Whether it’s the CDC building in The Walking Dead or a California amusement park in Zombieland, the so-called “safe zone” is a well-worn trope in the zombie subgenre.
In Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan, it’s—surprise!—the South Korean resort city of Busan that is rumored to be the one place that managed to keep the walking dead at bay.
But their uneventful train ride turns into an all-hell-hath-broken-loose scenario when a woman with a leg bite makes her way onto the train, then starts chomping down on her fellow passengers.
There’s not a lot of room to run or places to hide on a bullet train, and Sang-ho uses the film’s claustrophobic setting to great effect in this South Korean masterpiece that manages to be both a terrifying horror film and a bittersweet (albeit blood-soaked) family drama.
Oscar-winning horror fiend Guillermo del Toro produced this unsettling Spanish thriller, which sees a woman named Laura (Belén Rueda) return to the now-shuttered orphanage where she grew up—with her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) and their adopted son Simón (Roger Príncep) in tow—to breathe new life into the institution that help other abandoned children and wannabe parents find each other.
While his parents initially write his behavior off to his new surroundings, it quickly becomes clear—at least to the audience—that something is seriously amiss.