The living dead movies continue to be made for a reason: because zombies are never really only zombies, but no more metaphor for various themes that haunt the human psyche, ranging from plague, racism, consumerism and mortality. Also, because they are really scary. Just imagine being chased by a horde of the dead, eager to chew on your flesh. For some reason people like it. If you are one of those people, then these zombie movies are for you.
Whether you’re doing some preparatory research for the inevitable zombie apocalypse, or just looking to add a little more gore to your horror movie library, we’ve got some essentials for your tool belt. (Pro tip: The best way to kill a zombie is to destroy its brain. Or, of course, by clicking the power button on your remote.)
Below are the best zombie movies ever made.
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Nazis: definitely bad. Zombies: objectively horrible. Mix the two together, and you have a really terrible situation. But that’s exactly what you’ll get in this horror flick from director Tommy Wirkola, with undead SS officers stalking hikers in the mountains of Norway.
The serpent and the rainbow
Bill Pullman plays the role of an anthropologist who travels to Haiti to investigate rumors of use of a potion used by local voodoo practitioners to bring the dead to life. It is inspired by the non-fiction account of a Haitian named Clairvius Narcisse, who spent two years as a “zombie” after being buried alive.
Half of Grindhouse’s double feature film alongside Quentin Tarantino Proof of death, Robert Rodriguez’s sci-fi horror epic follows the fallout of a biochemical attack that turns rural Texas residents into warped zombies (though this is especially notable for Rose McGowan’s one-legged dancer turned machine to kill).
Long before he ventured into Middle-earth, the Lord of the Rings Director Peter Jackson made his directorial debut with this wacky gore festival. When his cruel mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat monkey (come with us here), young Lionel is stunned to see her rise from the dead as a cannibalistic, festering monster. Can Lionel hide his zombie mother from his new girlfriend?
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The all-American zombie apocalypse movie gets a hilarious update with this road trip comedy that sees college student Columbus returning home to see if his family is still alive. Along the way, he meets an armed tough guy, Tallahassee, and a pair of brave Wichita and Little Rock sisters. Oh, and Bill Murray too.
Here’s a fact: Frankenstein is generally excluded from conversations about the zombie genre. But here’s another fact: Without the original Mary Shelley novel and James Whale horror masterpiece that introduced the world to the heavy, reluctant Boris Karloff monster, we might very well not have any iconic films. on the Reanimated Undead. Almost a century later, it still stands.
Dawn of the Dead
Zombie author George Romero has teamed up with Italian horror master Dario Argento for the second film in his Night of the Living Dead series, a spiritual sequel to his 1968 original that depicts a full-scale zombie apocalypse and follows a group of misfit survivors who hide in an abandoned mall to hunt flesh eaters.
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Danny Boyle’s supercharged thriller begins when Cillian Murphy wakes up completely naked in a hospital bed a month after a virus has infected mankind, leaving London a true ghost town, that is, populated by zombies. very fast. The survivors must unite to fend off the demons infected with “rage”, but soon realize that their allies are just as deadly as the infected who stalk them.
Shaun of the Dead
Funny horror movies typically focus on comedy rather than terror, but Edgar Wright’s directorial debut is a horror parody that is ultimately as terrifying (and disgusting) as it is hilarious. The titular Shaun spends his mediocre days coming and going from work, playing video games with his best friend, and pining for his recently separated girlfriend. But this mundane life instantly spirals out of control when a zombie apocalypse takes hold of London, forcing him to act to protect his best friend, his mother, and the love of his life.
Night of the Living Dead
George Romero basically created the modern zombie movie as we know it with this iconic horror flick. Shot on a shoestring (making it one of the greatest independent films ever to be made), the slow-moving undead who roam the Pittsburgh suburbs in search of fresh human meat remain among the most terrifying monsters in the world. history of cinema. Come for the terror, stay for the surprising social commentary that brilliantly taps into America’s racial and cultural tensions.
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