walking dead show! “The Walking Dead” is dropping this mortal coil after 11 television seasons, but you can take a fresh hit on the genre and follow through on these lesser-known zombie stories from around the world.
If the simultaneously shrinking and rapidly expanding “Walking Dead” universe left you cold when it introduced a zookeeper and his pet tiger (Season 7, Episode 2, to be exact), eat your brain. prepare for. The gritty theatrical universe that began with Image Comics writer Robert Kirkman’s 193-issue printed series and the AMC television series of the same name spawned the spin-off shows “Fear the Walking Dead” and “The Walking Dead: World Beyond” Is. “Eight web series consisting of 3 to 16 short-episodes, a podcast, four video games, and several novels. Additional spin-off shows and a film series appear in the zombie pipeline, even including the original “Walking”. Dead” TV series kicks off this year at the end of the current extended season.
Looking to bite into something a little more contained? From political allegories to teen romance musicals, international zombie horror offers something for every appetite. Consider these tasty alternatives to your typical zombie fare, or juicy complementary snacks.
Sci-Fi Horror: “The Girl with All the Gifts” (UK, 2016). The hybrid babies under experiment by a ruthless military scientist (Glenn Close) are partly infected meat-eaters, partly captive darlings. One girl in particular stands out for her special talents, and her desire to satisfy the post-apocalyptic world and “hungers” of humans. There are legitimate fears to be had in this meditation on survival, evolution, and other-worldly fungal infections. on Amazon.
Amusing Horror: “Train to Busan” (South Korea, 2016). A nationwide zombie outbreak that hits with the intensity of a natural disaster or terrorist attack leads a financial executive on board a train full of hardened passengers to make drastic choices to save his young daughter. And these fearless run fast. This tragic, bombastic, class-aware cinematic gem was followed by “Peninsula,” a guns-and-gangster “Escape from New York”-style sequel. “Busan” rolled out at the same time as a feature-length animated prequel, “Seoul Station”, which focuses on an outbreak between Seoul’s homeless and a father who is attempting to reunite with a young woman who Being prepared for prostitution. Not cartoons for kids. on Shudder.
Dark Comedy Horror: “Little Monsters” (Australia, 2019). When a zombie outbreak in a rural theme park forces a hapless musician, a playful children’s show host and a determined school teacher to pull out all the stops to protect the kindergarten class, who don’t realize it that they are in danger of being eaten alive. Lupita Nyong’o eliminated the competition in a caffeinated comedy worthy of her acting range. on Hulu.
Dramatic Horror: “In the Flesh” (UK, 2013-2014). If the worst thing about being a zombie isn’t the treatment that reintroduces you to your hometown as a brain-eating cannibal with scars, flashbacks, and other relics of your time, it’s probably the armed big guys who want you to die This two-season BBC drama series follows Kieran, a grim, guilt-ridden, potentially gay suicide victim, who returns home to the rustic British village who fought the first small town war against Murray. Created a militia. Intolerance is rampant, and even Kieran’s younger sister has been militarized. Fear of guns, god and “the other” pepper is an occasional melodramatic allegory for all time, framed in the reflective style of “Being Human” and “The Fade”. The first season spans just three episodes, and some storylines move so quickly that they’re almost jarring, but delicious nonetheless. on Hulu.
Sober Horror: “The Cure” (Ireland, 2017). Like “In the Flesh”, meat-eaters have mostly been vaccinated, but it proves to be a much harder task to recover after eating their loved ones, including some from the Irish Republican Army. Branch into terrorist cells to borrow Pages and bombard them against the oppressive government. This captivatingly gloomy allegory about a divided Ireland stars Irish actor Sam Keely and the actress known as Ellen Page, known as Pre-Infection, who also produced. Expect no laughs, no happy ending. on Hulu.
Teen Horror: “Freakish” (US, 2016-2017). As teen dramas go, this two-season television series opens with a surprisingly well-written focus on the moral trade-offs the high school shut-ins are forced to make into the crisis. Kill your Zombie Kid sister, or keep her alive so the group can experiment on her and see if the zombies are afraid of fire? Cut off your friend’s gangrenous leg, who is attracting the walking dead, or take him out of his misery and save the team? The diverse cast of YouTube and Vine stars reinvents characters that could easily have evolved into stereotypes—football jock, techno-geek, candidate for class president, etc.—and there’s real humanity in their constant loss. and uneasy alliances. By the time two naughty siblings host a vicious game of “Truth or Dare” around a bottle of Scotch in Season 2, screenwriting rigor mortis sets in. on Hulu.
Musical Horror: “Anna and the Apocalypse” (United Kingdom, 2017). Alright, time for some blood-soaked laughs. Anna (Ella Hunt, who sang the song “Turning” for 2012’s “Les Miserables”) wants to travel to Australia, not matriculating at university, but the zombie apocalypse suddenly scrapped both plans. Her only option (what else?) is to take her to the halls of her high school in song. A fun “High School Musical” vibe pervades this high-body-count horror-comedy from director John McPhail. Filmed in Scotland and based on the early work of Scottish film director Ryan McHenry (creator of the viral meme “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal”), he died at the age of 27 after chronicling his health battle on social media. had died of cancer. Despite the laughs, there are plenty of central characters to be found, which it calls tween-friendly. on Amazon.
Arthur Horror: “One Cut of the Dead” (Japan, 2017). Filmed over eight days with an undisclosed cast for the equivalent of $25,000, “One Cut of the Dead” took the “film-in-a-film” genre to a whole new low-budget level, which took the Japanese route to a new level. It quickly scored big with audiences, grossing over $30 million in a matter of weeks. The premise: A zombie outbreak threatens to disrupt the filming of a zombie movie on such a low budget, it has to be shot in one go. Presented in multiple acts, the film exposes in Act III how many errors and close calls threaten to derail the single cut in Act 1, which in itself is a 37-minute, self-contained film. The Cuts is a bold work of performing art, and a fascinating comedy-horror for film fans who prefer to pay attention to how movies are made. on Shudder.
Indie Horror: “The Battery” (US, 2012). Shot over 15 days on a budget of $6,000, “The Battery” follows two minor league baseball players who are dodging Murray in the New England countryside. One is the alpha male who enjoys kicking zombie butt and the other is a sensitive sidekick, eager for community. Improvised dialogue, a stellar budget, and sibling rivalry/affection make this Jaunt into the Unknown a unique entry into the sometimes weary zombie canon. Starring Jeremy Gardner, who also directed. On Tubi and IMDb TV.
Silent Horror: “The Night Eats the World” (France, 2018). Most zombie flicks focus on a group of mismatched survivors who are struggling to get along as they dodge the undead. “The Night Eats the World” draws us 180 by introducing us to a single protagonist, a weary American who crashes on his ex-girlfriend’s pad in Paris, only to find an apartment complex covered in blood and streets filled with the walking dead. to wake up. With barely a word spoken even an hour before the opening scene, a man’s quiet tension and solitude after a breakup takes on an entirely new artistic dimension when all his neighbors want to eat his face. Starring Norwegian actor/therapist/musician Anders Danielsson Lai, who filmed his role twice – once in English, once in French, just to make us all feel inferior. on Amazon.