'Dead Island' Trailer: Can You Watch it Without Crying?

Linda Sharps

It's three minutes of emotionally gut-wrenching horror, starting with a little girl plummeting to her death from the window of a hotel room. The scene rewinds, revealing the moments that happened prior to her fall—and it isn't pretty. It's terrifying, brutal, and bloody.

The way the action plays backwards is a twisted bit of genius. By the time it's halfway over, you're cringing at each new wave of violence as the full scene is revealed. You're somehow hoping for the girls' salvation even though you KNOW better.  And by the time you see the final moment of the girl's father reaching for her—a spectacularly effective way of underscoring the loss to come—you're reaching for a tissue because damn. Damn.

The truly shocking thing? This isn't a preview for a horror movie. It's a trailer for a forthcoming video game.

Got your Kleenex handy? Here you go . . . if you dare:

Created by Polish company Techland, "Dead Island" is a so-called first-person zombie-slasher/action-RPG that's coming to the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC sometime this year.

In a gaming genre that's already flooded with zombie themes (Call of Duty: Black Ops, Left4Dead 2, RDR Undead Nightmare, Dead Rising 2, etc) Techland has surely made a name for themselves with this amazing trailer. Can the game live up to the hype? I'm not a gamer, so I don't really care—but if this were a movie, I'd watch in a heartbeat.

While peeking through my fingers the whole time.

What do you think of the trailer? Is it gratuitously horrific for the purpose of controversy . . . or has this gaming company produced an unusually worthy cinematic achievement? (Or both?)

(PS: If you couldn't make it past the first 20 seconds, you're not alone.)

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