Day of the Dead: Bloodlines (2018)

Director: Hector Hernandez Vicens

Writer:  Mark Tonderai, Lars Jacobson (Screenplay)

Starring: Johnathon Schaech, Sophie Skelton, Marcus Vanco, Lillian Blankenship, Ulyana Chan, Shari Watson

 

Plot: A small group of military personnel and survivalists dwell in an underground bunker as they seek to find a cure in a world overrun by zombies.


Tagline – Join the undying war.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Awful All Around

 

Story: Day of the Dead: Bloodline starts as we see the zombie outbreak in full effect, now 4 hours earlier as we follow Zoe (Skelton) a medical student trying her hardest to get her grades, she does have a stalker in one of her patients Max (Schaech) and now it is time to party because medical students.

Well a 12-minute intro and a casual attempted rape scene, we randomly jump 5 years down the line with Zoe who is part of a group of survives that are in a refugee camp, where she searches for answers. Zoe joins a team in look for medical supplies, led by her boyfriend Baca (Vanco) otherwise an illness will sweep through their camp.

 

Thoughts on Day of the Dead: Bloodline

 

Characters – Zoe is the former medical student that is now the main doctor for a refugee base during a zombie outbreak. She does try to do the right thing to save a young girl in the camp, but otherwise she is just your generic girl in zombie film. Baca is the brother of the leader of the base and boyfriend of Zoe, well this is his character summed up. Max is a stalker that gets turned into zombie, but his blood is different which makes his zombie form knowledgeable of what it is doing.

PerformancesLet’s talk about the acting or the lack there off, not all the blame goes to the actors here though because the characters are so blandly written. Between them all we never fee the grief the characters are left to go through, Skelton struggles to convince in the leading role and having an actor play a stealth zombie is terrible choice.

StoryThe story plays into the idea of the original by going for something different in the form of the remake style. We fall into the same traps zombie movies go for, we have a comfortable location where everything seems safe, but the risk to go outside brings back fresh numbers of zombies which ruin the calm. We have the lacklustre leader of the facility which isn’t as obsessed with safety as in the original and to make matters worst we have one zombie that has a stealth mode.

HorrorWe are in a zombie filled world which should be scary, nope this just doesn’t feel like a horror on any level.

SettingsThe film is set in and around a bunker, we never truly see how big the scale of the facility is which disappoints.

Special EffectsThe effects are the only highlight of the film, we have solid use of zombie destruction scenes.


Scene of the Movie –
I’m Not yours.

That Moment That Annoyed Me A Stealth zombie.

Final ThoughtsThis is the reason why people get tired of zombie films, it offers nothing new or watchable for the fans of the zombie genre, it doesn’t reach the so bad it is funny level, it just stays in bland and boring throughout.

 

Overall: A zombie film to miss.

Rating

 

 

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6 comments on “Day of the Dead: Bloodlines (2018)

      • It’s not a big budget movie by the way…and that is very apparent when you watch it. However, it doesn’t sell itself short…it has relatively good jumpscares, the ghore lying around the streets in the wake of the zombie’ s attack looked disturbingly awesome and the zombies themselves and their mannerisms seemed legit.

      • I understand low budget and try to never go agaisnt them. the title confuses, is it a sequel to the original, a remake and sequel to the 2008 remake, which is a bad movie but a guilty pleasure, the effects are good. The Miguel character i felt never reached either end of the extremes and the getting the samples scene just seems like they have never thought zombies before, the stealth zombie is comical, not the performance just what the character was doing. i do like a zombie movie and will stick up for most, jut couldn’t enjoy this one at all.

      • Well…maybe my judgement on the movie is somewhat askew. I have to admit that I’m not particularly a superfan of horror films but this one, I feel, was great. I truly believe that you are at a better point to give the best verdict on whether or not the film is good. One thing I have learnt as a movie reviewer is that my thoughts on a particular movie will not always gel with the sentiments of another reviewer…that said, I completely understand why you didn’t like Day of the Dead; Bloodline.

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