Braaiiinssssssss… There’s just something about a good zombie movie that not matter how many times the same storyline and characters are recreated over and over, has people coming back for more of that flesh chomping entertainment. Whether it’s the unrivalled gore, the suspense, the hordes of crazed cannibals, or the source of ideas on how to survive the actual zombie apocalypse when it happens for real… zombie movies continue to hold on tight to their presence in the movie industry. If you’re a loyal zombie franchise fan, you might realise that some of the best Z-films aren’t always the biggest, most publicised and highest budgeting Hollywood creations. Some of the best in recent years have come from smaller film-making presences, and lower budgets with some unique and fresh spins on the saturated genre.
In this post, we’re going to go over two recently produced movies in the franchise that were exactly as stated before; not as heavily promoted and marketed as other big Hollywood hits. For this reason, you more than likely went about your life without even knowing they existed! We’re here to enlighten you, and expand your admirable zombie movie brain (before it gets eaten). Here we go.
Train to Busan (2016)
This South Korean addition (with English subtitles) to the franchise is set on a packed, moving bullet train, heading to the city of Busan. When an outbreak occurs, the passengers find themselves fighting for survival in zombie infested carriages as the train continues to hurtle towards its destination. The story follows a struggling relationship between a divorced, workaholic, single father and his emotionally neglected daughter, of who he rarely sets aside time or attention for. Desperate to spend her birthday with her mother in Busan, she demands that her father take her there, only to be caught up in a cannibalistic nightmare. The forward moving storyline will keep you captivated as you truly begin to fear for the characters, and root for them to make it through.
You can watch the full trailer here:
Train To Busan received a jaw-dropping 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for its unique and entertaining take on the zombie franchise. With edge of the seat suspense, heart racing excitement and characters with actual personalities, this movie really isn’t one to miss.
The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
Another horror flick with an outstanding review is British-made ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’. Set in a post-apocalyptic Southern England, the story follows a band of militarised survivors in a world infested by fast, hunger-driven cannibals. The main character, Melanie, is an intelligent and polite child that is seemingly normal, also possesses an uncontrollable hunger for human flesh but still has the ability to communicate and think. Melanie is one of a number of hybrids in a school where they are observed and studied in order to gain a better understanding of the fungal outbreak that causes people to transform into mindless zombies.
Watch the trailer here:
A Girl With all The Gifts plays around with some refreshingly new ideas in a well familiar and tested area, and brings a very unique taste to the table. It provides enough nervous moments, with a few moral dilemmas and questions thrown in, to impress throughout, with a very strong leading performance.
We loved these movies, so comment below and let us know what you thought of them!