue.
Of course, none of this would’ve been possible if George Romero didn’t pave the way back in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead. In the time since, he’d concocted several beloved sequels, each of which infused social commentary with unimaginable horror. That being said, it’s no wonder why the late director is still able to make new fans to this day.
Now, I’m not sure if there’s a record for such a thing off the top of my head, but I can’t think of any other filmmaker who has seen his work lend itself to so many remakes. Of course, 1990’s Night of the Living Dead will be among the first to come to mind, but, believe it or not, Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth is about to be unleashed on the unwitting masses.
Just in time to nearly coincide with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray upgrade of the original, this “contemporary retelling of the cult-classic horror masterpiece, directly approaching the social commentary from a modern viewpoint” has caught our attention with its latest trailer that brings an indie vibe to the material.
Actually, Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth has been gestating for some time, so it’s great to see that it’s finally coming around. Be sure to check out the new preview up above and as always, we’ll keep you posted as more develops.