Top Ten Zombie Movies

posted on 6/12/13

Zombies have held a special place in folklore around the world for centuries. In Africa and Haiti, witch doctors and other voodoo practitioners have claimed to witness the dead rising from their graves. As recently as last year there was a news report of a flesh eating “zombie” in Miami, that turned out to be a psychotic individual high on bath salts. In the entertainment industry, the myth of zombies has been used to satirize society, as well as provide a cheap thrill for horror movie enthusiasts. We have compiled a list of the Top Ten Zombie Movies from which you may gather tips for survival in the event you find yourself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse someday!

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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

The movie that launched a genre, George Romero’s classic hit is a must-see for anyone who is just getting their feet wet in the zombie movies pool of blood. Barbra and her brother are visiting their father’s grave in the Pennsylvania countryside when they are attacked by zombies. Barbra manages to escape to a nearby farmhouse where she meets others who are also seeking refuge from the undead.

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Dawn of the Dead (1978 and 2004)

Both the original and the remake share a place on this list of the ultimate zombie movies for their equally riveting turns on the big screen. The story of strangers who find refuge from scary marauders in a shopping mall is as relevant in the new millennium as it was in the 1970’s, when these retail megoliths first starting enveloping the American landscape. George Romero uses heavy handed satire to highlight the societal trends of economic segregation and mindless consumerism.

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Fido (2006)

For an original twist on the zombie movie genre, Fido offers a humorous view into a world where zombies have been domesticated. This satirical film is set in an alternate version of the 1950’s, in which the dead are reanimated and controlled with special zombie collars to make life easier and more enjoyable for those lucky enough to have a pulse.

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Zombie (1979)

There’s a scene where a zombie fights a shark. Need I say more?

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Dead Snow (2009)

A foreign film that combines two evils into one satisfying menace, Dead Snow is a story about Nazi zombies. When a group of students go on a vacation into the Norwegian wilderness, they encounter some undead remnants left over from the German occupation during World War II.

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REC (2007)

A truly depraved foreign film coming from the country who introduced the world to a bloody tradition known as the “Running of the Bulls”, this Spanish import was the inspiration for the American version called Quarantine. Set in Barcelona, REC utilizes the point-of-view camera technique to tell the story of a news reporter who follows firefighters into an apartment building riddled with zombies.

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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

This zombie comedy (zomedy?) centers around one man’s mission to make amends with his ex-girlfriend and mother by becoming their savior during a zombie apocalypse. This light-hearted British romp is the perfect cool down lap to avoid having too many nightmares after watching some of the more gruesome zombie movies on this list.

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Dead Alive (1992)

Also known as Braindead, this cult classic comes to us courtesy of pre-LOTR Peter Jackson. His crack at the genre of undead terror focuses on the main character’s mommy issues. The special effects are truly absurd, even by zombie movies standards. Dead Alive celebrates the excess of gore in a comically Freudian way.

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Zombieland (2009)

Another zombie comedy for the modern era, this movie follows a ragtag group of survivors on a road trip across country. Woody Harrelson and Jessie Eisenburg’s characters end up getting sidetracked when they follow two con artists out to California. Bonus points for an excellent Bill Murray cameo.

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28 Days Later (2002)

When Jim wakes up from a coma in an abandoned London hospital, he is shocked to find that the world has devolved into a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. After being rescued by other survivors, he learns that a rage-inducing virus is responsible for the destruction of society. This movie explores the concept of survival vs. morality in such an unimaginable hellscape.

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