With so much TV around you might have missed the new Netflix series Zombieverse. This is unlike any other zombie show that you’ve seen and is not The Walking Dead. Instead, this is a reality TV show with plenty of frights, zombies, and conquests that they need to conquer.
Starring a bunch of well-known celebrities in South Korea and Japan, Zombieverse immerses these celebrities into a world where they need to survive the zombie apocalypse. Admittedly it doesn’t sound like it could work. Could people really immerse themselves enough to give open and honest reactions? The answer, unbelievably so, is yes. With a dash of acting and some great makeup on the zombies, Zombieverse manages to be entertaining and immersive.
But if that isn’t enough, here are five in-depth reasons why you should watch!
1. Lee Si-young from Sweet Home stars in it.
Sweet Home was one of the first K-dramas that I’ve ever watched. And a lot of my love for it was because of Lee Si-young. In Sweet Home, she was a badass who had abs of steel and could take on any monster coming her way. In Zombieverse she kind of has this mom haircut that makes you think that she isn’t a threat. But this actress, who is playing herself like all the other celebrities on the show, embodies helping out your fellow contestants no matter what the circumstances are with every single action she takes.
2. The special effects and zombies are immersive AF.
The makeup that is used in Zombieverse isn’t something that you would find at Party City. Their realistic look is thanks to this show working with creators who have worked on other zombie shows like All of Us Are Dead and Kingdom. As for the zombie’s movement themselves, the show hired actors who have previously done work as zombies and know how to carry themselves when they hobble around, go to attack a contestant, or snarl while covered in blood. Combine these two things with the unique locations chosen, and anyone would forget that this is fake. I know I would.
3. It’s surprisingly hilarious.
As immersive as Zombieverse is, it’s surprisingly hilarious. Some of it is due to the contestants making questionable choices and really choosing themselves above the survival of the group. But sometimes it’s hilarious for the way that the contestants interact and how they sometimes break characters to just laugh. There’s also the fact that this show has a bunch of on-screen text to guide the viewer along. And some of that text is so sassy and points out some messy stuff. The voiceover is even better sometimes and adds an extra touch of humor.
4. Noh Hong-chul is the worstttttt.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Noh Hong-chul. But when I say that he is the worst I mean it in the same way that Jean Ralphio sang “the worsttttt” in Parks and Recreation when talking about his sister. She was the worst but he still loved her. I feel the same way about this celebrity. He’s the worst in the fact that he consistently leaves his survivor group to fend for themselves, is a scaredy cat, and asks the dumbest questions. But, there’s a big but here, he’s entertaining AF and I’m really curious about what kind of stuff he does on TV and if he has the same personality on there. He’s just a little messy. And I think this show needs it.
5. The contestants really really get into the missions.
The contestants go on missions that range from escaping the city to surviving a supermarket run for supplies. Along the way more people join their group and some die. And even though each episode isn’t filmed consecutively, the show makes sure that the contestants look the same and are given the time to immerse themselves back into this world. When they do, they go all out. And yes, a lot of it is due to the makeup and the way that the zombie actors absolutely nail it. But a lot of it also has to do with the way that these contestants give themselves to the experience. They work together, they bond, and they get slightly traumatized by zombies that will haunt their dreams.
Watch the trailer for Zombieverse below:
Zombieverse season 1 is now available on Netflix.