From the famous Welcome to Zombieland, to the discreet Cargo, via the blockbuster World War Z: discover five zombie films to watch online
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WORLD WAR Z (2013)
World War Z is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by the 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, Quantum of Solace , the film focuses on only one of the many protagonists of the original book: Gerry Lane. This former United Nations investigator, brilliantly played by Brad Pitt, must resume service to stop a pandemic that turns humans into fearsome cannibals, while protecting his family. The breathtaking rhythm of its staging and its striking special effects make up 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 on children under 12. A very 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 scary atmosphere of this adaptation.
LAST TRAIN FOR BUSAN (2016)
Seok-woo, a divorced trader, accompanies his daughter on a train trip when a state of emergency is declared across South Korea. A mysterious virus is spreading across the country, bringing humans back to their wildest instincts. And unfortunately, an infected person has just boarded a wagon… The disaster scenario of the Last Train For Busan is a direct follow-up to the animated film Seoul Station, released the same year and also directed by Yeon Sang-ho. Its deep characters and its behind closed doors, in a train launched at full speed, make the film particularly oppressive and effective. As an underlying critic of the company, this feature is now regularly cited as one of the best zombie films of all time and has been awarded in the “best film” category at numerous festivals. His sequel, Peninsula, is part of the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2020 and is expected in French cinemas for the end of October.
Exclusive to the Netflix catalog, Cargo is the remake of an eponymous short film made in 2013 by the same directors as the film. In a post-apocalyptic world, an unknown virus transforms 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 with, before becoming himself an undead. This unpretentious feature 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 survival instinct. With Martin Freemanat the top of the bill, the bet is launched on the dramatic interpretation of its actors. Exit the gore scenes and the jump scare typical of this kind of films, here, we prefer to play on the emotions and on the beauty of the Australian landscapes, while nature becomes wild again, in the same way as humans.
THE HUNGRY (2017)
Screened at several international festivals, including that of Gérardmer, and winner of a dozen awards, with Les Affamés, Quebec horror cinema is not to be outdone. In this film by Robin Aubert, a group of survivors plunges 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 minimized dialog make it more of an author’s film than a horror. But the general atmosphere is nonetheless very anxious and the characters, varied and well developed. In the casting, we find in particular Marc-André Grondin, multi-award-winning actor that we could see at the head of L’Homme qui rit in 2012, alongside Gérard Depardieu . Just as many elements that allow spectators to completely immerse themselves in this universe where the threat occurs at any time 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 Zombieland has become a reference in the genre. In this quirky parody that is reminiscent of the equally famous Shaun of the Dead released five years earlier, we follow the evolution of a group of survivors in the post-apocalyptic period: a zombie hunter in search of his favorite cookies, a sissy student and two young women with strong characters. The adventures of this improbable quartet performed by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, marked an entire generation with their scenes of hard-hitting actions and their gags always well dosed. Although its basic idea may lack originality, the film works by its derision and its respect for the codes of the genre. An assumed delirium which gave rise to a suite released in October 2019: Return to Zombieland. The opportunity to find the same characters ten years after the events of the first part.