In honor of Zombie Appreciation Month, here are some amazing zombie movies. We may have an entire year to wait before the movie adaptation of World War Z is unleashed, but these should help pass the time until then. Keep them on hand in your bunker.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Director George Romero is the granddaddy of the classic school of slow, creeping, persistent zombies. Although some of his later “Dead” movies are arguably superior in quality, this is the one that started it all. It deserves your undying respect.
Great cast, clever script, funny lines, and scary zombie attacks. The amusement park at the end provides a fun setting for zombie mayhem. If you liked Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide, this is the movie for you.
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1987)
This Wes Craven film is (very loosely) based on the book of the same name by ethnobotanist Wade Davis, in which he relates the Haitian practice of pharmaceutical zombification. Not your average zombie movie, but it's still frightening and presents a compelling story.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
A parody of zombie movies that is at times scary, but mostly funny. In fact, it includes some of the funniest zombie-killing sequences I can remember. I’m a big Simon Pegg fan, and he’s hilarious in this one.
28 Days Later (2002)
Here’s a great opening: some poor guy wakes up from a coma in a deserted hospital and discovers that the rest of the city is also eerily abandoned. Turns out that while he was sleeping, a horrifically contagious virus has infected the population with “the rage” and the survivors are in hiding. I know…it’s not a zombie movie. These super-fast, super-scary, “rage”-infected monsters are still technically alive, but they are often given honorary zombie status because of their influence on later film zombies.
And while I’m cheating, let's throw in a bonus movie:
Evil Dead (1981)
The monsters here are actually demonically possessed corpses rather than true zombies, but since there is not a Demonic Possession Appreciation Month, let’s celebrate this excellent film here. It’s your classic “cabin in the woods” scenario. A bunch of teenagers hang out in a creepy cabin and find a scary Book of the Dead, along with a tape recording of its contents. Of course they play the tape! What follows can hardly be described. There’s a chainsaw.
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oh man zombie movies are some of my favorites (even though they give me nightmares!) what about the resident evil movies? they are pretty zombie-y!!
I missed a couple of Resident Evil titles in the middle of the series, but the first one was good zombie fun. Have you seen the trailer for the next installment? It's called Resident Evil: Retribution, it's coming in September, and it's in 3D! Looks like a lot of fun.
Great list! Perhaps add 'Fido' too? A very different take on a Zombie movie with Billy Connolly and Carrie-Anne Moss in the 1950s. Loads of fun.
Thanks for the suggestion! I heard Billy Connolly did a fantastic job in Fido. It's on my to-watch list.
I know purists won't love the suggestion but Night of the Living Dead 1990 is awesome - Tony Todd is a great Ben. This is one movie that never fails to induce nightmares for me.
And of course, the remake of Dawn of the Dead can't be topped for heart-pounding scenes of mayhem.
It was hard to choose between the original and the remake for Living Dead. I felt like I had to include the Romero original since it was such a turning point for the genre. And good call on the Dawn of the Dead remake--it would have made the top ten if I had taken it that far. Thanks for your input!
I'm impressed w/ whom ever put this list together. Nearly everyone I know overlooks "The Serpent and the Rainbow" and it is a great movie. Different than the rest on the list but a must see.
I'm a little surprised none of the newer remakes made in on the list. I know Night of the Living Dead from 1968 made it on but I also enjoyed the newer remake also. I suppose its because a lot of people perfer the classics instead of remakes which I understand and George Romero is a hard director to fellow. Still, I think the list sums up all great zombie movies! great job.
Thanks! A lot of the remakes are great, especially Living Dead. I think we'll have to expand this to a much larger list next year!