Movie Review: Train to Busan – an actual GREAT horror movie



If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that I enjoy horror movies. I am a big fan of the genre. I was into zombies long before most people jumped on the zombie “bandwagon,” thanks to shows like The Walking Dead. I’ve found zombie movies entertaining since the original Dawn of the Dead (1978).

As a child I enjoyed Dracula and other horror movies featuring actors like Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi, to name a few.

Sadly, these days I find most horror movies silly or boring. There is no “fear factor” left in them anymore. In fact, I think these days most horror movies are meant to gross you out rather than scare you. I can’t remember the last time a horror movie left me sitting on the edge of my seat.

Don’t get me started on sex and nudity in horror movies. Why some film makers feel that is necessary I’ll never know.

I’ve reviewed a lot of horror movies over the years. Most have been just “ok.” I can’t tell you the last time I was impressed by a horror movie.

I received to review the film Train to Busan. After seeing the trailer (below) I knew I had to see this film.


The film is in Korean, and unbeknownst to us when we watched the film we could have had it dubbed in English. We didn’t know that was an option. We watched the film where they spoke Korean and we read the subtitles. I’m not a fan of reading subtitles, but thankfully this film was more about the action on the screen than what people were saying.

Train to Busan is the story of a workoholic father who spends more time wheeling and dealing at work than he does paying attention to his young daughter. He even went so far as to miss a concert she was singing in because he was too involved with his job.

For her birthday, the young girl wanted to visit with her mother who lives in another city far away. The story doesn’t really go into why the little girl lived with her father and not her mother (unless it was a joint custody arrangement).

Initially the little girl was going to travel to the place her mother lived (Busan) by herself. At the urging of his mother (the young girl’s grandmother) the father was going to escort his daughter to Busan.

Train to Busan screen shot 2

While on the train the passengers had no clue what was going on in the world around them. The father was more concerned about his work than anything else. The passengers were also blissfully unaware that a young woman, infected with some kind of virus, had boarded the train.

The infected woman turns into a zombie and attacks others on the train, who in turn also attack passengers. Before you know it half the train is filled with flesh eating zombies.

How are you to survive on a train with cars full of ravenous zombies?

Even getting off the train is not an option, as the passengers found out the hard way.

Will any one survive? Is there any safe haven left in the world? Or are they doomed to die while riding the train to Busan? To find out you need to pick up (or download) a copy of Train to Busan, available today where ever movies are sold.

As I mentioned earlier, I am a die hard horror movie fan and it take a lot to impress me. I LOVED this film. That’s right – LOVED IT! It truly had me on the edge of my seat. This is hands down the BEST horror movie I have seen in many, many years. It didn’t matter that we watched it in Korean while reading the subtitles (you CAN have it dubbed in English). There wasn’t a lot of dialog. The film was very visual.

WOW! WOW! WOW! I cannot get over who amazing this film is.

Train to Busan screen shot 1

This film didn’t contain foul language, nudity or sex. And believe it or not, it wasn’t overly gory. It’s a TRUE horror movie that relays on your fear of the unknown and not knowing what is going to happen next. I was LITERALLY sitting up right on the couch (and not buried under my fuzzy blanket) because I was anxious about what was going on in the movie.

Even my husband agrees that its the best horror movie that we have seen in ages. I honestly cannot even tell you the title of the last horror movie that filled us with such excitement. It’s been that long.

The acting was perfect and the zombies were truly terrifying. They are fast zombies too. I find fast zombies much more scary than slow moving ones. If you have seen the film World War Z you know about fast zombies.

Train to Busan is non-stop action. It’s a little slow in the beginning, but once they father and his daughter get on the train the action is non-stop – right up to the very end.

There are some bonus features which as basically behind the scenes stuff at the making of the film. It’s pretty interesting but to be honest with you I was so enthralled with the film that I don’t remember much about the bonus features (I did watch them – I just don’t remember much about them).

If you are a fan of horror movies you MUST see this film. You’ll be glad you did. From one horror movie fan to another this film is truly a must see.

Train to Busan screen shot 3


*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinion expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. Terra Heck says:

    I’m a huge horror movie fan too and have been disappointed in some of the latest titles. I’m definitely going to have to watch this one. I’ll go with your word and see how well I like it. If it lives up to your hype, it should live up to mine. I just watched the trailer and it does look really good.