Zombie movies date back to the 1930s and were of course popularized by the legendary George A. Romero through classics such as Night of the Living Dead. The zombie genre – or horror subgenre, as some would say – is still alive today.
Following the recent release of Zack Snyder’s Army of the dead and its spinoff, Netflix continues to offer a variety of critically acclaimed films based on the living dead. From action-packed rides to darker turns that leave us thinking about society, the bloody brand of cinema has survived all these years thanks to a variety of filmmakers who have altered the genre to make it their own. Here’s a look at the best deals currently on Netflix, with our list based on ratings and reception.
This supernatural romantic drama was shortlisted to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and has since gained critical acclaim. The story of Atlantic focuses on a young woman and her partner struggling with jobs, class, migration, crime, family struggles – and ghosts. Or are they zombies?
The mysterious illness caught by some of the characters is finally revealed as men once lost at sea now return to take possession of the inhabitants of Dakar on the Atlantic coast. While some may argue Atlantic is not a “zombie movie” in the strict sense, director Mati Diop offers a mysterious examination of the worried dead that more than assures him of his place on this list.
Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee from The power of the dog) never asked to see the ghosts of dead people in his day-to-day life, but his strange talent is now the only thing that stands between his cursed town and an all-out zombie apocalypse.
Delicious and relentlessly enjoyable, this lively tale is precisely written and directed by – and for – horror fans. According to Laika, the animation studio behind the film, Paranormand was the first stop-motion film to use a 3D color printer to create replacement faces for its puppets. More than 31,000 parts of the face have been printed, according to the Laika website. Funny and exciting throughout, Paranormand received positive reviews overall and performed well at the box office, earning a worldwide total of $ 107 million against its announced budget of $ 60 million.
The Outback serves as an unusually haunting backdrop to a zombie outbreak in Netflix Cargo, which takes a sober and character-driven approach from its apocalypse. It follows Andy (Martin Freeman, also formidable in Sherlock and The Hobbit), who must navigate the dangerous new normal of the zombie-infested Australian interior with his wife and baby girl.
Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke’s post-apocalyptic horror drama was based on their 2013 short of the same name. He received positive reviews from critics and was praised by all for his emotional depth and Freeman’s performance. Some would say the project is a nod to the 2009 film The road with Viggo Mortensen.
3It comes at night (2017)
“Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse,” A24’s description of her 2017 gem read by Trey Edward. It comes at night focuses on a teenage boy (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) as he grapples with growing terrors in the wake of an unnamed infectious disease sweeping the world. Her parents (played by Joel Edgerton and Carmen Ejogo) hide in a lonely house deep in the woods. Father’s paranoia fuels “It Comes at Night, and we’ll watch most of this thriller through hands covering our eyes. Although it initially disappointed at the US box office, It comes at night was universally loved by critics and ultimately grossed $ 20 million against a budget of $ 2.5 million.
South Korea’s recent zombie flick revolves around a live video game streamer’s struggle for survival as he is forced to be left alone in his Seoul apartment during a zombie apocalypse. As the macabre virus takes hold of the city, the streamer remains locked in his apartment, cut off from the world and with few escape options but a relentless will to survive regardless.
#Living premiered on Netflix in September 2020 and reached the world’s No. 1 spot on the platform two days later, topping the Netflix Daily Rankings in 35 countries. It ultimately became the first Korean film to top the Netflix Global Movie Rankings.
1Army of the dead (2021)
Zack Snyder delivered one of the great modern zombie movies in 2004 with his Dawn of the Dead remake. His big return to zombie horror is suitably enlarged with Army of the dead starring Dave Bautista, as he turns Vegas into a hive of undead depravity. The opening credits sequence (Snyder’s specialty) presents this takeover as a series of slow-motion tableaux and sets up a promising franchise.
Critics praised the humor of the film, which went on to become one of Netflix’s most-watched original films with around 75 million viewers. The movie spawned the prequel Army of thieves, the next animated series Vegas lost and a direct suite titled Planet of the dead, which is under development.