The 2000s ushered in a golden age of zombie delights, producing works unparalleled in the genre. Here are four of the best zombie movies.
Title: “28 days later”
The film that has become the catalyst for the modern resurgence of the living dead in the movies, “28 Days Later” takes us to the last strongholds of civilization after a sudden zombie-inducing contagion. In this desperate landscape, a motley group of survivors seek hope, encountering scoundrels, resource obstacles, and of course zombies along the way.
With a star cast starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, and Brendan Gleeson, the film is almost indistinguishable as an indie. The cut is very 2002 and the character decisions are a little unbelievable at times, but there are also a lot of admirable qualities, which is how it feels like a serious movie. Too often, the genre (especially before “28 Days”) is all flash and gore without any artistic flesh in the writing. “28 Days Later” subverts this trend, partly influenced by budget limitations, but is mainly due to the masterful direction of Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting”, “Slumdog Millionaire”). The film also knows how to be introspective and icy silent when it needs it. be, and that makes all the difference when it comes to scaling up action.
It’s a slow but quality movie, and an important one in the resurrection of the zombie movies.
[Available at time of writing to stream on: HBO Max, DIRECTV]
Title: “World War Z”
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks, “World War Z” is a “realistic” take on the socio-political side of the zombie genre.
It may be action-packed and clever in his interpretations of international relations in a zombie apocalypse, but what really makes âWorld War Zâ so successful is that it has a solid plot. In many zombie movies, “28 Days Later” included, survival by rote is the name of the game, without overstating the cause of zombification and there is no major goal or interest in it. the characters in addition to not dying. “Z” on the other hand is put together with a clear intention – to find a cure.
Overall, “World War Z” does a very good job of creating a believable and exciting – but not totally unworkable – alternative to a reality where the living dead pose a serious threat to international security. Some of the logic of the movie might not be completely foolproof, but we’re talking about a zombie movie here.
[Available at time of writing to stream on: Paramount+, DIRECTV]
Title: “Train to Busan”
This action-packed roller coaster from a zombie flick revolves around a father who fights to save his daughter in distant Busan from the hordes of sick mutants, as uncertainty persists over the contagion and its effects.
The feeling of unhappiness is palpable, but so too is the intense desire for survival. “Train to Busan” is a struggle between the living and the living dead, coupled (like all the best zombie movies) with that of the living between them.
Acting is surprisingly good, an area where horror films and the zombie genre tend to slip, and the filmography creates a brilliantly energetic unease. The best of the movie, however, is in the action, which features creative and pleasantly stressful sequences that keep the viewer on their toes in anticipation of the unfolding âwavesâ. In many ways, the action writing and plot is nothing new (see: “Night of the Living Dead” by George Romero, “” Aliens “and the previous two films on this list) but are executed in such a perfect way, combined with bursts of originality in the script, that the film performs exceptionally well.
“Train to Busan” draws on classics from the past to create what could be considered the “completely updated” zombie action thriller.
[Available at time of writing to stream on: Hoopla (FREE), Prime, AMC Plus, Shudder]
Title: “Shaun of the Dead”
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Shaun is fed up – with life, with his work, with his relationships, with the banality of it all. One day, the best day he could have hoped for arrives: zombies invade his peaceful English hamlet and he finally has the chance to be the hero. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost tear the screen apart as Chiefs Shaun and Ed, galloping through town – cricket bat in tow – fend off swarms of their undead neighbors.
Edgar Wright’s gore-heavy comedy, the first of his unofficial trilogy starring Pegg and Frost, is a cult favorite for a reason. Each image is filled with brilliant humor, witty lines, bursts of romantic comedy, and lots and lots of blood. The edit is also an odd highlight, using âsmashâ shots and quick cuts for excellent comedic effect.
âShaun of the Deadâ is the rare genre of movie that you can watch over and over again and love it just as much every time, and the best zombie movie ever made. I stand by this assertion.
[Available at time of writing to stream on: DIRECTV, TNT, TBS]