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10 Lesser Known Zombie Films From Different Countries

Updated on November 25, 2014
Director
Ryuhei Kitamura
Country
Japan
Language
Japanese
Year
2000
Length
120 Min

Versus


The 2000 Japanese film 'Versus' is a genre bending zombie film with elements of horror, action, kung-fu, spliced in with elements of fantasy. The story deals with an escaped convict and his accomplice fleeing prison and heading into what is known as the Forest of Resurrection where they plan to meet up with a group of Yakuza who are to be there escort out. The transport out is delayed due to lack of space in their vehicles and in the meantime relations sour leading to one of the convict (referred to as Prisoner KSC2-303) killing one of the yakuza who comes back as a zombie. In the resulting chaos Prisoner KSC2-303 escapes to the forest with a girl who had been kidnapped by the Yakuza . Within the forest enemies are everywhere as they are hunted by the Yakuza, assassins, hordes of zombies of the bodies dumped by the Yakuza, and the leader of the Yakuza who has been using everyone to open up a portal of darkness within the forest.

Director
Tommy Wirkola
Country
Norway
Language
Norwegian
Year
2009
Length
91 Min

Dead Snow


The 2009 Norwegian film 'Dead Snow' deals with a group of college students vacationing up in a rural mountain area when they encounter zombified versions of Nazi soldiers who had been isolated and froze to death around 65 years earlier. The plot structure here can be compared to 'The Evil Dead' in a way because it starts out somewhat slow with the group arriving at the isolated cabin. Something seems amiss about the area as we are told the legends of the area from a hiker they encounter and one by one people start to disappear in the night. By the second half the pacing and on-screen gore really build up as the Nazi zombies are revealed and the survivors arm themselves with whatever they can in an attempt to fight back.

Director
Alejandro Brugu├ęs
Country
Cuba
Language
Spanish
Year
2011
Length
96 min

Juan of the Dead


The 2011 Cuban film 'Juan of the Dead' is a horror comedy about a group of slackers living their average day to day lives in Cuba when a zombie outbreak occurs. Juan and a group of survivors start up a business with their mission statement "we kill your beloved ones". However, the business eventually falls through as the number of walking dead continues to rise and when the military's part in the outbreak fails their only goal left is survival. Considering where the film is from it's actually pretty bold with its political commentary. The Cuban Government's explanation for all of the events here is that they are all dissidents sponsored by the US to overturn their government.

Director
Bruce McDonald
Country
Canada
Language
English
Year
2009
Length
95 min

Pontypool


This psychological zombie film introduces a new take to the subgenre. The disease here isn't spread through the usual bite or bodily fluid transmission but by speech. The film takes place mostly at a radio station where reports start to come in of rioting breaking out that has caused numerous deaths. Grant Mazzy stays on air as further reports come in that their town has been quarantined by the government and that all citizens should remain indoors and not to use phrases that conflict with each other or terms of endearment. When a mob of infected attack the building Grant and his coworkers lock themselves in the station in the soundproof booth where they further theorize on how a virus could've developed to transmit in this way. Overall a creatively suspenseful zombie film that manages to be effective with little actual chaos on screen.

Director
Marvin Kren
Country
Germany
Language
German
Year
2010
Length
63 min

Rammbock


The film starts with the protagonist Michael visiting the apartment of his ex-girlfriend to return her set of keys. He finds two plumbers at the location but neither know where Gabi had gone. Meanwhile a zombie rage virus epidemic breaks out in Berlin and one of the two plumbers tries to attack Michael but is subdued. Michael and the younger plumber, Harper must barricade themselves up in the apartment and watch as Berlin falls into chaos and anarchy below them. After holding off or fleeing from several attacks they discover that this virus causes the infected to become photosensitive and can be subdued with the use of sedatives. The two and another resident use these to their advantage in order to try to make an escape .

Director
Jaume Balaguer├│ and Paco Plaza
Country
Spain
Language
Spanish
Year
2007
Length
78 min

[REC]


[REC] is one of the better found footage films about a TV reporter following the fire department around on their night shift for a documentary series on night jobs. When they respond to a call of a woman trapped in her apartment the woman becomes aggressive and attacks one of the responding police officers. Pretty soon police and army forces show up and quarantine the building as more resident start to come down with an unknown condition that causes rage. The film was remade in the U.S as 'Quarantine' in 2007 and had 3 sequels made , [REC] 2: Fear Revisited, [REC] 3: Genesis, and [REC] 4: Apocalypse.

Director
Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher
Country
France
Language
French
Year
2009
Length
96 min

The Horde


When a member of the Paris Police Department is murdered by the gang of a notorious drug dealer a group of officers eek vengeance by attempting to capture or kill him in his high-rise apartment building where he has holed up. Unfortunately their operation fails and the drug dealer's men capture the officers. Meanwhile when an zombie outbreak occurs they must at leas temporarily put aside their differences in order to form a resistance to hordes of zombies.

Director
Matthias Hoene
Country
United Kingdom
Language
English
Year
2012
Length
87 min

Cockneys vs Zombies


When a retirement home is set to be demolished Terry and Andy MacGuirre, whose grandfather lives in the home, plan a bank robbery to gain the funds to stop the demolishment. When they and their crew enter the bank disguised as construction workers the banker catches on and alerts the authorities. This now turns the robbery into a hostage situation but when they go to release one of them with a heart condition the police have vanished and the street has turn to chaos with the undead walking rampant. Meanwhile at the home the elderly residents are caught off guard by the zombie attack and must hold up until the authorities or the MacGuirre brothers and their crew arrive to rescue them. Overall a fun zombie horror comedy with a sufficient amount of gore, thrills, and comedic moments.

Director
Wilson Yip
Country
Hong Kong
Language
Cantonese
Year
1998
Length
94 min

Bio-Zombie


In this horror comedy two young men end up hitting a man with their boss's car who unknown to them had been infected by an Iraqi chemical agent that he drank as a disguised soft-drink.. The two place the man they think is dead in the trunk and head back to the mall they work at. However the man is not completely dead as he comes back as a zombie and starts to infect the visitors of the mall and pretty soon it becomes overrun with the living dead. The two workers and other survivors must stick together in order to survive and fight the zombie epidemic.

Director
Taweewat Wantha
Country
Thailand
Language
Thai
Year
2004
Length
96 min

SARS Wars


The nation of Thailand is considered free from the SARS infection as declared by their leading health official. However a mutated strain of the virus called SARS 4 that originated in Africa ends up in a Bangkok after an infected hornet is carried their on an airline. When a man is stung by the hornet and returns to his apartment he spreads the infection throughout the building. Meanwhile a schoolgirl has been kidnapped by a gang so her wealthy father sends in a swordsman to rescue her. When he goes to rescue the girl he is stopped by the gang when they meet the growing number of zombies.

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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 2 years ago

      This is an interesting article. I find it interesting to get a take on how foreigners handle different genre.