Day of the Dead is getting a new day, again.
Looks like we are getting adaptation of one of the horror genre’s most cherished zombie movies. Per new images up on the Instagram account of Christa Campbell (Grobman Films PGA) titled “Day of the Dead now filming”, looking good for the home team! The poetic justice in the timing of this subtle announcement comes on the 31st anniversary of the original 1985, film by the same name’s, theatrical release.
Writer /Director, George A. Romero, brought us yet another beautifully manufactured and gorier installation of the “Dead” films with ‘DAY OF THE DEAD’. DOTD focuses on a small group of military officers and scientists trapped in a missile silo, in Florida, sweating it out and trying to survive the nightmare above ground. But this “wait-it- out” sounds great in theory but the group soon learns that in the comfort of this assumed “safe bunker”, the scientists have been conducting experiments that now has the threat of the undead sharing space with living. Its man vs man, the living vs the living dead and the one way out of this bunker leads to the infestation they are trying to avoid.
The cast included Lori Cardille as “Sarah”, William McDermott as “Jarloth”, Terry Alexander as “John “. We were also gifted with one of the most hated antagonists who also had the most insanely wonderful death scenes, Joseph Pilato as “Rhodes”. Last but not least, hands down, one of the most loved zombies in film, Sherman Howard as “Bud”. Though the lowest grossing in the “Dead” trilogy, the cult following over the past two decades proves when Romero puts a zombie out there, you will love it in one way or another.
With a second attempt at a newer version of this film, I am very curious to see how this plays out. Can’t knock the guts it takes to attempt making-over a classic done by a master but I do find myself wondering if maybe the ambition, while honorable, may fall short in execution. At the same time, everyone deserves a chance as we are in a new era in cinematic abilities but I’m on the fence! Horror junkies take our passion very seriously and sometimes the best theory to go by is “If it aint broke, don’t try to fix it.” Especially when others failed on the same idea not so long ago. Maybe have these fresh faces trapped in a wi-fi café and find they are completely surrounded using their go-cam drones but off in the distance, an army of electric cars are headed their way tweeting updates on the state of the living …and the dead. Just a thought.
Only time will tell.
This new version stars Johnathon Schaech, Sophie Skelton, Marcus Vanco, Jeff Gum, and Lorina Kamburova star. Hector Hernandez Vicens (The Corpse of Anna Fritz), who is directing, wrote the script. The remake comes courtesy of Millennium Films and Campbell Grobman Films. Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, and James Dudelson produce.