Well while I am waiting for the Walking Dead television show to start, I will fill this site with some content related to the subject matter. In a transparent attempt to get reader interaction I ask what are the best Zombie movies. This has been probably posted on numerous horror websites at this point but screw it, I am going to write my own list.
I don’t really have an order or best one, but I will say which ones don’t suck in my opinion and let’s be honest almost all of them suck.
Night of the Living Dead - Both the original and the remake. Pretty much everyone has seen the original at this point, you can watch it online for free by clicking here . Now there is a remake of this movie which I thought was actually pretty good. Not many people have seen that though… more info on it here. Not really sure why it wasn’t popular at all. It’s basically the original in color with better effects and Barbra(of the famous “They’re coming to get you Barbra”) doesn’t lose her mind and become catatonic. She actually kind of starts kicking ass, in this version. I would say if you liked the first Night of the Living Dead then most likely you will like the remake. You can actually watch the movie on youtube right now by clicking here. I would also guess if you like the Walking Dead comic/graphic novels you would like these movies also.
Dawn of the Dead - Both the original and the remake. The original has some truly hilarious special effects and makeup, also if you look closely I’m pretty sure you see tracy ullman dressed up as a zombie. It might not be her but it could pass as her twin. The first is a classic, the social commentary of mindless zombies walking around a shopping mall like they are shopping, Tom Savani dressed up as a Biker, it’s all in there. The remake was more of an action movie, but I found it really fun also. You have Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley fighting through hordes of zombies, what is not to like? Decent special effects, no extremely large plot holes and no total ridiculous behavior, all in all a decent flick.
Then there are the zombie comedies which seem to have become a pretty popular genre lately. I only really like two of these and one is actually pretty old:
Shaun of the Dead – I thought this was a really fun movie, but it helps if you have actually seem some other zombie movies to get all the jokes.
Return of the Living Dead – This is actually the first in a series of a type of spoof/horror movies. It’s definitely a comedy but at the same time can be very gory and I guess kind of scary. This movie has zombies which don’t die no matter what you do to them. It also has a bunch of punk rockers fighting the zombies and a naked punk rock girl dancing around in the graveyard, how can you not want to watch that? The rest of this movie series gets goofier and worse and not really worth seeing unless you are really into this sort of thing. You can watch the whole movie on youtube here.
Lastly there are the movies which have things similar to zombies:
28 Days later – The monsters in this aren’t actually zombies but rather sick humans, but close enough. It has soldiers mowing down the infected and all the post apocalyptic stuff that I like in movies. I recommended this to a non-horror fan once and they said it sucked because for one the infection couldn’t ever take over a body that quick and two the soldiers in the end acted way too sex starved for only being without woman for 28 days. I agree with both those assessments but lighten up it’s a movie. Suspending disbelief for those things is kind of minor compared to the crap in the average action/horror movie, isn’t it?
Rec – This is another infected person as zombie movie, but with some religious undertones. There is a US version of this movie called Quarantine which stars Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter’s sister) which is ok too but I think the original is better.
I guess that is it, I would say these are probably what I would consider the best in this genre.