Halloweenathon 2023 · Horror · Microreview · Movies

Halloweenathon 2023: Train to Busan Highlights the Important Link Between Horror and Empathy

On the second day of Halloween: TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016)

As I’m de-calibrating from a year in KeanuLandia I’m finally watching films that have been on my to-watch list for ages. And Train to Busan finally got into my eyeballs and brain. The hype around this film has earned every word, and then some.

Not only is it a thrilling and pulsepounding zombie invasion film. It’s also a thoughtful portrait of family and loss. The character development is so extraordinary that the current of empathy running through this film is as vital as the monsters who catalyze the events.

Train to Busan is a perfect example of how the best horror movies rely not just on fear and shock value —the zombies here are intense — but that profound human connection arising as we empathize with people who may or may not be like us. This was such a moving experience and it’s definitely one of my new favorite horror movies now. It’s also arguably one of the best zombie movies of all time, up there with Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.

✨6/5 stars. Highest recommend.✨