The TV year didn’t miss its terrifying start thanks to the popular TV adaptation of The Last of Us on Streamz. The HBO series starring Pedro Pascal paints a believable picture of how mushrooms combined with global warming can infect humanity and start a zombie pandemic. The series only increases the appetite for more realistic zombie movies and series with an apocalyptic twist. And with these six choices, the wait for a new episode of ‘The Last of Us’ this week is over (bie).
“Santa Clarita Diet” (Netflix)
According to The Last of Us video game, Cordyceps infection is transmitted through contaminated food, and that’s more or less the case with Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet. In this comedy series, Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant play an ordinary married couple, only for the lover to suddenly turn into a zombie and begin to develop a taste for human flesh. In their joint search for a cure, they must limit the damage and, above all, keep their nosy neighbors at bay. This series may be a parody of the zombie genre, but with its gore elements it lives up to its more serious brethren.
“We’re All Dead” (Netflix)
Based on the Korean webcomic Now At Our School, this intense horror series follows a group of students who barricade themselves in their school during the zombie apocalypse after a dangerous virus turned their classmates into a horde of carnivores. The origin of the virus lies with a science teacher who wanted to develop a cure to make his badly bullied son stronger. So the experiment goes horribly wrong, causing the virus to spread throughout the school building in no time. The show enjoyed worldwide success and has now been given the green light for a second installment, expected on the streaming channel later this year.
28 weeks later (Disney+)
A little over 20 years ago, Danny Boyle breathed new life into the zombie horror genre with 28 Days Later, thanks to his realistically infected and character-driven drama. But it is also worth looking into infinity for the blockbuster sequel “28 Weeks Later”. Six months after the Rage virus spread across Britain and virtually wiped out the population, the survivors join forces with the US military to rebuild civilization. But then the virus returns unintentionally and is suddenly everywhere again. No wonder this film franchise has had a revival during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Hot Zone” (Disney+)
Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Richard Preston, this series takes you back to the Ebola outbreak in 1989. The story follows how the virus, discovered in chimpanzees in a Washington laboratory, first made its way to the United States and how a US Army vet teams up with a secret SWAT team to prevent transmission to the urban population. Although the series was originally intended as a miniseries, its success forced a second season focused solely on the post-9/11 anthrax attacks.
‘Twelve Monkeys’ (Streamz)
Like the chimpanzees in The Hot Zone, monkeys are carriers of a deadly virus, although this is about a group calling themselves the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. In this 1995 sci-fi film, we are introduced to a future world so ravaged by disease that a convicted sociopath (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to find the source of the virus that is killing most of it of the human population has been wiped out. Once there, it turns out the man was deposed in the wrong year and locked up in a mental institution, where he meets a graceful psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe) and the deranged son of a virus expert (Brad Pitt).
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (Streamz)
The most recent film adaptation of the ‘Resident Evil’ franchise, which was also set to celebrate the game’s 25th anniversary, might not have been a critical hit, but the film managed to win over a fan base with enough original action, horror and suspense. The plot of this film is based on the first two parts of the video game series and tries its best to be a true adaptation. However, those who don’t attach too much importance to character development, the absence of Milla Jovovich and prefer to see their zombie films with a certain B-movie share will have a lot of fun with this adaptation, but that wasn’t enough for the big screen, but maybe all the better to look away on the small screen.