Walking dead show! “The Walking Dead” leaves this deadly reel after 11 TV seasons, but you can brush up on the genre and head to these lesser-known zombie tales from around the world.
If the both 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), brace yourselves. to make your brain devour. The gritty drama universe that kicked off with Image Comics writer Robert Kirkman’s 193-issue print series and the AMC television series of the same name spawned spinoff shows “Fear the Walking Dead” and “The Walking Dead: World Beyond, ”eight web series consisting of 3 to 16 mini-episodes each, a podcast, four video games and several novels. Additional spin-offs and a film series appear to be in the zombie pipeline, even as the original television series “The Walking Dead” ends this year at the end of the current extended season.
Looking to bite into something a little more contained? From political allegories to romantic teenage musicals, international zombie horror has something to nibble on for every appetite. Consider these tasty alternatives to your typical zombie dish or juicy extra snacks.
SCI-FI HORROR: “The Girl with All the Gifts” (Great Britain, 2016). Hybrid children are partly infected flesh eaters, partly captive darlings subjected to the experimentation of a ruthless military scientist (Glenn Close). One girl in particular stands out for her special talents and her willingness to bridge the post-apocalyptic worlds of humans and “hunger”. There are legitimate fears to be had in this meditation on survival, evolution, and otherworldly fungal infection. On Amazon.
CATCHING HORROR: “Train to Busan” (South Korea, 2016). Nationwide zombie outbreak striking with the intensity of a natural disaster or terrorist attack forces a financial executive aboard a train full of ravenous passengers to make heartbreaking choices to save his young daughter . And these berserkers run fast. This tragic, dazzling, class-conscious cinematic gem was followed by “Peninsula,” an “Escape from New York” -style sequel to guns and gangsters. “Busan” launched around the same time as an animated prequel, “Seoul Station,” which focuses on an epidemic among Seoul’s homeless and a father figure trying to track down a young woman who is groomed for prostitution. Not a cartoon for children. On the thrill.
DARK COMEDY HORROR: “Little Monsters” (Australia, 2019). There’s a lot of laughter when a zombie outbreak in a rural theme park forces an unlucky musician, a whiny children’s show host, and a determined school teacher to do everything in their power to protect a kindergarten class who does not realize that they are in danger of being eaten alive. Lupita Nyong’o beheads the competition in a caffeinated comedy worthy of her acting lineup. On Hulu.
DRAMATIC HORROR: “In the flesh” (Great Britain, 2013-2014). If the worst part about being a zombie isn’t the cure that reintroduces you to your hometown with scars, flashbacks, and other remnants of your time as a brain-eating cannibal, perhaps it is. be the armed fanatics who want your death. This two-season BBC drama series follows Kieran, a serious, guilty and potentially gay suicide victim who returns home to the British pastoral village that formed the first small town militia against the living dead. Intolerance is rampant and even Kieran’s younger sister has been militarized. Guns, God and fear of “the other” dot a sometimes melodramatic allegory of all time, conceived in the reflective style of “Being Human” and “The Fades”. The first season is only three episodes long, and some story arcs move so quickly that they’re almost shocking, but still tasty. On Hulu.
DARK HORROR: “The Gued” (Ireland, 2017). As with “In the Flesh”, most carnivores have been vaccinated, but reintegrating into society after eating their loved ones is too difficult a task for the cured, some of whom borrow a page from the Irish Republican Army and branching out into terrorist cells to undertake bombings against a repressive government. This gripping and somber allegory about a divided Ireland stars Irish actor Sam Keeley and the then-known actress pre-transition Ellen Page, who also produced. Don’t expect laughs or a happy ending. On Hulu.
TEEN HORROR: “Freakish” (United States, 2016-2017). As the teen dramas unfold, this two-season TV series opens with a surprisingly well-written meditation on the ethical compromises high school closures are forced to make in a crisis. Kill your zombie little 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, which attracts the living dead, or pull him out of his misery and save the team? A diverse cast of stars from YouTube and Vine comes up with fresh take on characters that could easily have degenerated into stereotypes – the footballer, the techno-geek, the presidential candidate, and more. – and there is a real humanity in their frequent losses and difficult alliances. As two brat siblings organize a vicious game of “Truth or Dare” around a bottle of scotch in Season 2, cadaverous austerity sets in. On Hulu.
MUSICAL HORROR: “Anna and the Apocalypse” (United Kingdom, 2017). OK, it’s 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 enroll in college, but the zombie apocalypse has suddenly overshadowed both plans. Her only option is (what else?) To go sing in the halls of her high school. A fun “High School Musical” vibe pervades this body-count horror comedy from director John McPhail. Filmed in Scotland and based on the initial work of Scottish director Ryan McHenry (creator of the viral meme “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal”), who died of bone cancer at the age of 27 after recounting his battles for health on social networks. Despite the laughs, too many central characters meet too gruesome ends to call this one a friend of tweens. On Amazon.
ART AND ART HORROR: “One Cut of the Dead” (Japan, 2017). Shot in eight days with a cast of strangers for the equivalent of $ 25,000, “One Cut of the Dead” took the “movie-within-a-movie” genre to a whole new low-budget level that quickly won a franc success with Japanese audiences, grossing over $ 30 million in just a few weeks. The principle: a zombie epidemic threatens to interrupt the shooting of a zombie movie with such a low budget that it has to be shot in one take. Shown in multiple acts, the film lifts the veil in Act III on the number of mistakes and close calls threatening to derail Act 1’s single cut, which is roughly a 37-minute standalone film. in its own right. The cuts add up to a daring piece of performance art and an engaging horror comedy for moviegoers who like to meditate on how movies are made. On the thrill.
INDIA HORROR: “The Battery” (United States, 2012). Shot in 15 days on a budget of $ 6,000, “The Battery” follows two minor league baseball players as they traverse the post-apocalyptic New England countryside, dodging the living dead. One is a dominant male who enjoys kicking zombie butt and the other is a sensitive sidekick, yearning for community. Impromptu dialogues, a tight budget, and sibling rivalries / affections make this jaunt into the unknown a unique entry into the sometimes tired zombie canon. With Jeremy Gardner, also director. On Tubi and IMDB TV.
SILENT HORROR: “The night eats the world” (France, 2018). Most zombie movies focus on a group of mismatched survivors struggling to get along as they dodge the undead. “The Night Eats the World” pulls a 180 as it introduces us to a single protagonist, a tired American who crashes onto his ex-girlfriend’s carpet in Paris, only to wake up in a bloody apartment complex and crowded streets living dead. With barely a word even an hour after the opening scene, a man’s quiet tension and loneliness after the breakup takes on a whole new artistic dimension when all of his neighbors want to eat his face. With Norwegian actor / doctor / musician Anders Danielsen Lie, who has filmed his role twice – once in English, once in French, just to make us all feel inferior. On Amazon.