An adaptation of an HP Lovecraft novelette series about a scientist who, deplorably, revives dead bodies into a zombie state. This is the zombie film that has the distinction of being based on an (allegedly) true story, outlined in a book of the same name by the historian Wade Davis.
He recounted his experiences investigating the case of Clearview Narcissa, a man in Haiti said to have been turned into a zombie by a voodoo potion containing paralyzing puffer-fish venom. It was in the spirit of British post-apocalyptic fantasies such as Threads and Survivors: animal rights activists have released chimps infected with a dangerous “rage” virus that passes to humans.
Photograph: All star Picture Library Lucio Full’s modern zombie classic is queasily horrible and was to become notorious in the UK as a “video nasty” shocker. It is “Zombie 2” in the sense that it was intended as Full’s own sequel-style homage to Dawn of the Dead: a woman journeys to a remote Caribbean island on the trail of her missing scientist father.
It features a nurse who travels to a Caribbean island to attend to a plantation owner, and encounters voodoo rituals and reanimated corpses. It is co-written by George A Romero, the man who virtually invented the zombie movie, and the Italian horror genius Dario Argent.
This Shifting satire attacked racism, conformism, consumerism and fear of the future: our horror at the idea of our own mortality, our own obsolescence, the realization that we all must die and that we are just dead men and women walking. Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T.
Team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. 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.
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. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. A man's uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. A nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island.
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. A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
After an odd new medical student arrives at campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue. A comet wipes out most life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists.
A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. 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.
While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Susan. 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. Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
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. When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.
A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates. An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.
A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies. Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.
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. While the first Zombie Island film had genuine scares, this one is mostly just retreading old ground.
Great Voice Acting Good for Fans Funny for Kids But do yourself a favor and watch Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island for a better trip down memory lane.
People tend to either love Rob Zombie’s eclectic horror films like House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. You’ll already know whether you like it based on your opinions of Rob Zombie’s previous films.
There are some new jokes to keep you laughing, but mostly, it hardens back to the good of’ days, mainly focusing on the now classic Bill Murray bit. If there’s one thing The Dead Don’t Die does very well is that it proves you can still do something unique within the zombie genre.
Within the silliness and zombie mayhem, there’s an environmentalist message among all the droll wit. It may not always land tonally, but anyone who has a fondness for Jim Baruch’s offbeat sensibilities can find something to have a good time with here.
It wonderfully pays tribute to the body horror aspect of the original while having enough bite to stand on its own. After receiving plastic surgery, Sarah turns all of her sexual conquests into zombies, and only she contains the cure.
A group of soldiers goes in expecting to kill some Nazis only to find the undead waiting for them. This movie easily could’ve dissolved into schlock, but it wears its ridiculousness on its sleeve.
Overlord transplants the zombie genre into a World War II drama. The problem with so many zombie flicks these days is that they’re content with just retreading ground that’s been done before.
The Cured of 2018 wants to discuss relevant thematic issues within the context of its genre constraints. It’s not as scary as other films on this list, but it plays with a lot of interesting ideas and is a must-watch for fans of the genre.
Falls into Chaos Action Lands Flat Some Scenes Run Long The Cured wins' bonus points for being a different kind of zombie film.
The story follows a group of troubled professional baseball players intentionally assembled to lose as many games as possible so the attendance drops and the team can relocate to Miami, Florida. One great thing about many recent zombie movies is how inventive they have to get with a tired premise.
Instead of focusing on hordes of zombies and holding up in a bunker, Cargo takes a more character-driven approach. Andy only has 48 hours to live from being infected, and he has to find a safe haven for his daughter.
From its unique perspectives to its setting in the Australian wilderness, Cargo is unlike any other zombie film out there. It’s light on frights, but you actually care about the characters, making for a worthy investment of your time.
It’s a treat that’s destined to become a cult classic with singalongs in theaters around the country within the next decade. Before we announce the best new recent zombie film, let’s look at what we can expect from the genre in the next couple of years.
Zack Snyder returns to his zombie roots with Army of the Dead, which is set to be released on Netflix sometime in the near future. A sequel was announced not too long ago, and while the details are sparse, it’s expected to arrive later in 2020.
Wesley Snipes has signed on to star in the zombie film Outbreak Z. The story will focus on two SWAT officers searching for a man who holds the key to a zombie vaccine.
Reports are out that Dead Snow 3 is happening and will finally feature zombie Hitler. Based on the ID comic book series Zombies vs. Robots, the film will follow a robot servant setting out to save a young girl from intelligent zombies.
Alone follows a young man held up in an apartment all by himself as a zombie apocalypse wages on outside. There are all kinds of ways to do a good zombie movie in this day and age.
But sometimes, all you need to get the job done is terrific performances and genuinely creepy zombie action. A kindergarten teacher, a burn-out, and a gaggle of children is held up in a petting zoo with zombies everywhere they look.
Little Monsters hardens back to zombie films of yesteryear while charting new territory for new movies to come. The zombie film has been around long enough to where filmmakers can have a lot of fun with tropes and conceits.
If you’re in the mood to laugh and cower in fear, then check out StudioBinder’s list of the best comedic zombie films of all time.