Many’s a group of nerds and fanboys have argued long into the night over this. There are tons of zombie movies out there, the vast majority of which aren’t worth dulling your brain on.
When you’re in the mood to watch some people fight against hordes of man-eating zombies, you want to make sure the movie you choose is going to entertain you. Lock up your doors, board up your windows and plug in one of these movies and you’ll be sure to see some zombie-killing awesomeness that will make you glad to be safe from the zombies in your home. If you are actually safe, that is…
1. Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Of course I had to start with this classic zombie film. This came out way back in the 70’s and is still regarded by many as the best zombie movie ever made. It’s about a group of survivors from a plague that broke out who are holed up in a shopping mall trying to survive the zombie onslaught. It is the second of 6 films in George Romero’s Living Dead series.
There was a re-make in 2004 with the same name that is another great zombie movie, but as with any remake, it’s tough to beat the original.
2. Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
This is the first movie in George Romero’s Living Dead series. It came before Dawn Of The Dead but I just had to put it second. It’s about a group of zombie survivors hiding out in a farmhouse and is preserved in the National Film Registry because it is “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.
When it was first released, it was criticized for excessive use of blood and gore, but that was over 50 years ago, today it is highly critically acclaimed.
3. 28 Days Later (2002)
28 Days Later is a British film that was released with both critical and financial success. It depicts the collapse of society due to the outbreak of a zombie virus called the Rage Virus that started under control in a laboratory setting. The epidemic starts when animal activists release infected chimpanzees and the plague begins to spread via bite, as per usual in zombie movies.
The name comes from the character Jim who wakes up from a coma 28 days after the outbreak at a hospital in London.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Here’s a sequel coming 5 years after 28 Days Later, this movie is British as well and also came out with a generally positive reception. It takes place 28 weeks after the original outbreak (hence the name) when all of the infected have starved to death and things are starting to look up for society.
Alice, a character in the movie turns out to be a carrier of the virus and infects her husband Don when she kisses him, causing the virus to break back out.
4. I Am Legend (2007)
Some people may argue that this doesn’t count as a true zombie film, but it’s so awesome I had to put it on this list. The zombies in this movie were created when Will Smith’s character Robert Neville creates a virus originally intended to cure cancer that infects the population of New York City.
The city gets evacuated and Neville is left to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus. The reason people might argue that this movie isn’t really a zombie movie is because the zombies only come out at night so they are similar to vampires, but I’d call them zombies.
5. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
I’m considering this an honorable mention. If you’re in the mood for a different kind of zombie movie, one that’s made to be funny, check out Shaun Of The Dead. The name is a parody of the old school Romero Dawn Of The Dead, and it is filled with plenty of references to his other movies. In this movie, Shaun copes with the problems of his everyday life as well as the problem of the zombie apocalypse.
The list of zombie movies goes on and on, but these I would put on a must-see basis. They are thrilling and enticing and make you wonder about what would really happen if zombies came.
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