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.
In another, Pitt gets some zombie juice in his mouth, and runs to the edge of a building, counting to 10, prepared to jump should he begin to turn. By the movie’s second act, we learn two more pieces of critical information that really set the film’s rules apart from the rest.
Minutes later, we learn the thing that will be their undoing, as they run straight past a likely victim without seeming to notice him. Saw Zombie land this weekend, starring Woody Harrelson with a nice cameo by Bill Murray, and am pleased to report that it’s an instant genre classic in the style of Shawn of the Dead.
This is an often overlooked bright spot in the genre, which is often praised as an artistic condemnation of man’s self-destructive nature. 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. 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.
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. Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. A man's uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. 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.
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 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 group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons. A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. 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 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. The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.
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.
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. 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. Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie.
While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Susan. The personalities of two former baseball players clash as they traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead.
A suspense horror film set in a small coastal town where, after a series of gory murders committed by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses begin to come back to life. 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.
An end of the world battle between gangsters, cops and zombies. A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.
Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gobi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace, turning people into mindless homicidal maniacs. After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie -like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.
A comet wipes out most life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists. A nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island.
A group of slackers faces an army of zombies. An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.
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 small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.
An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside.
A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages.
An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives. Two high school boys discover an imprisoned woman in an abandoned mental asylum who cannot die.
Stefano, a young journalist, buys a used typewriter and accidentally sees that some text is still readable on the ribbon. He manages to reconstruct the story of a scientist, Paolo Seder, ... See full summary ».
Turning the zombie film on its head, this film is an oddball comedy from the perspective of the brain munching monsters themselves. In the 13th century there existed a legion of evil knights known as the Templar's, who quested for eternal life by drinking human blood and committing sacrifices.
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.