Are you like me and fantasize about what your actions would be during a zombie apocalypse? I’m 24 years old and when I was growing up in the 90’s, I always watched the zombie movies and had massive toy guns battles with zombies in my living room. I remember renting the 1986 color revision of “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) so many times, that the owner of the movie rental store eventually just gave me a copy he had of the movie for free. He told me I rented his zombie movies almost more than most of his clients combined and it made me feel honored. That’s why I got so excited in 2005 when the zombie craze seemed to be on a massive comeback in a fast way.
I am a big zombie movie fan and there are still so many good zombie flicks out there, that I still need to experience myself. It would be a very daunting task to watch all the zombie movies of all time but it would certainly be a fun task. I’ve made a living being a critic of music and movies, but nothing gets me more interested than anything to do with zombies. Over the past decade we have almost been bombarded with zombie merchandise and more people talking about zombie apocalypse.
I think pretty much everyone that has ever even had a slight interest in zombie films know who the director George A. Romero is. George A. Romero is the godfather of zombie films and pretty much every great movie either has him as the director or the idea most likely came from him. Before he became the king of zombie films, George started his lifelong career in media by doing lower budget short films and commercials.
When George A. Romero came out with 1968 version of “Night of the Living Dead,” that’s when he really found his niche and became a breakthrough director in the industry. If you want to find out more about his life and career, check the various excellent places online for George A. Romero information.
When it comes to the best zombie movies of all time, it seems like everyone has different opinions and argue about what movies should be considered the best. I think a lot of people’s varying opinion on zombie films depends upon the person’s age. Many of the young adults now that were born in the 90’s, tend to lean more towards the newer age zombie films as the best obviously. I myself kind of grew up in between the 70’s era and the zombie era that started again around 2005.
I personally find the older zombie films to have a better story lines than a lot of the newer movies, but there were also a lot of bad zombie movies in the old days as well. Newer zombie movies have a lot better special effects and they are a lot more in your face. Also the newer films usually make their own rules to the zombie world, rather than following the zombie rules from films of the past. Typically in the past films, zombies don’t run after victims or they don’t speak at all to victims.
If you love the subject as much as I do and are interested in learning more about zombie films, then check out my list below of the 7 best zombie movies of all time. I did days and days of research to compile this list. I will leave links for some of the best web pages I found on the zombie subject and the best directors. Also, I watched many hours of zombie movies that I had not previously seen so I can make the best list possible. If you think a movie should have made on this list of 7, then leave comments and feedback on what you think overall about the article. Also check out some of the sites below the list to see where I got some information about the massive amount of zombie movies out there. Finally, here you go the 7 best zombie movies of all time and remember to prepare for the zombie apocalypse one day.
1. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)
I’m sorry to the fans that will disagree with me on this, but I honestly believe this is the best zombie movie of all time hands down. If you don’t have this film, which is one of the original zombie films, then you don’t have any of the future zombie films that we all love. That played a big factor in why I chose this as the best zombie movie, but I also chose it for it’s great original story and it had good special effects for it being 1968. George A. Romero established himself as the king of zombie films with the release of “Night of the Living Dead.”
This movie was so good and such a classic that it was revised multiple times. The original version of “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968 was in black and white. The movie actually was first revised by multiple different home video distributors. I really believe that the 1986 color version of this film, that was released by Hal Roach Studios, was a big reason why this movie became such a cult classic. The color version brought out so much more detail in the movie and gave the zombies a very lifelike feeling to them.
Since the 1986 version of “Night of the Living Dead,” there has been many different revisions of the movie released. Releases of the color revision came out in 1997, 2004, 2009, and in 2010 it was theatrically released in 3D. It is the first live action movie ever to be converted from 2-D to 3D, which is quite an accomplishment. Also, in 1999 there was a 30th anniversary edition of the movie was released with additional scenes and bonus features available. These reasons are why i consider it the best zombie movie of all time.
2. “Dawn of The Dead” (1978)
No this isn’t the newer “Dawn of the Dead” with big stars like Jake Weber and Mekhi Phifer. Many people don’t know that was the remake of the original “Dawn of the Dead,” which was filmed in 1978 by the champion of zombie films George A. Romero. This is one of my favorite zombie movies of all time and if you haven’t seen it, I strongly suggest going out and buying or renting it. This is such a great original zombie movie story and it has awesome special effects for it being shot in 1978. If you even slightly liked the newer version of “Dawn of the Dead,” (2004) then you will think the 1978 original is the sweetest movie ever.
This was Romero’s second zombie film and it showed zombies on a much larger scale than in his first movie. The survivors are all barricaded in a big shopping mall and eventually the zombies make there way inside of the mall. Not before the survivors can raid all the different stores for various supplies and massive firepower from the gun shop. There are so many frightening moments in this movie and frequent nail biting scenes, that literally will keep you on the edge of your seat.
3. “Return of the Living Dead” (1985)
This was honestly one of the most terrifying movies I have ever seen when I was growing up. It broke all of the traditional “zombie rules” that had pretty much been established in prior zombie films. This movie zombies could run very fast and they would scream and talk, so they were more intelligent than the zombies in other movies. In “Return of the Living Dead,” the zombies would be in physical pain if they could not keep eating human brains. This wasn’t a George A. Romero film though, but was directed by Dan O’Bannon in 1985. I love how this film captures the 80’s very well and how things were much different culturally then. Definitely worthy of being in the top 3 best zombie movies.
Basically 3 punk rock hooligans are partying in a cemetery and are introduced to a large army of brain eating zombies. People usually say that the 3 hooligans started the zombie outbreak in this film, but really it was workers in the basement at a warehouse messing with secret government barrels. These restricted government barrels somehow ended up in this warehouse and the guys busted a leak in the barrel and were gassed by the fumes. This is how the infection started in this particular movie. The survivors run from building to building while fighting off the almost invincible zombies. Zombies could run and craved human brains in this movie, then on top of all that they were nearly impossible to kill.
4. “28 Days Later” (2002)
I remember watching this movie in 2002 and absolutely falling in love with the whole concept of it. While this was different than many of the classic zombie movies that came before, this gave a newer spin of the zombie apocalypse and I believe it totally invigorated the popularity of zombies. This movie was very unique and an original in it’s own right. It was directed by Danny Boyle and was a British horror film that caught major mainstream success in America. The film inspired a sequel, a book, and a line of comic books after the success of “28 Days Later.”
A lone man wakes up in a hospital in London, only to find that he is all alone and everything is eerily quiet in the city. He was there in an apparent accident and woke up then began to wonder around the city. As he enters a church, he looks for the head priest only to find that he is infected and acting very aggressive. He doesn’t yet know of the virus and doesn’t know what’s happening, then as he started to be chased by a small hoard of zombies he was rescued by other survivors. These survivors began to explain to him what has happened to London and about the infected people that now roam the streets. At this point, you begin to follow the trio as the head towards any kind of aid or help.
5. “28 Weeks Later” (2007)
“28 Weeks Later” was the much awaited sequel to the very popular original “28 Days Later.” The sequel wasn’t directed by Danny Boyle this time but by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and was considered a British/Spanish film this time around. The movie itself was shot in London and Wales, then was released first in the United Kingdom and then made it’s way to the United States. These movies caught major success in the American film industry and they were apart of the new revised zombie popularity craze.
In these movies the zombies are called the “infected” and it is a rage virus that makes the victim rage like a wild animal. A single drop of blood can be the difference between being healthy and being a flesh-eating infected zombie. London is still under quarantine in this movie and involves NATO that is sent in from the United States to regain control.
6. “Dawn of the Dead” (2004)
Possibly one of the coolest remakes I have ever seen and one of the most visually satisfying zombie movies of all time. For it being director Zach Snyder’s debut feature film, I think it was very well done and kept the audience engaged. This film was a remake of the original “Dawn of the Dead,” (1978) that is mentioned above. I think when a movie is released by Universal Pictures, many people expect to have top of the line special effects. They also included some big named actors such as Jake Weber, Mikhl Phifer, Ving Rhames, and Sarah Folley. Basically the movie kept the same story as the original movie, but with a few new additions and it was overall polished better.
7. “Land of the Dead” (2005)
“Land of the Dead” is another post-apocalyptic based horror movie directed by the great George A. Romero. It’s number four of the six movies of Romero’s “Living Dead Series.” This definitely is not my favorite George A. Romero zombie film because they tried to make a type of zombie leader. They followed this particular zombie throughout the movie and he began to learn new things such as using weapons and teaching it to other zombies. In my opinion, that was one of the bigger downfalls of the film. Even though my opinion isn’t the highest when it comes to “Land of the Dead,” however it was one of Romero’s most successful box office hits to date.
The story of the movie however is actually really cool, there is an elite city across a river and electric barricade from the zombie wasteland. Only the rich and well to do people are welcomed to have a residence inside the city. All the other poorer people or excluded people from elite city, must stay on the outside of the gates in harm’s way. The city is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and later in the movie, there is a zombie assault aimed towards the city.
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