5 Great Zombie Movies
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Director George Romero is the granddaddy of the classic school of slow, creeping, persistent zombies. Although some of his later “Dead” movies are arguably superior in quality, this is the one that started it all. It deserves your undying respect.
Great cast, clever script, funny lines, and scary zombie attacks. The amusement park at the end provides a fun setting for zombie mayhem. If you liked Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide, this is the movie for you.
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1987)
This Wes Craven film is (very loosely) based on the book of the same name by ethnobotanist Wade Davis, in which he relates the Haitian practice of pharmaceutical zombification. Not your average zombie movie, but it's still frightening and presents a compelling story.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
A parody of zombie movies that is at times scary, but mostly funny. In fact, it includes some of the funniest zombie-killing sequences I can remember. I’m a big Simon Pegg fan, and he’s hilarious in this one.
28 Days Later (2002)
Here’s a great opening: some poor guy wakes up from a coma in a deserted hospital and discovers that the rest of the city is also eerily abandoned. Turns out that while he was sleeping, a horrifically contagious virus has infected the population with “the rage” and the survivors are in hiding. I know…it’s not a zombie movie. These super-fast, super-scary, “rage”-infected monsters are still technically alive, but they are often given honorary zombie status because of their influence on later film zombies.
And while I’m cheating, let's throw in a bonus movie:
Evil Dead (1981)
The monsters here are actually demonically possessed corpses rather than true zombies, but since there is not a Demonic Possession Appreciation Month, let’s celebrate this excellent film here. It’s your classic “cabin in the woods” scenario. A bunch of teenagers hang out in a creepy cabin and find a scary Book of the Dead, along with a tape recording of its contents. Of course they play the tape! What follows can hardly be described. There’s a chainsaw.
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