Zombies are certainly popular characters in the media these days. Now, the flesh- and brain-eating creatures are also quickly moving up the viewing rankings on YouTube as they star in “Plants vs. Zombies: Zombies’ Night Out,” a short video based on a popular Spielo International slot game developed and produced by Temecula, Calif.-based Pechanga Resort & Casino.

According to YouTube rankings, “Plants vs. Zombies” has garnered more than 1.2 million views since its introduction in March; the most views of any video created and posted by any casino in the world. The video has received an average of 40,000 views per day and has been shared by people around the world with comments on the clip posted in Spanish, German and many other languages, according to a company press release.

“We had the feeling the concept for the video had the potential to be very successful with audiences,” said David Kudell, producer and director. “We’re big fans of the Plants vs. Zombies game and felt that seeing the characters in a completely new way would be compelling, while at the same time using the same locations and music from Pechanga’s television commercials maintained the Pechanga brand of offering many different experiences to our guests. We’re hopeful the video will continue to build a following and build a new awareness for Pechanga.”

Kudell and his team of video production specialists created the video for the roll out of the Plants vs. Zombies: Gargantuar slot machine by Spielo International, based on the hit video game from PopCap. Pechanga Resort & Casino was the first in California to feature the new, interactive slot machine.

The one minute, five second video features four animated, undead guys enjoying the resort’s amenities—playing golf at Journey, making their way into the resort for some gaming action, taking in a concert and rounding out their evening with some attractive non-zombie ladies at the Round Bar. With the green light from PopCap, the video specialists took the likenesses of the cartoon-like zombies and plants from the slot machine and used character generation to mold them to fit over an existing Pechanga Resort & Casino commercial featuring four young men enjoying various resort experiences. Production of the video took three months from concept to final editing. The team developed the video as a full-scale commercial.

The four person in-house Pechanga video team was responsible for the entire production, including directing, cinematography, editing, and visual effects. Filming lasted four days and all the actors in the video were Pechanga team members.