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5 Reasons Why Train to Busan is a New Horror Classic

January 22, 2017

Train to Busan is a beautifully audacious horror movie. I love how it doesn’t spare your feelings and features a new spin on the zombie genre. It feels like Snowpiercer met 28 Days Later and spawned a neat World War Z type film. If you are wanting to watch an original zombie film I totally recommend you check out Train to Busan.

Here are five reasons why Train to Busan is a new horror classic.

1. It Puts a New Spin on the Zombie Genre

Train to Busan joins the ranks of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead and [Rec] in the pantheon of classic zombie films. I love the idea of “zombies on a train” and how director Sang-ho Yeon has created an almost self contained thriller. When I first heard about the idea I thought it was brilliantly simple and I knew I needed to watch it. Words cannot describe how much I loved the experience. Horror doesn’t really excite me anymore and Train to Busan was a thrillingly original experience.

2. It Features the Best Zombies Since ’28 Days Later’

Sidenote: I know the 28 Days Later “zombies” are technically just rage infected. However, I still consider them zombies.

What I love about the zombies in Train to Busan is how consistent they are. Their rules don’t change and I love how new wrinkles are added to them throughout the film. Also, I love how their bodies twist, turn and crack as they begin their turn into an undead killing machine. They are definitely the scariest zombies since 28 Days Later.

3. The Action Set Pieces Are Terrifying

One of my favorite set pieces of 2016 involved a bunch of unsuspecting travelers coming across hundreds of ravaging zombies in a train station. It is visceral, intense and beautifully urgent. It is a massive scene that went out of its way to create a new classic moment in horror. I can’t get over the visual of terrified humans trying to escape zombies by running up an escalator that is going down.

4. You Like the Characters

My favorite character in Train to Busan is Sang Hwa (Dong-seok Ma). The dude is a good man who also happens to be a big time bruiser. The majority of my favorite moments involve Sang Hwa busting up zombies and calling out Seok Woo (Yoo Gong) for his selfishness. What makes Train to Busan so tough to watch is how totally unsparing it is. Many people you like meet a terrible end and you never really see it coming. I love how it doesn’t pull punches and plays believably (for a zombie film) in regards to an actual apocalypse.


5. Critics, Audiences and Directors Love It.

Train to Busan is a rare horror film that has united both critics and audiences. It currently has a 96% critic rating on 89% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Also, it has a solid 7.5 score on IMDb and 72% score on Metacritic. When you combine all the scores together it averages out to a legit 83%. Horror movies rarely do so well with both critics and audiences. Also, a lot of great directors/writers are rallying behind it and tweeting their love about it. Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), Stephen King and Mike Flanagan (Hush, Absentia) love it!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2017 8:23 am

    I’ll have to see this, sounds great! n interesting new slant on the Zombie genre

    • John Leavengood permalink
      March 27, 2017 9:25 pm

      Okay, I’ve now seen this and must agree with EVERYTHING Mark wrote. See it!

    • John Leavengood permalink
      March 28, 2017 5:43 pm

      I’m glad MARK let US know. He is amazing at ferreting out great horror films that I (a horror fanatic) would otherwise possibly completely ignore.

      • March 29, 2017 9:32 am

        For sure, he’s always finding these horror film gems that I’ve never heard of before, or would have probably took notice of. Will have to track this down and see it.

  2. January 24, 2017 2:13 pm

    4. You Like the Characters.
    Absolutly agree. I don’t mind a horror where the characters are moron teens I’d like to see turned inside out, but to get me I have to like the character and I loved Sang Hwa 😀

    • January 24, 2017 2:14 pm

      Yes! I love how Korean horror films create likable charatcers…..Then do terrible things to them.

      • John Leavengood permalink
        March 28, 2017 5:42 pm

        They really do, don’t they…on both accounts. LOL


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