10 Great Zombie Movies
A list of 10 great zombie movies had to be thought out over long nights, scribbled notepads and pots of coffee. Actually, it was as easy as asking our in house zombie expert. Thanks to his suggestions, this list contains the ten great zombie movies spanning the years of filmmaking.
"Dawn of the Dead" (2004) The modern classic. A group of people survive a plague that has turned the population into an army of flesh-eating zombies. We're not sure which is worse: flesh-eating zombies or having to take refuge in a mega shopping mall. What sets this one apart is the underlying social commentary on American consumerism.
"Zombieland" (2009) America has bee taken over by zombies. One survivor is trying to make it home to see how his family fared and is joined by a gun-totin' zombie-hatin' Woody Harrelson whose driving desire is to find the last Twinkie on earth. It's unique in its comedic portrayal of a ying-yang relationship between the characters.
"Night of the Living Dead" (1968) The classic horror/mystery where a group of people hide in a farmhouse from blood-crazed zombies. This was the first zombie movie based on the claustrophobic experience. The social commentary was based in the racial tensions of that time.
"Planet Terror" (2007) Experimental bio-weapon gone awry. People turn zombie-ish with only a few survivors, one which happens to be an amputee go-go dancer with a M4 Carbine and a M203 grenade launcher attachment for a prosthesis. This zombie flick is Robert Rodriguez's tribute to '70s grindhouse films.
"Shaun of the Dead" (2004) From the witty minds that brought us the comedy show "Spaced," this zombie comedy is chock full of British humor (or is it humour?) that is a good choice even for non-zombie lovers.
"28 Days Later" (2002) Cinematic proof that over-zealous animal activists may bring about the end of the human race. Twenty-eight days after infected chimps are freed from a science lab, Jim wakes up from a coma only to discover that the London he knew no longer exists.
"Dead Alive" (1992) Before tackling Tolkien, Peter Jackson directed this little gem of a horror flick. Basically, Lionel's mother becomes even more overbearing and crazy when she gets bitten by a mysterious creature, turns into a zombie and starts eating... well, everything. This movie is the epitome of so bad it's good.
"Day of the Dead" (2008) A Colorado town is quarantined during a flu-like epidemic. Oops, not flu, they're all zombies now. The subtext is militarism and jingoism. It touches on the theme of overzealous security and at what point we lose our humanity in that context.
"Re-Animator" (1985) Based on H.P. Lovecraft's story "Herbert West, Re-Animator," this story is about a medical student who gets involved with bizarre experiments centered around the re-animation of dead tissue.
"White Zombie" (1932) Leave it to the horror master Bela Lugosi to be the first to capture the zombie genre on film. "White Zombie" is a story about a man who tries to lure the woman he loves away from her betrothed, only to have her turn into a zombie instead.