Hey! Meg here! Good to be back with a Netflix zombie review!
When I was told about a new zombie show that had dropped on Netflix, my first thoughts were “Not another one!”. The zombie genre is one of the most overused in horror and there have been several instances of movies and TV shows getting terrible ratings from fans and critics alike. So when I had a look at ‘All of us are dead’ I decided to give it a go. It was set in a school which is something that isn’t seen very often in the zombie genre so I was excited to see something new. Little did I realise how hooked I would get.
As soon as I hit play I was thrown straight into the action. Within minutes the first infected reared its head and left me with more questions than answers- what caused the infection? What causes people to turn? What kills the infected? The violence and gore factor was there from the start and immediately hooked me into the story- I found myself loving and hating certain characters, hoping for some to survive, and wanting some to die because of how stupid or cruel they are.
When the school is introduced I did question how the apocalypse would start, and it didn’t take long for that question to be answered. Classic horror tropes merged to create the perfect storm that cascades into the start of the apocalypse. They also managed to set up the characters and their relationships very well in the short time before everything went to hell, so I cared about what happens to them. I felt their panic, I was screaming at the TV for them to run faster when the undead were on their heels and I was fully immersed in the story.
The cast manage to play the role of young adults extremely well and react in a way they would if something like this happened in real life. Instead of being perfect with their attacks on the undead, they make mistakes, they trip over things, they react slowly when someone turns, they make mistakes and learn from them; and their reactions to the chaos are realistic. Some films and shows make their characters too good at attacking infected when they’ve had no training at all. By making the characters react naturally it makes the whole story more believable.
I’ve only seen 2 episodes so far but ‘All of us are dead’ has cemented itself as my favourite zombie TV show. The fast zombies remind me of train to Busan but they are in no way a carbon copy. These infected are different, and you need to see the show to see what I mean. The transformation scenes from human to infected are incredible- the physicality and effects are on another level and the action will leave you hooked and wanting more. Overall this is an incredible series and I can’t wait to see the rest of the episodes. If you'd like to take part in a real life zombie apocalypse experience then check out all our current events across the UK!