The 10 Best Zombie Movies to Watch this Halloween!

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One of the first things I learned about my boyfriend is his obsessive love for zombie films. He will watch every zombie film in existence, mainstream and indie alike, no matter how horrible it is. Actually, he taught me a lot about how enjoyable it can be to watch a really horrible zombie movie and how influential the horror genre actually is to film. It’s incredible how many zombie flicks are out there and, I assure you, I’ve probably seen most of them so I consider myself a bit of an expert which is why I came up with a list of the 10 best zombie movies you should definitely watch!


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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

One of the best known zombie films and credited for creating zombies as we know them today, Night of the Living Dead focuses on a group of people in a remote farmhouse who are trying to survive a zombie invasion. It’s also one of the first films that depicts an African American character as both a main character and the hero and not the villain so it’s historical and politically-charged in that aspect as well. Every time I watch this film, I just keep thinking “They’re coming to get you Barbra!

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Dawn of the Dead (original 1978 and remake 2004)

Another George Romero classic, both films are great and timeless tales of the zombie apocalypse. As with all Romero zombie films, the character dramas in these are, often times, more interesting than the zombie. Humanity and zombies become equally terrifying.


Return of the Living Dead (1985)

This cheesy 80’s zombie film does not take itself too seriously and it’s a lot of fun, though some moments can be really bizarre. I’ve included it because I think it’s still enjoyable to watch and it says a lot about the punk feel of the 1980’s.

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Zombieland (2009)

In a world taken over by Zombies, a college student is trying to reach his family in Ohio and meets up with a man on his search for the last twinkie. They then meet two girls on their way to an amusement park. This is probably my favorite zombie film as it’s both funny and endearing. It’s basically the American version of Shaun of the Dead, but with Bill Murray instead of Bill Nighy.


Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Shaun and his best friend are completely oblivious. Even when the world is being taken over by zombies and all the signs are totally apparent, these two can never seem to get off the couch let alone survive a zombie apocalypse. This hilarious British comedy stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost alongside other famous British actors!

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28 Days Later (2002)

A man wakes up in a hospital to discover the world has been overtaken by zombies. I know that sounds a lot like The Walking Dead, but this British film did it first. Starring Cillian Murphy as the lead, this film is one of the greats!


Resident Evil

There are several films in the Resident Evil series based on the popular video games of the same name. Starring Milla Jovovich, the film centers on an evil corporation, the zombie apocalypse, and hope for humanity’s survival. These are such fun films, totally action-packed, and a good time! Also, they have awesome soundtracks to boot; what’s not to love? See Also: Fashion Finds Inspired by Resident Evil’s Alice and Fashion Finds Inspired by Resident Evil’s Claire Redfield


World War Z (2013)  

As long as you don’t try to compare this film to the book, it’s a fun zombie film. That said, it’s also absolutely nothing like the book from which it took it’s name and I mean NOTHING. If you want a terrifyingly realistic, sad and dramatic depiction of World War Z, read the book. If you want a terrifying zombie film that’s action-packed, enjoy this movie starring Brad Pitt and several other famous faces.

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Warm Bodies (2013)

A hilarious dark comedy, Warm Bodies focuses on the mind of one zombie who seems different from the others. Dying to communicate and fight his instinct to feed on human flesh, he develops a relationship with a human girl. Also based on a book, but the book is a LOT more depressing and less lighthearted than the film!

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Fido (2006)

A hilarious, yet disturbing look at a society in which zombies have been domesticated and made into pets, servants, and basically slaves. It’s funny, but has some unnerving undertones that ring true in society today.

The Worst Zombie Movies to Watch (if you enjoy that sort of thing: Zombie Strippers (totally dumb, but funny), Zombie Night (if you don’t mind horrible acting and a low budget), Dance of the Dead (fun, but stupid), Gangs of the Dead (hilarious just by it’s premise), and Maggie (if you enjoy being super depressed).

What’s Your Favorite Zombie Film?

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17 thoughts on “The 10 Best Zombie Movies to Watch this Halloween!

  1. September 24, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    I have to admit I’m not big into horror or zombie movie. But the Walking Dead kind of converted me… We watched World War Z with the Scotsman not so long ago and it wasn’t too bad 🙂
    I will be in France for Halloween though, and it’s not a big deal at all there. Maybe I should have a horror movie and junk food night with my little bother and sister (they are teens) or my best friend
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    1. September 24, 2015 at 11:34 AM

      Haha The Walking Dead is a unique kind of zombie show, I think. It’s very depressing! Most zombie films kind of are, in a way, though. You should totally have a horror movie night! That sounds like so much fun 🙂 If you do, give Zombieland or Shaun of the Dead a watch – they’re really funny ones! If you want something more serious, there’s a French zombie film called the Horde that is very politically charged 😉 Have a fun safe trip in France, Helene ♥

  2. September 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    OMG..I love all of these!!! Though, I honestly love the 1990’s remake of “Night of the Living Dead” better with Tony Todd better than the original…:-/ Have you seen “Anti-Social” or “Contracted”? Those are 2 other really good, but not as well known as the above zombie flicks – they’re both on Netflix! 🙂 Oh and “Dance of the Dead” was good too..
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    1. September 24, 2015 at 11:36 AM

      Yayy! I’m glad you like these too haha. You know, I’ve never seen the 1990’s remake of Night of the Living Dead – is it on Netflix? I’ll give the others you mentioned a watch – haven’t seen those either! Thanks for your recommendations! I didn’t like Dance of the Dead haha. I mean, it was fun the first time around, but I don’t think I’d want to watch it again you know? Thanks for visiting Sabrina! ♥

  3. September 24, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    I loved Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later, and I own Zombieland! Need to see Warn Bodies, though, so many people have recommended it. Will be sharing this post on Twitter and Pinterest since I know a lot of my followers would dig it. 🙂

  4. Ana
    September 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    THANKS!!! I was looking for a list of Halloween movies and you definitely made the best round up ever!
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  5. September 24, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Nothing tops Zombieland for me! I mean it has Bill Murray, you can’t go wrong. All he wants is his gd Twinkie.
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    1. September 25, 2015 at 4:04 PM

      Haha I know it’s such a good time! Have you seen Shaun of the Dead? It’s very similar, but British. Definitely recommend if you haven’t watched it yet!

  6. September 24, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    I don’t like scary movies, so Zombieland is one of my favorite “zombie” movies! The cast is hilarious.. especially Bill Murray!

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    1. September 25, 2015 at 4:04 PM

      Haha yeah I definitely agree. It’s one of my favorites also ; have you seen Shaun of the Dead? It’s a Brit comedy that is very similar to Zombieland. Give it a watch! thanks for visiting 🙂

  7. September 30, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    LOL!! I love your picks!! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Pinned! Hope you come back tomorrow!!
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    1. September 30, 2015 at 9:35 AM

      yeahh! I love zombie movies haha. Glad you enjoyed 🙂 see you manana ♥

  8. jack
    October 2, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    You have Dance Of The Dead in the wrong category, that movie is brilliant. I liked it way better than Zombieland or Fido.

    1. October 2, 2015 at 11:42 AM

      haha difference of opinion, I guess. I just wasn’t that big of a fan of it.

      1. Sarah Jane
        October 17, 2015 at 12:07 PM

        I agree, Dance of the Dead rocked! I love that they blew up the school! And the zombies blasting out of the ground! My friends & I watch this every Halloween & quote it all the time. Lol.

  9. October 12, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    What a great list of movies! We always try to watch Halloween-ish movies October without going into full-on horror (I’m too jumpy for that) but these movies are perfect to add to our agenda. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! I’m so happy you visited and would love for you to come back again this week.
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    1. October 13, 2015 at 9:33 AM

      thanks Lela! Some of these can be scary, but a lot of them are just really fun to watch so hope you enjoy them!!

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