A New Zombie Classic Is Coming Out Very Soon and You Don't Want To Miss It

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One of the best zombie movies to come out in years is finally coming to the U.S. later this month, and we want to make sure you don’t miss it. It’s called The Girl With All The Gifts, and it’s got a new trailer.

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Directed by Colm McCarthy and starring Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, and Gemma Arterton, the UK production opened there in September and bombed. Why? Zombie overkill maybe? Bad marketing? We don’t know. What we do know is that the movie is absolutely fantastic. But, because of its lack of success overseas, it’s getting dumped in the U.S.

So if you have DirectTV, it’ll be available on January 26. Then, on February 24, it’ll get a small theatrical run, as well as hitting digital download and on-demand.

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To commemorate the release, Entertainment Weekly has a new trailer which you can watch at that link. But, if we’re being honest, it’s pretty similar to the original trailer, just with more spoilers. So click there for the new one if you want to see more footage—or if you didn’t catch it last year, watch this better, older trailer.

If you need even more convincing to seek out this film once it’s released, check out our glowing reviews of both The Girl With All the Gifts movie as well as the book by M.R. Carey that it’s based on.

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Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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I really liked the book, so I’m excited about this movie. However, I’m pretty disappointed at two casting choices. They flipped the races of Melanie and Miss Justineau, and I think it actually matters here. Book Melanie is a little blonde girl, and given the way that our culture tends to view little blonde girls as angelic, having her be a monster (albeit one who doesn’t want to be a monster) is meaningful. Having a black girl play the zombie may continue to dehumanize black children. Our culture is still ready to view black children as dangerous. Moreover, Miss Justineau is a black woman in the books, and to all the zombie children she is a beautiful saint, their fierce advocate but a gentle soul. That too is contrary to our awful stereotypes and I think the filmmakers wasted an opportunity to help break that mold. We’ve already got a ton of movies where the white woman with a bleeding heart saves the person nobody else loves or cares about. In short, even though casting a black girl as Melanie does “count” toward diversity, it doesn’t really help with representation.

For those of you who haven’t read the book and are wondering why *this* zombie film matters when we have a glut of zombies on screen, I’ll just say that this is a really unique take on zombies. The cause of the zombie plague is different (and actually rooted in something that exists in nature) and the book explores the ethical implications of how to interact with zombies who are sentient and mostly normal (aside from, you know, the pesky side effects of being zombies). Also, the book has a hell of an ending.

ETA: I haven’t seen this movie yet, so I don’t know how well it was adapted from the book.