There are more zombie movies floating around the world today than a werewolf has fleas; some are great and some not so much. Along with all those zombie movies comes lots of zombie types, most of them watered-down derivatives.
On one end of the spectrum, you’ve got the slow walking (moaning), rigor mortis undead, and on the other end, the Olympian fast-running (screaming) types. Beyond their athleticism (and vocabulary), zombies vary greatly in appearance from the freshly turned, still human looking variety to the risen from the grave, rotting corpses. The world is full of endless varieties of zombies, and even with all those options to choose from (trust me when I say I love them all) I have my favorite 10 best zombie movies. So, without further ado and not in any particular order, these are what I consider the very best zombie movies made.
- Night of the Living Dead (1968) – George A. Romero hit a home run with this one. This has to be my hands down favorite zombie movie, which is odd considering the film’s lack of blood and gore. This movie is in black and white (although there has been a remake done in color) which I believe adds to its overall creepiness. It starts out with a brother and sister driving into the country to place flowers on their dead father’s grave, which ends badly and escalates from there. The character types of the film range from harsh and abrasive to comical, and from caring and sensitive to bold and courageous. The zombies in this movie are slow paced, but intent on making the living a meal. It’s a must see for any zombie enthusiast.
- Dawn of the Dead (1978) – Yes, another George A. Romero film. (What can I say? The guy knows what I like.) This movie is said to be the sequel for Night of the Living Dead, but I have never correlated the connection between the two, other than their director. In this film, the cast of characters find themselves holed up in a shopping mall to escape the horde of the undead. Another must see for any zombie fan.
- World War Z (2013) – This movie had everything from slow zombies to fast zombies. The entire world was infected, save a handful of people whose illness kept them safe from the menu. Brad Pitt plays the main character in this fast paced, 3-D thriller, which I might add was awesome in 3-D on the big screen. The zombies in this movie are truly terrifying and the overall story does a great job depicting the possible unfolding of the zombie apocalypse.
- Return of the Living Dead (1985) – To many, this film is a spoof, or comedy based version of a zombie movie. While it has its silly moments, it is also a great zombie movie. 1980’s horror film star Thom Matthews plays the main character, with a host of other 1980’s horror film stars. Check it out if you get the chance.
- Quarantine (2008) – This movie is scary in the way it shows how the government will go all out, even preventing innocent people from escaping a hostile area, to put a lid on a zombie situation. When firefighters, police, EMT’s and a news reporter respond to a disturbance call at an apartment building in Los Angeles, they have no idea what’s in store for them. I added this movie here because, although by itself it’s not that great, the sequel ties it up nicely and shed light on the questions left from the ending. Still a must see for the series.
- Quarantine 2 “Terminal” (2011) – Ok, you had to have seen this coming. Without the first Quarantine this movie would not be on the list; as the first Quarantine wouldn’t be on the list without this sequel. This movie answers all the questions from the first movie, which may have left some of you (as I know it left me) scratching your head in bewilderment. The zombie outbreak continues on an out of L.A. flight, which ends up emergency landing. Although the flight doesn’t crash, nor is it shot down, the end results are none the better. The gore factor is over the top in the kill scenes, which really is a plus for those of us the love blood and guts. I definitely recommend watching both of the Quarantine movies back to back, as I feel they were intended to be watched.
- Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012) – This is a great zombie movie, which uses actual history to make the story work. (In a way, it kind of makes me wonder if Honest Abe’s assassination was really that, or by his own design. Conspiracies, conspiracies…) The President of the United States is a secret zombie slayer, who accompanies a group of soldiers on a mission to a Civil War fort, only to discover a plague of zombies has taken over. Confederacy and Union soldiers have no choice but to put aside their political differences and work together to get out alive.
- Resident Evil (2002) – This movie takes us to the source of the virus and shows us how it was created by the “Umbrella Corp.”, which is a clever way to say “cover-up”. A team of trained military personnel delve deep into the hive of Raccoon City to discover what went wrong, but soon find horrors beyond their wildest imagination.
- Shaun of the Dead (2004) – This movie is set in London and shows how a zombie apocalypse looks to a normal, everyday kind of guy, i.e. Shaun. Although this is clearly a comedy, it’s still a great zombie movie and a must see.
- Contracted (2013) – This was a really interesting movie, where a girl goes to a party and is drugged, and essentially date raped by a guy who has some sort of zombie S.T.D. The next 3 days of her life shows the changes she is going through during her transformation into a zombie. This is truly a sick film, and I definitely recommend it.