DAY OF THE DEAD: BLOODLINE
Review by Gordon Justesen
Stars: Jonathan Schaech,
Sophie Skelton, Marcus Vanco, Jeff Gum
Director: Hector Hernandez Vicens
Audio: DTS HD 5.1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.39:1
Features: See Review
Length: 91 Minutes
Release Date: February 6, 2018
“You were mine.”
“Now you’re mine, motherf***er!”
I just don’t get the current zombie craze. This is likely due to the fact that this craze started right after the last two really good zombie movies came out. Those movies being 28 Days Later and (ironically enough) the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead.
Since then, every single zombie incarnation, such as World War Z, has failed to grab my interest. Even the later entries from the master of the genre himself, George A. Romero, were stretching really thin in their attempts to expand the zombie landscape. The obsession with zombies has become so overblown that I still have no desire to watch a single episode of The Walking Dead.
And yet, here I was willing to give Day of the Dead: Bloodline a chance. After all, this was being sold as a faithful re-visioning of Romero’s very own Day of the Dead from 1985. And since that one is my least favorite of Romero’s original zombie films (yes, I actually like Land of the Dead even more), I was curious enough to see if this one would improve on the original’s flaws at all.
Nope. The original Day of the Dead is now at the level of both Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead thanks to this travesty. George Romero, as we all know, sadly passed away recently and I’m quite positive he is now spinning in his grave. Even Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead were masterworks compared to this infectious disease of a movie.
As you can probably gather, a zombie apocalypse has spread across the world. This has forced the very few living humans to reside in underground military bases. Among the survivors is Zoe (Sophie Skelton), a med student whose working hard to search for some sort of cure for the zombie infection.
And she soon discovers that a special blood does exist. The only problem is it exist within Max (Jonathan Schaech), who was an obsessed stalker of Zoe’s before he got turned into a “rotter”. Yep, that’s the designated term zombies are given this time around.
So the plotting here is already off to a messy start. And it doesn’t help that we are given a lineup of actors who aren’t quite able to give us anything beyond the level of atrocious. That combined with a mostly inexperienced director and an endless array of unimpressive creature effects and all too noticeable CG blood help place this entry at the bottom of the zombie movie barrel.
There’s nothing more I can say about Day of the Dead: Bloodline, except that it succeeds in being probably the worst thing to emerge from the current zombie craze. Yes, even the countless Resident Evil movies look much better by comparison, which is saying an absolute lot. Again, I feel so bad for Romero who is still spinning in his grave.
This Blu-ray release from Lionsgate provides an adequate presentation for a film that lacks real production value. The darkened set pieces, which are in large supply, fare much better than the few daytime scenes. It’s about as good a presentation as you can expect for a straight to video release.
The sound quality fares a bit better, mostly because the movie consists of endless gun blasts and zombies chomping human flesh, which does give the DTS mix plenty to work with. All of the atrociously bad dialogue is captured well nonetheless, and the balance between those two elements is actually pretty good.
The only feature provided here is a brief featurette titled “Day of the Dead: Bloodline - Reviving Horror”, which is your basic behind the scene promotion piece.
Day of the Dead: Bloodline is the kind of cheap fare that qualifies as a cheap movie for the SyFy Channel. It’s only distinction is the slightest resemblance to the original Romero film, which is probably why it got granted a straight to video release instead. Stay far way from this one...even if you are a dedicated zombie fanatic.