Day of the Dead: Bloodline (2018)

January 6, 2018 - 3:13pm | FrighT MasteR

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Hector Hernandez Vicens
Johnathon Schaech, Sophie Skelton, Marcus Vanco, Jeff Gum, Lorina Kamburova, Nick Loeb, Rachel O’Meara, Debbie Sherman, Luke Cousins, Nathan Cooper, Cristina Serafini

As if the 2008 remake of Day of the Dead wasn't bad enough, someone gets it in their head that fans were looking for another filmmaker to take a crack at the source material (they were wrong). After a long and much delayed development process, the movie finally hit VOD recently and to a slew of mostly negative reviews (and justifiably so).

The film opens to a city being overrun by a horde of fast-running zombies, then cuts to "four hours earlier" and focuses on a med student named "Zoe," who is apparently being stalked by some creeper named "Max" (played by Johnathon Schaech). Poor Max thinks carving the girl's name on his arm will surely win her over, and naturally after that plan fails, he then figures brute force will do the trick. Fortunately, Zoe is saved in the nick of time by an overweight zombie, and thus, the zombie apocalypse begins.

The story then fast-forward's to five years later and Zoe is now the doctor in a refugee camp housed with several military personnel and civilians. After a random little girl in the camp gets sick, Zoe and a handful of military head to her old university for some much needed medication and that's where she encounters ol' Max once again, who decides to sneak a ride back to their camp. Yes, Max is the "Bub" in this movie, who seems smarter as a zombie than he ever was when he was alive. He's even so intelligent that he outsmarts our lead on several occasions and not only that, but he's also still infatuated with her, despite their obvious differences (being dead and all).

While the story is changed around a bit, there are some minor themes that remain, like the crew looking to develop a cure, but for the most part this movie attempts to be its own thing. Unfortunately the flick doesn't really offer anything that stands out aside from all the bad acting and terrible writing. In fact the lead actress that plays Zoe is the worst of them all, delivering most of her lines like she's half asleep. What's even worse is her character isn't very likable either since she's constantly putting people in danger, like in one scene where she endangers an entire mission just so she can lag behind and grab some personal photos.

It seems like with each decision she makes someone dies because of it and these clueless characters continue to listen to her anyway; the girl is more of a danger than the goddamn zombies! Speaking of, as I stated before, these are the standard sprinter zombies that we've grown used to seeing in films nowadays. As tiring as that is, I'm just glad they're not jumping around or crawling on walls (like the last remake). There's also a decent amount of practical blood and gore and if you love watching zombies tear at someone's arm or neck then you'll be pleased to know that there's an abundance of those scenes as well! Next to all that the movie goes about as predictably as you'd expect it to.

Aside from some decent practical blood and gore there's very little positive to say about the film. It's poorly written, acted, and there are many scenes that make very little sense. If you're simply looking for a zombie movie to watch then this'll do, but I'd recommend steering clear of this otherwise.

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