What sets Train to Busan apart from other zombie movies is that it takes place mostly on a train – a cramped, narrow train where you can’t even have two people walking side by side down the aisle. Everyone has to squeeze or fight their way past a zombie at some point, and the thought of having to come so close to the zombies just gives you the shivers.

FYI, the train in Train to Busan isn’t so much like our MRT trains as it is like a small, cramped airplane cabin. It’s meant for long distance travel, so the seats are arranged coach style, with a narrow walkway in between to get in and out. It’s more like a bus. And if we’re already squeamish about squeezing onto a crowded train, can you imagine squeezing onto a crowded train full of zombies?

So here are five spots in Singapore which would be completely nightmarish if a zombie invasion broke out! Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

1. Nex on a weekend

Nex on a weekend. Credit: Zibbie KO

Nex on a weekend. Credit: Zibbie KO

For all northeasterners, Nex is a godsend… until you try to go there on a weekend. All of Serangoon and Hougang is there, plus the architecture is so infamously bad that there are multiple chokepoints where only four or five people can squeeze through at a time. Now, imagine a zombie infection breaking out there. It’ll be seconds before all of Nex is infected, because seriously, everyone is already touching each other.

Fortunately, any zombie outbreaks in Nex will be easily confined! That’s because it’s such a labyrinth even the Maze Runner couldn’t escape it.

2. McDonald’s when there’s a Hello Kitty promotion

This is how most people got their fairytale Hello Kitty soft toys. Credit: DKSG

This is how most people got their fairytale Hello Kitty soft toys. Credit: DKSG

Our love for Hello Kitty is compounded every time there’s a limited edition soft toy coming out. Long snaking queues appear overnight, literally, just for the sake of a cheongsam Hello Kitty or a witch Hello Kitty (OK, the witch Hello Kitty is pretty cute). There are more people in the queue than can fit inside a McDonald’s branch, and you know how kiasu Singaporeans are – we must stand as close as possible so we can be as near as possible to the toy when it’s released!

The conditions are perfect for a quick zombie outbreak – just bite the person at the back of the line, and it’ll be quick, successive series of zombie bites all the way to the cashier before you have a whole line of Hello Kitty loving zombies appearing!

3. Cinemas

Watching a horror movie. Credit: Digital Trends

Watching a horror movie. Credit: Digital Trends

It’s dark and you’re usually sitting next to a stranger. It’s so condusive for a zombie outbreak to start in a cinema! Especially if you’re watching a zombie movie – people will just assume your slobbering is part of the movie, and all the noise in a movie will drown out your screams as you’re being devoured by the undead…

It makes for a good 4D movie experience though!

4. IT Fair

Technophiles. Credit: IT Show

Technophiles. Credit: IT Show

Going to an IT Fair is like swimming in a sea of humans. You have to wade your way to the stall you’re eyeing before struggling against the current of people as you leave the IT Fair. You’ll have more contact with people at an IT Fair than an SDU event. So it just takes one zombie, stuck in the middle of the IT Fair, to infect an entire convention hall of people!

However, you’ll get a whole lot of selfies and CCTV footage to figure out who’s Patient Zero… which is the only consolation.

5. SMRT trains and Raffles Place MRT Station

What people working at Raffles Place have to face everyday. Credit: Askmelah

What people working at Raffles Place have to face everyday. Credit: Askmelah

So the equivalent of Train to Busan in Singapore would be Train to Bedok, and we’d probably start at Raffles Place. Have you been to Raffles Place MRT Station at 6pm? It’s a miracle that anyone actually gets home. Plus trains can break down as often as three times in a day now, so even if you got onto your Train to Bedok, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to reach your stop.

Unlike the Korail trains in Train to Busan. They’re unstoppable, and even the ancient models are still operational! Ours can’t even make it past five years before we send it back to China for repairs.

Train to Busan. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Train to Busan. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ancient trains? That’s right, Train to Busan sees our protagonists get on multiple trains as they make their way to Busan. The Korean zombie film sees a motley crew of civilians trying to get to Busan, where they hope refuge can be found from the zombie outbreak. Get ready to see mounds of zombies attacking our heroes as they’re in for the worst train ride of their lives! Our train faults don’t seem so bad compared to Train to Busan now, does it?

If you don’t believe me, catch the movie yourself to see what it’s like!

 

Credits: Zibbie KO, DKSG, Digital Trends, IT Show, Askmelah, Golden Village Cinemas