The Walking Dead may not have exactly reintroduced zombies to pop culture, but the popularity of the show has certainly contributed to a massive resurgence of zombies showing up in TV and film over the past few years. We've seen tons of riffs on all of the established tropes (Shaun of the Dead is still the best at this, by the way), and now a new movie is taking a swing at the genre and putting its own twist on it.
The Girl With All The Gifts stars Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, and Paddy Considine, and is directed by Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders).
The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.
At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease, these second-generation “hungries” are able to think and feel, making them a vital resource in the search for a cure.
The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau.
When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.
Sounds interesting, and the trailer seems like it contains elements of the terrific video game The Last of Us. Check it out below and let us know what you think. The movie hits UK theaters on September 23, but there's no official U.S. release date at this time.