As previously mentioned, “Day of the Dead” is inspired by George A. Romero’s film “Day of the Dead.” Deadline’s announcement on the show’s straight-to-series order also included a plot synopsis. The synopsis reads: “‘Day of the Dead’ is the intense story of six strangers trying to survive the first 24 hours of an undead invasion.” Amidst the chaos, this group of strangers, with their varying degrees of competence about zombie survival, will come together to prevent unwanted zombie bites and save whoever they can.
While “Day of the Dead” is inspired by Romero’s work, there are some notable differences between his film and the SyFy show. One key difference is that Romero’s “Day of the Dead” took place a significant amount of time after the start of the zombie apocalypse, while “Day of the Dead” Season 1 focuses on the first day of carnage. The show will also pay homage to the original by including a character named Cam McDermott, who may be named after the McDermott character played by Jarlath Conroy in the “Day of the Dead” (per IMDb). Despite these similarities, it’s important to note that SyFy’s “Day of the Dead” will not be a 1:1 remake of the film.
Just like zombies themselves, the zombie genre is difficult to kill, and we can expect plenty of the usual blood and guts when “Day of the Dead” premieres. The new SyFy show debuts on October 15.