Although it has been remade twice (the decent 1990 version and the horrible 2006 debacle in 3D), the original is just as chilling as anything that has come from the genre since. Team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
The film's immediate focus is the action inside a suburban mall, where a band of survivors tries to keep swarms of undead at bay. The world is forced to cope with the inevitability of a slow, plodding, violent end.
She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. Peter Jackson's blood-splattered comedic masterpiece may be the goriest film on the list, but it's so over-the-top that it's actually funny.
This movie will do two things to you: Make you squeamish about eating soup and give you grand fantasies of fighting the undead every time you mow the lawn. Plus, the scene where the survivors “play dead” can serve as an educational film for zombie walk newbies everywhere.
The DVD gets bonus points for its extra featured following the gun shop owner's video diary of his daily survival. Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
“28 Days Later” nonetheless deserves a spot on the list because of its huge influence on the nature of zombie films that followed it. The movie not only popularized the fast-running zombie of many modern films, but was also a good post-apocalyptic survival story to boot.
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. Part three of what was once George Romero's zombie trilogy (he's made two more since), “Day” initially received tepid reception because it doesn't quite match the impact of the previous two movies (“Dawn” and “Night”).
Nevertheless, time makes the heart grow fonder, and “Day” has stood up to be one of the genre's best films over the years. A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkle, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces traveling across a zombie-filled America.
This film really translates the unabashed glee that comes from battling hordes of zombies in a video game. Woody Harrelson plays the video-game-character-like role, while Jesse Eisenberg does his best Michael Era impersonation.
Although the actual theme park setting arrives a little late in the movie, it serves as a perfect playground for zombie battles. Timmy's zombie becomes his pet and friend, and is named Fido (Sir Billy Connolly).
Billy Connelly plays the title character, and offers probably the best acting job done by anyone portraying the living dead. Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again.
Picking up six months after the rage virus wiped out most of the population, the U.S. Army has come to London to help fortify an area for depopulation. Jeremy Runner and Rose Byrne are great, but it definitely doesn’t surpass the original.
A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a hunger for human flesh by ultrasonic radiation being used for pest control. “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” has fantastic and realistic zombies of the “freshly dead” variety.
A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. To date, Resident Evil has stood as practically the only example of a good -- or at least, an enjoyable -- movie based on a video game, making We Boll's career seem all the more pointless in retrospect.
A nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island. Gorgeous little thriller from famed producer Val Newton, filled with creepy black-and-white atmosphere and featuring Carrefour, the best zombie in any movie that you don't actually see gnawing on human gristle.
After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world. While its premise reminds a bit the nonsensical and annoying living/dead love fest of the “Twilight” series, this film works because it doesn't take itself nearly as seriously -- it's much more self-aware.
A fun tale set in a post-apocalyptic American, Warm Bodies creates its own rules for what zombies are, and what they can become. The only Asian zombie film on the list, “Versus” is worth watching for the fast-paced Samurai-style battles between the living and the dead.
After two decades of waiting, many George Romero fans were somewhat disappointed in the horror icon's fourth installment in his zombie series. While it's true that it doesn't stack up to the previous three, “Land” nonetheless is a top quality zombie flick.
Despite some disappointing performances by Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo, the movie still packs in the thrills. While “Planet Terror” didn't receive as much praise from the movie going public as its Grind house double-feature partner “Death Proof,” Robert Rodriguez's over-the-top homage to the genre was still an entertaining ride.
A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. “Dead Snow” is a pretty straightforward modern zombie flick with equal parts gore and humor.
This is the first remake of the classic, directed by gore effects maestro Tom Saving (probably best known as playing the role of Sex Machine in “From Dusk Till Dawn”). On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn't get dates to the dance.
John Hughes meets George Romero in this entertaining low-budget horror-comedy about a group of high school outcasts who vow to save their prom from zombies spawned by pollution from the nearby nuclear power plant. A definite change to his traditional style of zombie films, “Diary” may not be his strongest piece but is still a fun ride with likeable characters.
A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in. Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie.
Though it itself has a few nods back to Rosenberg debut Shivers, Night of the Creeps references pop in to nearly everything. Yeah, it's got blood, and a smattering of smarmy social commentary, and a few pretty good gore effects, but honestly it's just really entertaining.
You have a lot more options in terms of how you want to survive the apocalypse, spanning from the wide variety of indie games to “AAA” blockbusters. Contagion sets you and up to eight of your friends in one of three game modes: hunted, escape, and extraction.
Blood spattering madness: with each progressing wave the game becomes increasingly difficult, so make sure that you create proper choke points with your team, so you don’t end up surrounded New angles, same direction: with better controls and an updated camera, you’ll be able to get up close and personal without missing a beat.
State of Decay 2 combines the best of the action-adventure genre with survival horror to make one of the most uniquely terrifying experiences yet. Featuring 150 fully customizable characters and 100 different weapons, the game places you dead center in a post-apocalyptic world with nothing but your skill and wits to survive.
Do your best to build bases, scavenge for supplies and recruit characters as you and your friends shoot your way through many types of enemies, like “ferals” and “juggernauts”. You’re tasked with developing a variety of abilities, making decisions and surviving as good as humanly possible to find safe harbor in Canada.
Arizona Sunshine is a post-apocalyptic virtual reality game that will fully immerse you in a world of pain, horror, and awesome. Do your best to kill the undead and find signs of actual life through messages relayed by radio systems, or die.
If that is not really your bag, you can simply play horde mode, and shoot an endless amount of zombies that probably don’t have your best interest in mind when they approach you. Immersive mayhem: with the motion controls designed with pinpoint accuracy in mind, you’ll be able to decimate zombies in a number of ways as you try to make it to your destination.
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is season 3 of the episodic video game that features uniquely crafted stories based off of the events of the graphic novel. The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is unique in the sense that it is not your traditional zombie slayer-- it requires players to make ethical decisions that impact the game’s entire world that can carry over from season to season.
If you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic experience that offers a level of narrative depth and has decision-making, check out The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. Older, wiser and smarter: season 3 of the series continues to track your decisions, so make sure you’re not going to do something you regret later.
It is a bit of tongue in cheek in the sense that it takes standard concepts from games like Final Fantasy and adds survivors and zombies who all have different types of traits and abilities. It offers an enormous open world full of obstacles, zombies and player enemies, so you’re going to want to make sure you have a good group of friends.
Like other sandbox games, you have to focus on the essentials of surviving as well as hunger and thirst before you craft weapons to hunt down other groups of roving players. Desolate takes place in an open world much like Infestation: The New Z, but focuses more on a robust storytelling experience, rather than full scale multiplayer combat.
You can team up with up to four players to either scavenge supplies from your surroundings or level up one of your three main abilities: crafting, fighting or survival. Metal Dead is a 2D take on the survival horror genre, offering dark humor while providing gameplay that is fun and addictive.
The game is constantly taking the action, humor and gore to the next level while also providing a unique and interesting story. After you create a character, you’re launched into a post-nuclear setting in an area similar to Russia’s Chernobyl called Cerberus.
Project Zombie takes the sandbox survival horror concept and adds some interesting tweaks that redefine the gameplay. The gameplay takes place from an aerial perspective, so there is much less emphasis on the element of surprise and more on overall strategy.
The game also features different types of challenge modes that task the player with simply trying to survive as long as possible. They Are Billions offers a remarkably unique take on the post-apocalyptic setting-- it is a steampunk real time strategy game.
Build your base, manage resources and invade zombie-filled “Villages of Doom” that are sure to retaliate once you wage war with them. A grand scale, blood spattering adventure: blending hardcore gore with the aesthetic beauty of steampunk architecture, They Are Billions is magnificent to look at.
Dead Matter is a sandbox survival horror mod for Crisis 2 that not only has realistic crafting features, but an extensive amount of ways to play the game. Players can either play solo or with friends and choose to build small fortresses, farm or scavenge to survive in post-apocalyptic Alberta.
The game features a completely new cast of characters and deeply engrossing stories that fully immerse the player in the dark and gruesome world without bogging them down with too much dialogue and decision-making. GTFO is a hardcore post-apocalyptic first-person shooter made by the creators of The Payday series and seeks to immerse players in tactically explosive action against tons of bizarre monsters.
Ghost Recon meets zombies : in this day and age, if you want to survive, you’re going to have to bring your A game. Televised mayhem: blending the aesthetic of the 1930s and ancient mummified civilization, there's a lot of in between in this game for you to explore.
A new take on an old story: this game breaths a fresh of life into the genre with unique characters, enemies and environments. Play as Chuck Greene, a seemingly randomly chosen motocross rider, and discover the source of the zombie outbreak to save your daughter.
Choose from a hilariously selected array of gruesome weapons like a laser sword, tenderizer, snowball cannon, water gun or tenderizer and come up with new ways to kill zombies in ways you never thought possible. 7 Days to Die is a sandbox game set in Nevada in the aftermath of a third world war.
Gather supplies, find food and shelter and fend off zombies as the game gets progressively more difficult after each day. The Nazi’s, knowing they were about to lose the war, have decided to unleash zombies against the world as a last resort to ensure mutual destruction.
This game utilizes tactical stealth to take out zombies who greatly outnumber you through using weapons like snipers, traps and explosives. Play from one of four main characters with a friend to find a cure for the island and save survivors.
The party’s just begun: if you want to make it through the end of Dead Island, you’re going to have to cut through legions of undead hordes. Dying Light is another first person survival horror game, but offers something new to the genre: parkour.
Play as Kyle Crane, a member of an elite team of agents who is sent to infiltrate the city of Harlan. Enemies get progressively harder than more undead begin to turn, and NPC characters can be quite hostile in this game.
Wall climbing, run and gun mayhem: when all you have left is your feet, and you’re surrounded by enemies and flesh eating spawn, you might as well use them. Play as Leon, an elite agent, who is tasked with the daunting mission of rescuing the president’s daughter.
Discover the reason behind gruesome mysteries as you plow through hordes of unfriendly zombies, villagers and bosses to uncover the secret of the deadly contagion that is destroying the world. Still a classic: Resident Evil 4 has aged well even by today’s standards, and it gets more progressively fun as the game goes on.
While it has similar mechanics to Resident Evil 4, ammo and weapons are a-plenty and the game plays more like an action shooter. Play as Chris Redfield, a member of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance and kill hordes of zombies, freaks and mutants as you hunt down those responsible for unleashing new strands of the zombie contagion upon the world.
In this game, you must battle zombies created by the Third Reich who, in a last ditch attempt, are trying to turn the tides of a war they are about to lose. The goal is simple: four players must make it to the other side of the map where they can be evacuated (and win the round).
The game really shines when it comes to its multiplayer, allowing teams of players to take turns playing as survivors or different types of special zombies, like hunters, tanks, sitters, jockeys and witches. Ambush: stay close to your team, because there could be a zombie creeping at every corner waiting to catch you off guard.