Netflix’s zombie series Black Summer is suspenseful horror with gruesome deaths

Black Summer

When I opened Netflix today, an ad for a new show came up called Black Summer. It’s described as “The dead are alive. The predators, prey. When there’s nowhere to hide, you can learn how to survive. And who you can trust.” Being a huge zombie fan in a world of many boring zombie shows, I was a bit apprehensive about this. But seeing the short preview and Jaime King as a lead, I decided to give it a shot, and boy was I pleasantly surprised.

Black Summer is by far one of the most original takes on zombie fiction since 2007’s 28 Weeks Later and 2004’s Dawn of the Dead. Following multiple storylines which somewhat intertwine, the show focuses on people and how they would react in a zombie outbreak. Not everyone can band together, and not every hero’s decisions are good ones. From people offering “to suck your dick” for a ride to leaving your girlfriend behind to turn into a zombie, the show looks at people from a perspective of doing whatever it takes to survive. With fast-moving zombies, you don’t have time to ponder and argue like in The Walking Dead and its walkers. You have to make split-second decisions that can lead to people dying that you just grouped up with.

While some have compared it to the show Z-Nation since both are from Asylum, this series is different in every aspect. It has no level of comedy whatsoever and is a suspenseful horror with tons of gruesome deaths including nail-biting scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat. What separates this show is the incredible camera work with some one-take shots that reminded me of the best scenes in Netflix’s Daredevil while focusing more on quick stories of people. Even though you don’t get to learn about each person, you care about their survival. And like The Walking Dead, there isn’t any real explanation of why the zombies are there or what caused them.

Black Summer has quickly become the show that every zombie fan wants. Multiple tales of survival, heroism, fear, and moral crossroads fill this show from beginning to end. Although not classically and structurally sound, it is a roller coaster filled with fun anxiety that will keep you wanting more.

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