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[Review] ‘Day of the Dead: Bloodline’ More Fulci Than Romero

[Review] ‘Day of the Dead: Bloodline’ More Fulci Than Romero

My love for Romero and his legacy of flesh-munching living dead knows no bounds. Of all my favorite films, the original “Dead Trilogy” is a collection of films that I return to more than almost any other. As I write this, I have Romero’s Day of the Dead, much maligned for years before reappraisals began labeling it the classic it truly is, projected onto my wall. Miguel is getting his amputated arm stub painfully cauterized at this very moment. The film has grown to become my personal favorite of the three movies, and in the wake of Romero’s death just this past year, the news of yet another remake of Day seemed less than ideal. Afterall, we already had one bargain basement “sequel” and a previous remake from 2008.

That film, directed by the terribly underrated Steve Miner, was ripped to shreds by critics and fans upon its release. Personally, I remember it being mindless, popcorn munching fun. Certainly, Day 08′ didn’t hold a candle to the original but was passable as an entertaining hour-and-a-half spent with a friend on a Friday night. Would I still feel that way today? I’m not sure. I remember next to nothing from that initial viewing outside of Nick Cannon making me groan for some reason…I’m sure it was bad, whatever it was.

I say all of this to say, despite my reverence for Romero, I wouldn’t outright write-off a remake of one of his films. I tend to feel that any remake can be worthwhile if a filmmaker has a vision and something unique to bring to the table. Day of the Dead: Bloodline, however, has quite the uphill battle ahead of itself in search of an audience. The few reviews that I’ve skimmed have thoroughly trashed it based heavily on the production’s mere existence. I won’t be doing that. So, did I think the film managed to stand on its own two shambling feet? Kind of.

For those who wish to remain spoiler-free, skip down to the final three paragraphs. Prior to the film’s release, there weren’t many plot details out there other than a super vague synopsis referencing a med student haunted by a “half-human, half-zombie hellbent on destroying her world.” Certainly, that in and of itself has very little connection to Romero’s opus. Well, that doesn’t really paint the whole picture. The film opens in the midst of a fire and blood covered street as lightning fast “rotters” (can’t a modern zombie flick just call the undead…ya know, zombies?) rush around ripping people to shreds. Our heroine, Zoe (Sophie Skelton), is surveying the oncoming apocalypse happening around her before we quickly cut to four hours ago to the actual setup of the film. Certainly, this timeline juggling was done for no good reason other than a producer probably thought the film should open with a “bang”. Usually, when a film pulls this narrative trick it’s because the first act is going to be a snails paced slog to get through. Bloodline thankfully doesn’t have this problem. The entire film moves at a breakneck pace, leaving very little time to question the more outlandish aspects of the story.

Zoe is the star student of her class and left in charge of collecting samples from the A1 creeper, Max (Johnathon Schaech), whose blood is loaded with an unnatural amount of antibodies. Max also happens to have the hots for Zoe, but the feeling is far from mutual. Moments before all hell breaks loose and the dead begin rising from their graves, Max attempts to rape Zoe. Thankfully, he makes the mistake of doing so in the morgue…so, yeah – Max winds up an early snack from the newly risen corpses. After a final time jump, we’re now several years in the future and the film begins to resemble Romero’s a bit more as a small community has formed, managing to eek out an existence behind the fenced in walls of a military bunker. I won’t say much more about the plot, though there really isn’t that much more to say. The main trick up the sleeves of writers Lars Jacobson and Mark Tonderai is the relationship Zoe shares with reanimated Max.

This is where the film gets a bit tricky. It’s no secret that Schaech goes on to become this film’s take on Bub. Only, instead of a lovable ex-soldier zombie who shows traits of humanity, we get a despicable creeper, rape-y zombie who shows traits of humanity but who may also be the only hope for humanity. The implications taken at face value are pretty gross. You have a victim of sexual assault who must protect her attacker against the hothead military types. There’s a truly touching moment where Zoe allows Max to lick her face with his rotted, black gooed tongue in order to get a fresh blood sample. That was sarcasm, by the way. The thing is, I genuinely believe one of the two screenwriters was actually trying to say something here about rape culture. Unfortunately, that message got lost amongst the likely rewrites, wooden acting, and director Hèctor Hernández Vicens’s handling of the material.

Our human villain of the tale, Miguel (oddly named considering Miguel was one of the good guys from the original) is convinced Zoe and Max were an item pre-apocalypse. Her current beau, Baca stands as her one constant and when he begins to question her intentions with Max, the theme of “victim blaming” becomes apparent. Sexual assault has never been as hot button a topic as it is right now, and there are moments within Bloodline that almost make one think Romero may have been pleased with his living dead being used to tap into the social zeitgeist in such a way. Max is the spectre of Zoe’s assault and only she and him know the truth of what truly happened the night her world, and the world at large, completely fell apart. Only by facing her attacker head-on can she possibly save those she cares for. It’s a horrific scenario that is ripe with social commentary, but that’s where the Bloodline between Romero’s films and this begin and end.

Now leaving spoiler territory. What the film does well is present one set-piece after the other of over the top undead action. The effects team was working overdrive on this flick, and while surely a lot of the blood sprays on display were delivered in post, there’s enough Karo and latex flying across the screen to lend the effects work some actual heft. It’s the action/zombie flick vibe that brought to mind the gut-munchers of Italian zombie cinema. That cycle of filmmaking started up in Italy due to the success of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. Those films were all derivative of Dawn in some fashion, with clumsy attempts at social relevance, buckets of gore, and horrendous dubbing. Bloodline lines up with that subset quite well. Necks are torn asunder, eyes plopped out, and intestines are choked on. The makeup design for Max is incredibly impressive. Schaech is given the difficult task of embodying a nearly dialogue-free role. Thankfully, the makeup allows every expression to shine through and Schaech manages to give the most lively performance of the bunch despite being very much unalive (you can count me now as an official member of The Church of Schaechology). The rest of the cast does not bode as well.

From moment one, it was clear the production was working with an international cast as entire roles seem dubbed over with generic “American voice”. Those who didn’t seem to be ADR’d to death were seemingly struggling against their accents to deliver believable performances. Skelton is the lead of the piece and her monotone delivery is probably the biggest drawback of the entire film. From wooden voiceover to blank stares, Skelton brings as much life to her character as the nameless background extras. Marcus Vanco as Baca is pretty to look at and does what he can with the macho, understanding boyfriend role. The most direct stand-in for a character from the original is Miguel in the Rhodes role. Because of the purposeful parallels, it simply caused this viewer to long for Joseph Pilato’s over the top maniacs.

For those few out there not yet burnt out on modern zombie cinema, you could do much, much worse than Day of the Dead: Bloodline. As I mentioned before, the pace is relentless. I was never bored, and in this day and age of direct to video/streaming titles all clamoring for attention, a film that manages to genuinely entertain is worth noting. While at some point there may have been the beginnings of a socially relevant zombie opus worthy of carrying the Day of the Dead name, what we have now is at least on par with goofy walking dead shoot-em-ups like Zombi 3. And, that is something I’m pretty much okay with.



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COMMENTS

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  • Craig Yeaster

    This movie is terrible, but of course BD liked it. Go figure.

  • mike Hernandez

    I have never agreed with a review more than this one…i genuinely enjoyed this movie as a ridiculous gore filled romp,but the name “Day of the Dead” is gonna screw this film over big time.So to fans of crazy amounts of gore and cheesy acting and dialogue,rename this movie in your head watch it and have a great saturday night.

    • Saturn

      I think the film-maker’s were in a no win situation.
      They had the rights to Day, so could make a remake/prequel/sequel (I’d assume) to it and even if it turned out really good people would still attack it.
      Now, if they’d released it with a different name – no Day Of The Dead in the title? People would say it’s just a rip off of Day, so……
      The question is whether I’d watch another movie by the same folks, set after Day (and I won’t leave any spoilers so I won’t mention the end of the movie)? Yeah, I’d watch it with an open mind.
      But whether or not they’d be able to get another legendary horror legend in a main role? I dunno – perhaps if they were to cast legendary female horror legend Geretta Geretta in the role of Maxine, Max’s identical twin sister! It may sound like a weird casting choice, but Geretta is THE Scream Queen of our time!

      • I would kill to see Geretta as any zombie in a new flick. RATS for life!

        • Saturn

          Indeed, RATS is a brilliant movie.
          And that ending sends shivers down my spine every time I watch it…..
          😉

          Still, I don’t think they’d get away with that flour scene these days…..

      • Mike Magnano

        The whole “who owns the rights” has always confused me. I swear I remember reading somewhere that Richard Rubinstein owns the rights to Dawn and Day, around the time he threw a fit over George using clips of them in the first Land of The Dead trailer. Then there’s some talk about Taurus Entertainment who supposedly owns the copyright on the title Day of The Dead. Can anyone clarify this?

  • Creepshow

    I’m here for you Zach. No one should be alone after being Schaechually assaulted.

  • Saturn

    Zach – welcome. Brother, to The Church of Schaechology
    He has finally blessed you with His light.

    I pretty much agree with you about the movie, it’s no masterpiece on the level of the original (which those of us of a certain age will remember the original Day being panned on release, that it’s wasn’t a patch on Night/Dawn – but now it’s many peoples favourite) but get over the fact it’s a very loose remake and just watch it with an open mind and I’m sure there are those out there who will agree that it’s better than a lot of the shitty zombie low budget movies we’ve had to tolerate since the rebirth of the genre in the early 2000’s. People must remember Osombie? Night Of The Living Dead : Resurrection? Yes, there have been some good ones : Dead Snow and Wyrmwood as examples, there have been dozens,maybe more, of shitty stv zombie pieces of shit.
    Bloodline at least tried something a little different – the whole half man/half zombie thing sounded dumb, but with an actor in the role of Max,using an acting style that will soon be known as the Schaekhov method (which will soon be copied by EVERYBODY in the business – a DEFINITE game changer), it was passed off flawlessly and with such raw, gutteral but sensual, passion!
    Of the knock off movies (Day Of The Day Contagion/DOTD 08/DOTD BL) Bloodline is definitely the best of those 3.

    In regards to Steve Miner being underrated though?
    I dunno : Friday The 13th 2+3/House/Soul Man/Warlock/Halloween H20/Lake Placid are pretty much loved by many of us.

    • J Jett

      speaking of WYRMWOOD (i like that movie a lot!) whatever happened to the WYRMWOOD tv show that was promoted a while back here on this site? i really hope this show isn’t cancelled (or whatever).

      • Saturn

        I think it’s a 2019 release date – hopefully sooner though, as that teaser clip was frickin’ awesome.

        In regards to the Wyrmwood movie, it’s been a while since I watched it so I’ll have to rectify that before the show starts, but I was gutted that the Aboriginal guy died! He was the best character in it – hopefully they can find a way to fetch him back in the show, even if it’s playing his identical twin brother.

        • Weresmurf

          2018 release date on STAN I believe here in Australia.

    • I’m glad you’re on the Miner train, but I feel he never gets mentioned in the pantheon of horror directors. Granted, he’s mostly been a director for hire rather than an auteur, but he usually manages to turn out some solid stuff.

      • Saturn

        Indeed, I could make a joke about him making some miner classics, but I feel that would be a dis-service to his movies. Most, although not all, have been perfectly above adequate, and in some cases, House for example, he’s made some brilliant stuff.

        I suppose I get where you’re coming from in regards to being under-rated though, people never seem to mention him when talking about their favourite horror directors. The usual Argento, Craven, Raimi, Carpenter always crop up, but he’s oft overlooked. Shame really, when you think about it, as he’s got a pretty solid bunch of horror movies to his name.

  • DJ sTikInsEkT

    its out? since when? ive seen nowhjere mentioning that its out wtf

    • Saturn

      For the lads?

      • DJ sTikInsEkT

        i meant to say “its out?” ive heard no where that its out

        • Saturn

          🙂

          It’s cool, I was just playing on the whole English Lad “tits out for the lads!” thing that we consider to be quite charming.

          • DJ sTikInsEkT

            never heard of it, must b some new gen thing i grew up in 1984, not really picking up on the new iphone generation vocabulary and injokes

          • Saturn

            The whole “(get your) tits out for the lads!” thing has been around in the UK since (possibly earlier) the early 1990’s.

            https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Tits%20out%20for%20the%20lads%21

          • DJ sTikInsEkT

            tht loooks arabian lol

          • Brainbug

            Aah it’s nice to have to have a fellow Brit here, I understand all your references

          • Saturn

            I think there are a few of us here – I’m not 100% sure but I think Kirkio is one of us too.

    • Yep, it’s on most VOD platforms already.

      • DJ sTikInsEkT

        just brought it i was gonna see it last night but i got tired lol

      • DJ sTikInsEkT

        they should have had more fun zombies lik the original like the football player and clown remmeber those they didnt have those just stock people in shirts and jeans

  • dsxy

    It worries me that you found the day of the dead remake with nick cannon a fun mindless Friday night flick or whatever…. It was a fucking travisty of a film that should never have been made, it had zero redeeming features, full of retarded ideas that were poorly implemented. I love trashy films, I’m not always looking for the next classic but that was just awful.

    Dawn of the dead remake, that was awesome, a great example of remake/reimagining done well. Same for the crazies, another great example.

    This doesn’t sound like it comes close to them, just another dogshit sandwich attempt at a cashgrab using the dead name, full of naff ideas being covered up with shit special effects.

    Sound about right?

    • Saturn

      It’s not a patch on the Dawn remake, but it’s (in my opinion) a step up from the 2008 remake.
      Is it a classic? Of course not (although it has a Classaech performance from the iconic horror legend himself) – but compared to a helluva lot of other zombie movies of recent years it’s actually quite watchable.

    • Creepshow

      I pretty much agree with most of this regarding the movies. But in no way, do I condone your use of foul-ish language.

  • Bart Crowe

    Reading this review makes me think the proper score is more like a 2 or even as low as a 1. The fact that George Romero has passed away fairly recently and the numerous preview articles you guys did pimping this movie leads me to believe you’re being as generous as you can be without downright lying.

  • Cuesta Verde

    I think three skulls is being way too generous. I’d give it half of a skull. That half would be solely for Schaech attack. This movie was absolute garbage from start to finish. I went in with my expectations very low and it still disappointed. It doesn’t even deserve a it’s name engraved on a Razzie award.

  • J Jett

    HI ZACH! i’m glad you’re still around! 🙂
    (sorry about my copy & paste review from BD’s earlier review of this film)………

    DAY OF THE DEAD: SCHAECHLINES is one of the worst zombie movies i’ve ever seen. Schaech was (no surprise) the best thing in the movie. the lead girl “scientist” is one of THE most mind-numbingly god awful characters i’ve ever seen (and the actress herself is not a good actress). she literally gets almost every person killed in the film. i haven’t hated a character as much as i hate her since THE STRAIN’s Zach character.

    the only character to call her out on her UBER-stupidity was the main military guy (the older brother of main girl’s boyfriend), so of course he was my favorite character. lol. i think he was supposed to be the villain like the Rhodes character in the original film. i still can’t believe how many people’s deaths she’s responsible for and yet she showed barely any remorse for those deaths. she kept trying to justify her careless/dangerous actions.

    oh and the storyline makes no sense. female “scientist”/bimbo is creating a vaccine (which will keep people from turning if bitten) but it’s explicitly shown throughout the film (in EVERY case) that the zombies don’t just bite once and move on. they decimate their victims to where there’s hardly anything left. the vaccine the idiot scientist bimbo is making (that cost 50 plus people their lives) is useless/pointless. the 2008 much hated Mena Suvari DAY remake (in name only) was far better and more entertaining than this new DAY is.

    • Yeah, she was pretty horrid all around. I need to revisit the 08’to see how they compare, but overall it didn’t offend nearly as much as you. 🙂

      • Adam Clifton

        I remember zombies running around on ceilings and snarling

        • That’s rings a bell. I seriously remember so little of it. I still want to suffer through Contagion one of these days. I’ve just never built up the nerve.

    • Saturn

      The Rhodes character in the movie seemed to be one of the only ones with any common sense!

    • quasar1967

      agreed about the main female character being awful, couldn’t believe how stupid she was, twice doing things that got people killed

  • A trudge of a film that doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the hilarious Zombie 3, let alone DOTD. So generic, and so poorly acted. I was prepared to give it a fair shot, thinking nothing could be worse than the last remake, but this very well tries. And the worst thing? You can tell they are trying to be so much better than they ended up.

    • Weresmurf

      Nothing could be worse than Day 2008? Oh my good man, try Day of the Dead 2: Contagium. Holy shit. That’s next level terrible, it’s ‘The Room’ of Zombie movies.

      • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Yep, Contagium is god awful. If I recalled correctly, didn’t the creators of Contagium also make Creepshow 3 – yet another god awful film?

        • Saturn

          Yup.
          And I think, but I’m not 100% sure and I can’t be arsed to check it out, that they were also behind those 2 shitty ROTLD sequels which I consider don’t exist.

          • Weresmurf

            Rotld only had 1 sequel…

        • dsxy

          Haha I put that on for like 30 seconds and that was already too much.

        • Weresmurf

          Oh yep. Pretty sure that one gave people cancer…

      • Saturn

        It’s examples such as Contagium/Osombie/Night Of The Living Dead Resurrection (and plenty of others) that I use to show that the new Day isn’t that bad in reality. Is it great? No – far from it.
        But it doesn’t sink to the levels of those that I mentioned, and it at least tried to do something a little different.

  • oh_riginal

    The “it’s-not-great-but-it-was-okay-I-guess” reaction is not something we should be settling for with movies these days. Too many reviews (not just on this site) react this way to movies that are just bad, but not atrocious.

    Just say a movie is bad if it’s bad. If it’s good, say it’s good. This middle-of-the-road ish isn’t something we should ever settle for.

    • Josh Gastronomicon Myers

      Agree. This guy is way too mediocre in his “meh whatever” approach to reviewing this film

      This was a sub par shit show and shouldn’t be given a pass because, what, it wasn’t the worst thing you’ve seen?

      You gave it 3/5. That’s more or less a passable score. This film didn’t earn it. Don’t reward lazy, man

  • Kristoffer Groves

    You had me at Zombi 3

    • Creepshow

      …up until Zombie 3.

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      love zombi 3. at no point did i think of zombi 3 in this ?

  • James

    LMAO, the 2008 remake was entertaining? It made me want to kill my self, it was so stupid. And comparing this trash to Fulci? WOW

    • Josh Gastronomicon Myers

      You should be more positive man. It made me want to kill the DIRECTOR

  • WALKTER

    I gave it a whirl, for about two minutes, RIP five bucks I guess. The opening scene was retarded, the rigid intestines around that zombies neck, bonking around like a toilet seat, that killed it for me.

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      my favorite is the guy who is clearly dubbed who jumps out under the sheet to scare the main girl

  • Rohan

    Somewhat related but not really: I didnt like the Beyond (fulci). It took a promising concept and didn’t do shit with it. The effects were bad, it was dull, and overall disappointing

    • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      It just goes to show how opinions and tastes vary. I love The Beyond. Possibly Fulci’s most competent film.

      • Saturn

        The Beyond is my second favourite movie of all time – just after the original Evil Dead.
        Like Evil Dead I can obviously see all the flaws in the movie, the logic is out there (ahem, sorry, it’s Italian so it’s got a dreamlike quality) but I still love the hell out of it.

        • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Absolutely. And on BluRay, The Beyond looks fantastic.

        • Rohan

          I love the concept, but the execution is awful. It’s a movie that could benefit from a remake.

          • Saturn

            Indeed, The Beyond is ripe for a remake, and with a mixture of todays practical, and cgi (if funded correctly) fx it could look stunning.
            The guys behind The Void would possibly be a good choice for it, as their movie was definitely influenced by Fulci, alongside Barker and Carpenter.

      • Rohan

        I find Zombi 2 to be his best. Overall better gore effects and storyline, as opposed to The Beyond, which has an all over the place story, and bad gore effects. Some of the set pieces are pretty cool, like the end and the beginning parts. But most of the middle is to show off the gore which doesn’t really work well. The spider kill is probably the worst offender, with effects so bad I wonder if they got an elementary school class to do it. Zombies are introduced for no particular reason, and it’s just, all over the place, and not in a good way.

      • NixEclips

        I love The Beyond, but House by the Cemetery has a much more assured hand out of that trilogy.

        • Rohan

          Haven’t seen that one yet. The Beyond and Torso (which is basically a soft core porno) turned me off Italian horror for a bit. If you recommend anything like zombi 2, then I’ll definitely check it out. Or deep red, that was pretty good, kinda like a better version of torso.

  • Jeff

    Don’t insult Fulchi. You are a hack writer. Do us a favor and NEVER write a horror article again.

    • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I’ve got to agree, Jeff. This is seemingly one of the most disingenuous reviews that I’ve read. Want an excellent remake; go and watch Savini’s Night of the Living Dead ’90. Even the reimagining of Dawn was thoroughly entertaining. This remake is, well I’d rather not use an expletive but I’m sure that you can guess.

      The best thing that I can say is that Schaech was probably the best thing in it. That’s not a recommendation, but at least he retains a little credibility.

      Story; Terrible. Acting; Terrible, on the whole. Characters; dumb as rocks. Direction; Lacklustre. Special Effects/Makeup; Okay.

      Not much to recommend it, really.

      • Josh Gastronomicon Myers

        This reeks of a paid review, which is sad since it’s still only 3 out of 5

        • DJ sTikInsEkT

          its same as miska and squires they got screeners and props for IT and thats why they made 115 IT posts a month lol they probably got a lock of penny wises wig hair

          • Josh Gastronomicon Myers

            Yeah I’ve kind of come to realize that on this site integrity in reviews isn’t really a thing. Like you said, Brad Miska and Jonathan Squires get a bit of advertising money, or free swag thrown their way and suddenly this is the greatest film ever and we are going to get spammed with wall to wall coverage for the next 6 months until release

          • DJ sTikInsEkT

            100% IT didnt get as much money if it wasnt for BD. I think BD was the biggest hype site for it and brainwashed people into thinking it is amazing before they saw it.

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      Do us a favor and write your own articles. Stop wanting to live in world where everyone thinks the same and writes the same what a boring person you are

  • Bloodspatta

    This movie is ABSOLUTE FUCKING TRASH!!! Already a contender for worst movie of the year. Syfy produce better movies than this dumpster fire.

    • theundead

      Yes the walking dead is

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      Dead & Deader on syfy was great fun

  • Joshua

    I love It! Can’t wait to watch it.

    • Josh Gastronomicon Myers

      …huh?

  • Vinicius Evaldt

    No way this movie is a 3/5. The only thing good in it was the zombified Max…

  • Mark

    load of bollocks

  • Necro

    Well we agree on one thing Zach, ‘Day of the Dead’ is my favorite of the original trilogy as well. Overall this one was just bad, plain and simple. Not Steve Miner’s 2008 film bad, but bad enough. The acting in this was hideous, I know this is Horror and I’m not looking for ‘Gone With the Wind’ performances, but damn they were just terrible. Now the gore was spectacular and the people behind it deserve tons of credit! Straight up practical effects the way it should be! That’s another thing about the ’08 film and it’s use of CGI that I hated, not to mention Nick Cannon. If the acting in this would have been a little bit better, that and tied in with the great FX, this might have been actually decent.

  • Bill

    Just as an aside, Johnathon Schaech did an AMA on Reddit recently. It was extremely awkward.

    • Josh Gastronomicon Myers

      How many times did he mention his body. Or how awesome he is at building muscles, or how he wants to be more than “just another hunk”, or what a phenomenal actor he is.

      The guy is his own publicity agent

      • Saturn

        BLASPHEMY!!!

        STONE HIM! STONE HIM!

      • Bill

        I don’t remember details but from what I saw, his spelling was awful. Childlike almost.

  • Dean Mastrantoni

    Can’t wait to see this…is it already out on DVD or available for streaming?!?!

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      download it lol dont give them your money . its crap. there is like 15 mins of decent zombie carnage but nothing you wouldnt see in a WD ep. people getting bit. zombs getting shot. infected people getting shot in head

  • Dean Mastrantoni

    Zombi 3? Did not know there was another Fulci zombie movie?!?!

    • He directed half of it before dropping out. It’s insanity.

      • Creepshow

        It’s crap Zach, and you know it. Stop setting the lad up for major disappointment. You have an insanely high tolerance for crud, that most human beings don’t possess.

    • Creepshow

      It’s fuckin terrible. I’d give you my copy if I could. And after you watch it, you too would be looking for someone else to take that turd off your hands. It would become a vicious cycle of rotating crap.

      • DJ sTikInsEkT

        duno what you smoking. Zombi 3 is delightful. i guess you have high standards, fucking awesom low budget italian zombie movie. along with stuff like black demons, burial ground, ghost house, beyond darkness etc all that cheesie euro cinema love itt zombi 4 and 5 were the duds.

    • Saturn

      Zombi 3 was started by Fulci (the scenes he shot are pretty obvious, they’re the more atmospheric moments) but when he became ill Bruno Mattei took over and turned it into the cheese-fest we all love.
      I pretty much love all his zombie movies.

      • Creepshow

        I’m pretty shocked that you didn’t attach that goddamn flying head clip.

        • Saturn

          The power of Schaech compels me…..

          Ask, and ye shall receive!

          • Creepshow

            Well, you’ve sent it to me every other time I trash that dopey movie. Why break the cycle? (holy hell, that scene is terrible)

          • Saturn

            One day you will be Woke to the genius of Zombi 3!
            🙂

          • Creepshow

            I like my zombies to be buried under dirt. Not laying under a thin layer of straw. And I like my flying heads to have wings (ala Re-Animator).

          • Saturn

            A zombi 3 flying zombie head vs a flying headed Dr Hill would be quite possibly the greatest Vs movie ever put to celluloid.

          • Creepshow

            It would be great. A bunch of bonking and gnashing.

  • EvilHead1981

    The trailer to this one looks horrible, like if some director wanted to remake the original, and said, “Yeah, but I’ll more gore, sex, pretty people and stuff! Cause that makes EVERYTHING more better, and that was what was DEFINITELY missing from the original!!”

    • theundead

      Then go watch the original problem solved

  • Creepshow

    I totally agree with everything you said. You guys are mutants. You were born with patience, and a 70ft high wall of tolerance. You are a select few of special beings. May Lord Schaech bless you one and all.

  • Cure4Humanity

    I’m really surprised they gave this 3 skulls. It was pretty awful imo and should have gotten 1 at most. Romero would be walking out of his grave to eat some brains after what they’ve done with this.

    • Josh Gastronomicon Myers

      It could be because Brad Miska either has a small fortune invested in this, or Jonathan Schaech has his family tied up at gunpoint in an undisclosed location, because for one reason or another Bloody Disgustiing has had this movies knob firmly in mouth since the day it was announced.

      I’m honestly shocked it wasn’t 5/5.

      I guess you can only stretch credibility so far

      • Saturn

        Lord Schaech doesn’t have time for petty crimes such as tying up families at gunpoint. That’s the job of His followers.
        Not that I’m saying He runs a cult of owt…..I’ve said too much…

        • Creepshow

          A black car with tinted windows will be picking you up in the morning. Be ready. Get in. And don’t speak.
          (Oh, and pack an extra pair of undies.)

    • Saturn

      Why would Romero be eating brains? His Dead movies never had them eating brains, that was the invention of Return Of The Living Dead.

      • Cure4Humanity

        Cause I like to picture George eating the brains of his victims. Call it a personal preference.

        • Saturn

          Okay, fair enough.
          Although personally I reckon it will be Stan “I created everything” Lee who will be the brain muncher when he dies, to steal – ahem, co-create – new ideas from the living, as eating a brain gives you the ability to read the minds of the living. Or so I’ve heard.

          Excelsior!

          • Cure4Humanity

            Ooooh, that’s pretty savage man.

          • Saturn

            It’s only in jest, as from what I’ve seen of Stan Lee on tv he looks like a nice guy, and no doubt about it is quite probably the most important person around when it comes to creating classic comic book characters.

            You know something that I think would be amusing, and I’m sure it may happen at some stage to show that there really is mutual respect between Marvel & DC, is if Stan Lee turned up in one of his cameo roles in one of the next DC movies.
            That would put an end to this whole fanboy Marvel V DC crap that’s going on at the moment. Both companies over the years, with their cross-over com book events, have shown that they have a rivalry, but it’s more a friendly rivalry more than anything.

          • Cure4Humanity

            That would be pretty great. It’s funny how the fanboys are the ones that have a far more “serious” and aggressive rivalry than either company. I love both of them personally. Though I’m not going to lie, I’ve disliked DC’s films thus far with the exception of Man of Steel and Wonderwoman.

  • NixEclips

    I am a proud Cinemasochist, but this looks more like a blah experience. Maybe in the future. Zombie 3, though, that’s a keeper.

  • I used the Google Play 99¢ promo to order this. The pizza is on it’s way, I’m not expecting much but it should be fun.

  • DJ sTikInsEkT

    watched it. why even Day of the Dead? just have another zom movie in a cave base with a slightly smarter zombie. Rhodes character so under developed, not evil enough. Music was so stock. None of the magic of the original. Gore was OK. Seeing zombs get shot in head has been done to death like every WD episode. feel like they just used the name for money.

    • Saturn

      The Rhodes character in the remake, and in the original, was never really evil. In both he was the sensible one who saw the threat for what it was – an extinction level event.

      • DJ sTikInsEkT

        oh he was evil in the original lol 100%

        • Saturn

          I disagree – for me he was just sensible, he saw “Bub” as an enemy combatant, and knew if giving the chance he would take out the people Rhodes was protecting.
          The only “evil” things he did really was reassert his authority, reminding the scientists that HE was the boss, and they followed HIS rules.
          He could have put an end to Bub at any stage he chose, but he had enough respect for the scientists to allow them to do their work, knowing it could be important, but against his better judgement.
          An “evil” Rhodes could have just killed the scientists – less mouths to feed for one reason.

      • bd2999

        All of the characters saw the threat for what it was. Rhodes just wanted the most direct solution that was likely to fail. Although in the flashiest manner.

  • Eric

    I can’t actually believe someone dedicated this much time to write a review of this garbage.
    Terrible movie.

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  • C. W. Chenery

    The sound, god damn, the sound. It kept ripping me right out of the film. The ADR was dreadful. Shockingly dreadful. There were weird echoes where there should have not been any. Half the actors didn’t feel like they were on the same continent, let alone the same room. It felt like it was dubbed and poorly at that. Granted, the effects were very well done, but to be honest, I’m tired of the Romero remakes that use the Romero name to release sub par zombie movies that have no place in his universe. Between the various Day and Night remakes, his legacy has been shit on time and again by filmmakers who claim to be fans, but really just want his name to pedal their movies that otherwise no one would give a second look at. Next…

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