Zombies, love or hate them, they are everywhere these days. There are certain zombie movies every horror fan should see. Lucky for you, I’ve made a list of some of the most important zombie movies ever made. So use your brain, before a zombie eats them, turn on Netflix, the internet or head to your local movie rental store and watch these movies.
White Zombie (1932)
White Zombie is considered to be the first zombie movie made. It has been described as the model and archetype for every modern zombie movie ever made. Bela Lugosi stars in the film as the villain. The movie was based on a book by William Seabrook. The story is that of a man in love, who turns to a Voodoo witch doctor to steal the object of his affection away from her fiancé.
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
The 1988 Wes Craven movie stars Bill Pullman. When an Anthropologist hears rumors of Zombies created by Voodoo in Haiti, he can not resist investigating the case. The movie is loosely based on the real life story of Clairvius Narciss , which is the only documented case of a zombie.
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Of all the zombie movies ever made this movie is one of the most important. George A. Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead is credited as the movie that gave birth to the modern zombie genre. Influences from N.O.T.L.D. can be found in every zombie movie made since it’s 1968 release. The movie comes during a dark time of chaos in the US and the war in Vietnam. If you watch only ever watch one zombie movie, I recommend it be this one.
Barbra and Johnny travel to visit their father’s grave. While there, the siblings are attacked by a zombie. Barbra is able to get away and flees to a country house where several people are hiding from the undead.
Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Dawn Of The Dead is another zombie film directed by George A. Romero. This film deals with the zombie plague on a larger scale. Survivors barricade themselves inside a local mall and fight to survive.
Day Of The Dead (1985)
D.O.T.D. is the third movie in the series by Romero. He describes the film as a “tragedy about how a lack of human communication causes chaos and collapse even in this small little pie slice of society.”
Return Of The Living Dead (1985)
I have to admit this is my favorite zombie movie. It’s all about zombie humor. The movie planted the seed that zombies want “brains”. A group of punk rockers wait out side a medical specimen warehouse for their friend. The manager shows the employee an old military drum containing a unique specimen. When the drum becomes damaged all hell breaks loose as the specimens begin to come back to life.
Here’s something you might find humorous. On the side of the drum it says “In Case Of Emergency Contact the Army..” with a 1-800 number. I got curios and called the number. A woman with a sultry voice answered, asking me about my desires and wanted $3.99 a minute . I fell off the couch laughing.
28 Days Later (2002)
The British zombie movie depicts the world after a highly contagious virus is accidently released . The story revolves around four survivors, their attempt to cope with the disaster and their fight to stay alive .
Resident Evil (2001)
Resident Evil, starring Milla Jovovich, is loosely based on the Capcom video games of the same name. The villain of this movie is the Umbrella Corporation, who caused the zombie apocalypse by unleashing the T-Virus. The main character, Alice (Jovovich) battles zombies to take down the Umbrella Corporation and save the world. The last Resident Evil final sequel “Final Chapter” and a new tv series will be released in 2016.
Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
The combination of gore and comedy made this zombie flick an instant fan favorite. After the zombie apocalypse has begun slacker Shaun and his couch potato of a best friend Ed go on a mission to save Shaun’s mom and ex girlfriend Liz.
“…Go to moms, kill Phil, sorry, grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a cold pint, and wait this out..”
Woody Harrelson’s character Tallahassee is a badass lone wolf until he meets a neurotic hitchhiker, who has a tendency to get under his skin. When the duo gets carjacked by two sisters, chaos ensues in a fantastic way. The movie also guest stars “Bill freaking Murray!”
United Nations doctor Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is called into action when a zombie pandemic threatens to consume the world. These aren’t your run of the mill slow, stupid zombies. These are fast, insatiable zombies with a fast turn time. Gerry stumbles across a solution that will allow the world to fight back.
The movie shares it’s title with a Max Brooks’ novel but has little in common with the novel other wise. WWZ was met with mixed opinions from the zombie fan community but I feel it is still a movie that must be watched.