#Living is the perfect movie for people living in a global pandemic who want to watch an even worse pandemic hit. The film, which is currently number two on the US Netflix movie charts, shows what would happen if a zombie outbreak hit a Korea where all forms of digital communication have been cut off. The results, as zombie fans will be happy to hear, are pure bloody havoc as one man must survive alone in a tower.
#Alive is part of a recent wave of brutal zombie movies from South Korea and around the world that fans of the Netflix movie will love. From the carnage of Train to Busan to the metafictional deception of A cup of the deadhere are some brain-splattered horror classics you should seek out next.
Train to Busan2016
Where to watch: Streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hoopla, Tubi, Crackle, Shudder, Popcornflix and Rakuten Viki
The recent wave of Korean zombie movies can be attributed to Train to Busan, the story of a zombie outbreak on a train that broke ratings records across Asia and in Korea itself. The movie, which Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright, called “the best zombie movie I’ve seen in all time”, has been compared to snowdrops, another Korean movie set on a train. However, Train to Busan sets itself apart from the movie Bong-joon Ho with its own mix of zombie violence and social commentary, as our main character learns that the outbreak has something to do with the company he works for.
A cup of the dead2017
Where to watch: Shiver and slingshot
Truly a one-of-a-kind film in a genre that often seems derivative, A cup of the dead is a low-budget horror-comedy that went from being screened in a small Japanese cinema to worldwide acclaim. Incidentally, it achieved more than 1,000 times its initial budget at the international box office.
It’s best to let the movie’s story surprise the new viewer, but let’s just say the movie starts with the shooting of a zombie movie interrupted by a real zombie outbreak and only gets weirder and more conceptual from there. .
Where to watch: Hoopla and Rakuten Viki
Although a box office disappointment that received mixed reviews from critics, crawling has since become a cult film among Asian horror aficionados. While most zombie movies are set in the world of gray towers and concrete, this film brings cruel and frightening hordes of the undead to 17th-century Korea. Like #Livingthe beleaguered royalty have no digital communications, but unlike that film, the characters have massive swords.
The night eats the world2018
Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video and Hoopla
Although made on the other side of the world from Korea in France (although filmed in English), The night eats the world has great similarities with #Living. Both are ultimately about a person trying to survive in a tower as the world around them is taken over by the march. In a nice detail, however, the zombies in The Night Eats the World are silent, meaning our hero is always at risk of being suddenly attacked by fast-moving zombies without realizing it.
Where to watch: The Roku Channel, Hoopla, Vudu, Tubi, Kanopy and Shudder
Train to Busan was such a hit for South Korea that it quickly got a host of prequels and sequels. Although the 2020 follow-up Peninsula is yet to air in the United States and has received mixed responses from critics, an animated prequel Seoul Station was more of a critical success, with many viewers loving how animation allowed creators to do gruesome things they would be unable to do live.
#Living is streaming now on Netflix.