Top 5 Zombie Films of All Time
Toby Leonard, food blogger by day, horror movie fan by night, tells Top 10 Films about his favourite Zombie flicks. Prepare for brains, lots and lots of brains!
Putrefied flesh, limping gait, clamoring for “braaains”—zombies have invaded popular culture from books to television and even inspired zombie parades.
With October 31st rapidly approaching, zombie fanatics can view a haunting Halloween costume, whether for trick-or-treating or participating in local zombie events. Until then, place yourself in the Halloween spirit with these zombie movie classics.
28 Days Later (2002)
A case of animal activism gone horribly wrong, an infected chimpanzee is “rescued” from a lab and contaminates the population in the process. Four weeks later (you could say 28 days), a man wakes in a hospital to discover eerie London streets absent of life. The infected masses soon materialize and attack him, which prompts a group of survivors to rescue our protagonist. With the decline of civilization, the innate savagery of humanity is exposed in the struggle to survive.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
A docile everyman must prove his worthiness to win back his girlfriend—but first he’ll have to battle the undead across the streets of London. Shaun’s crucible is accompanied by his slacker friend, mum and irksome step-dad and a cast of would-be survivors. An intelligent horror comedy, “Shaun” doesn’t disappoint in causing uproarious laughter and delivering some creative uses of a cricket bat and vinyl records to lay waste to zombie hordes.
Zombie vs. shark—who would win? The answer is revealed in “Zombie” (aka Zombi 2), the ‘unofficial sequel’ to Dawn of the Dead. Directed by Lucio Fulci, an Italian version on the zombie genre takes the setting to a tropical island where a young woman searches for her father with the aid of a journalist. The situation takes a turn for the worse when the group learns of a vicious plague running rampant on the island; its denizens are transforming into walking cadavers hungry for flesh. For fans of B-movie thrills, gut-wrenching gore and unadulterated nudity, Zombie is sure to reign supreme.
Dead Alive (1992)
Decades before Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson created this ‘zomedy’ gem. Mama’s boy Lionel reluctantly looks after his oppressive mother—even after she’s bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey and develops an appetite for flesh. Now, Lionel must defend the town’s residents from her eccentric feeding habits and ultimately break his maternal bond. Delivering on over-the-top violence combined with laughs, “Dead Alive” remains a cult classic within the horror genre.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
It’s become a cliché—a group of survivors band together in a shopping mall to ward off zombies. But in the case of George A. Romero’s 1978 classic, this film was the progenitor for a slew of zombie movies that rode in the wake of its success. Following the film that launched the zombie genre, “Night of the Living Dead,” “Dawn” shocked audiences upon its release and provided a dark comic satire of modern America.
What are your favourite Zombie films?
Written and compiled by Toby Leonard. Toby is a freelance food blogger who loves trying new food creations any chance he gets. Sometimes this is a bad idea. Usually, though, it works out for both him and his readers.
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