Every year around Halloween I take a break to write about one of my favorite topics, ZOMBIES!!! This will most likely be the last year I do this as we all know the world will end in 2012. By the way, if you haven’t done it already, make sure you have the right car to drive through hordes of undead and a secure place to hole up for the apocalypse.
This year, I’m quite pleased to notice that zombies have broken through to mainstream TV. The Walking Dead on AMC has done wonders for zombie awareness. Now that I’ve said that, my next comment will probably piss off all the recent converts to zombie culture. Compared to most zombies movies, the Walking Dead on AMC is mediocre, at best! I’ll admit, I don’t miss an episode, because heck, it is zombies on prime time, but the characters are torture. There’s way too much slow moving interpersonal drama and not enough gut-clenching fear, intense action scenes, post-apocalyptic gangs, mercenaries, and cannibals. And most of the zombies make me laugh! That’s ok in a zombie-comedy, but these zombies are meant to be scary.
But since the Walking Dead was able to whet your appetite for the sweet taste of human flesh, I must applaud them. And now I’d like to introduce you, fresh zombie lover, to the classic zombies films you’ve been missing.
To everyone who just got hooked on zombies, here’s my list of films you need to see that will make you shit your pants. Or in the case of #5 and 6, laugh your ass off. I suggest starting with the best zombie movies at the bottom of the list and working your way back up.
#8 – Night of the Living Dead (1968)
This classic first zombie film by George Romero (the father of zombie movies) is a must see for any true zombie fan. It’s an old movie, but about as scary as you can get for 1968 and watching it in black and white adds a special flavor of horror.
#7 – Land of the Dead (2005)
Another George Romero classic. It’s a really entertaining B movie with a couple A names you wouldn’t expect like Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo.
#6 – Shaun of the Dead (2004)
This movie makes fun of zombie classics, but sticks to the zombie movie formula. Hilarious and well done!
#5 – Zombieland (2009)
Another horror-comedy, and this one has an all-star cast including Woody Harrelson, Bill Murray, Emma Stone, and Jesse Eisenberg. A great starter zombie movie for the recent zombie lover.
#4 – Resident Evil (2002)
Much more sci-fi than your average zombie movie and it has so many horrorifying creatures that most people forget to include it in the zombie genre. Mutated lab animals in a place called Raccoon City, what’s not to like? Some movies in this series are better than others, but this first one and the one set in a post Apocalyptic Vegas (Resident Evil: Extinction) are the best of the bunch.
#3 – 28 Weeks Later (2007)
The sequel to #2 on my list is just as horrifying. You’ll be white-knuckling your seat the whole movie and will probably sleep with the lights on when it’s over.
#2 – 28 Days Later (2002)
The director made both of these movies with a new, terrifying type of zombie, the runner. No longer a shambling walker, these zombies come at you in a full sprint with a burning hunger for human flesh. One word describes this movie, INTENSE!
#1 – Dawn of the Dead (2004 version)
A remake of the classic George Romero film blows the original out of the water.
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