31 Days of Horror: Train to Busan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I first learned about this film on Facebook from the master of horror himself, Stephen King. Whenever King recommends a book or film, it immediately goes on my to read/to watch list. And I have to say that this is one of my favorite zombie films since 28 Days Later.

Since Night of The Living Dead in the 60s, zombie t.v. shows & films have been done & overdone so many times, in this era it is hard to find a fresh take on the zombie genre. 28 Days Later breathed new life into the zombie genre & for the first time since that film came out, so does A Train to Busan.

The film is South Korean, so you have to endure the subtitles, but this in no way takes away from tone of the film. The story begins with a stressed out & overworked divorced father picking up his daughter & simply getting on a train to take her back to her mother. As they embark on a what should be a mundane journey, a viral outbreak occurs while they are on a high-speed train.

The zombies are utterly terrifying. They reminded me of a combination of zombies from 28 Days Later & World War Z. They are fast & give chase. They are difficult to kill as they are not decayed human corpses. And there is no holding back…no one is safe.

I thought the subtitles might be a turn off as far as the scariness of the film & the acting … sometimes reading can be a distraction from the action going on. But it wasn’t. The acting was actually quite great for a horror film & there are some very memorable characters.

When someone asks me for my favorite zombie movies, this is my #1 go to recommendation. It is scary as hell, well acted & entertaining. One of the better horror films I’ve seen in a long time.

2 Comments on “31 Days of Horror: Train to Busan

  1. Great review! You’ve done a great job reminding me to re-watch it this year. It is really such a good film, and fun fact! One of my favourite singers/actresses was supposed to play the female lead, but her agent never told her that she’d been asked to play the role. (He got in a lot of trouble for that, let me tell you.)


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