Is there a better name for a zombie show set in a high school than All of Us Are Dead? It’s accurate, where zombies are concerned, and it also accurately represents the drama levels of high schoolers. The Korean series is based on “Now at Our School,” a webtoon by Joo Dong-geun that ran from 2009 to 2011, and the trailer involves a lot of screaming and blood. As zombie stories tend to do.
Netflix’s logline is rather chill about the whole thing: “A group of students are trapped in a high school and find themselves in dire situations as they seek to be rescued from a zombie invasion of their school.” But the only person in the trailer who has any chill is a creepy teacher who may have something to do with the outbreak. The teens are terrified, but they also know their zombie stories: “It’s Train to Busan,” one explains, while another complains that zombies are supposed to happen in movies, not in school.
All of Us Are Dead was written by Chun Sung-il and directed by J.Q. Lee and Kim Nam-su. The show was on Variety’s list of “Korean Dramas to Watch Out for in 2022,” where Rebecca Souw noted, “This coming-of-age teen drama with a gripping zombie theme could see an international break for younger stars, Yoon Chan-young (Do You Like Brahms?, Doctor John) and Cho Yi-hyun (Hospital Playlist, School 2021).”
See if anyone gets out alive when All of Us Are Dead premieres on Netflix on January 28th.