So, I’m pretty excited that The Walking Dead is returning this week. I’m a big fan of the show and of zombie-themed entertainment in general. For me, zombies are the most friggin’ terrifying of all fictional monsters. They are fictional right? Despite what happened in Florida? Here’s a look at my 10 favorite zombie movies.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The movie that started it all! From the opening scene to the super-grim ending, this George Romero classic still holds up; It is legit scary.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Never has a zombie invasion been so hilarious. Maybe I just relate to the idea of being hungover and annoyed when the apocalypse hits? If I had to battle zombies, this is the crew I’d wanna be doing it with.
This release from Spain, will definitely leave you haunted. The ending is just…I can’t even. Bonus points for featuring an infected child. Zombie children are always the creepiest…don’t you agree?
28 Days Later (2002)
Director Danny Boyle hit a home run with this modern-day classic. I still have nightmares about that scene in the church. I’m pretty sure I embarrassingly screamed out loud during it when I saw this in the theater. *shudder*
Dawn Of the Dead (1978)
I almost like this Romero sequel better than Night of the Living Dead. It’s just so damn 70s looking! Plus what can I say…I’m a fan of gratuitous gore. And you gotta love the almost poetic imagery of zombies invading a shopping mall. It’s like Black Friday, only way more enjoyable.
Dawn Of the Dead (2004)
Zach Snyder, in his directorial debut, definitely did the original film justice. It kept a lot of the original elements and added some cool new elements, like FAST zombies. I know this was a controversial change, but fast zombies freak me the eff out, so I was cool with it. Don’t forget to watch the end credits. You definitely don’t want to miss the bleak epilogue.
James Gunn? Nathan Fillion? Horror-comedy genre? Yes, yes and yes. I know this flick isn’t for everyone, but I find it delightfully odd and super-enjoyable.
Dead Alive AKA Braindead (1992)
Written and directed by Peter Jackson, this film is not for the gore-adverse. David Stratton of Variety perhaps said it best “Jackson goes for broke with an orgy of bad taste and splatter humor. Some will recoil from the gore, but Braindead wasn’t made for them.” So yeah, stay away wimps.
I kind of forgot that Woody Harrelson could be so dang funny…another great entry into the horror-comedy genre. The Bill Murray extended cameo is legendary for a reason.
Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1972)
Okay, this is a personal favorite of mine, probably because I saw it on TV when I was a kid. Yes, I had no parental guidance when I was younger. It is outrageously cheesy, but still manages to bring the scares. Still not convinced? It’s directed by Bob Clark, who also brought us A Christmas Story, Black Christmas and Porky’s. All childhood favorites of mine. Seriously? Did my mom even try to keep my television-viewing child appropriate?
What’s your favorite zombie movie? Let me know @desijedeikin or in the comments below!
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