Hands up: who thinks lockdown calls for a zombie binge-watch session?
These days, we’re all turning to different forms of escapism. If you’re anything like me, you’ve binged all kinds of pandemic series and movies. And, if this article by Yvette d’Entremont is anything to go by, a lot of us are on some sort of contagion, pandemic, zombie-fuelled binge.
Why? Well, there’s something reassuring about watching a pandemic play out and seeing the good guys win. Could there be a better metaphor for the virus sweeping across our world right now than an otherworldly zombie pandemic?
Here are some of our favourite zombie shows and movies, all available on Showmax and Netflix.
Reality Z: Netflix
This Netflix Original series out of Brazil puts an undead spin on the reality show trope. The show runners from Olimpo, The House of the Gods are doing everything they can to keep their show going as the city experiences “riots”, and news reports are deemed “fear mongering”.
But, you guessed it, the riots are hordes of flesh-eating zombies slowly taking over the city as the pandemic of the undead spreads. It’s classic zombie-gore fuelled madness that’s great to watch, with an interesting reality TV angle. It adds new meaning to the question: who’ll be the last to survive?
The Walking Dead S1-9: Netflix
What would a zombie list be without this classic? Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) wakes up from a coma to find the world in ruins following a zombie apocalypse. He leads a group of survivors in search of a place of safety.
But it’s not the walking dead that pose the biggest threat – it’s other humans. Over its 10-year span, this show has given us some of TV’s most memorable characters, in some of the most gripping plot lines with almost unforgivable twists (we’re looking at you, Negan.)
You’ll find yourself drawn into the horde of Walking Dead fans right from Season 1.
One part Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, one part zombie apocalypse, this series is all kinds of crazy fun. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, this Netflix Original even has Ferris himself (Matthew Broderick makes an appearance as Principal Burr).
Teenagers are the only survivors after nuclear bombs turn everyone over 18 into zombie-like creatures (so, not quite a viral pandemic like the others on this list, but it’s still the apocalypse).
Things move fast, and if you stop to take in the scenery, you don’t survive. If you’re looking for a less horror-filled version of the apocalypse that’s as extra as the Cheermazons, this series is for you.
Ravenous (2017): Netflix
This artful French language movie is a study in human behaviour. It makes use of the standard zombie tropes, but there are some big differences.
For one, the film starts in the midst of the action – we don’t know what caused the zombie pandemic. For another, these aren’t your normal zombies – they feel pain.
This really is an ode to zombie movies, made by the ultimate fan of the undead. The eerie sound design and beautiful (and super-creepy) cinematography make it a compelling watch for you to sink your teeth into.
World War Z (2013): Showmax
Without a doubt, one of the best zombie movies ever made. Not convinced? Brad Pitt takes the lead as an ex-UN investigator tasked with finding the source of a zombie plague ravaging the planet.
Adapted from the novel by Max Brooks, the film’s action sequences are epic, and pretty much thrill-a-minute stuff.
It does lack the political commentary that made the novel a cult classic, but it makes up for it with daring and terrifying visuals. These zombies don’t quite fit the stereotype of a lurching, rotting corpse: they’re fast, and swarm and attack in ways that’ll haunt your nightmares for a while after watching.