Train to Busan

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A father accompanies his daughter to see her mother while a viral outbreak turns humans into bloodthirsty killers. Yet another not-quite-a-zombie yarn that might as well be called 28 Days Later on a Train. Does have some credible character moments and scenarios, but the been-there-done-that vibe turns attempted emotions into schmaltz.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A woman who’s been battling a corporate viral outbreak for many years returns to the epicenter of her problems to end all the madness. Follows the same formula as the previous entries by placing computerized technology over any human traits. A jumbled mess that has no flow, no involvement, and no reassurance that this is actually the end.

Summer Camp

★★☆☆ – (2015) – Counselors prepping a summer camp pick each other off when becoming infected with a curable virus. Basically moves 28 Days Later into the woods without accomplishing anything noteworthy. Characters are okay at first, but they mostly just end up screaming. Not the hardest to get though, and does have a pretty surprising conclusion.

Cabin Fever (2016)

★★½☆ – (2016) – Friends renting a cabin become infected with a skin eating disease. Does invent one of the most vicious murders ever committed to film, but such surprises are in short supply as too much of this copies the original. Well made, and has a good score, but keeps much of the original’s nonsensical corn and doesn’t have a reason for existing.

Humans vs. Zombies

Humans vs. Zombies

★★☆☆ – (2011) – A group of college students come to terms with each other as well as a zombie outbreak. Has moments of somewhat-fun get-to-know-you character moments, and an above average attempt to freshen a beaten genre. Commonness gets in the way of any festivities, but the lightheartedness does work.

10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane

★★★☆ – (2016) – Three survivors of a supposed apocalypse come to constant blows over matters of paranoia and trust. Never tells the audience what’s happening, and relies solely on the marginal cast to carry the watch, but succeeds admirably in doing so. Full of twists and surprises, though the outcome is arguably standard.

Thirst (2009)

Thirst (2009)

★★½☆ – (2009) – A priest who contracts a disease is transfused with vampire blood and further complicates the life of a sad housewife. A strange blend of unique and played out ideas that manages to hold attention through 134-minutes. Tonal shifts are a problem, as one moment is deadly serious while the next is overly comical, which hurts the overall emotional impact.

Maggie

Maggie

★★½☆ – (2015) – A young woman is infected with a virus that slowly turns her into a flesh eater. Somber and moody straight through, with some surprising and endearing moments. The conclusion, however, isn’t nearly as effective as the set-up.

[Rec] 4: Apocalypse

Rec 4

★½☆☆ – (2014) – Survivors of a viral outbreak are quarantined on a ship with animals that contain the virus. An illogical bore that comes close to ruining the previous installments by changing mythology for the worse. There’s a lot of running and yelling, but nothing in the way of suspense.