Day of the Dead: Bloodline review by Bobby Blakey
Last year the world lost icon George A. Romero who was most famous for creating the modern zombie with his classic Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Throughout the years he returned to the genre numerous times with one being his 1985 cult classic Day of the Dead. Now director Hèctor Hernández Vicens is stepping up to deliver the reimagining of the cult hit with Day of the Dead: Bloodline, but does it offer anything new to the genre or will it fail to rise to the legend?
Day of the Dead: Bloodline follows a post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled world where a former med school student is tormented by a dark figure from her past. The only thing is, he’s a half-human, half-zombie hell-bent on destroying her world. The film stars Johnathon Schaech, Sophie Skelton, Marcus Vanco, and Jeff Gum. The opening to this film felt a bit forced and out of place all to set up something for the film later. Before it actually comes full circle this entire section of the film felt pointless. Once we get to the zombie aspect of it there are some fun gory moments here and there, but sadly not much that hasn’t been seen before. I was hoping that they were going to try to do something different here to make it standout, but they played it safe and kept it pretty predictable and average at best.
The cast are very hit and miss with a lot of cheesy dialogue and performances that are just more annoying than anything. I like to believe that some of this was on purpose in hopes to make the audience like seeing them be eaten by zombies, but whatever the reason just misses more than it works. Thankfully the zombie action when it happens lets the blood flow and offers up all the gore fans hope for. This is far from a great remake or even worthy of the Romero legacy, but hardcore fans of the zombie genre might dig it.
In addition to the film this release also includes a featurette taking you behind bringing this new chapter of the dead saga to life. Decide for yourself and grab your copy of Day of the Dead: Bloodline available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.