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As you are well aware, zombie culture today wouldn’t be the same without these great films.
So, here is a list of the 25 best ones, from bottom to top. Be sure to watch them all!
Dance of the Dead is a 2008 American independent zombie comedy, directed by Gregg Bishop and written by Joe Ballarini. The film featured Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick, Chandler Darby, and Carissa Capobianco. The plot revolves around the mysterious reanimation of the dead and the efforts of Jimmy, Lindsey, Stephen, Gwen and Kyle to save their local high school prom from attack.
24. Zombi 2 (1979.)
Zombi 2 is a 1979 zombie horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. Despite the fact that the title alludes to the film being a sequel to Zombi (the Italian title of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead), the films are unrelated. When the film was released in 1979, it was scorned for its extremely bloody content by the Conservative British Parliament.
23. Deadgirl (2008.)
Deadgirl is a 2008 horror movie, directed by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel and written by Trent Haaga. Rated R for strong aberrant sexuality, graphic nudity, bloody violence and pervasive language.
Dead & Buried is a 1981 horror film movie directed by Gary Sherman, starring Melody Anderson, and James Farentino as Sheriff Dan Gillis. Without warning, his peaceful tiny New England town of Potter’s Bluff starts having murders. Strangers to the town are turning up dead. Naturally, Dan has to find out why.
Turning the zombie film on its head, “Wasting Away” is an oddball comedy from the perspective of the brain munching monsters themselves.
Resident Evil is a 2002 science fiction horror film based on the same titled series of survival horror games developed by Capcom. Borrowing elements from the video games Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, the film follows an amnesiac heroine Alice, and a band of Umbrella Corporation commandos, as they attempt to escape a secret underground facility that at one time was filled with people but is now overrun with zombies.
Re-Animator is a 1985 science fiction horror film based on the H. P. Lovecraft story “Herbert West: Reanimator.” Directed by Stuart Gordon, it was the first film in the Re-Animator series. The movie has become a cult film, driven by fans of Jeffrey Combs (who stars as Herbert West), extreme gore, and the successful combination of horror and comedy. It currently has a score of 92% on critic site Rotten Tomatoes.
Dead Snow (Norwegian Død snø) is a Norwegian comedy horror film, starring, among others, Charlotte Frogner, Stig Frode Henriksen, Bjørn Sundquist, Ane Dahl Torp and Jenny Skavlan. The movie was nominated for four 2009 Scream Awards: Fight-to-the-Death Scene, Most Memorable Mutilation, Best Foreign Movie and Best Horror Movie.
Diary of the Dead, also known as George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead, is a 2007 American horror film by George A. Romero. It follows a band of people making a horror film at the time of the first outbreak who decide to record the epidemic incident documentary-style and end up themselves being chased down by zombies.
16. Rec (2007.)
REC is a 2007 Spanish horror film co-directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. The film was released in Spain in November 2007. Balaguero and Plaza previously co-directed the 2002 documentary OT, The Movie. REC was filmed using shaky camerawork.
Land of the Dead (also known as George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead) is a horror film by director George A. Romero, the fourth of Romero’s six Living Dead movies. The story of Land of the Dead deals with a zombie assault on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a feudal like government exists. The survivors in the film have fled to the city. The city is protected on three sides by a large river and on the other by an electric barricade.
28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British post-apocalyptic horror film, and sequel to the 2002 film 28 Days Later.
Braindead (New Zealand 1992), released as Dead Alive in North America, is a zombie comedy splatstick horror film directed by Peter Jackson.
The Return of the Living Dead is an American zombie horror film that was released in 1985 and was followed by several sequels. The film was written and directed by Dan O’Bannon and starred Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph and Linnea Quigley. The film tells the story of how two men accompanied by a group of teenage punks deal with the accidental release of a horde of brain hungry zombies onto an unsuspecting town.
11. Fido (2006.)
Fido is a Canadian zombie comedy film released in 2006. It was directed by Andrew Currie and written by Robert Chomiak, Andrew Currie, and Dennis Heaton from an original story by Dennis Heaton. The film takes place in a 1950s-esque alternate universe where radiation from space has turned the dead into zombies.
I Am Legend is a 1954 science fiction/horror novel by American writer Richard Matheson. It was influential in the development of the vampire genre as well as the zombie genre, in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease, and in exploring the notion of vampirism as a disease.
Planet Terror is a 2007 American action/horror/sci-fi/thriller written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, about a group of people attempting to survive an onslaught of zombie-like creatures as they feud with a military unit, including a go-go dancer searching for a way to use her “useless talents.”
Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 independent black-and-white zombie film directed by George A. Romero. Ben (Duane Jones) and Barbra (Judith O’Dea) are the protagonists of a story about the mysterious reanimation of the recently dead, and their efforts, along with five other people, to survive the night while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse.
The Evil Dead is a 1981 U.S. horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. The film is a story of five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in a wooded area. Their vacation becomes gruesome when they find a audiotape that releases evil spirits.
Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Survivors of a zombie apocalypse take an extended road trip in an attempt to find a sanctuary free from zombies, following a set of “rules” designed to keep them alive where others have failed, all the while trying to “enjoy the little things”, killing zombies in a variety of creative ways.
28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror/science fiction film directed by Danny Boyle. The plot depicts the breakdown of society following the accidental release of a highly contagious virus and focuses upon the struggle of four survivors to cope with the ruination of the life they once knew.
Day of the Dead (also known as George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead) is a 1985 horror film by director George A. Romero, the third of Romero’s Living Dead movies. It is preceded by Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Director George A. Romero describes the film as a “tragedy about how a lack of human communication causes chaos and collapse even in this small little pie slice of society”.
Dawn of the Dead (also known as Zombi internationally) is a 1978 zombie film, written and directed by George A. Romero. It was the second film made in Romero’s Living Dead series, but contains no characters or settings from its predecessor, and shows in larger scale a zombie epidemic’s apocalyptic effects on society.
Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy directed by Edgar Wright, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and written by Pegg and Wright. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get some kind of focus in his life as he deals with his girlfriend, his mother and stepfather. At the same time he has to cope with an apocalyptic uprising of zombies.
Dawn of the Dead is a 2004 American horror remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 film of the same name. The remake and original both depict a handful of human survivors living in a shopping mall surrounded by swarms of zombies, but the details differ significantly.