Bub is back… sort of… in a new series based on Romero’s classic… sort of.
The latest take on George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead, SYFY‘s series “Day of the Dead” premiered this past Friday, and the first episode is now up for free streaming on YouTube.
Ten episodes of “Day of the Dead” are headed to SYFY in October and beyond, with Steven Kostanski (The Void, Leprechaun Returns, Psycho Goreman) directing four of those episodes.
The series is essentially based on Romero’s movie in-name-only, not set in the same world and not centered on the same characters. There are, as you might expect, winks and nods to the 1985 movie throughout – for starters, characters named Bub and Rhodes appear in the premiere episode – but don’t expect any serious ties to the same-titled horror movie classic.
Is it any good? Well, thus far it’s more or less your standard SYFY Original fare, a relatively bland series with bursts of practical effects violence that the gorehounds will love.
Check it out for yourself below… you might like it!
“Day of the Dead” is the story of six strangers trying to survive the first 24 hours of an undead invasion. This ode to George A. Romero’s famous flesh-eaters reminds us that sometimes all it takes to bring people together is a horde of hungry zombies trying to rip them apart.
George Romero’s 1985 classic was followed by an unofficial prequel in 2005 as well as two different remakes in 2008 and 2018, none of which were able to hold a candle to Romero’s masterful work. Needless to say, there’s a pretty low bar in place for all things Day of the Dead at this point. Here’s hoping Kostanski and the team can raise it a little bit this year.
Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff are the creators and showrunners.