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Zombie Movies & TV

Zombie Movies & TV

Since I’m not watching zombie movies for my horror movie-a-thon, and I don’t have time to watch any zombie tv shows right now, I thought I’d make a little list of zombie movies & tv shows that I wholeheartedly recommend.

Movies:

  • Train to Busan
    • When the zombie apocalypse breaks out on the Korean peninsula, the passengers on a train to Busan fight to survive. I don’t know if you can call a movie made in 2016 a classic movie yet, but if it’s not one yet, it will be.
  • #Alive
    • This movie is centered on a man trapped alone in an apartment building during a zombie outbreak and how he deals with it. He’s has very few survival skills and struggles to stay alive as the days pass. It feels like a pretty true to life scenario, if I’m honest. There’s also an American version of this movie called Alone, and it’s also pretty good.
  • Little Monsters
    • A little Aussie horror-comedy, this movie has a huge heart. And Lupita Nyong’o, who unsurprisingly knocks it out of the park. A kindergarten class is on a class trip when zombies show up. The only adults are a loser uncle of one of the children, the teacher, and a washed up, bitter children’s show host. Somehow even the loser uncle’s redemption arc doesn’t feel as played out as expected.
  • The Rezort
    • A fun B-movie, the Rezort is a vacation getaway where people can go on a “zafari” – a zombie safari. Zombies in the wild were wiped out a decade ago and people now want to kill zombies in a safe and controlled way. Too bad it doesn’t stay safe and controlled.
  • 28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later
    • I had to include these two classic zombie movies. Based in London, these movies are classics for a reason and I can’t recommend them enough.

TV Shows (that aren’t The Walking Dead):

  • Kingdom
    • I love zombie shows and I love period pieces, so Kingdom is right up my alley. It has such an interesting political dimension to it as well, so if that’s your thing, this is a good option for you. It is in Korean, so there are subtitles.
  • All of Us Are Dead
    • One of my favorite tv shows regardless of zombies, this Korean high school coming of age series is what a lot of American high school shows wish they could be. These kids are are dealing with zombies, but also take time to have angst about crushes and how to deal with traitors without losing their humanity.
  • Black Summer
    • Technically a spin off of Z Nation, it doesn’t really have anything to do with the original. You can tell it takes some inspiration from other American zombie media, but somehow manages to feel fresh. It focuses on a mom trying to get to her daughter while dealing with a zombie apocalypse.
  • Freakish
    • This is my guilty pleasure show. A bunch of high school kids are trapped in a high school not only because there are zombies outside, but there’s also a toxic cloud that caused the zombies. It’s a fun little show that doesn’t make you think too hard.
  • Sweet Home
    • Yet another Korean entry in this list, this one doesn’t technically deal with zombies, it does deal with humans turning into monsters so I’m counting it. The residents of an apartment building are trapped inside while having to deal with this monster outbreak.

Zombies are my favorite type of horror, and there are a million more that I haven’t seen. Horror movies as a whole are hit or miss as far as quality goes, and zombie movies are even more so, but these are the movies & tv shows I would definitely recommend if you want something to watch.

I can’t wait to re-watch some of these once my horror movie project is done!

-S

A Zombie Apocalypse Reading List

I’m reposting this 2018 Zombie related book list because I still stand by it. ~Sarah

I love reading about the zombie apocalypse! I don’t read nearly as many as I would like, but I truly enjoy the genre. I enjoy the apocalypse in general, though. Here’s a list of books I think should be on your Zombie Apocalypse Reading List. It’s a mix of books I’ve read and books I’d like to read. The list is barely scraping the surface, so add your favorite zombie books down below!

There are probably spoilers down below, buds. Just a warning.

I did manage to place the books in some loose groups. These three have something about zombies that I enjoy.

  • The Passage by Justin Cronin ~ Okay, okay, they’re vampires. But they’re controlled by an entity outside themselves, so I’m shoehorning them into the zombie category. It’s my blog, I do what I want. I loved reading about the vampire-zombies’ behavior and the suspected reasons behind the things they do. I highly recommend the entire series, I’ll probably end up reading them all again one day. Which is saying a lot, since they are all enormous.
  • The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey ~ Have you ever finished a book and been mad at the book so you give it a low rating but then you can’t stop thinking about the ending for weeks and then you boost the rating to 5 because if the book wasn’t as good as it is you wouldn’t be this upset at it? That was this book for me.
  • Extinction Horizon by Nicholas Sansbury Smith ~ I tend to avoid military apocalyptic fiction because I find a lot of it tries too hard to prove how manly the characters are. Which is not completely untrue with this series, but there’s enough going on otherwise to make it recommendable. There’s science-y type stuff and the zombies are pretty cool and there’s a lot of shooting. Try to spot the improbable but totally predictable love interest.

These are books with a little something different going on. Goodreads says I haven’t read the first two, but I have. Feed is on my TBR pile.

  • The Zombie Autopsies by Steven C. Schlozman, M.D. ~ I think I read this when it first came out – 2011 or 2012 – and I still clearly remember entire sections of this book. It’s a far more scientific zombie book than normal.
  • The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks ~ He wrote World War Z so you know it’s good. It’s also appropriately funny. If you want to read about zombies, laugh, and not be completely freaked out, get this book.
  • Feed by Mira Grant ~ This is apparently more of a political/journalism/freedom of speech book with zombies! It’s making the list because so many people have suggested it to me that it should be here.

These are books that have come highly recommended but I haven’t had a chance to read them, so I don’t have much to say about them.

  • The First Days by Rhiannon Frater ~ I read the first few pages of this while flipping through my friend’s copy. I remember it being pretty action packed, so why not check it out?
  • The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell ~ All I really know about this one is the Goodreads synopsis and that my friends really liked it.
  • Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry ~ The Goodreads description is pretty vague for this YA series, but Maberry is a really good author, so it makes the list.