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!
THE BEST ZOMBIE MOVIES TO WATCH THIS HALLOWEEN
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!”
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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).
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