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Johnathon Schaech Gets Zombified in Exclusive ‘Day of the Dead: Bloodline’ Images!

Johnathon Schaech Gets Zombified in Exclusive ‘Day of the Dead: Bloodline’ Images!

Day of the Dead: Bloodline, a reimagining of George A. Romero’s cult classic, 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.

The half-human, half-zombie is horror veteran, Johnathon Schaech (Prom Night, Laid to Rest, Jackals), who plays Max, a modern take on Romero’s Bub from Romero’s 1985 masterpiece. Bloody Disgusting has several exclusive shots from the Hèctor Hernández Vicens-directed film that show Schaech before and after his zombie infection. The makeup looks ridiculously cool.

Earlier this week, Saban Films dated Day of the Dead: Bloodline for theaters, VOD, and Digital HD on January 5, 2018.

[Related] Fan Details the Real Day of the Dead World Premiere!

The film stars Sophie Skelton, Johnathon Schaech, Marcus Vanco, Jeff Gum (Exeter, The Vault), Lorina Kamburova (Nightworld, Leatherface Death Race 4), Nick Loeb, Rachel O’Meara, Debbie Sherman, Luke Cousins, Nathan Cooper, Lillian Blankenship, and Cristina Serafini. Campbell Grobman Films (Leatherface, Hellboy) produces with Jeff Rice.



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  • Alanmac

    These photos definitely aren’t helping.

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      Nothing says classy like watermarking the fuck out of every photo

  • Creepshow

    We are not worthy of marveling at such iconic masterfulness.

    • Saturn

      I keep trying to tell myself that it’s okay, I’m allowed to marvel, but deep down I know that I am not…..

      • Creepshow

        Remove your eyes from Master Schaech, you peasant!

  • Brandon

    Horror veteran? You mean the guy that plays Jonah Hex on the CW?

    • Saturn

      To be honest I quite like him as Jonah Hex.

      • Brandon

        Aye, he’s probably better than the film version.

        • Saturn

          He’s MUCH better imho.
          Then again Schaech can perfect any role He chooses, especially those legendary horror classical performances.

          • J Jett

            LOL! 🙂

          • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

            He was great in Nosferatu, though shortly afterwards they quickly got to work on inventing audio for films so the world could truly enjoy every aspect of the master. Color was soon to follow

          • Saturn

            Indeed, many people don’t realise this, but he was original first choice to play the monster in Universal’s Frankenstein, but due to scheduling conflicts he had to pull out of it, and the role went to the infinitely inferior Boris Karloff instead – but he did return to play The Bride Of Frankenstein, but due to a writer’s strike at the time he had to perform under the pseudonymn “Elsa Lanchester”, which was the name of his wife’s maternal Grandma – the make up effects which he himself developed for the role are still ground breaking to this day, as it’s almost impossible to tell that it was actually he in the role, as his performance, as always, was outstanding.
            Luckily for James Whale, Schaech owed him a favour, and the movie was made and turned out to be quite the success.

          • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

            I admit, he was pretty hot as the bride. But it wasn’t until The Shining many years later that his true acting range was revealed, taking on not just the dual role of Jack Nicholson portraying Jack Torrance, but also going the extra mile and playing uncredited roles as Danny’s big wheel, and about 1500 gallons of blood which he selflessly volunteered to donate after he learned they’d run out of money to buy more.

            He’s truly too good for this world

          • Saturn

            Indeed, just one more reason to adore the guy – he was willing to literally spill blood for one of his movies.
            I remember chatting to Tom Araya a few years back who was proud to admit that Slayer’s song “Spill The Blood” was actually a tribute to the professionalism of Schaech.
            In regards to his performance as Danny’s big wheel, did you know he actually appeared in the sequel : Rubber?
            The movie didn’t make it clear, but during the audio commentary for it ,Schaech revealed that his role of the tyre was actually a direct reference to his work in The Shining, and that he was actually playing the brother of the wheel, which was eventually meant to lead to a Danny’s Big Wheel/Rubber spin off movie, which would be the lead in movie to the upcoming “prequels to Venom” universe.
            He confided in me that it would indeed be a game changer.
            I, for one, cannot wait!

          • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

            Wow. There is still so much to learn about this man. I mean I’ll admit I’m no Schaechian scholar but I thought I had a handle on the basic lore. It’s clear now I’ve only but scratched the surface. I feel ignorant in the ways of Schaechism but excited that I’ve so much more to discover

    • Forca84

      Don’t you dare forget “Organizm”, “Prom night”, and “Quarantine”!! He’s a bonafide Scream King!!

      • Saturn

        He’s a LEGENDARY Scream EMPEROR.

  • Meh… kind of hard to get excited about this …

  • MrX13

    Still somewhat interested because it’s a zombie movie but will see how it is when it comes out.

  • Necro

    “A bold new re-imagining”……..yeah I’d say it’s bold! After that wretched piece of shit from a few years ago and to have the balls to ‘re-imagine’ it yet again is bold! I must admit this ‘Bub’ thing has me a tad curious. Well the only thing MAYBE going for this is that it can’t possibly be worse than that last one……..or can it?

    • J Jett

      please don’t hate me but i actually enjoyed Steve Miner’s DAY “remake” (in name only)! LOL. it’s definitely a guilty pleasure type of movie for me. 🙂

      • IWC-3PO

        Mena Suvari is a cutie patootie.

      • Necro

        That’s cool J! Oh please I don’t hate anyone for their opinion! I might question some of them depending on what it is, but hate, absolutely not! Nothing but respect for the difference of them, that’s what makes this genre so great! I’ll give you one of mine; I love ‘The Blair Witch’ franchise, I mean all 3 films, especially part 2 ‘Book of Shadows’. That particular movie isn’t too popular hell even Joe Berlinger the director of it has gone on record saying how much he hates it! Guess what I don’t give a fuck!

        • J Jett

          thanx Necro. actually i’ve heard that BW2 was actually pretty decent! i’ve had it on my computer for forever but just haven’t gotten around to watching it. i DO like Jeffery Donovan.

          • Necro

            No problem my friend! Yeah I like Jeffrey Donovan too. If you like him, you’re going to like him in that for sure.

        • Saturn

          I, too, am also a fan of all 3 movies.
          You’re not alone in your madness.

          • Necro

            Awesome! I’m looking forward to the new one as well. ‘Legacy’

          • Saturn

            Is that the one with the one and only horror legend Johnathon scha…….nah, I’ve got to let it go. I have to……

  • Simon Allen

    It looks like most of it was filmed in a local garden center ?

    • J Jett

      What, you aren’t a fan of Wal-Mart’s garden center? HOW DARE YOU! 🙂

      • Simon Allen

        Oh don’t get me wrong .
        I’ve loved it ever since they filmed the Mrs Voorhees section of the Friday the 13th remake there !

    • Brian

      If there was a zombie apocalypse, you would be smart to have a green house to grow your own food / have a renewable food source.

      • Simon Allen

        Very cleverly observed .

  • Andrew Salisbury

    could be good, but i will withhold my opinion until i see it

  • Call me underwhelmed.

  • Aaron King

    So they’re humanizing him even more? That’s what I get from these photos. Don’t know if I like that.

    • Saturn

      It’s those soulful eyes.

      • Aaron King

        This made me laugh. Isn’t that what they were going for with Jason in FvsJ?

        • Saturn

          Indeed it was – glad to see someone picked up on it.
          🙂

  • J Jett

    i know i’m in the minority on this but i actually think this movie could be ok. i kind of like the tone/look of the film (going by these images) but a trailer would REALLY help on this.

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      I don’t know. This seems like the kind of film where a trailer could be a bad thing. When it comes to soulless cash in’s sometimes showing people less of the actual product is better. If you intend to sell someone a shit sandwich, giving out free samples is a bad idea 🙂

  • John DeSpirito

    So I can assume we’re to look forward to this in perpetuity on the Syfy channel I guess?

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      You can also look forward to up to the minute, blanket coverage of every aspect of this masterpiece here on our very own Bloody Disgusting! From now until either the film releases, or Brad Miska finally pays off whatever dark debt he apparently owes to the mysterious cabal that crafted this “film”, and they return his soul to him and release him from his enslavement.

      We haven’t figured out the exact details, or what form of sorcery was applied, but we are pretty sure Johnathon Schaech is the key

  • Alan Howell

    I’m currently at work on a film as well. It’s a slasher film about a amusement park ride haunted by the ghost of a groundskeeper that died on the property 25 years prior to it being built when his gas tank on his weed eater exploded. I’m calling it “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. It’s starring horror veteran Morty Kimmell, who you might also know as that kid who has shown up the past 4 years trick or treating at your house in the same vampire costume.

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      I’d watch it

  • This will be the role that finally earns him the long overdue Oscar

    • Saturn

      Unless of course the Oscars are RIGGED as usual – the guy should have won best actor award for the last 5 years running. But I suspect that Harvey Weinstein was behind the rigging of it. In fact I know it’s true.

      • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

        Agreed. He wasn’t even IN Schindler’s List, but he was great in it! If directors were truly honest they’d admit that most movies that don’t actually contain Johnathon Schaech, are at the very least inspired by him. Credit where it’s due man

        • Saturn

          Indeed, it wasn’t the scenes he was in that made the movie, but the scenes he wasn’t in.

  • DukeStKing

    So, he’s a poser?

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      Well…did you think of him as a “horror legend” before Brad Miska dubbed him so? Or better yet, have you ever even heard of the guy before this?

      Perhaps he’s a stealth legend

      • DukeStKing

        I’m a huge horror fan. Since about the age of 5. But not an expert on everything horror. This name escapes me. But when I said poser, it was more an attempt at humor, albeit not a very good
        one, at this guy being half human half zombie. Either you’re a zombie, or your not. Much like either you’re a biker, or your not. Nope. Never heard of this guy.

        • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

          Lol, neither had I. According to Bloody disgusting though he is right up there with Kruger, Voorhees, and Leatherface

  • diapers

    I was just replaying a left 4 dead 2 campaign, set in a greenhouse, that looks like the screens. Serendipitous! I’ll give this a chance, I’m a sucka like that.

  • Brian

    Personally I don’t care if they do make remakes or re-imagines….. original lovers will always have the original to watch. And in Day of the Dead’s case, they could possibly but probably not make a better movie. The original Day wasn’t what Romero had planned / he didn’t get the budget he wanted. The original Bub was only showing the slight promise of a zombie soldier…. not it’s full realization. I only wish Zack Snyder did a full blown Day of the Dead remake with a good budget right after Dawn of the Dead. A big budget Day would have been something to see.

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      Indeed. I didn’t want to like his Dawn of The Dead remake (not a fan of fast zombies) but ended of loving it regardless. If he would have made a Day Of The Dead remake I would have happily checked it out. Instead we got whatever the hell the Mena Suvari “not even good enough to be a Syfy channel bad movie of the week” was, and this.

      “Bub on steroids”…George you deserved better

      • Saturn

        The Dawn remake is definitely one of the best horror remakes out there.
        I do remember that for years Snyder wanted to do his own sequel “Army Of The Dead” but nothing came of it – shame really, but I guess there is still time.

        • Necro

          1000% agree Saturn! These are my personal top 5 remakes AFTER the year 2000, if I’m asked to list my favorite remakes ever, well this list changes considerably. In this particular order:

          1) ‘Evil Dead’
          2) ‘Dawn of the Dead’
          3) ‘The Hills Have Eyes’
          4) ‘Maniac’
          5) ‘Black X-Mas’

          • Saturn

            I agree about the first 4, but shall not say (in polite company) what I think about Black X-Mas……

    • Necro

      Yeah I think Zack would’ve did it justice.

  • Eric

    Is he going to be a vegetarian, like in the last re-imagining?

  • Graham Dalrymple

    Ok,first off a half zombie??? How the hell can you be half a zombie? Zombies are reanimated dead people,so what he’s alive? So he’s just a person with bad skin???? Utter garbage lmao but then the living legend of horror and possible creator of the universe Jonathon schaech is in it so I don’t know why I’m complaining

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      To be fair i’m pretty sure that the script is only half finished

      • Graham Dalrymple

        May well be but still sounds like absolute hot trash lol

        • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

          Oh to be sure. The only positive thing I can say about this cheap shitty cash in is that it may be the only thing powerful enough to reanimate George Romero, though only long enough to sit up, and flip this thing the bird

          • Graham Dalrymple

            Hahahaha brilliant

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    Unless my data is incorrect this appears to be actual proof that something can be labeled as a “re-imagining” while still being completely unimaginative. A scientific anomaly to be sure. This warrants further studying

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      I take it back, this is actually a creative re-imagining of Fido. Not sure why I didn’t realize it before

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    Thank god for small miracles

  • Alan Howell

    I have a pretty cool idea for a reimagining. I call it Halloween 8.5 “Weekend at Michael’s”.
    Set 40 years after the events of the original classic, Michael Myers is dead, a victim of his exploits incendiary reviews & a bad truck stop chicken salad sandwich. Dr. Sam Loomis, once the savior of the small town of Haddonfield finds himself irrelevant & solely without purpose in life. His claims that Michael will return fall on deaf ears, until he decides to parade Myers’ body around in increasingly preposterous ways to convince the citizens that true evil has returned: corporate greed.
    Starring Malcolm McDonald with the most impressive papier-mâché Donald Pleasance mask ever created, and Academy Award winner Nicholas Cage as the corpse of Michael Myers. Directed by Wes Anderson with a score from original creator John Carpenter collaborating with pop music sensation Nick Jonas. Coming Valentines Day 2018 to a redbox near you.

  • Shane da Lucky

    I can’t get past the poster – it is shit – it must surely be a rough – I feel this movie will be predictable based on a the images alone – the plot – meh! “The Girl with all the gifts”, now that’s a movie I want to see but where the hell is it?

    • A2VL

      The Girl with all the gifts has been out for months in the U.S. its on amazon prime

  • NixEclips

    I just got off of work and was blessed with this article. Thank you, Bloody Disgusting and the great Johnathon Schaech. I mean, horror veteran, Johnathon Schaech!

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