When it comes to horror and creating the scariest zombies since 28 Days Later, South Korea has the genre by the balls. The latest Netflix horror gem to debut is the horror/drama/comedy All Of Us Are Dead.
All of Us Are Dead (Korean: 지금 우리 학교는; RR: Jigeum Uri Hakgyoneun; Now at Our School) is a South Korean coming-of-agezombie apocalypse horror streaming television series. It stars Park Ji-hu, Yoon Chan-young, Cho Yi-hyun, Park Solomon, Yoo In-soo, Lee Yoo-mi, Kim Byung-chul, Lee Kyu-hyung, and Jeon Bae-soo. The series mostly takes place at a high-school in South Korea as a zombie apocalypse suddenly breaks out and threatens the safety of the students. It is based on the Naver webtoon, Now at Our School by Joo Dong-geun.
In the tradition of other South Korean shows/films like Kingdom or Train to Busan (the latter which is name dropped several times during AOUAD) the zombies here are fast, flesh clawing creatures who twitch and lounge as they mutate. If the sound of screaming, snarling, and cracking bones is enough to make you squeamish, you’ll have to sit this one out or get firmly acquainted with the mute button. The gore here also gets very bloody and disgusting fast.
The origin of the virus comes from the a father who has a mercilessly bullied son. When the father tries to inject a serum into his son to even the odds, the science project backfires and creates a zombie virus that spreads like wildfire in a local high school.
The only thing scarier than blood thirsty zombies chasing you is being trapped in school with sadistic bullies and crushes who don’t like you. And since a most significant portion of the show is spent at Hyosan High School, we deal with the teenage dynamics just as much as the zombie outbreak.
The series takes an interesting turnaround episode 5 when it introduces a variation of the zombie virus that allows its victims to retain their memories and have some form of reasoning ability. However, when the school bully is the one gifted with this new mutation he becomes more dangerous than the hordes of zombies roaming the school.
The friendships, rivalries, and romance among Hyosan’s survivors is the real heartbeat of the show. One day these students are worried about going to college, revealing their love to their crush, etc. the next the zombie apocalypse happens. The kids are written very realistically. The series isn’t burdened by trying to check off woke stereotypes or push agendas like most American shows. The series tackles practical things kids would think about during the apocalypse like going on social media, needing to use the restroom, and such.
The series eerily resembles real life too in the way the government tries to handle the virus. Whether it’s erecting concentration camps or dealing with border issues or even dealing with fake news.
In its 12 episode run, AOUAD fits a lot into one season and juggles a ton of characters but still finds a way to find a balance between all of it delivering a thrilling and scary zombie series.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends checking out All of us are Dead streaming now on Netflix.