3 Foreign Zombie Movies That You Need to Add to Your Library
I am all about zombies. If a book, movie, game, or television show has zombies in it, I will watch it. Honestly, it doesn’t have to even be good. I love “craptastic horror” and I love zombies, so putting the two together just makes me happier. While we’ve got some great zombie movies in the US–I mean, New York native George Romero is kind of the godfather of the zombie flick–there are some amazing zombie creations from other countries that any zombie fan must add to their library.
I’m leaving Shaun of the Dead and both 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later off the list, even though they are from the UK, as those movies have a pretty big following all over the world. However, if you haven’t seen those movies, please drop everything and go watch them right now.
All caught up? Great. Let’s move on.
1. Juan of the Dead (Cuba)
This movie happens to be Cuba’s very first zombie film. With the firm grip that the government holds on media, normally films that depict the destruction of the country don’t get through the censors. However, from what I hear, this movie was thought to be pro-Cuba and anti-capitalist enough to be released in theaters. I’ll be honest, my knowledge of the Cuban government and oppression of the Cuban people is highly lacking. However, even from my small amount of knowledge of the Cuban government, it felt like while film’s writer and director, Alejandro Brujues, loves Cuba, he was definitely poking fun at the Cuban government–though not in an overly preachy political way. Namely when the government issues a statement that the zombies running amok is Havana are actually dissidents revolting against the government, and that all life should continue as normal–which Juan and his friend try to do for some time. They even start a business called Juan of the Dead where they charge their neighbors to kill and dispose of their reanimated, deceased loved ones. The movie is completely hilarious and ridiculous, and much like its inspiration, Shaun of the Dead, Juan of the Dead shows a deep love for all things zombie-related, while adding a distinctly Cuban spin on the movie. It also asks (but does not answer)the question zombie fans always wonder in their deepest hearts: why are some zombies fast and others so slow? We may never know…
2. Cockneys vs. Zombies (UK)
This is the only movie on my list that doesn’t use English subtitles, but I’ll be honest, you might want to turn them on anyway…
Subtitles or not, the movie is great. We follow a group of gang robbers as they try to fight their way through a zombie-infested London in a fantastic ride of gore and guts. This is definitely one of those movies where the plot is really only there to support the zombie-fighting madness. However, one of the things that makes this movie so fun is how self-aware it is. It’s not trying to be a serious movie like 28 Days Later. It is fully aware that it is a thinly-plotted zombie movie where we follow a bunch of goofy criminals as they fight a horde of zombies, and makes sure that the ride is fun, ridiculous, and full of craptastic-zombie gore. Highly recommended.
3. Dead Snow (Norway)
I’m sorry. I can’t hear you over the sound of NAZI ZOMBIES. This movie is one of my all-time favorites. The gore is completely ridiculous–intestines caught in trees? Yes, they have that–and the entire premise of a bunch of undead Nazis roaming the mountains, chasing a group of medical students on a skiing trip is completely ridiculous and a ton of fun. Much like Cockneys vs. Zombies, there’s not a lot to say about the plot. It’s just as self-aware as Cockneys, and it knows that you’re not here for an intricate plot with fascinating character development. You watch Dead Snow to watch a bunch of Nazi zombies chase a bunch of med school kids around the mountains of Norway, and that’s definitely what you get. It is fabulous, craptastic zombie fun at its finest. What’s even better is there is a Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead. I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy of the movie yet, but I hear it is just as much fun as the first installment.
Have you seen those movies? What do you think of them? Did I miss any awesome zombies movies made outside the US? Let me know in the comments!