Top 10 Zombie Movies

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought some horror related film lists would be appropriate. Beginning with my personal favorite, zombie movies. Clips/trailers included.

Zombie criteria: Must be actual living dead, reanimated corpses. No living viruses (28 Days Later…), demonic possessions (Evil Dead Trilogy), and no voodoo/spells (White Zombie, Weekend at Bernie’s 2). Just to be clear.

*Warning: Some clips/trailers are unedited; full of gore & all the good stuff.

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10. Planet Terror (2007)

The watchable half of the Grindhouse double-feature, complete with Robert Rodriguez’s trademark action scenes and an all-star cast.

Iconic Scene: Rose McGowen’s assault with a machine gun leg.

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9. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie [The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue] (1974)

A lesser known, Spanish/Italian film that boasts some excellent suspense and atmosphere. The story unfolds similar to a murder mystery, with the survivors running from police as well as zombies.

Iconic Scene: A zombie getting dragged and run over while trying to attack a women in a car. Leaving only his severed hand behind.

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8. Re-Animator (1985)

The films setup mirrors that of Frankenstein, with a mad scientist who begins experimenting with re-animating dead tissue (spoiler: he succeeds). However, the proceeding couldn’t be more different. The gore is plentiful, yet campy, and the film never takes itself too seriously. Also, Jeffrey Combs gives a brilliantly maniacal performance as Herbert West. Reprising his role in two sequels with a third reportedly on the way.

Iconic Scene: When a severed head first gets reanimated.

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7. Zombieland (2009)

A terrific blend of comedy and zombie killing, while avoiding many genre clichés and stereotypes. Characters are very self-aware, follow a set of common sense survival rules, and make relatively smart decisions (for a horror film). Woody Harrelson gives a standout performance, possibly (definitely) the best of his career. There is also a hilarious surprise cameo appearance by a very famous actor.

Iconic Scene: The cameo and the suspense filled amusement park ending.

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6. Zombie [Zombi 2] (1979)

From Italian horror and gore master Lucio Fulci, this classic features numerous shocks and some of the best zombie makeup.

Iconic Scene: The epic underwater zombie vs shark fight.

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5. Dead Alive [Braindead] (1992)

Possibly the goriest, most disgusting film on the list. Even with the tongue-in-cheek presentation, some parts like the dinner scene and baby zombie are disgustingly horrific. Definitely not one for the squeamish.

Iconic Scene: Using a lawnmower for zombie crowd control.

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4. Return of the Living Dead (1985)

The most underrated film on the list. It’s one of the first to inject humor and camp into the genre without compromising any of the horror or gore elements. Switching from gruesome to amusing with ease. Also the first to feature ‘fast’ moving and brain-craving zombies, many years before it became common in other films of the genre.

Iconic Scene: The ‘Tar Man’ screaming for more “Brains!”

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3. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Blasphemy! Being a Romero fan, I really didn’t want to like this remake but it grew on me with repeat viewings. While sharing a common name and setting, this remake is nothing like it’s predecessor. Missing is the original’s social commentary and deliberate pace, instead focusing more on action while incorporating illogically fast and powerful zombies.

Iconic Scene: The armored truck escape through a ridiculously overwhelming horde of zombies.

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2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

A perfect horror comedy. Witty, entertaining, and faithful to the genre.  Filled with in-jokes and references to zombie classics, the movies creators are obviously very knowledgeable and big fans of the genre.

Iconic Scene: Shaun walking to the shop and back, oblivious to the zombie outbreak.

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1. Night of the Living Dead (1968); Dawn of the Dead (1978); Day of the Dead (1985)

What else could it have been? The movies that started it all, setting the rules and shaping the modern zombie genre. Shocking that NOTLD was released over 40 years ago.

Iconic Scene(s): The endings of Night and Day. The bikers raid on the mall in Dawn.

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About sebastianhaff
I'm Steve. 24 year old recent college grad. My love of films (and sheer boredom) lead me to begin this blog. My taste in movies is eclectic, although I tend to lean toward foreign and non-mainstream cinema. Feel free to contact me at: sebastianhaff@ymail.com

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