One of the most popular subgenres of horror is zombie movies. There’s something seductive about stories involving these rambling wrecks destined to feast on the living in order to survive.
Although zombies differ from film to film, there are a few constants. For example, they can run slow or fast, but their end goal is the same. A bite from them usually turns a human into one. And also, a headshot seems to do the trick more often than not.
Ahead of the release of the Netflix Betaal zombie web series, here are some zombie movies you can enjoy.
Train to Busan
If you are bored of zombie movies, Train to Busan should be your choice. Not that it does anything groundbreaking, but most of it takes place in the cramped environment of a train, and the zombies are supernaturally athletic, instead of The Walking Dead jerks.
Shaun of the Dead
Zombie comedies are hard to pull off. There’s nothing hilarious about dead people walking around and having a meal with the living. But in the hands of Edgar Wright, it seems effortless. Keep in mind, however, that the film still has a lot of gore and horror.
A star of Martin Freeman’s slow-burning zombie movie Cargo asks the important question of how would you protect a newborn baby in a zombie apocalypse? They rarely show young children in zombie movies.
28 days later
Danny Boyle’s particularly visceral and brutal take on the zombie apocalypse in London is perhaps the most “serious” zombie film of all time, with no winks or nods.
night of the living dead
The directorial debut of horror legend George A Romero, Night of the Living Dead would be a milestone in horror cinema. And for good reason. Many elements of the film are now mainstays of the genre. It was this film that introduced the idea of zombies as reanimated corpses and cannibals.
This Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin star was about a group of four survivors who find themselves in a world full of zombies wanting to eat them. Although the premise was dark and there was a lot of gore, the movie itself was lighthearted and full of humor. At first suspicious of each other, they end up trusting each other.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Zack Snyder is often derided these days, but people forget that he also directed that classic zombie flick. A remake of the 1978 George A Romero film, it did the original justice.
World War Z
World War Z was the first film to make global sense of a zombie apocalypse. It’s a beautiful movie that should appeal to zombie fans.
I’m a legend
This post-apocalyptic film features one of Will Smith’s finest performances. He’s a man left alone in New York after a deadly virus has ravaged most of the population and turned others into bloodthirsty creatures that are a cross between vampires and zombies. But they’re not stupid monsters, and at least one of them can think and plan.
Pride and prejudice and zombies
An adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 novel of the same name (a parody of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has all the main characters from the original work, only there are zombies in the 19th century England. Fighting the undead while wearing a corset isn’t very practical, but it looks like fun.