Yes, we have been overrun with hoards of zombie movies, TV shows and prequels in recent years. But there’s still plenty of lifeblood left in the genre, as Black Summer viewers can attest.
The first series of the Netflix zombie series has been keeping horror buffs in an unbreakable death grip, and has left them ravenous for more.
Some viewers have even insisted Black Summer is superior to monster hit The Walking Dead, bringing rotting swarms which make the Walkers look like ‘cute fluffy little bunnies’.
Check out the terrifying trailer for yourself below:
Those who have already sunk their teeth into the show have taken to Twitter to sound the alarm about this meaty new entry in the zombie horror genre.
One person tweeted:
Anyway barely one episode in and #BlackSummer owns my ass already, if you like a zombie shit with actually interesting characters and zombies that actually Do Stuff because they aren’t the Speed of Molasses, it’s the show for you.
The zombies in #blacksummer make the zombies in #thewalkingdead look like cute fluffy little bunnies wtf.
Anyway barely one episode in and #BlackSummer owns my ass already, if you like a zombie shit with actually interesting characters and zombies that actually Do Stuff because they aren’t the Speed of Molasses, it’s the show for you
— help the bombardier (@CarverrHawkee) April 11, 2019
The scary thing about #blacksummer is that no one really knows what's going on, which means people are willing to do dumb shit like protect their wounded husband. Or yell out to him.
— Rhiannon Frater (@RhiannonFrater) April 11, 2019
I thought #BlackSummer was dope. It wasn't silly like znation and not overly melodramatic like the walking dead. There's not alot of exposition. No one explains what's going on. It's just chaotic. Characters aren't compelling but they're not meant to be. They trying to survive. pic.twitter.com/3IwSjPcK2E
— TRASHGODD (@GodTrashpack) April 12, 2019
— 𝙨𝙤𝙥𝙝𝙞𝙚 🌙 *:･ﾟ✧ (@theSooophie) April 12, 2019
Black Summer differs in numerous ways from The Walking Dead, giving us a slightly different – and perhaps even more harrowing – glimpse at what a zombie apocalypse might look like.
Gone are the ambling, staggering corpses, replaced with the sort of fast and frantic once-human monstrosities which made our blood run cold in 28 Days Later.
A prequel to SyFy series Z Nation, Black Summer takes place at the very beginning of the zombie outbreak, with all the chaos and confusion you would expect.
— ronnie (@ronnie12256) April 11, 2019
Okay #BlackSummer is incredible. The acting, the production, the story, and I'm only on episode 1. I live for showing us the zombie's POV.
— S.C. Parris is finally writing book 6. (@writingvampires) April 11, 2019
The nightmarish narrative follows Rose (Jaime King), a woman who becomes separated from her daughter while society falls down around their ears.
According to the IMDb synopsis:
A mother, torn from her daughter, embarks upon a harrowing journey, stopping at nothing to find her.
Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, she must brave a hostile new world and make brutal decisions during the most deadly summer of a zombie apocalypse.
One of the happiest moments of my life! Seeing the dedication that we put into this series come to life has been an unbelievable feeling. Thank you all for your amazing reactions and messages. I love each and everyone one of you!! #BLACKSUMMER is streaming NOW on @Netflix !!! pic.twitter.com/JHEoOUADsI
— Jaime King (@Jaime_King) April 13, 2019
Ideal Saturday night watching if, unlike me, you get unnecessarily paranoid about how you would be able to survive in a world eaten away by the undead.
Pretty sure that after a few cardio sessions I could outrun the decrepit walkers on The Walking Dead. But these rapid new guys? No chance…
Season one of Black Summer premiered on Netflix, April 11.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.