2018 promises to get kicked off with a feast of flesh and guts, as Saban Films unleashes its remake of the George Romero classic Day Of The Dead in early January, subtitled Bloodline.
The new film is being touted as a “bold reimagining” of the Romero classic, and the first official image from the film certainly does bring to mind the look of the “classic” zombie made popular by Romero. In the image, a ravenous zombie looks hungrily at onlookers, who are happily on the other side of a chain link fence.
Day of the Dead: Bloodline is set in 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.
Fans of the original film will be happy to know that one of horror’s most beloved zombies, Bub, will be reimagined in the new version. This time around, the name of this empathy-inducing zombie is Max (Johnathon Schaech, who is no stranger to horror remakes, having appeared in the 2008 version of Prom Night). Judging from the second-to-top billing the character Max receives on IMDb, it’s possible that the fan-favorite zombie could have an extended role in the new film.
Bloodline also features Sophie Skelton as the protaganist Zoe Parker, and Lorina Kamburova (Leatherface). The film is being produced by the team at Campbell Grobman Films, who are just coming off their well-received Texas Chainsaw prequel, Leatherface.
Many genre fans will remember that this is not the first time Day Of The Dead has been remade. In 2008, a remake was given to us by veteran horror director Steve Miner (Friday The 13th 2 & 3, Halloween H20). However, this remake was poorly received by fans.
Will this newest reimagining of the Romero classic live up to fan’s expectations? Find out on January 5, 2018, as Day Of The Dead: Bloodline hits theaters and VOD.