Marriage is hard. But what about dealing with the struggles of so-called marital bliss in the midst of a zombie apocalypse? Just when you need your space, you’re forced into a small, confined room with your spouse. Sound horrifying? Director Antonio Tublen (LFO) thinks so, too, as showcased in his new movie, Zoo.
No, this is not a horror movie about zoo animals, but rather about a human ‘zoo’ of sorts. The couple (played by Zoe Tapper and Ed Speleers) are trapped in this ‘cage’, left to do nothing but train for fighting zombies and figure out next steps. But of course, they don’t remain alone for long; another couple just so happens to stumble upon their humble abode. As we’ve seen in countless zombie movies, meshing groups in the face of the apocalypse doesn’t usually work out well.
Below s the film’s official plot synopsis:
“Karen and John have lost the spark of married life the day they were notified that they were unable to conceive. Now they almost live like the walking dead, imprisoned by everyday life and on the verge of divorce. When the world is hit by a pandemic that really turns people into zombies, the couple have to lock themselves in their apartment, waiting for rescue. While the world outside is falling apart, they are forced to find their way back to each other and reclaim their lost love.”
The plot is reminiscent of certain parts of 28 Days Later, particularly with two British people being trapped in an apartment building. But will this couple need to escape? Or will the plot be almost entirely contained in this space? It will be interesting to see what Tublen does with this idea of space and what it means to be trapped in marital and zombie-drive hell.
Zoo just premiered at Sitges Film Festival in Spain, with no wider release date announced yet. Check back for updates! What do you think of the trailer? Could this be a fascinating twist on the zombie genre? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!