Speaking of bad, cheesy, movies, Capcom has announced they’ll be making a movie based on their Dead Rising zombie-killin’ games, and the trailer is above. I was immediately excited by the idea of a Japanese Frank West running around a Japanese mall with a baseball bat, or the new guy from the Las Vegas-centered Dead Rising 2 driving though zombies in a motorcycle with chainsaw attached to it. But alas, Capcom has decided to make their Dead Rising movie as mundane as possible, and thus it doesn’t appear to set in a mall or Vegas or star Frank West or the other guy and the star seems to be a dude in a wheelchair. Now, I enjoy zombie movies probably more than the next guy, but that seems to be stacking the deck a little too much. You might as well make the hero a toddler and call it Home Alone 5.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.