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12 best gore-filled zombie movies and series on Netflix

Get your heart pumping with a succession of ghastly, gruesome greatness.

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Time Out Bangkok editors
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Have you ever wondered if the virus we’re dealing with right now is not actually coronavirus but a disease that will, in fact, turn us into bloodthirsty zombies? You can’t really blame us for this thought. After all, the creative minds of the cinematic realm have long fueled our fears—and our obsession—by turning the blood (or brain) thirsty undead into a very popular entertainment genre. 

Every year, we get a new film or a series based on these voracious brain-eating creatures. And yet our appetites aren’t sated. One of the more awaited zombie offerings this year is Kingdom: Ashin of the North, the spin-off episode of the critically acclaimed Korean horror drama Kingdom

In honor of this new release, which is set to premiere on Netflix on 23 July, we’ve come up with a selection of the 12 best zombie movies and series that will trigger your imagination even more with blood-rushing scenes and gory thrills. Happy binge-watching. 

#Alive (2020)
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#Alive (2020)

Teenager Oh Joon-woo is the lone survivor in a city that has been battered down by an unknown infection that’s gone out of control. Isolated in his apartment and running out of food, he has some harrowing decisions to make.

Based on American movie Alone (2020), #Alive is another South Korean production that adds new twists to an old tale. The movie is absolutely thrilling and unpredictable.

Army of the Dead (2021)
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Army of the Dead (2021)

Set after a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries venture out into the quarantine zone to attempt one of history’s greatest heists.

If you love both zombie and action flicks, then you’re going to love this latest movie by director Zack Snyder (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, 300, and Dawn of the Dead). It’s packed with amazing special effects and expertly executed “zombie headshots”, which will remind you of the satisfaction you derive when killing zombies in video games.

 

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Backpackers (Phobia 2; 2009)
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Backpackers (Phobia 2; 2009)

A Japanese couple hitchhikes their way across Thailand and ends up getting into the wrong truck. Little do they know that what’s kept in the back of this huge mobile is something that will turn their fun trip into a backpacking nightmare.

This adrenaline-driven story is third in a five-part horror anthology that features the spine-chilling works of five Thai horror masters. Backpackers is directed by Paween “Golf” Purijitpanya (Body and Ghost Lab), who’s known for breaking the boundaries of Thai horror with unconventional elements. In this case, he is credited for debuting zombies in Thai cinema.

Cargo (2017)
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Cargo (2017)

After being infected by a zombie virus, a father is desperate to find safety for his infant daughter and protect her from the greatest threat: himself.

Although the movie isn’t much about insatiable flesheaters, Cargo still successfully terrifies the audience by harping on everyone’s deepest fear: losing either their life or someone they love. The movie is packed with heartfelt sentiment and Martin Freeman’s emotional performance is top-notch.

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iZombie (2015-2019)
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iZombie (2015-2019)

Young medical resident Olivia “Liv” Moore is not your typical medical professional. Turned partly into a zombie, she takes work at the coroner’s office, where eating the brains of homicide victims enables her to survive, but also gives her the ability to help solve cases.

This series is a loose adaptation of the comic series of the same name. If you’re looking for a show to binge-watch during quarantine, then all five fantastic seasons won’t disappoint. iZombie packs the qualities of a great show—crime, violence, romance and humor—while still fulfilling the musts of a zombie narrative.

Kingdom: Ashin of the North (2021)
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Kingdom: Ashin of the North (2021)

As a mysterious disease devastates her tribe, Ashin dives into the wilderness to hunt down a strange plant that could mean a cure and hope for her people. 

After two successful seasons of Kingdom (2019 to 2020), Netflix decided to release a special episode based on a mysterious character who appeared at the end of the series’ second season. While waiting for Kingdom: Ashin of the North, we recommend you watch both seasons of the K-series, which gives a fresh and revitalizing twist to an over-explored genre.

 

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The Last Kids on Earth (2019-2020)
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The Last Kids on Earth (2019-2020)

In this animated version of the best-selling book series of the same name, the lives of 13-year-old pre-teen Jack Sullivan and his friends have become a video game, where the main goal is to to survive a zombie apocalypse.

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a zombie cartoon. The Last Kid On Earth is filled with humor and friendship themes that are worth the attention of both kids and grown-ups. The plot is engaging and the characters witty, all in all making for a very fun watch.

Quarantine (2008)
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Quarantine (2008)

Reporter Angela is trapped inside a sealed-off apartment building with her cameraman and a group of emergency workers after the outbreak of a zombie virus. 

A scene-by-scene remake of Spanish movie [REC] (2007), this found-footage film is one of the first to cash in on the zombie film genre. It made a lot of money at the box office, grossing $41.3 million worldwide against a $12 million budget.

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Ravenous (2017) 
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Ravenous (2017) 

A handful of survivors of a zombie apocalypse struggle to live their life in rural Quebec with barely any hope.  

Unlike other zombie movies, this French-language film portrays zombies as almost-thinking creatures that lure their victims with traps and worship at shrines they’ve built. There’s a reflective and enigmatic quality to the film, something that you can’t really say of other similar productions.

Santa Clarita Diet (2017-2019)
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Santa Clarita Diet (2017-2019)

Sheila and Joel are just another couple who live one mundane day after another, with no exciting event happening in their lives. That is until a terrible accident causes Sheila’s death—well, kind of. 

Dubbed a “zomcom”, the series was popular among Netflix subscribers throughout its three seasons. Its cancellation came as a total surprise to viewers who had developed a soft spot for Sheila’s flesh-eating—yet sweet-natured—undead character.

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Train to Busan (2016)
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Train to Busan (2016)

A mysterious virus sweeps across Korea, causing people to turn into zombies. Passengers try to survive and avoid getting infected while on a speeding train to Busan, declared the only city safe from the outbreak.

This movie was the talk of the town in 2016 and has gained a special place in many people’s hearts since, not to mention how it jump started the zombie hype in Korean cinema afterwards. The riveting plot will have you biting your nails and waiting with bated breath to see which character will survive.

World War Z (2013)
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World War Z (2013)

To protect his family, former UN agent and devoted father Gary Lane (Brad Pitt) races against time to halt a zombie pandemic before humanity falls. 

Putting a more realistic twist to zombie films, World War Z shows what governments and global organizations may actually do if the world is besieged by a zombie pandemic. Excellent acting gives this film an edge.

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