I am a stickler for zombie films. I just try to do right by George A. Romero, rest his soul. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, as well as Zack Snyder’s remake, hold an incredibly important place in my zombie infested heart. I think a filmmaker who endeavors to shoot a zombie flick is only as good as the fear they can induce with scenes shot during the day. Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later should be at the top of all of our lists for the kind of anxiety inducing scenes Cillian Murphy so masterfully carried us through.
Many would like to think our best and bloodiest days (dead days, that is) are far behind us, but South Korean directors Yeon Sang-ho and Il Cho would seriously like a word with you. In 2016, Train to Busan became an instant hit, seemingly coming out of left field, and the public’s appetite for Yeon’s kind of horror-inducing drama that came with it was insatiable. It would be a handful of years later that Netflix bingers would be treated to another unexpected gem in Cho’s feature-length directorial debut, Alive.