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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jeff’s Top 13 Horror Films of 2017: #4

# 4 
The Girl With All the Gifts 



In the future, a strange fungus has changed nearly everyone into a thoughtless, flesh-eating monster. When a scientist and a teacher find a girl who seems to be immune to the fungus, they all begin a journey to save humanity.

This British post-apocalyptic zombie horror drama film is directed by Colm McCarthy and written by M.R. Carey adapted from his novel of the same name. It stars Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, and Sennia Nanua. In this case, we know what the apocalypse is, Zombies brought on by an alien fungus. We also know that the girl with all the gifts, Melanie, is part of a hybrid science experiment. She and all her friends are children born to infected hosts that may also be the key to a cure. Obvious links to Pandora and her box aside, The Girl with All the Gifts is the Fido of the new decade. It’s easy to forget that Melanie is a cannibalistic monster while she captivates the heart of her teacher and ourselves. It isn’t until she goes full hungry that we remember why we don’t keep zombies as pets. This is a very original zombie film that toys with all the questions about humanity, what it is, what it may become, and how we factor into the evolution. It is often hard to tell who the real monster is until Melanie reminds us that eating people is still wrong. The film also reveres our teachers by paying homage to the influence they have on future generations.