Syfy Reveals Premiere Date, Poster For ‘Day Of The Dead’

The dead just keep coming–and this time Syfy has ’em.

Day of the Dead–the 10-episode series inspired by the classic 1985 George A. Romero film of the same name–will debut Oct. 15 (of course, in plenty of time for you-know-what) on Syfy, as reported by the network. And a striking poster for the show can be seen on this page.

Showrunners and screenwriters Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff are heading up the series that will follow a group of strangers trying to survive the first 24 hours of an invasion by the undead. “Everybody has a big day,” Thomas said, “not knowing that the dead are also planning a big day…and they’re going to ruin everyone else’s day.”

Thomas added that Romero’s contributions to the genre were a huge influence on this series. “Every time zombies come up, we talk about Romero,” he said. “He established what we know as the modern zombie. Every single zombie movie, TV show or graphic novel owes Romero for his legacy.”

Steven Kostanski–who directed the first four episodes of the series–said the show has a “Red Dawn vibe,” drawing a comparison with the 1984 flick starring Patrick Swayze. Two other directors–Jem Garrard and Jacquie Gould–are also on board.

Day of the Dead stars Keenan Tracey, Daniel Doheny, Natalie Malaika, Morgan Holmstrom, Kristy Dawn Dinsmore, Miranda Frigon, Mike Dopud, Dejan Loyola, Marci T. House and Kevin O’Grady.

The Day of the Dead film–written and directed by Romero–was the third movie in Romero’s Night of the Living Dead series. The film–starring Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander and Joseph Pilaro–follows survivors of a zombie apocalypse sheltering in an underground bunker in Florida. The cult favorite grossed $34 million worldwide on a budget of $4 million.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Syfy’s Day of the Dead.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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