Best Uk Zombie Movies

Maria Johnson
• Tuesday, 29 December, 2020
• 9 min read

Shaun of the Dead in particular was critically acclaimed, and main Simon Egg and internationally known household name. Join our other users and give the goriest movies on this list a ghoulish thumbs up.

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A mad scientist captures women and feeds them to a flesh-eating tree, which in turn gives him a serum that helps bring the dead back to life. People are mysteriously disappearing near a remote Cornish village, where a scientist is experimenting with reviving the dead.

In Britain, a group of survivors fights off a deadly alien invasion that uses robots and a poisonous gas to take over the Earth. Although I'm pretty sure they weren't zombies by any of my definitions above I am including it here because American Zombie Gothic says “Such films as Can's Invisible Invaders and Fisher's The Earth Does Scream depict hoards of reanimated human corpses used as armies by alien forces to invade and subjugate the human race, and they present obvious sources of visual inspiration for Romero” Unless I missed something in TEDS, then “reanimated human corpses” only refers to Invisible Invaders, but the mind-enslaved “zombies” here do definitely look like a undead from Night of the Living Dead and, as explained above, it is a key stage in the evolution of the sub-genre.

Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help.

A crazed scientist keeps the heads of Nazi war criminals alive until he can find appropriate bodies on which to attach them, so he can revive the Third Reich. Aristocrat Julian Markham keeps his disfigured brother, Sir Edward, locked in a tower of his house.

Sir Edward occasionally escapes and causes havoc around the town. While travelling on the Trans-Siberian Express, an anthropologist and his rival must contain the threat posed by the former's cargo: a prehistoric ape which is the host for a lifeforms that is absorbing the minds of the passengers and crew.

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A young soldier killed in Vietnam inexplicably shows up to his family home one night. An amiable, psychopathic leader of a violent teen motorbike gang is spurred by his mother, a Satan-worshiping spiritual medium, into committing suicide and returning to life as an “undead”.

Two British companions who met on a train heading to the rural countryside stay with a bizarre host of characters in a secluded, curious mansion. While lecturing in China, Van Helsing agrees to help seven kung fu trained siblings reclaim their ancestral mountain village, now the domain of seven powerful vampires and their army of undead slaves.

A Hammer/Shaw Brothers co-production but, despite being co-directed by Chang Chen (one of the leading lungful directors of the time) it was rather a clunky, but watchable, effort. It didn't have much impact on British horror movies (which is a pity as this could have been made to work) but did give a big boost to the home-grown Hong Kong horror films, which led to some classic films.

A Spanish/Italian co-production largely filmed in the UK (mainly the NW), which is why it is in here especially as it is one of the first where we get to see recognizable living dead in the British countryside (although Plague of the Zombies got there first, this post-dates Noted). She stays with her uncle, but it becomes clear that he and his son are planning something sinister for her.

A race of space vampires arrives in London and infects the populace, beginning an apocalyptic descent into chaos. Space vampires arrive in orbit, but there are zombies thrown into the mix too.

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A female scientist performs experiments on three college girls that turn them into drooling, murderous mutants. A scientist places her son and his girlfriend into a cryogenic sleep, so they can survive the coming apocalypse.

They wake 25 years later in a world dominated by neo-Nazi like ruler, called the Messiah who holds the “Death Run”. Mr. Cooper runs a coffin factory, and times are tough.

A young man gets infected and gradually starts turning into a zombie. Set in England, a man and his servant unwittingly release a zombie -producing toxin into the countryside.

A roller coaster of mishaps and adventures ensue, ultimately resulting in a fantastic showdown between good and evil. 1969 Vietnam, a soldier separated from his platoon deep within the dangerous terrain of the Vietnamese jungle.

In 1998 Shaun Robert Smith directed a short film called ’AWOL to horror’ a story of zombies in Vietnam. The year later Shaun penned the sequel, ’The Twitching Dead’, a feature film.

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This closed the film down completely and all that remains is an extended trailer. In 2005 Shaun and fellow Smudge company director Simon Ripping decided to pick the project up and re-write the whole thing.

... We decided to give the world a taster of what's to come, so we produced the idea as a 10-minute short called ’The Soldier’. It is unclear if this rewritten film ever appeared or if it morphed into The 4th Reich.

A group of women afflicted with a horrible disease (which forces them to cannibalism) try to support one another. It follows the story of some seemingly normal young woman and their day-to-day existence as the cannibalistically contaminated: trying to secure fresh man-meat, dodging zombie hunters and slowly transforming into something less easy on the eye.

It is an unsettling portrayal as they more sympathetic than the raging infected we'd come to know very well the following year, almost like a social realist take on drug-addicted prostitutes interspersed with gory cannibalism. Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

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. Young artist is torn between her male best friend, who's secretly obsessed with her, and her jealous abusive ex who died in a car crash and now apparently haunts her.

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Only the spilled blood of a virgin could bring them back to seek revenge on those who took their lives. After escaping from the police, Doctor Forger finds a new building belonging to the Coleman Corps and returns to bring the dead back to life.

From deep inside Hell house, Doctor Forger Medical Deviate has his staff on the look out for fresh corpses for his new zombie army. Quirky Zoom, set on an English farm, where an unfortunate accident leads to the beginning of the end of civilization.

Herbert West's half brother continues his bid to conquer brain death. A deal has gone wrong which leads to a hitman on the hunt for a Conrad who heads deep into the woods only to discover a zombie out break in which he must stand his ground and fight the living dead to the death.

First they were a relation from the Frankenstein's monster and vampire features which stalked Hollywood's golden age, before being revived by George A Romero's social satires in the Sixties and Seventies. Since Romero, zombies have been a shortcut to snarky social commentary: consumer capitalism, governmental ineptitude, racism and monotonous dead-end jobs have been popular themes.

Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone are among the few survivors of a zombie apocalypse, road tripping around the south of America and putting together a comprehensive list of rules to help keep themselves safe. This time it's a strain of mad cow disease that's set off the end of the world, and Eisenberg's gawky college kid Columbus pals up with hardened zombie marksman Tallahassee to get through it.

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From Night of the Living Dead onward, sticking zombies in a film would be a filmmaker's shortcut to acerbic social commentary. In a year of youth revolt across America and Europe, the sight of a young child vacantly eating her dad's corpse was particularly shocking.

Perhaps as shockingly to some, the then-unknown Duane Jones' assured, quietly cerebral performance as Ben put a heroic and capable Black man at the center of things. This is a film which jams its nails into every exposed nerve America had in 1968: the grainy black-and-white footage of graphic gore echoed Vietnam news footage, and, in the year Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were shot, it stared unflinchingly at racism and the civil rights struggle at its galling conclusion.

This time we're in the overstuffed city of Philadelphia rather than the country, following TV studio staffers Francine and Stephen as they try to jump their station's helicopter to safety. The survivors find fleeting solace in a shopping mall, but as this is Romero's big critique of consumerism, their possessions don't solve their many thousands of shuffling, undead problems.

It's a little slight, and uses the zombies as a familiar backdrop on which to riff rather than adding anything new, by Yong'o's performance is strong enough to pull everything forward very ably. This low-budget Japanese meta- zombie -comedy made it big on the back of word of mouth, though given how little it cares about the usual rules of mainstream cinema it's probably best to go into it without any preamble.

Then we see a flashback which fleshes out the background of that single take, before another run through that first timeline shows even more strangeness beneath the surface. The usual problem of a zombie apocalypse is that the creatures are absolutely everywhere, and the endless expanse outside the characters' sanctuary is a terrifying unknown.

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Train to Susan flips that, trapping a group of strangers together in a carriage with a zombie as the epidemic begins to spread across the country outside. It's not just the train's passengers who end up eviscerated; this is as sharp a dissection of class which manages to be both claustrophobic and expansive.

Unfortunately that means he's a bit of an outcast at his school, and the sudden arrival of his mad old uncle to tell him that he needs to stop a zombie apocalypse brought on by a witch's 300-year-old curse doesn't exactly help matters. Stop motion studio Lake established its creepy credentials with Coraline, and there's a good amount of chill to ParaNorman's coming-of-age story, but these zombies are really just misunderstood.

It's an original take on the genre with an extremely solid cast: Gemma Atherton, Paddy Confiding and Glenn Close all star. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.

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