Zombie movies have increased in popularity, especially in recent years. When I grew up, it was just a small group of B-movie fans who loved zombie flicks, but now even mainstream audiences flock to see the undead on film. It’s reached fever-pitch levels of fan-dom. Over a hundred zombie movies, and still counting; but zombie movies can be really good or really bad. It’s hard to find a middle ground with the living dead.
Here are the top 20 Zombie movies of all time:
20 – Mutants (2009) Zombies in the dead of winter. Great suspense, an unusual winter twist.
19 – Land of the Dead (2005) Romero returns to Pittsburgh, dragging the living dead across the Three Rivers.
18 – Night of the Creeps (1986) Alien parasites turn humans into zombies.
17 – The Crazies (2010) a better remake of the 1973 movie about a virus that turns people into psychotic pseudo-zombies.
16 – Versus (2000) Japanese action zombie movie from Ryuhei Kitamura.
15 – White Zombie (1932) the earliest zombie film, still creepy.
14 – Fido (2006) a young kid helps his family’s domesticated zombie as things turn bad.
13 – Cemetery Man (1994) he has to bury everyone twice.
12 – World War Z (2013) Brad Pitt took a lot of criticism for this, but it has all the elements. Good quick starting scenes, and a fast pace. You wanted more from a zombie film?
11 – Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Extinction (2007)
10 – I am Legend (2007) The most recent remake of Vincent Price’s “The Last Man on Earth,” this time played by Will Smith. Legend was a pretty good remake for effects and style.
9 – Zombieland (2009) Jesse Eisenburg, Woody Harrelson, and Emma Stone. Great cast, awesome movie.
8 – Deadgirl (2008) Disturbing movie about 2 teen boys who find a “living dead” girl in an asylum.
7 – 28 Days Later (2002) Directed by Danny Boyle. Infected people turn into fast-moving zombies that scream across the UK. Well-directed and fleshed out.
6 – Warm Bodies (2013) Dark comedy about the love between a girl and a zombie.
5 – Return of the Living Dead (1985) Accidental release of a toxic gas brings the zombies back to life! Directed by Dan O’Bannon.
4 – Planet Terror (2007) directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring Bruce Willis, Michael Biehn, and Tom Savini. A bio weapon turns the town into… you know.
3 – Shaun of the Dead (2004) Funniest of the zombie comedy genre.
2 – Dawn of the Dead (1978) Trapped in a shopping mall, survivors fend off the living dead.
1 – Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero’s classic movie, shot on a small budget of $114K, still stands as the big daddy of zombie movies.
” They’re coming to get you, Barbara …”
Best Low-Buget Zombie Movie: Colin (2008) Shot in London for less than $100, this low-budget movie has more bite than most of the big blockbusters. It chronicles a teen’s transformation into a zombie
“The Walking Dead” is a great TV series for the genre.
Looking forward to what next year brings. Zomboctupus , maybe.
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