The 25 Best Zombie Movies of All Time

The 25 Best Zombie Movies of All Time

Vampires may be the predominant horror subject these days but there was a time not too long ago when zombies were the cinema’s go-to monster. In these dark days of emo vampires, tween horror and torture porn I find myself missing those times, comforted by the thought that if there’s one thing we can safely assume about zombies it’s that they have a tendency to come back from the dead. The popularity of zombie movies may fluctuate but one interesting feature of this enduring subject is its uncanny ability to transcend, or maybe just embrace, generic conventions that would cripple most other horror subgenres. Fans (and filmmakers) of zombie movies are sticklers for purity and will doggedly resist change to a such degree that you can still hear people raging against zombies that have the ability to run. So how can a genre/subgenre that is past its golden age innovate and provide fresh new content when its core fanbase resists change? Do zombie fans really want to see the same thing over and over again? In a word: Yes. Zombies are the (raw) meat and potatoes of the horror world and change, it is must exist, must be true to the spirit of the genre. It is this constant balancing act of tradition and innovation that makes this genre so problematic yet so utterly fascinating at the same time. What the genre lacks in variety it makes up for in the hardcore loyalty of its fans who are as Legion as zombies themselves. There’s something comforting in that just as there’s something oddly comforting about our love for a genre that necessitates the wish-fulfilling destruction of civilization. You’d be hard-pressed to find a vampire the can end humanity with this much pizazz.

Below are some of my all time favorite zombie movies. Unlike so many lists that fans of a particular genre tend to obsess over it’s not a matter of what’s on this list of zombie movies but, rather, how the list is ordered.

1. Day of the Dead (1985)
Director: George A. Romero
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor (out of 10): 8
For some reason most zombie movies are stuck in the present tense; the moment monsters become real and the immediate aftermath of the outbreak. In 1985 “Day of the Dead” became one of those rare zombie stories to take place well after the zombies have overrun the planet. Not having to basically retell the same story of the outbreak freed horror master George Romerio up to explore the boundaries and moral/social implications of the genre while forging radical new ground. The zombie movie had finally take the next logical step in its slow but assured evolution. I am aware that I cannot call “Day” the “best” zombie movie ever without some qualification because it is, after all, a film that divides fans.

As someone who has sat through just about every zombie film outside of those countless student movies that ever films student, including those annoying kids from “Super 8,” gets it in their head to make (zombie films have always had a fierce independent spirit), I feel “Day” perfectly encapsulates everything there is to love about this genre. The action is contained in an underground bunker full of scientists, trigger happy soldiers and zombies. Outside of adding politicians you really can’t beat that combo. The horror is also palpable as you can practically feel the zombies groaning and shuffling back and forth behind the reinforced concrete walls, looking for a way in like ravenous insects. If that wasn’t enough the gruesome deaths that go down when they do eventually find a way in are inspired while the social commentary is brutally heavy-handed (Romerio always gets a pass for this) and, through the character of “Bub” played by Sherman Howard, the cinematic representation of “The Zombie” is able to step out of the shadows of soulless brutishness to become a fully realized and, yes, sympathetic character type. “They are us!” the film’s Doctor says in a defining moment that gives more chills than any of the actual horror. Rather than presenting non-stop action “Day” is the first, and perhaps only, zombie movie to slow down enough to, for lack of a better word, understand zombies in earnest: “It wants me! It wants food! But it has no stomach, can take no nourishment from what it ingests. It’s acting on INSTINCT!” By the end, when Romerio provides an undeniable glimpse of sentient intellect to add to the zombie’s signature instinct I feel it can be said that he perfected the movie monster. Of course the final stroke of brilliance is Romerio’s dogged insistence that humans are the ultimate monster.

2. 28 Weels Later (2007)
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 7
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
I am convinced that the best decade for zombie films was the one that just passed. Representing the apex of the improbable 00s zombie boom, the polemical sequel “28 Weeks Later” is the kind of accomplished modern horror work that I would put in the same company as the vampire genre’s “Let the Right One In” (2009), the alien genre’s “Monsters” (2010) and of course the giant monster movie “The Host” (2007). That’s a very objective statement since “Weeks” not only underperformed at the box office office but was rejected by many fans of “28 Days Later” for being too much of a departure. As such, “Weeks” is destined to live in the shadow of “Days” just as “Day of the Dead” lives in “Dawn of the Dead’s” shadow. For my money it’s the better film. WAY better.

Not content with rehashing the usual zombie tropes, “Weeks” brilliantly taps into a myriad of socially relevant subjects including the use of surveillance, the West’s futile “war on terror,” gene tampering and population control. I would go as far as to say that “The Hurt Locker” may have been inspired by this film when it cast the then-unknown Jeremy Renner in what is basically the same role (just substitute Arabs for zombies). The post 9-11 allegory is sharp and easily as complex as any of Romerio’s crude but lovable zombie-as-consumer critiques but it’s packaged in a thoroughly rounded product that emphasizes action, ideas and emotion. The film’s focus on a family’s tragic fight for survival in a massively quarantined England after the brutal outbreak depicted in the first film is the most poignant and well realized use of human drama in the zombie cannon. I defy anyone to find better instances that depict the gut wrenching horror and sadness involved in characters we really care about who “turn.” If that wasn’t enough this film contains what is pound for rotting pound the genre’s most superlative use of suspense and action sequences to date with memorable scenes ranging from “Black Hawk Down”-esq shoot-outs, frantic zombie chases and scenes shot in total darkness.
“Weeks” has been dismissed as a conceptually bloated and unnecessary sequel. I disagree and will go to my grave (then crawl back out it) with the belief that it’s the best horror sequel of all time without the word “Alien” in the title and one of those rare zombie films that’s good enough to be called important.

3. Re-animator (1985)
Director: Stuart Gordon
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 9
Not just one of the best and funniest zombie movies ever made but the only decent H.P. Lovecraft movie adaptation ever made. For that reason alone I worship it like a Great Old One and have watched this film more than anything on the list. The perverse joy of “Re-animator” was summed up perfectly by a stoned Kevin Spacey in “American Beauty”: “Did you ever see that movie where the body is walking around…carrying its own head, and then the head goes down on that babe?” Ah, good times.

4. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 9
Director: Edgar Wright
I liked but didn’t exactly love “Shaun” when I first saw it in the theater. I found it to be cocky, over-directred and lacking in focus. Countless viewings later and those are the exact reasons I love it. In fact, I can’t imagine the zombie genre without “Shaun.” It’s one of those rare parodies that transcends the very thing it’s paying homage to–the “Spaceballs” of zombie movies! Even Romerio tipped his hat (something he rarely does) by casting Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright as, what else, zombies in “Land of the Dead.” I am of the opinion that after just three movies (four if you want to count “Don’t” from “Grindhouse” which you totally should) Edgar Wright is one of the best new directors of the 21st century and he certainly cut his teeth (no pun intended) on his first trip to the cinematic playground.

5. Land of the Dead (2005)
Director: George A. Romero
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 6
One of the best zombie stories of all time came out in 2005 and nobody noticed. Or cared. Sadly, that’s typical for a Romerio movie. Horror fans didn’t like it because it wasn’t “28 Weeks Later” and Romerio fans didn’t love it because there was CGI and, worst of all, John Leguizamo. Both are dead wrong, well, except for the John Leguizamo part. I get the impression that “Land of the Dead” is the kind of epic zombie action movie Romerio always dreamed of making but never had the budget for. It’s his “Intolerance” minus the self aggrandizement and zombie Jesus. A spiritual successor to “Day of the Dead,” this is Romerio at his most antiestablishment (which is saying something). The story follows that dude from TV’s “The Mentalist” (he lost the right to be called by a real name after doing that show) and horror movie royalty Asia Argento as renegade survivors who team up when they discover a beacon of hope amidst a den of evil. Of course, this being Romerio the beacon is far from hopeful and the den is far from evil. The allegory of an elite class (lead by Dennis Hopper in his last great role) living in a literal ivory tower as the tainted masses toil away until the very moment they suddenly achieve a twitch of revolutionary self-awareness is blunt but effectively handled by a director who seems to be having the time of his life. He’s not the only one.

6. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Director: Zack Snyder
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 9
This may be the only remake in the history of cinema that benefits from being dumbed down. Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead” is better than Romerio’s original. There, I said it. /opinion

7. Cemetery Man (1994)
Director: Michele Soavi
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 7

Inspired by “Dylan Dog” (the comic not the horrible 2011 movie), a guardian who works at the Buffalora Cemetery must defend himself against the dead who, like clockwork, rise from the very graves he puts them in. It’s hard not to love the poetry in that. It would have been obvious for Soavi to make this play out like a goofy or more zombie-proofed version of “Evil Dead 2” and, yes, while much of Rupert Everett’s after-hour Dylan Dog-ish antics are played for laughs, there’s a wonderful sense of beauty, romance and tragedy to the film’s colorful approach to the genre. The last shot is literally magical and makes a good case for “Cemetery Man” being the dreamiest arthouse zombie movie ever.

8. Zombie (1979)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 10

I love movie titles that get right to the point because it’s usually a sign that the movie will do the same. “Zombie,” also known as “Zombi 2” has fascinating origins. Directed by Lucio Fulci, one of the most prolific (and best) horror filmmakers of all time, “Zombie” was released in Italy as a “sequel” to Romerio’s “Dawn of the Dead.” Except nobody bothered to tell Romerio that it was a sequel. They also failed to tell him that it was better than “Dawn” in almost every way. Ironically, the zombies-on-an-island premise that this film pioneered was adopted with disastrous results by Romerio himself when he made the worst zombie film of his career “Survival of the Dead” in 2010. “Zombie” may have many titles but most people just refer it as “that movie where a zombie fights a shark.” Fair enough. That moment, shot pre CGI, is very much apart of popular culture at this point (it’s even in TV commercials) and for good reason because it’s the single most inspired sequence in the genre’s history. It must be noted however that the film is full of scenes just as memorable. It’s that good.

9. Dead Alive (1992)
Director: Peter Jackson
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 9
What ever happen to the Peter Jackson who made “Dead Alive?” I miss him.

10. Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Director: Dan O’Bannon
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 10
“Return” came out the same year as “Day of the Dead.” It is here that a great chasm in the zombie genre began. That of the funny zombie movie vs. the serious one. Romerio may get the lion’s share of respect from horrorphiles but the first (and only decent) film in the “Living Dead” series imparted just as many invaluable contributions to the genre. One word: Braaaaainnnnnsssss. That’s one of many valuable life lessons the skeletal zombie known as Tarman has to offer. Another is “moooore brains.” Gotta love Tarman. The lighter but no less bloody approach is revolutionary and, in its own way, just as influential to films like “Shaun of the Dead” and “Dead Alive” as anything by Romerio. This is also the first time the genre featured running zombies. Even Romerio references “Return” in his not-quite zombie thriller “The Crazies.” Having written the screenplay to “Alien,” “Total Recall,” “Dark Star” (John Carpenter’s first movie) and the underrated “Screamers,” Dan O’Bannon is an often neglected figure in the world of horror and sci-fi. His parodic approach on “Return” may be nothing like the seminal titles he’s known for writing but you watch this movie and can just tell the director would go on to do many great things. Except he didn’t! Prior to his death his only other movie is an unreleased Lovecraft horror film called “Shatterbrain.”

11. 28 Days Later (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 8
The great zombie revival of the 2000s could very well be credited to this seminal film. It’s hard to deny that Danny Boyle’s innovative horror work represents the next stage in the evolution of cinematic zombie movies both in terms of how it’s shot (answer: from the hip) and how the zombies act (answer: crazy). Some argue that the infected humans in this movie are not even technically zombies because they are not undead. That point is well taken but I must disagree because, well, if it looks like a zombie and bites like a zombie then it’s a fucking zombie. A man (Cillian Murphy) wakes up naked in a hospital, sprawled out like a post apocalypse Jesus, and must traverse a world that has gone mad… and hungry. Keep in mind this all went down before “Walking Dead” told a very similar origin story. The rage virus (unleashed by hippies freeing test monkeys, which, HA!) basically turns humans into swift, sinewy creatures whose only mode of travel is lunatic fast and whose only mode of attack is retard strong. This simple but crucial element adds a real sense of urgency to the once molasses slow menace that a toddler could hitherto outrun. The reason the film does not rank higher is simply because Boyle fails at providing a satisfying conclusion to what very well could have been the best modern zombie film ever made. Whoops. The third act is so bad that I too found myself infected with rage. Inexplicably, Boyle and writing partner Alex Garland opt to down shift this relentless tale of survival to end the story in a dark castle where an insane Army Major played by Christopher Eccleston goes all Doctor Who on everybody. I have no idea what that means but I just had to slip in a “Who” reference.

12. Fido (2006)
Director: Andrew Currie
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 5
Anyone complaining that they don’t make original zombie films anymore haven’t seen “Fido.” This 1950s era social parable reimagines our post-World War II America as a post-World War Zombie America. Now that’s my kind of history! Just picture “Mad Men” with zombies instead of pretentious ad execs. I’m amazed this unique approach has not been applied to all eras–zombies in Rome, zombies in Medieval England or why not “Cowboys vs. Zombies” (that’s already better than “Cowboys vs. Aliens”)? As a retro horror-comedy, “Fido” explores the “containment” and enslavement of a “subhuman” zombie lower class in a swank suburban town where ownership of these shock-collar equipped zombies become the ultimate status symbol. So capitalism + imperialism = Zombism. This isn’t a new concept exactly but what is new and exciting is how much more deeply the film probes this interesting social concept than the usual zombie film.

Directed by the virtually unknown Andrew Currie, the film centers on a pet zombie named Fido (played with great passion by Scotsmen Billy Connolly) that enters into a maladjusted family as a high priced zombie butler. As fleshed out as Romeiro’s famous “Bub” from “Day of the Dead,” this creature grows, learns, feels and even has a good influence on the mother and son who are desperately looking for a husband and father figure. A fascinating subtext of sexual chemistry exists between mother and zombie suitor. Talks of zombie wars of yore and a vast zombie wasteland that exists just outside of the fenced-off city walls by the corporate minded villain and WWZ veteran (Henry Czerny) give the film a vivid sense of time and place. Not quite an action film and not quite horror, the nuanced “Fido” represents a vibrant entry in the once thriving zombie genre.

13. Quarantine + [Rec] (2008)
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 7
The rage virus subgenre scores another win! Two actually. “Quarantine” + “[Rec]” are equally good in my opinion. Not sure why people didn’t respond to the American version which is basically a more exciting version of the overrated handicam horror hits “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity” but with zombies and Deb from “Dexter.” Both versions represent a much needed modern approach to the genre where the handheld POV camera style and deft use of darkness and closed spaces adds to the horror and sense of claustrophobic dread. More so even than in the cult favorite “The Descent.” As a testament to its influence, “[Rec]” may have even inspired Romerio to apply a similar aesthetic to his divisive non-cannon “Diary of the Dead” entry.

14. Dead Heat (1988)
Director: Mark Goldblatt
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 1
A must for lovers of bad movies. I once broke up with a girl for falling asleep during “Dead Heat.” Okay, there were a lot of other reasons but that one cracked the top ten. Simply put, if you’re the kind of person who is not tickled by the notion that Treat Williams is in n 1980s cop/buddy movie playing a zombified cop named… wait for it… Roger Mortis then I don’t think we could hang. Forgive me if I forget how or why there are zombies in this cop movie’s world (I’m pretty sure I was under the influence when I watched it… which is the only way to watch it) but I love that as the film progresses Williams’s body becomes increasingly more dead-ified. Of course Mr. Mortis’s bodily deterioration allows partner Doug Bigelow (no relation to Deuce and played by a never-worse Joe Piscopo) to drop lines like “You remember when we were in training? They always told us, ‘You can’t be a good cop if you’re a dead cop.’ Here’s your chance to prove them wrong. You’re good AND you’re dead” and “You are under arrest, you have the right to remain disgusting.” If you’re thinking this sounds horrible, you’re right, it is, which is why it’s so damn good. If the same film were made today it would be all ironic and postmodern and probably have Jack Black in it but from an 80s point of view it fits right in.

15. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Director: George A. Romero
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 3
Admission: I saw it as a kid and was bored. Admission #2: I saw it again last year and… was bored. Heresy, I know, but bored does not equal bad by any means. In fact, the minimalism of this film is what allows it to remain such a refreshing and effective alternative to the constant action zombie films I had been raised on. I respect “Night’s” place in the pantheon of zombies movies, not to mention its position as one of the first truly successful independent movies. Though Romerio, contrary to popular opinion, did not come close to inventing the zombie or even the zombie movie, he certainly can be credited for popularizing the cinematic zombie we all know and love/loathe today. Of course Romerio went on to re-invented zombies a second time on “Dawn of the Dead” but that’s a different matter. If this was a “most important zombie movies” list it would be at the very top. Oh, and as a side note be sure to check out Tom “Sex Machine” Savini’s surprisingly decent remake of this film.

16. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Director: George A. Romero
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 8
“Dawn of the Dead” is considered to be the zombie movie par excellence. It is the agreed upon point of entry for the entire genre. I’m must be missing something because I’m not a big “Dawn” fan. More of an admirer. It’s as if Romerio hit upon the most brilliant idea for a zombie movie ever (zombies in a mall) and then just coasted from there. There’s lots of action but, unlike “Day of the Dead,” nothing to anchor it thematically or dramatically. It’s still fun to watch Romerio go through the motions and that’s certainly enough to make it a classic even to a non-hardcore fan. The movie does contain the best and most iconic line in any zombie movie ever: “When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.” That’s horror poetry right there. Also, nothing beats the scene where a zombie is taken out by a helicopter’s propeller blades–unless of course when a similar scene was done in “28 Weeks Later” with 100x more zombie viscera than the leading brands. A few great lines and scenes aside, “Dawn” has just aged very badly and I’m not just talking about the horrible blue/green/grey zombie makeup, the soundtrack or the bad acting (I’m looking at you Fran!). The film’s pacing and direction may also feel stilted at times but, if looked at from a different perspective, are actually quite remarkable considering the budget and era it was made in. Like “Night” this is a film that must be placed within the context of its release to be enjoyed.

17. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 8
I’m not being a troll here. Ever since Paul W.S. Anderson’s first “Resident Evil” was released in 2002 I became a loyalist to this despised but somehow still popular series. However one cannot be a loyalist to this series without also being an apologist. While I haven’t seen a “Resident Evil” I didn’t like (yes, even the 3D one had its moments) the third entry remains best in the series. I’m hooked by “Extinction’s” desert setting and the “Matrix”-style approach lathered on by “Highlander” director Russell Mulcahy of all people. This film is a prime example of people’s unwillingness to allow zombie movies to mix things up. Basically, what we’re dealing with here is “Road Warrior” with zombies. And slo-mo! And zombie crows! That’s cool, cool, and cooler in my book. I feel that the setting in a zombie movie is as crucial as its characters or the story and the idea to move away from the sterile hallways beneath Raccoon City to do battle in a sand blasted, post-apocalyptic version of Vegas (I would call it New Vegas but that name is already taken) makes for a genuinely original location that ranks among the best in the genre and is matched only by the mall in “Dawn of the Dead.” The heroine known as Alice in the world’s most pointless literally allusion is played by a Milla Jovovich who as here as if she basically discovered the “God Mode” (to borrow a video game reference) the entire movie and is infused with superhuman (and totally cheap) powers. She is so mentally and physically powerful and kills so many zombies that you actually feel sorry for the undead by the end. This annoyed many fans and backed the series into a corner, prompting the follow-up “Resident Evil: Afterlife” to strip her of her insane skills because we can’t have a hero be too awesome, can we. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

18. Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Director: Wes Craven
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 2
Wes Craven and zombies in the same movie?! Yes!!! Why don’t more people know about this movie? This tragically neglected 1980s horror film surpasses “I Walked With a Zombie” in consideration as the most “authentic” zombie movie ever made. Zombies, as we all know (or, uh, as Wikipedia tells us), are derived from Haitian Voodoo culture and Wes Craven, being the genus that he is, explores these origins with a more evocative horror lens than the usual film. Voodoo as a cause for the dead to rise makes about as much sense the radiation from a NASA probe, alien spore, divine intervention or virus explanations we’ve been given in various films. If that’s not enough to get you to see it I have one thing last thing to say on the matter: Bill “Lonestar” Pullman is in it. Sold?

19. Night of the Creeps (1986)
Director: Fred Dekker
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 4
A precursor to one of my favorite modern horror films, James Gunn’s “Slither.” Except instead of turning people into betenticled monsters the alien brain slugs of this movie turn its victims into zombies. Hilarity ensues. As does plenty of blood and boobs. Random, yeah, but a lot of fun from Fred Dekker director of another cheesy 80s cult teen film called “The Monster Squad.” “Creeps” has a very small but loyal following and I really hope Hollywood doesn’t attempt to remake this film. It’s perfect the way it is. The film was released on DVD not too long ago and is worth seeking. Useless fact: the nerdy hero is played by Blake Lively’s brother. Not sure if knowing that helps or hurts the movie.

20. Zombieland (2009)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 9
I’ve never seen a zombie movie in which characters squirt on hand sanitizer after smoking a gaggle or hoard or whatever the plural for zombies is. I’ve also never seen one in which the cause of the zombie plague is revealed to be bad hamburger meat. “You’ve heard of mad cow? Well this is mad human” the protagonist played by Jesse Eisenberg states in the most casual, “Social Network”-y manner possible. As a zombie road story the film is reminiscent of my favorite current graphic novel (and least favorite TV) series “The Walking Dead” by Robert Kirkman. That sprawling saga, however brilliant it tends to be, has zero sense of humor about zombies or the absurd situations humans tend to find themselves in a world run by them. As scary as zombies can be in theory, there’s actually something very funny about them. They’re dumb, they’re decrepit and they’re incapable of self-awareness or rational insight (insert Republican joke here). “Zombieland” gets that and as such is able to mine a seemingly endless amount of gags from the material. Not only does it contain the best use of Twinkies in a movie but the second best use of irritable bowl syndrome (Coen Brothers “The Ladykillers” comes first) and, as anyone who has seen the film might agree, the single best cameo in history. This film gives me hope that the mainstream can produce a decent zombie movie every once and a while. How sad is it then that it’s been two years since a really zombie movie was released? What makes matters worse is that there’s no end in sight given the lack of plans to adapt Stephen King’s amazing techno-zombie novel Cell and the fact that 2012’s “World War Z” is being directed by Mark “I ruined James Bond” Forester.

21. I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 3
As if 1940s cinema did do everything better it also gave birth to zombie movies. Turns out the only thing Romerio actually invented was “Romerio Zombies” which, admittedly, are much cooler than the square zombies of the 40s. Still, this film along with “White Zombie” is essential viewing for anyone interested in the genre and I’m not just talking about Rob Zombie.

22. I Sell the Dead (2009)
Director: Glenn McQuaid
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 7
“If I’ve learned anything over the years it’s that you never, ever trust a corpse.” Grossing a whopping $8,050 this moribund 2009 cult movie has been rescued by positive word of mouth. It’s not just a horror movie but a crime movie, a period movie AND a comedy. The film, about grave robbers, stars Dominic Monaghan and Ron Perlman. So a Hobbit and a Hellboy. If, unlike me, you are not boycotting Netflix then put this title at the top of your queue.

23. Night of the Comet (1984)
Director: Thom Eberhardt
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 5
About a Valley Girl that survives (and shops) through an apocalyptic outbreak, “Night of the Comet” is to zombies what “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is to vampires.

24. Dead Set (2008)
Director: Yann Demange
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 7
As someone who hates reality shows with the gluttonous passion of a thousand Snookie Monsters, I am grateful to the BBC series “Dead Set” for allowing me to cathartically experience what would happen if an outbreak occurred while shooting “Big Brother.” Even more admirable is the fact that “Dead Set” proves that a show about zombies does not need to be maudlin, brain dead, poorly written, horribly directed, or miscast (ahem, “Walking Dead”).

25. Versus (2000)
Director: Ryûhei Kitamura
Crazy Zombie $@#% Factor: 9
And least we not forget the East’s whacked-out contribution to the zombie genre. It’s the best (and only?) samurai zombie movie to date. I would love to see this series continue on in anime form.

Also recommended: Night of the Living Dead (1990 version), the zombie sections in Creepshow (1982), Dead Snow (2009), Beyond Re-Animator (2003), I Sell the Dead (2008), Zombi 3 (1988), Resident Evil (2002), White Zombie (1932), Dance of the Dead (2008), Diary of the Dead (2007).

Worst Zombie Movies of All Time:

  1. Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006, Jeff Broadstreet)
  2. Day of the Dead (2008 remake, Steve Miner)
  3. The Walking Dead on AMC (Frank Darabont, not a movie but I had to include it)
  4. Planet Terror (2007, Robert Rodriguez)
  5. Survival of the Dead (2009, Romerio)

Best Zombie Characters:

  1. Bub (Sherman Howard) in Day of the Dead.
  2. Fido (Michael Connolly) in Fido.
  3. Shark Fighting Zombie in Zombie.
  4. Tarman in Return of the Living Dead.
  5. Zombie Ned Flanders in The Simpsons
  6. Jay Leno Zombie, Dawn of the Dead remake.
  7. Big Daddy (Eugene Clark) in Land of the Dead.
  8. Undead Ed from Shaun of the Dead
  9. The water zombies Harry & Becky (Ted Danson and Gaylen Ross) in Creepshow.
  10. The old school Cemetery Zombie (William Hinzman) in Night of the Living Dead.
  11. And of course the ghost busting non-zombie zombie in Zombieland.

Best Zombie Video Games:

  1. Resident Evil 4
  2. Plants vs. Zombies
  3. Dead Rising
  4. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
  5. Stubbs the Zombie
  6. Resident Evil
  7. The House Of The Dead: Overkill
  8. Resident Evil 3
  9. Left 4 Dead
  10. Dead Nation

Note: I made this list for the site Inflatable Ferret which can be found here.

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