Day of the Dead: Bloodline – 2018
Director Hèctor Hernández Vicens
Screenplay Mark Tonderai, Lars Jacobson
Starring Sophie Skelton, Johnathon Schaech, Jeff Gum, Marcus Vanco, Mark Rhino Smith, Cristina Serafini, Lillian Blankenship
George Romero ushered in a wave of horror that took a while to grab hold of the world. There has always been a steady base of fans to his original trilogy of Night of The Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. Critics always tended to overemphasize the pop culture effect, giving him way more genius points than he deserved. After Danny Boyle and Zack Snyder pushed the zombie apocalypse to another level with 28 Days Later and a Dawn of the Dead remake, respectively, the current wave started and carries through to this day. The quality of most of the films improved. Even Romero came up with the halfway decent Land of the Dead.
Day of the Dead was remade in 2008 by Steve Miner. It feels like the spiritual sequel to Snyder’s film, even going so far as to feature Ving Rhames for a lot shorter period. It’s weird to think as bad as that film is, it’s the best one.
Day of the Dead: Bloodline feels like a high school movie project that got was afforded a budget because someone had a rich uncle. The movie is so bad it deserves to be seen to act as a level set for what the bottom of the barrel looks like. The dialogue is spoken slowly, not for effect, but rather due to the fact that the actors really have a tough time remembering their lines.
At no time are there anything close to competence shown through the story. There is the barest outline of a repeat of the plot from the original. Kids wander around in front of the camera whether they’re officially zombified or not.
Still, like I said, you’ve got to keep watching in hopes that there is going to be something funnier than the last scene around the next bend.
Why is Johnathon Schaech in this film? Perhaps he thought his performance as this film’s version of the sentient zombie, Bub, might bring him something / anything more than he’s seen in the way of publicity. I stopped noticing him long before he was in 8mm 2 or even Roadhouse 2.
Back to Romero and his legacy. The producers who were behind Texas Chainsaw 3D made this film the way they did to keep as close to the spirit of his work. In this respect, they are close to the mark. Romero didn’t make that good of films either, even if he did have a decent imagination.
(0 out of *****)