Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn, Analysis

Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn Film Details:

Directors: Zebediah De Soto, Krisztian Majdik

Release Date: 5 October 2015 (USA)

Release: VOD

MPAA Rating: R

Horror Sub-genre:  Animation, Horror


A group of survivors trapped in a New York apartment fight to stay alive against legions of zombies.


“Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn” was one of those films that lingered in development purgatory. in 2014, news first surfaced on the animated reconstruction to the 1968 classic “Night of the Living Dead” directed by George A. Romero. Interest evaporated as it seemed that this film would’ve never seen the light of day. It was a surprise to have found out that “Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn” was quietly released on the 5th of October 2015.

“Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn”  is an animated horror film directed by: Zebediah De Soto and Krisztian Majdik based on the screenplay written collaboratively by Zebediah De Soto, Warren Davis II and David Reuben Schwartz.


“Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn” offers a modern take on a classic horror film. The action sequences were truly amazing. The tension offered was entertaining and thought provoking. Highest acclaim for the film is the inclusion of horror cinema icon,  Tony Todd. Mr. Todd reprises his role as Ben, from the 1990 remake “”Night of the Living Dead”.  Another veteran of horror cinema joins the cast to “Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn”. He’s none other than, Bill Moseley  reprising his role as Johnny. Last and certainly not least, the iconic role of the character Barbara is portrayed by Horror film actress, Danielle HarrisThe aforementioned actors truly delivered in voice acting, each added their unique dynamic for their respected roles. Their participation in the film should alone merit a reason to see the film.


The execution was horrible, the CGI graphics were ghastly and appeared depths below amateurish level. In addition, the color and lighting effects completely washed out any sense of production value. Overall the technical aspect of the film was a disaster. Superior quality are offered in today’s 3D design software, both for the film industry and for casual artists. Iclone, Blender and even Poser are some 3D software that can offer truly amazing results. Therefore, no excuse can be given for this poorly rendered film.

In closing:

“Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn” has its highs and low points. IMDB states that the production budget is estimated to be seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($750,000). Its safe to assume that the money went primarily into the cast and not towards the animation department. With the over saturation of the zombie films currently “Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn” doesn’t compete with contenders in the genre. However, if you as a viewer can bypass the horrible CGI animation, the acting and reconstructed story of yesteryear truly does shine.


Rating Criteria

0-10 Avoid
11-20- Mediocre
21-30 -Good
31-40 – Average
41-50- Decent
51-60 – Stunning
71-80 – Must See
81-90 – Amazing
91-100 – Impressive



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