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‘Train to Busan’ Just Hit Netflix and You Need to Watch It

Zombie movies just don’t get much better than this one.

Every month we shine the spotlight on the latest horror films hitting Netflix, but the streaming service is known for dropping unexpected treats into the mix. Over the weekend, for example, they added director Yeon Sang-ho’s South Korean zombie movie Train to Busan (read our review); a movie so good it’ll probably make you forget you were kinda sick of zombie movies.

Horror fans who saw it last year almost universally agreed that Train to Busan was one of the very best movies released in 2016, and all of us here on Bloody loved it so much that we named it last year’s best foreign language horror film in our faux Academy Awards celebration. We wrote, “A lean, mean zombie film with zero wasted energy, Train to Busan is terrifying and intense while also being packed with so much depth and a surprising level of emotion. It’s one of 2016’s best horror films, foreign or otherwise, and it just might make you scared of zombies again.”

Needless to say, you should immediately add this one to your watch list!

In the standout zombie flick…

A group of terrified passengers fight their way through a countrywide viral outbreak, trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to the Safe Zone…which may or may not still be there.

Train to Busan set the box office ablaze across Asia, smashed box office records in South Korea and became the biggest Korean film of all time. It stars GONG Yoo (The Age of Shadows), JUNG Yu-mi (Manhole), MA Dong-seok (Doomsday Book), CHOI Woo-sik (Big Match), AN So-hee (Hellcats), KIM Eui-sung (Assassination), and KIM Su-an (Memories of the Sword).


35 Comments
  • Rez

    I watched it last night and I’ll probably watch it again today! I was also blown away to say the least. It was almost like this movie could start the Zombie genre back up…in a good way. Actually turning Netflix on now….time for another watch!

  • Munchie

    I was severely underwhelmed by this. I need to stop listening to hype or stop reading articles or something, because I thought this was pretty dull.

  • Matt

    While I would agree it was last year’s best foreign language horror film, I was not nearly as blown away by it as the majority seem to have been. I definitely did enjoy it, but I would not put it on my top 10 zombie movies list. (Maybe it would make the top 20 list.)

    • Creepshow

      Huh. I guess this just ensured that Busan is getting shoved to the extreme back of the pile. I can’t really enjoy any new zombie stuff anymore. But I will confess to this…. After finally getting Shudder, I can easily sit through some old crud like Burial Ground. Some of that old schlock is a blast.

      • Matt

        I think it’s worth a watch for sure, but I just didn’t find it to be the epitome of the zombie film. It definitely offered nothing new. (Which really doesn’t bother me.) If you get a chance, check it out and see what you think. Who knows, you may be in the crowd that thinks it was the ‘Casablanca’ of zombie movies.

        • Creepshow

          I highly doubt that your last sentence would ever end up happening with me. The weirdest thing keeps on happening to me…It seems that no matter what drinking glass I choose, it’s always half empty. lol

          • J Jett

            Creepshow, check out the Korean horror film THE WAILING. it’s very good (and better than BUSAN imo).

          • Creepshow

            It will take me 7 sittings to get through that marathon. lol

      • J Jett

        hi Creepshow! i haven’t seen you around in a while!

        BUSAN is a good movie but IMO it’s just the Korean version of Brad Pitt’s WWZ. they are almost identical in tone, zombies/etc.

        • Creepshow

          World War Z? Yuck, I’m good thanks.

        • dsxy

          Lol no, just no.

          • J Jett

            dsxy, LOl yes, just yes. and you upvoted your own comment? LOL. um, ok.

        • GunsOfNavarone

          How is it like World War Z ? I don’t see the correlation at all.

    • J Jett

      Matt have you seen Korean(?) horror film THE WAILING? personally i think that movie is far superior to TRAIN TO BUSAN (which i do like as well).

      • Matt

        No, I’ve been meaning to, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I think it’s still on Netflix, maybe I’ll watch it one day this week.

        • J Jett

          right on! let me know what you think of it. 🙂

          • Wes Draven

            I didn’t care for The Wailing myself. I wanted to love it, and I think the ingredients are there for a great film, but the acting and characters themselves were hokier than I would have liked. The run-time also felt padded with moments that felt like less could have meant more. That’s just me though.

  • jv

    I did see this and it was bad! don’t know why all the good reviews.

  • thegunshow

    I want to see this, but there are no subtitles. I have noticed this with the majority of foreign films on Netflix. Do I need to adjust my TV settings or a Netflix setting in order to see them? I hit the closed caption button on my remote, but got nothing. Thanks in advance.

    • Matt

      If they don’t come up on their own (they do when I just tried it), you need to go into the settings on Netflix for the movie. There you can turn subtitles on or off.

      • thegunshow

        Thanks Matt. I tried that, but could not find a subtitles option in my Netflix settings. I watch Netflix through my Apple TV 2. It seems like Netflix has a different menu for every device. I decided to Google the answer (which I should have done in the first place), and it turns out all I needed to do was hit the microphone on my Apple TV remote, request subtitles, and wha-la! I want to watch Train to Busan and The Wailing. Now I’ll be able to.

  • McGilli

    Easily one of the better zombie movies released in a long time. Nothing bad about it and a good way to spend a few hours…

  • Ryan Kuck

    I wanted to love this! I was a bit underwhelmed by it, like a few others here, it seems. It just wasn’t that amazing. I’ll give it a DECENT.

  • Trisha Tachanawa

    Watched it last night. It was pretty great.

  • J Jett

    i like this movie and have watched it a couple of times but it’s basically just the Korean version of Pitt’s WWZ film. imo THE WAILING is much better.

    • Matt Miller

      I couldn’t dig any of them. But even if I didn’t like it , I can recognize The wailling is a good movie and fairly superior to Busan. I found Train to Busan pretty silly, cliché and overly sentimental in a cheap way.

    • GunsOfNavarone

      I thought The Wailing was terrible tbh, I had to turn it off. Train To Busan on the other hand kept my attention the whole way through.

  • Richter Belmont

    Love this film! My favourite zombie film, ever! I can’t wait for Seoul Station!

  • Train to Busan is one of the best films of 2016 and the best zombie movie I’ve seen.

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    Couldn’t get into it. Cheesy score and acting.

  • Peter Johnson

    The hype for this is BS. Emotional? Why? Because it includes children? I just didn’t get all the rave reviews about how emotional it was, because it wasn’t. If someone could explain it to me, I’d love that, but the character interactions and connections weren’t deep enough for me to like the characters (especially since it all the characters line up with zombie-movie character clichés). But it was the constant battery of incredibly stupid decision just for the sake of a cool zombie scene or for the sake of plot that really made this underwhelming. There were just….so…many…stupid…decisions. By the characters, and the screenwriter.

  • Charlie lerner

    World War Z?

  • Susie Ko

    I am not a horror movie fan and definitely zombies aren’t my cup of tea but Train to Busan is rather different from the run of mill zombie flick. The focus on human relationships and interactions, the quality of the acting makes the difference for me. So if I am going to be watching a zombie movie, this is my pick!

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