Jim Jarmusch Adds His Name To The Zombie Horror Comedy Genre With Film The dead don’t die, joining a group of films that have their fair share of beloved cult classics. People often forget that zombie movies weren’t originally about the walking dead, but were stories of Haitian voodoo until George Romero reinvented the genre in 1968.
Just a decade after George Romero created the modern-day zombie in night of the living dead, the parodies arrived, and those parodies eventually turned into zombie films that were comically biting but retained the socioeconomic undertones of classic Romero masterpieces. Along with some fantastic movies in the genre, here are 10 zombie movies that will have you laughing your head off.
ten SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Edgar Wright is one of the most talented filmmakers working today, though his output falls short of that of Hollywood’s most prolific directors. After his escape, co-creating the British television sitcom Space with Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, he directs his feature film Shaun of the Dead.
The film, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, was the first part of the Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy, billed as a zombie romantic comedy. Shaun of the Dead is considered one of the next level zombie films – comedy or not – and even had a fan in George Romero, who invited Wright and Pegg to make an appearance in land of the dead one year later.
Released in 2009. zombieland was a surprise hit with a great cast, huge surprises, and a great story. Ruben Fleischer made his directorial debut with this film, starring Jesse Eisenberg as a self-obsessed college student who joins forces with a violent drifter played by Woody Harrelson in an attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse.
Along the way, they meet two sisters (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin), and although the four never seem to get along, they end up relying on each other to survive. Bill Murray also appeared in the film, a delightful moment in a film full of great moments. A sequel arrives a decade later, with Fleischer once again in the director’s chair.
While Fido is a lesser-known zombie comedy, it’s one of the best of its kind. A Canadian production, Fido was an independent comedy that took place after the end of the zombie apocalypse and the victory of the humans. The world is a utopian society where everyone lives a perfect and happy existence, with zombies as servants.
A company has created collars to keep zombies under control, and they work as gardeners, butlers, and nannies for the new world. After a mother (Carrie-Anne Moss) buys a zombie named Fido (Billy Connolly) for her son Timmy (K’Sun Ray), the necklace malfunctions and people end up dying. The film is a clever satire that takes the zombie genre in a new and unique direction.
7 WARM BODIES
A little like Shaun of the Deadthe 2013 movie Warm bodies is a zombie romantic comedy but rather aimed at young adult audiences. The film, based on Isaac Marion’s novel, takes the unique approach of telling the story from the zombie’s perspective.
R (Nicholas Hoult) is a zombie whose brains still work, even though he can’t speak or express his feelings. His thoughts are used as a voiceover in the film as he goes about his new life of hanging around and doing nothing. He meets a survivor named Julie (Teresa Palmer), and the two develop a relationship through the film, as they find themselves trapped in the middle of a war between zombies and survivors.
6 LIFE AFTER BETH
Released in 2014, Life after Beth stars Aubrey Plaza as Beth, a girl who dies and then returns as a zombie. However, she does not immediately become a bloodthirsty monster and her parents keep her hidden in their house to protect her, while not letting her know that she is dead.
She still has enough spirit left in the beginning to convince her boyfriend Zach (Dane DeHann) to try to help her. However, as she begins to become more aggressive and violent, Zach tries to break things off. This rejection leads her to become obsessive and eventually turn into a full-fledged zombie.
by Stuart Gordon Resuscitator is one of the cult classics of horror cinema and for good reason. While not a full-fledged zombie movie, it is a movie about reanimating corpses and then starting to go off the rails as intended. Jeffrey Combs stars as Herbert West in this loose adaptation of a serial novel by HP Lovecraft.
West is a scientist who finds a way to bring the dead back to life, starting with a cat. In an attempt to prove his reagent works, he breaks into a morgue and brings a corpse back to life – only to return as a violent zombie. West slowly goes insane himself, and when a colleague tries to steal his reagent, a battle erupts for control of the newly reanimated zombies.
4 BRAIN DEATH
Before leading the the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson got his start in New Zealand with splatstick comedies, many of which ended up on the banned movie lists of the 80s. The most popular of these was Brain deathwhich was renamed Undead upon his arrival in the United States.
In this movie, the zombie infection started due to the plague initially spread by a rat-monkey hybrid. The reluctant hero is Lionel, a man constantly berated by his overbearing mother. When the rat-monkey bites his mother, she turns into a ravenous zombie and soon the plague spreads. The film includes a bloody lawnmower being killed from the zombie’s perspective.
3 THE BOY EATS THE GIRL
Released in 2005, boy eat girl is an independent zombie horror comedy film made in Dublin, released theatrically in Ireland and then released on DVD in the United States in 2008. Nathan is a teenager who loves a girl named Jessica but doesn’t know how to ask her out. When she arrives late for a scheduled date, he returns home depressed.
Nathan decides to kill himself by hanging but changes his mind. Despite this, his mother comes in just then, knocks over the chair he is standing on, and he dies anyway. His mother uses a book she found at church and performs a ritual that brings Nathan back. However, he is cursed to give in to his hunger, and soon the plague is spreading through high school.
2 CEMETERY MAN
Released in 1994, Graveyard man is one of the crown jewels of the horror-comedy genre. Released in Italy under its original name of Dellamorte DellamoreRupert Everett stars as Francesco Dellamorte, a cemetery caretaker who has his hands in the air when people randomly resurrect, and it’s up to Dellamorte to stop them before they escape the cemetery.
When a woman he fell in love with dies, he waits for her to rise and then shoots her in the head to make sure she stays dead. When she gets up, he thinks she wasn’t actually dead the first time and he accidentally killed her. This possible mistake sends him into a depression which may or may not include delusions.
1 THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
The zombie comedy that started it all was a direct satire/parody of night of the living dead. The film franchise began due to a dispute between George Romero and night of the living dead co-writer John Russo. A settlement saw Romero continue the Dead franchise and Russo obtaining the rights to the Undead Name.
Russo teamed up with genre legend Dan O’Bannon to write Return of the Living Dead, where a more comedic take on zombies has come to the fore. A total of five films have arrived in the franchise, with the first being the masterpiece. This zombie outbreak spread due to toxic chemicals, and when a zombie took the police CB and said, “Send more cops,” the direction this movie was taking was clear.
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