The living dead have a unique place in popular culture, with brazen brain-hungry zombies watching everything from B-movie bloodbaths to comedies full of corpses.
News week reveals the top-rated zombie movies available to stream right now, according to MetaCritic and JustWatch.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
15 â§ Horror / independent film â§ 1h 36m â§ Amazon Prime
Visionary director George Romero revolutionized the zombie genre with this cult horror film.
The critical consensus of film aggregator Rotten Tomatoes states, “George A. Romero’s debut set the pattern for the zombie movie and features a tight cut, realistic gore, and devious political mainstream.”
A Cup of the Dead (2017)
15 â§ Horror / Comedy â§ 1h 35m â§ AMC, Thrill
This Japanese horror comedy finds a film crew from a low budget zombie movie being attacked by real walking dead.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Intellectual and bloody in equal measure, A cup of the dead revives the dying zombie genre with a refreshing blend of formal daring and clever satire. “
28 weeks later (2007)
18 â§ Horror / Thriller â§ 1h 40m â§ Hulu
This fast-paced follow-up to phenomenal success 28 days later sees the zombies return to Britain.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: âAlthough 28 weeks later lack of humanism that made 28 days later a classic, it is composed of a fantastic atmosphere and a hard-hitting staging. “
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
15 â§ Comedy / Horror â§ 1h 40m â§ Direct TV, HBO
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star in this cult British comedy as a duo caught off guard by the zombie apocalypse.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus reads: “Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances fears and witty satire, making this a good zombie movie with a lot of wit. “
28 days later (2002)
18 â§ Horror / Science-fiction â§ 1h 53m â§ Hulu
A motley gang of survivors try to survive the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus reads: “Kinetically directed by Danny Boyle, 28 days later is both a terrifying zombie flick and a sharp political allegory. “
Land of Zombies (2009)
15 â§ Horror / Comedy â§ 1h 28m â§ Direct TV, Sttarz
Four complete strangers decide to join forces to reach a haven of peace when the zombie apocalypse arrives.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus reads: âBadly funny and with a lot of gore, the land of zombies is proof that the zombie subgenre is far from dead. “
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
15 â§ Horror / Comedy â§ 1h 45m â§ Amazon Prime, Hulu, Direct TV
This deconstructed zombie flick begins with the familiar trope of friends arriving at a secluded cabin on vacation.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus reads: “The cabin in the woods is an amazing meta-feat capable of being funny, weird, and scary, often all at the same time. “
PG â§ Family / Comedy â§ 1h 33m â§ Netflix
A boy tries to save his hapless town from a deadly curse, in this stop-frame animation full of zombies.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus reads: “Beautifully animated and solidly scripted, Paranormand will entertain (and scare) older children while providing surprisingly thoughtful meals for their parents. “
Train to Busan (2016)
15 â§ Horror / Action 2h 1m Hoopla, AMC
A daily train journey turns into a hellish struggle for survival during a zombie outbreak.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus reads: “Train to Busan offers a thrilling – and purely entertaining – take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underline the expertly staged bursts of action. “
Land of the Dead (2005)
15 â§ Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic horror / Fiction â§ 1h 37m â§ Peacock
A group of survivors try to take shelter in a fortified citadel after the zombies have taken over the world.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus reads: “George A. Romero’s latest entry in his Dead the series is not as fresh as its original genre inventor, Night of the Living Dead. Corn Land of the dead book about gore action and feast-on-flesh zombies. “
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
18 â§ Horror / Action â§ 1h 50m â§ AMC
The remaining survivors of a zombie outbreak find refuge with a growing treasure in a shopping mall.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus reads: “A kinetic, violent and surprisingly worthy remake of George Romero’s horror classic that pays homage to the original while working on its own terms.”
R â§ Horror / Comedy â§ 1h 33m â§ Amazon Prime
A boy’s zombie dog, Fido, escapes and causes an epidemic of undead.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus reads: “By making the most of its thin premises, Fido is a sometimes touching satire that delivers big laughs and enough blood and guts to please gore-hounds.
The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
15 â§ Horror / Thriller â§ 1h 51m â§ HBO, Direct TV
A young girl tries to save a world inhabited by hordes of cannibalistic zombies called “hungry”.
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus reads: “The girl with all the presents wrestles with thought-provoking questions without skimping on fears and finds some new wrinkles in the well-worn zombie horror genre along the way. “