Netflix is full of horror movies, but what if you’re in the mood for something distinctly undead? If the zombies you’re looking for the classic brew type or the rabid fast, Netflix has you covered.
Most of the streaming giant’s current zombie flicks stem from the 21st century undead resurgence, but they can’t escape the shadow cast by genre-defining George Romero. Trilogy of the Dead.
The range is wide, from horror gorefests to comedy turns, with the apocalypse hitting countries across the globe, including Korea, Canada, Australia, and the UK. If you’re looking for a bite and a mix this Halloween, or just brainless fun, zombie madness might be just what you’re looking for.
What zombie movies can you watch on Netflix right now? Here are those available worldwide.
Army of the dead (2021)
Netflix’s hottest zombie movie arrived with a bang in May 2021. Zack Snyder has a lot of experience with the living dead – his first film was a remake of George Romero Dawn of the Dead. As the name suggests, Snyder designed Army of the dead as a spiritual successor to that film, with the stakes raised by a daring heist in doomed, zombie-filled Las Vegas. Dave Bautista’s mercenary leads a motley team of thieves and soldiers in a high-ambition film. Snyder isn’t messing around here. It adds red herrings, mysterious subplots, double crosses, and the clue of an intriguing parallel timeline in what Netflix is hoping to be the start of a major franchise.
Prequel function Army of thieves arrives on the streamer on October 29 and takes place during the early years of the Zombie Outbreak. After that is the animated series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, which is expected to catch up with many of the film’s actors on their first adventures in the height of the zombie apocalypse. A direct sequel to Army of the dead title Planet of the dead is also in the boxes.
This post-apocalyptic drama follows a family’s journey through the effects of a global virus outbreak that has enraged most of the population. Considered the successor of The road, this is the movie to watch if you are looking for a more cerebral and emotional zombie experience. Martin Freeman plays Andy, a new father trying to guide his family to safety in rural Australia. Cargo explores problematic situations and difficult decisions that arise in a world invaded by a zombie virus. All is not black and white during the apocalypse.
Day of the Dead: Lineage (2018)
Line currently has wider exposure on Netflix than the film that inspired it. This is the second remake of the 1985 Romero classic, which completed its Trilogy of the Dead. It’s stand-alone, so you don’t have to worry about its predecessors. This re-imagining is more gratuitous and less subtle than Romero’s original: think superhumanly fast zombies carrying the organs of their victims around their necks. But it’s also one of the most forgettable films to take inspiration from Romero’s classics. Still, if you love your zombies on a lower budget, this could be your pic. Don’t overthink the effectiveness of a zombie vaccination against a horde of undead who mostly like to take a big bite out of the jugular.
Kingdom: North Ashin (2021)
Before Squid game, there was Kingdom, Netflix’s first original Korean series. Adapted from the webcomic series The kingdom of the gods, it follows Crown Prince Lee Chang’s 16th-century investigation and attempts to contain a mysterious plague that brings the dead to life in his kingdom. It’s worth a watch if you miss any political horror in your life.
North Ashin was released at the end of the second series in July 2021. It is a special prequel that follows the character of Ashin, who first appeared in the second season, and explores the origin of the mysterious resurrections.
Here are some zombie movies available on Netflix outside of the United States.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Edgar Wright’s tribute to the Romero films in 2004 features blood, laughter, and an obvious affection for zombie films. Like his inspiration, The Walking Dead that surpass London is classic genre, and there’s a lot of comedy and horror to be squeezed out of them. Shaun of the Dead features great plays, great music choices, and horrific moments to match his jokes.
If you’ve ever been caught up in a zombie invasion, remember to keep your vinyl collection handy, even though you might never hear Queen’s do not stop me now the same way after watching this.
This well-regarded South Korean zombie flick twists the formula by following a video game streamer trapped in his family’s Seoul apartment during a zombie apocalypse. The film has been hailed for its exploration of loneliness and isolation, reflecting issues faced around the world upon its release during the global pandemic. This is one of the most successful examples of the zombie genre’s ability to highlight broader societal issues.
the land of zombies (2009) / Zombieland: double tap (2019)
If you’re looking for zombie comedy, this double bill might be just the ticket. The trick for the land of zombies is that the central character, Jesse Eisenberg’s Columbus, survives the apocalypse thanks to his strict set of rules. The group of mismatched survivors he joins, consisting of Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin, spill the jokes, backed by some serious firepower. The first movie also features one of the biggest and funniest cameos in movie history.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Before letting go Army of the dead, Zack Snyder made his directorial debut with this energetic remake of George Romero’s 1970s classic of the same name. Written by James Gunn, it aimed to reinvigorate the zombie genre, and with Shaun of the Dead and 28 days later, it did well. It might lack the satirical and social punch of the Romero original, but it makes up for it with thrills and a lot of gore.
Cockneys vs. Zombies (2012)
This well-received 2012 British horror comedy is more than an imitation of Shaun of the Dead as a zombie outbreak hits London’s East End. Solid direction from Matthias Hoene and sharp script from James Moran ensure he does exactly what his title suggests.
Voracious is a French-language Canadian horror film that chronicles the effects of a zombie epidemic on the survivors of rural Quebec. He won over many fans with his cinematic take on the apocalypse of the living dead, combining politics, philosophy and fear in one of the most cerebral films of the genre.
The dead don’t die (2019)
Jim Jarmusch’s Unexpected Horror Comedy might have the best cast list of any zombie movie. Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Selena Gomez and Iggy Pop show up to support the small town cops of Bill Murray and Adam Driver as they take on a zombie invasion. It’s not horror enough for some and not as smart as others expected from its director, but it is one of the more eccentric films in the subgenre.
Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008) / Resident Evil: Damnation (2012) / Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017)
The resident Evil video game series have played a major role in zombies’ return to popular culture in the 21st century. It was inevitable that the franchise would hit theaters, and unlike live-action movies, Sony’s rare computer-animated features continue the story straight from the series to console.
Of the tree, Damnation is most appreciated. It follows Resident Evil 2‘s Leon S. Kennedy as he tackles familiar monsters infected with viruses during the East Slavic Republic Civil War. Although they offer the possibility of bringing together combinations of classic characters from the games, resident EvilAnimated films often play out as extended cut scenes.