Ok before I get to this review I feel I should disclose something. I do not think George Romero is that great. There I said it, Sure I appreciate what Night of the Living Dead did for movies years back, and I understand all his work has done for the horror community, but I’m just not a huge fan. I liked 4 of his films, and none of them are in my top 20 list. One of those films he made is Day of The Dead, which is actually my favorite of all his Dead films. Well seeing as how Night, and Dawn have spawned remakes it was only fitting That Day would get one as well.
Day of the Dead Bloodline focus on Zoe, a former med student who was taking care of a patient named Max. Max was a special case as is blood was filled with all kinds of different antibodies. Max is also a bit unstable as he tries to rape Zoe in the morgue on night. Luckily for her the zombie apocalypse is starting and one of the cadavers springs to life and attacks Max allowing Zoe to escape.
We cut forward several years and find Zoe living in a small community in a military bunker surrounded by fenced in walls. Zoe helps to take care of the people there as well as the soldiers. Sometimes she even makes supervised runs into town to get supplies needed for care. She makes these runs with a group of the soldiers that occupy the bunker. One of them is her boyfriend Baca, who is the brother of the leader of the group, Miguel, a typical hard ass soldier who thinks only of killing zombies. On one fateful trip into town they are spotted by Max, who is now a zombie that can actually function at an almost human level. He recognizes Zoe and hides under the soldiers truck to gain access to the bunker.
Once there he is captured by the soldiers, but saved by Zoe who is convinced his blood, because of all the antibodies could help cure and stop the zombie outbreak. After all he’s a pretty full functioning zombie (Note this is their version of the Bub character from the original) so it stands to reason that his strange blood could in fact by the cure to turning zombies back to humans. Zoe, desperate to begin her reseach even lets Max lick her face so she can get a DNA sample. Of course this does not bode well with her current boyfriend, who becomes convinced that her and Max are former lovers, nor does it please Miguel and the rest of the soldiers as they want Max terminated.
First off, no this is not as good as the original, however it’s a version for another time. Zombies have changed over the years thanks in part to films like 28 days later and World War Z. The Walking Dead has added and changed elements to the lore a bit as well, so current filmmakers are going to begin borrowing from those works as opposed to the old classics. It might not sit well with us (yes I include myself) but its nothing us old school fans can change. With that said Day of the Dead Bloodlines is a mindless 90min zombie film, which is not a bad thing. Lots or gore adding to a claustrophobic surrounding make for a good film. I would have preferred to see more old school practical effect, of which there were some, instead of the usual CGI.
Lionsgate has done a gret job presenting the film in an immaculate Blu-ray transfer, and have included a small featurette. Just don’t compare it to the original and turn your brain off. You should do just fine.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars