The late, great George A. Romero is the unintentional father of modern zombie horror. His work in the horror genre is so formidable in fact that, post-peak zombie saturation, the world has returned to his stories for inspiration. The upcoming Day of the Dead: Bloodline is a reimagining of Romero’s classic Day of the Dead (1985), and this blood-soaked nightmare just got a full-length trailer.
On Wednesday, Saban Films premiered the first trailer for Day of the Dead: Bloodline and finally released the film’s synopsis and a classic-looking poster.
Here’s the official synopsis:
A reimagining of George A. Romero’s cult classic, 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.
And here’s the terrifying poster, which depicts Johnathon Schaech’s Max in full-on zombie mode:
Romero tragically died of lung cancer in July 2017, leaving a hole in the hearts of so many horror fans worldwide. While zombies existed before the premiere of Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968), his iteration of the zombie as a disease-ridden, cannibalistic, shuffling corpse became the norm. Romero made zombies what they are today, inspiring everything from Shaun of the Dead to The Walking Dead.
Day of the Dead: Bloodline is a reboot of Romero’s 1985 film, which was the third film in his iconic Night of the Living Dead series. The trailer and synopsis seem to fall pretty closely in line with Romero’s original story of a group of survivors risking everything to find a cure and discovering some horrifying things about their zombie enemies along the way. If you’ve seen Day of the Dead, then you know what we mean; if you haven’t, then we won’t spoil anything for you.
Either way: just know that Romero’s blood-and-guts legacy looks to be very prominent in this remake.
Day of the Dead: Bloodline premieres in theaters on January 5, 2018.