Day of the Dead: Bloodline (2018)
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Critic Reviews for Day of the Dead: Bloodline
Would that Romero could arise like one of his creations, just to take a nasty bite out of this cheap "reimagining" of one of his movies and consign it to a genre graveyard where nothing comes back.
Bloodline can't figure out its message, and the characters are nowhere near interesting enough to overcome the muddled themes of the film
Day of the Dead: Bloodline is dead on arrival, with no hope of reanimation.
If you're hungry for a good zombie homage to Romero's work, look no further than Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead. Bloodline is just plain rotten.
Audience Reviews for Day of the Dead: Bloodline
So, if you're a horror nerd, you've been aware that, very sadly and unfortunately, George A. Romero is no longer alive in order to provide quality horror movies. Though, to be fair, after Survival of the Dead was released in 2009 (which I wasn't a big fan of, Romero didn't make any more films. I'm certain that he wanted to enjoy his retirement. Romero's influence over the zombie genre, which if you think hasn't influenced the way zombie medium is tackled to this very day, then you really don't know anything about horror. To this day his influence on horror is felt and not even just the zombie genre. I think independent filmmaking, where real ideas, themes and characters are explored, owes a great deal to Romero. He was one of the first ones to really write and direct full-fledged horror movies, complete with believable characters. Or believable for the situation they find themselves in at least. Having said that, I think it's interesting that out of the big three '...of the Dead' movies, the one that seems to be remade the most is Day of the Dead, considering 2008 we had remake, that really wasn't. Hell, there was actually a sequel to the original film that came out in 2005 too, which I haven't seen nor do I plan to. The reason I say this is that, while Day of the Dead is still really good, it obviously pales in comparison to the quality and influence of Night and Dawn. Night of the Living Dead apparently has an animated re-telling. So I don't know if that counts. Regardless, how many remakes there are of Romero's zombie films is irrelevant. I guess one of the few positives I can say about this film is that it is a more 'faithful' take on the Day of the Dead story than the 2008 remake was. With that, I mean that the movie uses sort of a similar storyline with Bubba, but instead of Bubba being the hero of the movie, Max is actually kind of the most perverted zombie I've ever seen. He lusts for Zoe in a creepy way. He's one of those 'if I can't have you, nobody can' zombies. You know the type. Another thing before I continue, however. What is with everybody currently working in the zombie medium refusing to call them zombies??? They actively STAY away from the word as if it's a racial slur or something. It could be justified if Romero didn't name them in any of his movies, at least up until Day of the Dead, in that, given that the zombie market was not as overcrowded as it is in this day and age. Now everybody knows what zombies are, so why not just call them as such? It's like they want to be a zombie movie while also avoiding the 'negative' stigma surrounding the subgenre. You can't have it both ways, guys. The Walking Dead is the worst offender, it just feels so unnatural to hear 'walker' or 'geek' or 'deadhead' or 'biter' instead of just saying the word zombie. Ooops! I said the Z word, that's a big no-no 'round these parts. You almost sense the actors struggling to call them anything OTHER than zombies at times. It's ridiculous. The term for them here is rotters. Where do I start with this movie? It's obviously really fucking bad or else it wouldn't get the rating it has received. Is it better or worse than the first remake, I have no fucking clue since it's been quite a while since I watched it. Normally, I would have given this the lowest rating possible, but I did think that some of the practical effects looked good and the zombie make-up on Johnathon Schaech looked surprisingly good. They blew their budget on the make-up and forgot about everything else like, you know, telling a good story. One of the problems that immediately jumps out at you is the fact that the acting is largely terrible. Sophie Skelton has appeared in four episodes of Outlander, which I hear is really good, but you wouldn't know this woman was actually a professional actress if you looked at her performance here. Honestly, I think I'm being a little harsh, I did feel that she was decent enough in her role. I believe it's everything around her that's clouding my judgment. Having said that, this movie has the same asshole military leader role that Joe Polito played in the original. He was so bad that it was actually a really entertaining performance. But the guy who plays Polito's role here, Miguel, is not great. He's not the worst, but he's nowhere near good. Anyway, I hated this character with a passion. Not because he was an asshole, because I don't have a problem with that, but because he literally had no reason to be an asshole. It's like his characterization was something they just needed to tick off to fulfill some goal to be somewhat faithful to the original movie. I realize that Zoe needed someone to resist everything she was trying to do with trying to find a vaccine, but there's literally no substance to Miguel whatsoever. There's no reason for him to exist other than to serve as Zoe's foil. Which is fine and dandy, but at least give the character something to do that isn't being a total asshole to everyone for no other reason than just because. And that's another thing, while Zoe's goal are admirable, to find a cure for this disease that's ravaged the world, she gets a lot of people killed as a result of her influence. First, the supply run they go on leads to Max holding on to the bottom of a hummer, and making his way back with the group to the bunker. That gets one person killed at the medical facility and two when they find their way back to the bunker. They find Max and they chain him up, the chains are relatively short so everyone else is just slightly out of his reach if he tries anything. So Zoe realizes that Max's blood might be what she needs in order to get a cure. So she needs live specimens, to draw blood from, to see if Max's blood really does cure the disease. So they go to the perimeter gate, without Miguel's knowledge. They need two live samples, so they herd them in one by one. Holding the gate in place, since they have to let them in one by one, which is understandable. So first one comes in and everything is fine. Second one comes in, which fulfills Zoe's requirements and they...still hold the gate in place while Zoe does her shit. Then after she's done they struggle to close the fucking gate. And it's like, really, guys??? You could have closed the gate IMMEDIATELY after you let the second zombie in and you just didn't. What a bunch of dipshits. So the zombies break through the gate and storm the bunker and a shit-ton more people die, one at Miguel's hands (or gun rather) after being bitten. So you can see how Zoe might have actually been responsible for more deaths than anyone else in the entire movie. And she's supposed to be the fucking heroine. Max somehow escapes, he took someone's keys and unshackled himself. The thing was, though, that the chains on Max's hands were so short that it was impossible for him to bring his hands close enough together to put the key in one of the chains. They don't even show him escaping, he just shows up behind Zoe out of nowhere when she is performing her experiments. Yes, yes I know, I'm looking for sense in a movie where the dead come back to life. Just let me complain in peace, please? In closing, this is really bad, the acting is substandard outside of Johnatho Schaech, who's perfectly solid as Max, the character development is non-existent. You don't care about anybody or anything in this movie. Not to mention the cinematography is uninspired. All in all, this was just a really fucking bad movie. Maybe giving it one star is generous, but I did think some of the zombie make-up and practical gore looked good. That doesn't really come close to covering up for everything else the movie does wrong. Avoid it and I imagine George A. Romero would be pissed off at this movie, with good reason.
Props for making Johnathon Schaech look like... that... But why did this second remake even happen again?
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