From the early days of the drug-induced Haitian Voodoo Zombie to the modern day undead flesh eater, the ‘Zombie’ has leapt from folklore to mainstream cinema obtaining cult status through a long list of movies. The undead took their first famous bite in 1968′s ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and continue feasting today thanks to the brilliant TV series ‘The Walking Dead’; not even a bullet to the head can stop the public’s obsession with everything zombie. Here is my Top 26…ahh Top 10 Zombie Movies; please comment and share your own thoughts.
10. Night of the Creeps 1986
Fred Dekker’s directorial debut pays homage to 1950s ‘B’ movie horror and remains a must see classic. When alien parasites turn their human hosts into zombies, it’s up to a sarcastic (one-liner dropping) ex-cop to save the day. Contains aliens, axe-murderers, zombie prom dates, drunken teens and boobs; what’s not to love?
9. ‘The Return of the Living Dead’ series 1985-2005
With a total of 5 brain eating films…ok so the last two were shit; ‘TROTLD’ series began after John A. Russo and George A. Romero parted ways after their 1968 film ‘Night of the Living Dead’. After their dispute Russo retained the rights to use the ‘Living Dead’ tag, while Romero’s sequels famously became the ‘Dead’ series.
8. Shaun of the Dead 2004
Director Edgar Wright’s British horror/comedy ‘Shaun of the Dead’ has already garnered cult status. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are two lifeless losers who get caught up in a zombie uprising, together they battle the undead with Cricket bats, old records, a Winchester rifle and a serious hangover.
7. Braindead A.K.A “Dead Alive” 1992
Long before ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, Peter Jackson made this vomit inducing blood splattering zombie comedy. With an overbearing evil dead mother, laughing zombie baby and a horny Priest jacked up on animal stimulants (just to name a few); ‘Braindead’ has been tagged “bloodiest movie of all time”, surely thats better than 17 Oscars!
6. Zombieland 2009
In a zombie infested world a shy college student, who survives by following his 30 rules joins forces with a zombie killing ‘Twinkie’ loving tough guy. When they meet a pair of sisters on their way to an Amusement Park hilarity ensues. Beware of that “Bill Murray”, overweight zombies and Sno Balls.
5. The ‘Resident Evil’ series 2002-Present
Based on the popular Capcom video game series, the ‘Resident Evil’ films actually do the games justice for a change…well in my opinion anyway. With all four films written by Paul W.S Anderson and starring luscious legged Milla Jovovich as ‘Alice’ the franchise is showing no sign of slowing down with ‘Retribution’ set for release in October.
4. Dawn of the Dead 2004
As a fan of Romero’s 1978 ‘Dawn of the Dead’, I was a little worried when i first saw this; fortunately worry quickly became bliss as i gnawed my fingers down to the bone with ravenous ferocity, wanting more! Zack Snyder’s directorial debut stands alone as a definitive zombie film. Watch for running zombies, pregnant corpses and exploding heads.
3. The ‘Re-Animator’ trilogy 1985-2003
What began with director Stuart Gordon’s original classic, was followed up with two entertaining Brian Yuzna sequels. The ‘Re-Animator’ trilogy was made famous by actor Jeffrey Comb’s brilliant portrayal of mad scientist Dr. Herbet West and his relentless obsession with reanimating the dead. A perverse, hilarious and gruesome trilogy!
2. ‘The Evil Dead’ trilogy 1981-1992
Writer/Director Sam Raimi’s original ‘Evil Dead’ is the sole reason i’m a horror fan today. Directed by Sam Raimi and starring lantern jawed Bruce Campbell as ‘Ash’ the anti-hero, the hilarious ‘Evil Dead’ trilogy is a gory blend of demonic possession, deadites, Chainsaws and Boomsticks. “So shop smart. Shop S-Mart. You got that?!”
1. George A. Romero’s ‘Dead’ series 1979
Number one has to go to the man labelled “Godfather of all Zombies”; George A. Romero. After 1968′s ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Romero went on to direct five ‘Dead’ sequels, with ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and ‘Day of the Dead’ personal favourites of mine. His films are more than just zombie movies, often dealing with topics such as social commentary, racism and consumerism. George A. Romero is the single reason zombie culture is still very much alive today…unlike the rotting undead he helped immortalise.