Did you like Peninsula, released on October 21? From its prequel The Last For Busan to the legendary Welcome to Zombieland, including the modest Cargo, we recommend 5 other zombie movies to discover on Netflix.
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WORLD WAR Z (2013)
World War Z is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by American writer and screenwriter Max Brooks, particularly active in zombie pop-culture. Directed by Marc Forster five years after the success of his first feature film, Quantum of Solace, the film focuses on just one of the many protagonists of the original book: Gerry Lane. This former United Nations investigator, brilliantly played by Brad Pitt, must return to service to stem a pandemic that turns humans into formidable cannibals, while protecting his family. The breathtaking rhythm of its staging and its striking special effects make the whole nature of this film which was quickly relegated to the rank of blockbuster. Positive point since it makes it accessible to a wider audience despite its horrific genre and its ban to under 12s. A special mention to the music of Marco Beltrami, composer of Scream and Resident Evil, as well as to Muse’s contribution to the soundtrack, which greatly contribute to the agonizing atmosphere of this adaptation.
LAST TRAIN FOR BUSAN (2016)
Seok-woo, a divorced trader, accompanies his daughter on a train journey when a state of emergency is declared across South Korea. A mysterious virus is spreading across the country and bringing humans back to their wildest instincts. And unfortunately, an infected person has just boarded a train car… The disaster scenario of The Last Train To Busan is a direct sequel to the animated film Seoul Station, released the same year and also directed by Yeon Sang-ho. Its deep characters and its staging behind closed doors, in a train running at full speed, make the film particularly oppressive and effective. An underlying critic of the company, this feature film is now regularly cited as one of the best zombie films of all time and has been awarded in the category “best film” on the occasion of numerous festivals. Its sequel, Peninsula, released on October 21 is part of the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2020.
Exclusive to the Netflix catalog, Cargo is the remake of an eponymous short film produced in 2013 by the same directors as the film. In a post-apocalyptic world, an unknown virus turns the population into a zombie 48 hours after infection. This is the case of Andy, a widower and father, who has only two days to find a trusted person to leave his baby, before becoming an undead himself. This unpretentious feature film manages to take up the codes of the genre while showing originality thanks to its angle, focused on the protection of the family rather than on the instinct of survival. With Martin Freeman at the head of the poster, the bet is launched on the dramatic interpretation of its actors. Say goodbye to the gory scenes and the jump scare typical of this kind of film, here we prefer to play on the emotions and the beauty of Australian landscapes, while nature becomes wild again, just like humans.
THE HUNGRY (2017)
Screened at several international festivals, including Gérardmer, and winner of around ten awards, with Les Affamés, Quebec horror cinema is no exception. In this film by Robin Aubert, a group of survivors goes deeper into the woods to escape their loved ones who have become cannibals following a pandemic. If the scenario may seem trivial given its theme, it stands out for its artistic and psychological approach. The still shots and minimalized dialogue make it more of an auteur film than a horror film. But the general atmosphere is nonetheless very anxious and the characters, varied and well developed. In the cast, we find in particular Marc-André Grondin, multi-awarded actor who we could see at the head of The Man Who Laughs in 2012, alongside Gérard Depardieu. Just as many elements that allow spectators to immerse themselves completely in this universe where the threat occurs anytime and from any corner of the Quebec forest.
WELCOME TO ZOMBIELAND (2009)
Since its release in 2009, and after a resounding success, the horror comedy Welcome to Zombieland has become a benchmark of the genre. In this quirky parody reminiscent of the equally famous Shaun of the Dead released five years earlier, we follow the evolution of a group of post-apocalyptic survivors: a zombie hunter in search of his favorite cookies, a student sissy and two young women with strong characters. The adventures of this improbable quartet interpreted by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, marked an entire generation with their powerful action scenes and their always well-balanced gags. Although its basic idea may lack originality, the film operates through its derision and respect for the codes of the genre. An assumed delirium that gave rise to a sequel released in October 2019: Return to Zombieland. The opportunity to find the same characters ten years after the events of the first part.
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