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Day Of The Dead Bloodline
Directed by Hector Hernandez Vicens
Country Bulgaria
Year 2018
“Yes I wasted 90 minutes of my life but unless I die writing this review I'm fine with that.“

The first Day of The Dead remake directed by Steve Miner (Friday the 13th part 2) was a critical flop. But not everybody was of the same mind. Wolfman praised the movie and I too liked the movie as a stand alone zombie flick. There were little to no references to the Romero classic.

With the new Day of the Dead movie the condamnation is universal. And I've got little to no defense for the movie.

The new movie like the previous one isn't a real remake or a a sequel. But Bloodline is inspired by the original movie. It has many of the same or more accurately similar characters. The movie focusses on the military stationed at the base where the protagonists in the original find refuge. The movie also has a zombie not unlike bubba but is called Max here. Things can get confusing when you watch it expecting a straightforward remake because a lot of things look familiar but things develop completely differently. It's a bit like a movie based on true events except here the events are a movie. That being said the idea for this movie is the only thing it has going for it. My heart jumped a beat when I laid eyes on the all too familiar trailer parc in the base.


But the plot is too generic to make use of the idea. A similar plot device was used in The Town That Dreaded Sundown and to much greater effect.The acting wasn't a redeeming factor either. But most agrivious is the use of cgi. If I'm not mistaken I even saw a glimpse of a cgi rat. The movie was filmed in Bulgaria they must have rats there right? Anyway that blood on Skelton's face is cgi for sure it looked almost fluorescent. When you know you've got a mediocre plot at best and no budget you have to realise you have to offer something big budget movies don't. And that is gore and nudity, both of which are missing.

So what's the point of watching Day of the Dead Bloodline? There really isn't one. Well I said I didn't have any defense for the movie. But did I get physically hurt watching it? Was it the worst movie ever? Did I wish I got my time and or money back? Well no... sure it's a time waster but not an unpleasent one. And it isn't sacrilige. Watching movies is not a religion and as such blasphemy is unlikely. And no it isn't the worst movie I've ever seen it isn't the worst movie you've ever seen. The acting wasn't great but some reviews were just insulting. As for wasting money, it's on netflix.

Yes I wasted 90 minutes of my life but unless I die writing this review I'm fine with that. I wasted more time staring at my smartphone or reading articles on politics today alone. The movie's on netflix and as such it didn't cost me anything to watch. Talking of netflix it isn't the worst movie on the streaming service. Have you seen Godzilla part one now that's sacrilige.

--Steven--

Item added : 15/6/2018


Burrowers, The
Directed by J.T. Petty
Country USA
Year 2008
“...a good plot, ditto cinematography and character development are responsible for this singular viewing experience.”

At the frontier life is hard and dangerous. When some settlers are found murdered and others abducted Indians are held responsible. Strange holes in the ground near the place of the murders indicate something different and yet unknown is responsible. Four men ride out to rescue the abductees.

Westerns and horror rarely fit together very well but with Burrowers one gets the feeling of watching a really suspenseful western instead of a horror movie. This could be because the threat is seldom really seen. Or because, for most of the movies running time, to the hero's the Indians are to blame for all the deaths. This belief is fueled by racism rather than any kind of proof but it does shift focus away from the monsters.
But it's more likely a good plot, ditto cinematography and character development are responsible for this singular viewing experience.


The characters might seem stereotypical at first and too neatly dressed, like they were on the set of a reenactment rather than a movie set. But they grow beyond that fairly quickly. We get flesh and blood characters displaying honest to god character development.

The movie can seem slow in parts but it all pays off in the end. The creatures are original and the political subtext reminds one of Romero's Living Dead Trilogy. Although the political subtext is less subtle here.
If you haven't already check it out.


--Steven--
Item added : 9/6/2018




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