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Foreign Horror — “Train to Busan”

July 13, 2017

Hello ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Casa!

Up here in North Dakota, we are swinging into the first triple digit temperatures of the summer this weekend, which is made more unbearable by the humidity that comes with it. Needless to say, there won’t be much work done outside at certain times of the day. I’m a pansy that way, I guess. However, starting next week I’ll be starting a regular schedule of fixing our other home, and, with much luck, we should be moving there in the next couple of months or so. It is in a much smaller town and is a bigger house with a bigger yard. Wish us luck as we continue this endeavor.

For this week, I thought I’d showcase a foreign horror film that showed zombies in a slightly different light than how they are portrayed in the “Walking Dead” and some other American zombie films. As I’m sure fellow horror addicts know, some of the best horror movies to watch have come to us from foreign markets. A lot of people are possibly turned off by having to read subtitles to follow the movies, but it is worth the effort to catch a really good scare. “Train to Busan” is one such movie.

The movie opens with a military checkpoint and a deer who climbs back to its feet after being run over by a farmer’s truck. In that moment, you know whatever causes the dead to reanimate isn’t limited to humans. It then switches to the main characters, a divorced father and his daughter, on the eve of the little girl’s birthday. He is a workaholic who doesn’t spend as much time with her as he she deserves. Her one birthday wish is to see her Mother, who lives in Busan. The father is reluctant to do so, but finally relents when his little girl opens his gift and it is a duplicate for one he gave to her a couple of months prior. They board an overnight train to Busan amid reports of riots going on in the cities. Before the train leaves, two stowaways board it, one of whom is bitten and in agony. It is that one person who starts a chain reaction of zombie attacks on the train.

I enjoyed the movie a lot, and not just for the horror elements. As a father with a less than good relationship with my ex-wife, I was able to relate to the father in many ways. You can tell as the movie progresses how much he loves his daughter and can see the guilt he feels for allowing work to take such so much time away from her. This is while people on their train change into rabid monsters and attacking anything they see moving. The infection is transferred via bites, and the change is rapid as the victims convulse on the floor and then a rage takes over. The reanimated corpses go into a frenzy when they see the living, almost like piranha. These zombies are also sprinters, so it takes a little less of the human mistake from the deaths, but not too much of it. Overall, I recommend this movie for zombie lovers and those who like fast paced movies.

Until next time, loyal patrons…

D.J. Pitsiladis

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