Day of the Dead: Bloodline

Movie review by
Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
Day of the Dead: Bloodline Movie Poster Image
Buckets of stale blood in zombie apocalypse tale.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages. Human life has no value, as evidenced by the main characters' non-reaction to their actions causing friends' deaths. No one seems to learn anything.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The lead is a female doctor (technically a medical student) who doggedly works to solve the zombie plague. But her actions don't make sense, and she shows no remorse whatsoever when her foolishness gets others killed, so it's difficult to consider her a role model. No characters behave intelligently, though some do seem to care for other people.

Violence

Tons of gory zombie-movie violence: eating of faces, disembowelments, severed limbs, rotting flesh, gushing blood sprays, shoot-outs, knifings, the works. Plus sexual intimidation and a full-on rape attempt. 

Sex

The film teases but doesn't show live nudity, but there's a flash of a nude pin-up on a magazine cover. The female lead is attacked by zombies in the first scene; somehow her shirt manages to fly wide open, revealing her bra. Near-nudity in a scene in which a couple starts to hook up.

Language

An assortment of "f--k"s, plus "s--t," "d--k," and non-explicit sexual references. 

Consumerism

Humvees.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few toasts to fallen comrades.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Day of the Dead: Bloodline is a horror movie about a zombie apocalypse. So you can expect tons of gory violence: dismemberment, disembowelment, cannibalism, face-eating, buckets of blood, and much more. There's also a rape attempt and sexual intimidation, plus strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "d--k") and teasing near-nudity. But the film isn't well-enough made for any of these to carry a lasting impact on most viewers old enough to handle the gruesome imagery.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byYahia July 2, 2018

Very bad

just all and all and awful movie, i usually don't go out of my way to rate a movie a bad rating. but this one i just had to. the story had potential but it... Continue reading
Adult Written byKatreeeen October 13, 2018

Awful

This isnt a good movie, its so awful. It makes you mad watching the girl who acted like a doctor and screwed up. Everyone who survived for long years died just... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byJemm2001 April 10, 2018

Bad acting is only the start

The acting is absolutely horrible, like they picked people off the streets. I had high hopes for this movie, i have been extremely disappointed. The story and s... Continue reading

What's the story?

In DAY OF THE DEAD: BLOODLINE, medical student Zoe (Sophie Skelton), her military boyfriend (Marcus Vanco), and his tightly wound brother are among the denizens of a bunker complex five years after the zombie apocalypse hits. Zoe is horrified to encounter the zombified version of her attempted rapist, Max (Johnathon Schaech), from before the plague. But she believes that because Max has maintained some human characteristics, he might be the key to a vaccine. Still, this is a zombie movie, so every stupid thing that could possibly be done is done, and all hell breaks loose in the compound. 

Is it any good?

It's a chore to find things to recommend about this film. Perhaps worst of all, it bills itself as a "reimagining" of George A. Romero's Day of the Dead, while bearing no substantial connection whatsoever to that 1985 movie. Both films have fortified bunkers and a zombie on a chain, but that's about it. Where Romero's film clearly tried to explore issues of humanity, Bloodline explores nothing but the bargain aisle at Bloodbags "R" Us. It's an ultra-low-budget affair in which, five years after the apocalypse has struck, uniforms, vehicles, and a bunker full of refugees are still spick and span. And fortunately for Zoe's boyfriend (or unfortunately), hipster haircuts seem to have survived the fall of civilization. The movie has zero scares despite many absurdly staged startles. You care so little for the characters that, honestly, when one of them goes to retrieve a keg from a morgue freezer and is attacked by monsters and runs, you're left thinking, "You left the beer!"

Of course, you have to check your appetite for logic at the door when watching a flick like this, but must characters actually do the stupidest possible thing in nearly every scene? Here they are, driving in their Humvees through zombie territory ... and dreamily sticking their arms out the windows. Here's the supposedly smart medical student leaving her armed escort to explore alone. Here are the soldiers, needing blood from a "living" zombie, after we've just established that their hearts don't work anymore, trying to let monsters in "one at a time" through the main gate, instead of simply trapping one against the chain-link fence and making their unauthorized withdrawal that way. With so little brainpower invested in the film's logic, imagine how much less was put into character development. Zoe's unforgivable foolishness leads directly to characters dying, and she never expresses a shred of remorse. The high-strung commander, who's clearly supposed to be a villain, at least keeps trying to stop these idiotic plans. You know a film has gone awry when the "crazy military guy" is actually right about everything and the heroine scientist actually does cause all the trouble. At least Bloodline's zombies are of the running variety. That's something.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether movies like Day of the Dead: Bloodline can desensitize viewers to extreme violence. How does the impact of the violence here compare to that in, say, The Walking Dead?

  • When you watch horror movies, are you more or less scared when characters do dumb things that get them killed? Why?

  • Does it matter to you whether the world of a film seems real or not? How does realism affect how scared or moved you are by a film? 

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