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. 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. Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately seeks the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.
Among some great scenes, this film provides answers to such burning questions as, “What happens if a pregnant woman becomes a zombie ?” 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.
The walk through the cornfield as the titular zombie is pulled toward the secret voodoo ceremony is good stuff. 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. Night of the Creeps isn't really about zombies- alien slugs posses people, turning them into mostly mindless cannibal freaks- but they're zombies by any other name.
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.
Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatens to destroy humanity itself. A man's uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.
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. A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.
A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in. A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own.
On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their undead relatives back to their human state. A gang of bank robbers fight their way out of a zombie -infested London.
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the '60s and '70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them. A quaint Australian fishing village is overcome by meteorites that turn its residents into the ravenous undead, leaving a small group of those unharmed to find a way out.
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.
A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States. The Report, a safari park, offers paying guests the opportunity to kill as many zombies as they please follow an outbreak.
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. A group of men, heading to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce, soon discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals.
An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters. A talented mechanic prepares to battle his way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters after his sister is kidnapped on the eve of a zombie apocalypse.
An end of the world battle between gangsters, cops and zombies. A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.
Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies. An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.
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. A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.
A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves. Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately seeks the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.
A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural “accidents”, she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell. A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.
A group of young shoppers and employees must band together when a zombie outbreak over runs their Hong Kong shopping center in the middle of the shopping day. 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 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.
Two high school boys discover an imprisoned woman in an abandoned mental asylum who cannot die. A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.
After a strange and insecure plane crash, an unusual toxic virus enters a quaint farming town. Years after a plague kills most humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.