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List of the Living Dead – Top 10 Zombie Films of All Time!

List of the Living Dead – Top 10 Zombie Films of All Time!

 

Top 10 Zombie Films of All Time!

List of the Living Dead – Top 10 Zombie Films of All Time!

Posted by Bloody Disgusting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 

In the past decade, the living dead have reached peak saturation thanks to the likes of The Walking Dead, various video games, and the ability for no budget filmmakers to rally a group of friends, throw some white paint on their faces and yell, “Zombie!” From documentaries to home decor, the undead are everywhere. With such an assault on our pop culture senses, it’s easy to get burnt out on them dead bones. The truth is, filmmakers will always return to the well of brain eating masses because it’s a simple plot conceit that still manages to work. Look no further from a recent international smash (mentioned in the list below) to the surprisingly satisfying third season of Fear the Walking Dead (a show I assume most have given up on) to realize a well-told story about flesh eaters is still worth championing.

When tasked with concocting a top 10 list of the greatest zombie films ever to come lumbering, open-mouthed into my horror loving cranium, I thought, “Easy.” As a die hard fan of the shambling undead since I was a wee-teen, at least six films that were deserving popped into my head right away. Three of them happen to involve a certain George A. Romero (please, like that comes as a shock to ANYONE). Instead, it wasn’t long before I was struggling to pare the list down. I quickly realized there were far more standouts in the sub-genre than had initially come to mind.

Films such as Re-Animator, Night of the Creeps, Cemetery Man – these are undoubtedly classics to varying degrees with their own rabid fanbases. For me, though, the words “zombie film” drum up something much different than what’s contained within those pictures. Yes, they feature the dead being brought back to life in some form or another, but the groundwork laid by Romero in 1968 and dutifully copied, updated, and reworked by numerous filmmakers in the time since is where I’ll place the focus of this list.

The truth is, reanimated corpses have been a spooky staple since the inception of the horror genre itself. While the label “zombie” could easily be given to Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, we don’t consider him as such. I won’t be including the more historically accurate depictions of voodoo zombies such as the lyrically haunting Val Lewton production, I Walked With a Zombie or Wes Craven’s underrated The Serpent and the Rainbow. Also, no genre mashups where the living dead are only a small part of the overall threat (i.e. Night of the Comet, The Beyond, Zeder) will be allowed. That said, “undead” isn’t necessarily a prerequisite either. As you’ll see, there are a few films where the creatures are infected by some “zombie-like” virus but are NOT in fact dead or rising from the grave.

For this list, “zombie film” will be defined by a story revolving around a group of diverse characters thrown together in isolated locales fighting for their lives against a shambling horde of deathly contagious “former humans” whose sole purpose is to maim, eat, or simply murder and mutilate our heroes.


#10. Zombi 3 (1988)

AKA Zombie Flesh Eaters 2

The number ten spot was a tough one. It was a toss up between this, Zombi 3, or the equally bonkers Italian munchfest, Burial Ground. It would be quite the challenge to label either one a good film per se. They’re low budget films created with the sole purpose of capitalizing on the success Dawn of the Dead and Fulci’s unofficial follow-up. What makes them noteworthy is just how much damn fun they are. When it comes to the good times, Zombi 3 just managed to edge out the competition.

Originally to be directed by the Italian gore-meister himself, Lucio Fulci, he was replaced after shooting more than half of the film. Rumor has it he bowed out due to health concerns while Fulci claimed he quit over the poor script. Nonetheless, Bruno Mattei was brought in to complete the production by adding in several subplots to fill the running time to feature length. While this sure sounds like a recipe for disaster (and it is), it’s the schizophrenic story structure that gives this film life and earns its spot as one of the best zombie flicks of all time.

The plot concerns a military experiment gone wrong. GASP! Soon the dead are rising up on a small island and a group of randy kids and military grunts are holed up in an abandoned resort trying to figure out a way to survive the hungry hordes. Zombi 3 features a plethora of insane moments such a machete-wielding corpse who moves so fast as to almost lop off the lead actress’s head IRL…right there on camera. There are the “stunt” performers (low paid villagers of the island where they were filming) dropping in from all areas of the screen, and the infamous “flying head”. This is perfect movie night fodder for you and a group of like-minded friends. I avoided it for years due to the terrible word of mouth and sordid production history. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Seek it out!


#9. Train to Busan (2016)

This is the one film I had yet to see when building this list. I knew it was supposed to be the best zombie film in years and signify there was still life left in the undead. Because of this, I knew I had to check it out before putting a finger to keypad. Needless to say, I agree with the hype and only wish I had gotten to check it out in theaters last year during the film’s limited run.

Train to Busan does very little to try and reinvent the wheel aside from a neat gimmick revolving around the infected’s ability to see. Beyond that minor tweak, this is a straightforward survival tale of a father escorting his young daughter on a nightmare train ride to visit her mother. The emotions run high here and it’s easy for the audience to get swept up alongside the characters as they evade (or don’t) one white-knuckle set piece after the other. Busan works due to the stellar direction that keeps the suspense tight and because of the amazing actors who breathe life into what amounts to fairly stock characters. Ultimately, there is little here that you haven’t seen before, but a well-told story can always overcome convention.


#8. [REC] (2007)

I rarely consider zombie films to be scary. Usually, they are either gory, tense, or occasionally, funny. I know for some folks suspense and scares may be one in the same. For me, they differ. Suspense is the mental unease of knowing the worst possible outcome and being forced to wait and see if it will transpire. Fear is an irrational feeling that anything can happen, being powerless against the unknown. Again, these are merely my distinctions between the two, but I bring this up because [REC] manages to illicit fear in what is a typically grounded subgenre.

By taking elements of possession (a more fear-based genre), cramming that into a locked down tenant full of demonic creatures and shooting it all through the “Holy shit! This is really happening!” lens of a found footage movie, [REC] became an integral part of the recent living dead resurgence. The monsters presented here are fast and ferocious, delivering a number of bloody shocks. If the creeping dread doesn’t get you throughout, the film’s final moments will. [REC] goes out on a genuinely terrifying note that has quickly become one of the most horrific images in genre history. If you’ve never seen this flick, I highly recommend it and its sequels. Although, you could be forgiven for missing out on [REC] 4.


#7. Zombie (1979)

AKA Zombie Flesh Eaters, Zombi 2

Lucio Fulci is a legend. Granted, for a long time it seemed he was always considered the lesser of his contemporary, Dario Argento. Thankfully, in this day and age of Blu-ray bringing a new audience to his films with high-def transfers likely outshining his movies’ original presentations, Fulci can rest knowing his special brand of sleaze is appreciated. After George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead was released in Italy (under the title, Zombi) to boffo box office, producers were quick to get a “sequel” into production. The film was released as Zombi 2 in Italy, though future releases have simply dropped the 2 to tamp down some of the confusion.

Sans bookending scenes shot in New York as part of a last-ditch effort to try and tie this film to Romero’s, Zombie takes place entirely on a secluded island where voodoo has caused a massive onslaught of gut munching corpses. I know, I said no voodoo, but the voodoo plot here is nothing more than an excuse to get the dead up and moving. They’re still taken down by a bullet to the brain, and no one is about to confuse these rotting, maggot encrusted slobs for a poor sap on a bad trip. While the film’s production might not have been artistically motivated, Zombie is hauntingly scored and beautifully shot, featuring some truly awe-inspiring underwater photography of a zombie battling a shark. A FRIGGIN’ ZOMBIE/SHARK THROWDOWN! That scene alone is enough to land Zombie on a best of list. Thankfully the rest of the film is equally as gruesome and once it starts, the tension never lets up.


#6. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Shaun is a complete shlub who can’t seem to get his life together, his love life in particular, but he can always count on his best friend, Ed. It’s this highly relatable premise that launches us into one of the best undead movies from the early aughts. While there’s plenty of intestine ripping, head shots, and the stakes never feel low, Shaun of the Dead also manages to nab the distinction of being hilarious.

Shaun of the Dead was a fairly large success despite receiving a somewhat limited release. It has gained a giant cult following. Unfortunately, that success also went on to inspire a barrage of low-budget imitators. The reverb of which can still be heard today. Even if they didn’t invent the zombie-comedy, they sure defined what it would look like for years to come. Director Edgar Wright, in only his second feature, creates a star turn for Simon Pegg and a film that manages to perfectly capture the transition in our culture from Gen-X to the age of Millennials.


#5. Dead Alive (1992)

AKA Braindead

Peter Jackson is no stranger to genre fans. Spearheading the epic Lord of the Rings franchise has endeared his name to the hearts of geeks worldwide. However, before launching a bazillion dollar franchise, Jackson was busy turning in raunchy splat-stick flicks out of New Zealand. Dead Alive is possibly the most fondly remembered of his early output. Why? It just so happens to be the goriest film ever made.

Feeling a lot like the Kiwi cousin to Evil Dead 2, Dead Alive is filled to the brim with bucket after bucket of blood and guts. It’s a lot to take in, and quite frankly – I wasn’t sure how to take it all as a kid. I’ll never forget renting a tower of random scary flicks on VHS for my 12th birthday. Dead Alive was the last film we watched as the sun was coming up the following morning. It was a delirious, sleep deprived, and confusing experience. The film is obviously a comedy, but somehow my brain just couldn’t compute what I was seeing at the time. Now all these years later, I still go to that headspace when watching this flick. Jackson has crafted a timeless, gory orgy of absurdity that feels like it was beamed down to us from another world.


#4. 28 Days Later (2002)

In the beginning of the new millennium, horror was slowly on the rise thanks to inventive, ballsy genre fare that was pushing limits of what was expected from big screen fright flicks. It’s safe to say that sub-genre had gone from undead to for real dead by this point. Thankfully, Danny Boyle decided to direct his first full on horror flick, 28 Days Later. That film reignited an entire sub-genre and proved that a huge infection film could be delivered on a small dime. Shot on DV tape, there’s a unique feel to the cinematography that will likely never be duplicated in this type of genre picture. After all, the technology used to create it has long been dead by this point.

The score, the soundtrack, the acting from all involved (including a role that pretty much put Cillian Murphy on the map), and Boyle’s inventive use of the diminutive cameras all came together to make 28 Days Later a breath of fresh air upon its release. It’s a jarring, adrenaline-fueled rush from start to finish…that might not feature legit zombies (the disease here are is a “Rage Virus”). The film also marked the first serious attempt we’d seen of depicting the infected as fast moving, agile hunters. Ultimately, though, the film is a zombie flick no matter how they label or dress them up. It’s basically a condensed retelling of Romero’s original Dead trilogy and classic all its own.


#3. Pontypool (2008)

The first and only film on the list to feature monsters that spread their sickness without the exchange of any bodily fluids. The creatures in this unique little indie are infected by language. That’s right, it may sound bizarre, but as the first in a proposed trilogy (still waiting on part 2…), Pontypool succeeds as a suspenseful chamber piece revolving around a shock jock and his producer, secluded in a radio station’s studio as they slowly come to terms with the insanity that’s taking place right outside. It’s a slow burn flick that takes a surprisingly well-worn trope (a DJ powerless to the horrors beyond the glass) and really makes use of the claustrophobic scenario.

By the climax of the film, my nerves are always in shambles no matter how many times I’ve seen it. The infected here are of the fast moving variety, and their intensity when setting their sights on prey is unnerving. I can’t help but yearn for a sequel that would open things up more. While the contained nature of this narrative is one of its biggest strengths, the concept is wide open for further interpretation. In this day and age of “fake news” and breakdowns in communication despite our ease of access to information, even close to ten years later, Pontypool still works as a perfect metaphor for our times.


#2. Return of the Living Dead (1985)

I first saw Return of the Living Dead on MonsterVision with Joe Bob Briggs one late Saturday evening many moons ago. There isn’t much to say about this one that hasn’t already been dissected and praised a hundred times before. After going their separate ways post-Night of the Living Dead, Romero continued making his “of the Dead” films while John Russo set about trying to make an official sequel to the original. Hence, while Return is far removed from Night in style and tone, it’s the only film in the fractured series to refer back to the events of the original.

Of course, we also learn Night of the Living Dead was nothing more than a fictionalized version of the true events. Trust me, it’s far less confusing than it might sound. At the end of the day, Return brought something fresh to the genre that hadn’t been successfully mined at the time. Return of the Living Dead stands head and shoulders above many a zombie film due to the inclusion of not only hot pink, punk rock style but an abundance of comedy. If it weren’t for this, we may have never gotten Shaun of the Dead. Return also excels by giving us characters worth rooting for and even a bit of pathos for the creatures themselves. “It hurts to be dead.”


#1. Romero’s Dead Trilogy (1968 – 1985)

Okay, I realize this might be considered a tad bit of a cheat, but if it’s angers you feel, you’re free to bump the two at the top off the list (sad face) and rank these three how you see fit. Ultimately, I’ve grown to love Romero’s original trilogy of Dead films all on pretty equal grounds. The man singlehandedly, well…with some help from John Russo, created an entire subgenre with one film, Night of the Living Dead (1968). It stands as an undisputed masterpiece of genre cinema that still holds up all these years later. If not for Night and the other two films here, we probably wouldn’t have as many awesome films to place on this list. For this reason, I feel comfortable placing all three in the top spot. They’re of equal importance to one another, and it’s easy to pinpoint each one as “best of” examples of the sub-genre.

When I first saw Night, I was far too young. My mom had rented a copy from the library thinking it was just some old black and white flick like the The Black Bat which she brought home the same day. Needless to say, Night was no Black Bat, and I was forever changed after watching it. Both Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) are exceptional as well. They stand as touchstones for the genre they created and examples of the evolution of horror. While I don’t think anyone could ever consider Night to be a “safe” film, Dawn drives the discomfort much further while placing us smack dab in the pinnacle of American living – the mall! Day, which was my least favorite as a kid has quickly climbed the ranks to join some of my all time favorite films. The effects work from Tom Savini is legendary. The story, revolving around a society descended into madness and paranoia after the outbreak truly opens up the world Romero created to deeper understanding. Even better, It manages to do so by staying true to the confined location setup from the previous two installments.

While Romero went on to direct three more Dead films (Land, Diary, and Survival), none of which reached the same heights as his first three. Luckily, I would say that all except Survival wouldn’t be terribly out of place on this list and certainly were there in the consideration phase. Rumor is Romero has at least one more shot to take at the sub-genre he created, and one can only hope he proves capable of recapturing the sociopolitical pulse of the time like he’s done for us so many times before.


There you have it. The greatest zombie flicks ever made. Did your fav not make the list? Sound off below, fiends!



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COMMENTS

93 Comments
  • David

    Hoping that Dance of the Dead was on this list. It SHOULD but it isn’t sadly.

    • Saturn

      I dunno if it should be in the top 10 (but everyone’s list is subjective) instead of Night Of The Creeps….

      • Josh Evans

        I mean, if we’re going with more fringe delights, I would nominate Night of the Comet personally!

        • I LOVE Night of the Comet but it doesn’t really “feel” like a zombie film…if that makes sense.

          • Josh Evans

            Oh I totally agree with you. XD

        • David

          Night of the Comet? Holy FUCK!!! I haven’t seen that in, maybe a month ago. I also saw that in the theaters at the ripe age of 8 (I love my uncles for turning me on into horror at such a young age).

        • Saturn

          Although I personally disagree that it’s worthy of a top ten finish, I do agree that it’s a very worthwhile movie. Been a fan of it since the 80’s – isn’t it about time for a remake?

      • David

        I FUCKING love Night of the Creeps!!!!! Nice pic

  • vishalIthape

    “you’re free to bump the two at the top off the list (sad face)” (Awwwn) whoever wrote this , must’ve great sens of humor !

  • Ocelot006 .

    If only World War Z was in Korean would it get the praise it deserves.

    • Josh Evans

      It would have to be a decent movie first.

    • Creepshow

      First you say you liked The Mummy, and now this. Where’s the REAL Ocelot, impostor?

      • Chance LeBoeuf

        He’s obviously Decoy Octopus.

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      No, because it would still be a piss poor adaptation of a novel that makes an utterly generic and uninspired movie, out of what still is a rather unconventional take on the zombie genre. It’s utterly baffling just how jarring the film is from its source material. And don’t get me wrong, I’ve got no problem with film adaptations taking liberties, but only if those liberties still make sense and preserve the spirit of the story it’s based on. And WWZ is that in name only.

      WWZ would have worked best as a faux-documentary TV series.

      But overall, remembering some of the comments you’ve made, maybe you just have shitty taste in movies. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Saturn

    Nice to see some love for Pontypool on the list.

    • Yeah, I know technically they’re not zombies but neither is 28 Days…so, fair game.

    • MODOK

      I was enjoying it, but I sort of gave up once it reached the “Kill means kiss” part. That was a bit too silly for my tastes.

  • Creepshow

    Speaking of sad faces…I can’t believe Zombi 3 edged out Burial Ground. I was really pleasantly surprised when I saw BG, as it was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. Now Zombi 3 on the other hand, has NO right to be celebrated. I have no doubt that Fulci walked away because it was a piece of shit, because it is. In the first Zombi film, the zombies actually rose out of dirt filled graves. In crummy Zombi 3, they just threw fucking straw over horrible looking zombies. They didn’t dig their way out of the ground, they just tossed the straw aside, and stood up. And I’m sorry, but that flying head was the retarded cherry on top.

    For shame Zachary Paul. And Saturn better not send me that goddamn flying head clip again like he always does when I trash Zombi 3. Oh, and if anyone wants my scurvy copy of Z3…I’ll mail it to you. I just want it out of my sight once and for all.

    • What can I say? It makes me smile for every cheesy second of it.

      • Creepshow

        That baffles my mind.

        • It’s okay. We can’t agree all the time.

          • MarsupialRebellion

            Don’t fret, you are not alone in your Zombi 3 love (even wearing my awesome Rotten Cotton produced Z3 shirt at this moment). I’m not sure it would’ve made my top ten, although it might if I thought about it long enough to create such a list, just because of how bizarre it is, but I promise you Zombi 2 would be very near the top.

  • MODOK

    28 Weeks Later was also very good, perhaps as good as the first movie. I’d also put the Dawn of the Dead remake on this list.

    It may be sacrilegious to say this, but I don’t think the Zombi movies are that good. Sure, they’re fun, but I wouldn’t say they’re better or more original than any number of other zombie movies.

  • ShadowInc

    A decent enough list. Though, PONTYPOOL wouldn’t have made my top 10.

    • Creepshow

      I have to agree with you there. Decent movie, but not a hell of a lot going on.

  • Joey Click

    Putting the entire trilogy (really four films, what, not Land love?) as a single number is such a wash. I hate when people do this. They are separate films and should be regarded as such. Otherwise, nice list.

  • SupernaturalCat

    I’d include Fulci’s City of The Living Dead …aka Gates of Hell, as the domestic vhs version we rented as teenagers back in the ’80s was titled. Sort of a varied approach to the tried n true, as the undead kills are always singular instead of the usual swarm of zombies that eventually outnumber and overwhelm the living. Fantastic old school horror gem!

    • Oh, yeah. Love that film but didn’t fit the “full on zombie” rule.

  • J Jett

    Zach, great list! i HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend the Japanese zombie film I AM A HERO (2015).

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3775202/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    i just re-watched it for the 3rd time and it’s really awesome! it’s sort of like DAWN OF THE DEAD (part of it takes place in an outlet mall) and part TRAIN TO BUSAN. the gore/special FX is freaking amazing! in fact the film has won 6 awards and has 2 other award nominations. the cinematography is excellent and the characters are likable (the protagonists). and again, the gore/zombie kills are incredibly well done! i give it a 9 out of 10 stars and IMO it’s a must see for any zombie movie fans. check out the reviews in the IMDB link i posted. nearly all of them give the film 7 stars (out of 10) or higher.

    • SupernaturalCat

      Thanks for the heads up on I Am Hero. I’ll have to check it out.

      • J Jett

        i hope you like it! if you end up watching it, let me know on any of the comments sections here! 🙂

    • I’m seeking it out now.

      • J Jett

        Zach, let me know if you like it or not. the “Olympic High Jump” (the sport) zombie is really scary/freaky as fuck!

  • Michael Hill

    Great list. Good to see a few different titles in there from the usual suspects.

  • amir ezra

    I would like to add 2002 Japanese zombie action fantasy Versus as an honorable mention.

    • J Jett

      amir, thanx for the recommendation! i’m going to check out VERSUS!

      • It’s a lot of fun.

      • amir ezra

        You’re welcome. I have the DVD ages ago, but the full eng dub version is on YouTube. I never heard of I Am Hero, might want to check it out..if I can find it.

    • That was on the initial list. I love it, but it just didn’t make the cut.

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      I picked up Versus on a whim at the mall for like 5 bucks knowing nothing about it, and was pleasantly surprised. It was a lot of fun. To me, it was like Devil May Cry but totally owns the cheese like stuff like Evil Dead. And as a huge fan of both, I dig that. Come to find out, the guy who choreographed the fights actually did the choreography for the DMC games so there ya go lol.

  • Bobby Jones

    I’m going to rewatch Dead Alive. I watched it when it came out in 92 and remember hating it.
    One movie I can think of that could be on this list would be Planet Terror.

  • Rohan

    Though Day of the Dead is an ok zombie flick and Dawn of the Dead is a fantastic zombie survival film, neither of them come close to the still terrifying and extremely dark original. Still to this day, no ending has disturbed me as much as NOTLD (maybe the Mist).

  • The best zombie films I’ve seen are:
    – Last Train to Busan (would be better if the zombies were more gruesome and scary but the plot is amazing)
    – Dawn of the Dead (remake)
    – REC
    – REC 2
    – Resident Evil
    – Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
    – Shaun of the Dead

    The worst films:
    – WWZ (I REALLY HATE THIS SH*T)
    – Night Of The Living Dead 3D
    – Fido
    – Zombie Strippers

    • David

      Fido WAS bullshit

    • Eddie Dutra

      After the first 10 minutes of the Dawn of the Dead(remake) the movie turned into a 28 days later clone.

      • I watched 28 Days Later when I was younger but I don’t remember nothing about the film.

        • Creepshow

          Dang Pedro, looks like you have some re-watching to do. After that you can follow it up with 28 Weeks Later (a damn good sequel).

    • Dr. Carrion Crow

      Scout’s Guide is an underrated genre gem.
      What’s the beef with Fido? It’s a charming film.

      • I liked Scouts Guide, and I agree about to be underrated.

  • Justin Anthony

    Bio Zombie, Return of the Living Dead 2, Phantasm.

    • SupernaturalCat

      Phantasm is one of my all time favorites. I’ve got an original one sheet framed, hanging in our basement.

      While I was glad that a remastered blu ray was finally made available, I have to say I was disappointed that the recent box set was so criminally overpriced …I already had 3 of the 5 on blu ray and couldn’t justify spending that much loot for basically part 3, and Oblivion.

      In case you’re interested or unaware, there was another lo-fi horror flick from that same era that I also saw back during its initial release (and another that occupies a special place in my heart) One Dark Night, that’s due for a blu ray release this summer(!!!) …and it’s another one that, along the same lines as Phantasm, definitely isn’t a zombie flick, per se, but certainly involves corpses moving about …or, being psychically moved about.

      • Justin Anthony

        I’ll definitely have to check out One Dark Night, also I have the first 4 Phantasm movies on DVD only Ravager on Bluray so far and wish they would’ve just stuck with the ending from Oblivion honestly. Along the lines of movies with moving corpses I’d recommend u check out Demon Wind, The Granny and Highway to Hell, they are all comedy horror but incredibly entertaining.

  • Matt

    While my list would differ quite a bit from yours, I enjoy and appreciate your rationale for your choices.

  • Stephanie Cummings

    Ooo I like this. Can we get a demon list going? I’m curious to see which movies would be on there. lol

  • Smith Mitchellman

    Wow, a lot of love for Pontypool. I made the mistake of turning it on as nothing more than background noise awhile back and apparently didn’t get a chance to realize how good it really is. All I’ve heard are amazing things about it. Might as well give it another (true) watch this weekend. I own Train to Busan but have never watched it. Seeing it on here has provided a bit of motivation to finally get around to it this weekend. It’ll be a good weekend to watch new stuff, considering the Blood Feast remake also drops on Friday.

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    Even though it is fairly recent, Train to Busan really is pretty damn good. Was a little weary about watching it considering I’m becoming burnt out on the zombie genre, but it’s just more proof that when it comes to thrillers, Korea can deliver some of the best. The tension is fucking there and keeps you on the edge. Love the claustrophobic nature of the film.

    While it doesn’t do much to twist the formula, I do appreciate their take on the zombies because it actually makes sense why an outbreak would become such a problem. That’s one of the things that always kinda dangles in the back of my mind concerning most zombie flicks, it’s how an infection like this just can’t be handled a little better. Even in things like The Walking Dead, you’d think we’d be capable of stopping something like this before it got way too outta hand. I seriously believe hypothetically a zombie outbreak would not be very successful at all. Train to Busan introduces these really aggressive and speedy zombies that have an infection that turns people within a minute basically after being bitten. Yea, that’s hard to slow down if shit hits the fan like riots and whatnot.

    And like you also said, they actually give more to these characters than many other zombie films. I actually have time to get emotionally invested with them, that shit gets pretty damn sad. Most zombie films we wouldn’t so much as flinch seeing most of these characters offed. It was written fairly well.

    I’ve watched it at least 4 times now, and it’s still never lost the emotion on me. That’s evidence of a good thriller in my book.

  • Bart Crowe

    Return of the Living Dead has a sweet soundtrack I proudly own on vinyl. I love Romero’s Dead trilogy but Return was my first zombie movie so it will always be my favorite. Also that cemetery dance scene gave me some funny feelings as a young boy.

  • Trioxin83

    I’ve been getting sick of the over saturation of zombie movies for years but Train to Busan really brought me back into it. What a refreshing zombie flick!

  • El_Fez

    The Zombie/Shark throwdown is epic, but the Money Shot for me has to be that FREAKING SPLINTER! Argh – talk about hi-octane nightmare fuel.

  • David Pollison

    Yes, Pontypool! I’d replace Zombi 3 with The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue. While I do love Shaun of the Dead I prefer Dead-Set & Deadgirl.

  • discochic

    Gates of hELL.
    Return of the Living Dead,
    Burial Ground,
    The Van,
    Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue,
    Zombie Flesh Eaters,
    Reanimator,
    Plague of the Zombies,
    Dead Alive

  • Eddie Dutra

    Favorite zombie 10 flicks in no number order

    night of the living dead/dawn of the dead/ day of the dead
    return of the living dead
    Brian-Dead aka Dead-Alive
    Dead Heat
    Maggie
    Train to Busan
    ReAnimator
    Dellamorte Dellamore aka Cemetery Man

  • David Andrew Baros

    This list is way off both in choices of movies and the order of them. ZOMBIE should definitely be higher on any top ten list of zombie films. You didn’t even mention the scene ZOMBIE is best known for- the eye-gouging!

    For you to group Romero’s films into the same space in #1, is not quite fair to other better zombie films than DAWN OF THE DEAD or DAY OF THE DEAD. Yes, those two are awesome films, but not all three are equally as good. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is the ultimate classic zombie film and deserves the #1 spot- all by itself!

    And why would you not include CEMETERY MAN on this list? It involves the dead coming to life! Yet, you went against your own reasoning of straight up once-living-now-dead-come-back-to-life situation and put [REC] on your list. That movie involved a virus basically turning people rabid.

    Where’s PET SEMATARY?!!! Lol!

    • Thanks for reading. I actually mentioned that being “undead” wasn’t a prerequisite to make the list.

      • David Andrew Baros

        I stand corrected! My apologies. I misread what you said in that particular paragraph.

    • Rogeras

      I agree. Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man) should definitely be in the top 10. It is one of the most complex, philosophical and fascinating film I have ever seen.

  • Jack Ezrail

    Come on, Zombieland should be on the list too.

  • craig smith

    Automaton transfusion is a very underrated low budget zombie movie and one of my recent favorites. Apart from the usual suspects I’d like to add the blind dead series, city of the living dead, the dead,

    • Dr. Carrion Crow

      I did not care for Automaton Transfusion at all. I thought it was just a hot mess and showed no cinematic vision.

  • SupernaturalCat

    So long as everyone is offering suggestions, another would be–and I haven’t seen anyone recommend this one yet, is the short lived 2008 UK tv series titled, Dead Set. There were 5 episodes in total, and even though it’s been some yrs since I caught it on IFC, my recollection of it is that it totally blew the subsequent Walking Dead series outta the water (I’m not a fan of that particular series)

    “During a fictional series of Big Brother, a zombie outbreak occurs, but the house-mates are unaware of the impending doom outside of the Big Brother House.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Set

    • J Jett

      HELL YES!!

      DEAD SET is fucking awesome! easily one of the best zombie/infection projects ever IMO. it’s a perfect companion piece with 28 DAYS LATER.

    • Olivier Leroy

      Yes ! Fresh concept at the time

  • Carl Chrystan

    Oi! That’s twelve films, not ten!

    • SupernaturalCat

      An admission re one of my ‘guilty pleasures’ would be that in any given week I typically watch one of Romero’s films, and usually with the director commentary on. Especially Dawn (1978) which I could watch endlessly and never tire of it. Martin is another. I need to re-visit Bruiser, as I haven’t seen that one in quite some time.

      In terms of his latter installments, I really like Diary of The Dead. The others, Land… and Survival… certainly have their moments, but for me are overall so-so.

      Incidentally, re Romero and the subject of this article, the 2010 remake of his early ’70s The Crazies is most definitely a noteworthy entry!

      Like 28 Days Later, and REC (Quarantine) it’s not exactly a “zombie” movie, but infected, rabid people who end up zombie’esque. If you’re paying attention, it’s actually a chemtrail based horror story, in that at the film’s onset, with Johnny Cash doing the old “We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day” from Dr Strangelove over the opening credits, we see a military jet spraying/seeding the atmosphere, and that then is the subsequent element that has infected the townfolk–the plane has crashed into a nearby river, and its chemical contents have found their way through the river to likewise poison the town’s water supply. Pretty solid remake.

      The only suspect/dodgy aspect was when the govt nukes the town at the ending (a la Return of The Living Dead), as the protagonists flee to Cedar Rapids (the film takes place in and was shot in Iowa) and the news passes the explosion off as a chemical manufacturing plant having blown up(!!!?) …ha, auh, no. It wouldn’t logically follow that any such scenario would parallel the destruction of a nuclear bomb. But anyway…a solid horror flick nonetheless.

  • noun

    This just goes to show how terrible this genre truly is. That, despite 10+ zombie movies a year, the best one is still one of the first. 40 years of futility

  • Dinglebobman

    Thats 9 films cause 28 days later is not a zombie film cause the infected have not died and come back like a zombie

  • laserdiscphan

    Have to disagree with putting Zombi 3 on this list.

    You’d be better served with the Australian zombie flick “Undead” or Jorge Grau’s “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” to round out the top 10.

  • Michael Blackney

    My favourite is The Serpent and the Rainbow, I understand that you disqualified voodoo zombie flicks but what I don’t understand is WHY?….

    • Matty Ice 2016

      SERPENT. What a great film.

  • Kristoffer Groves

    Pontypool was wack as hell. Rest of the list is pretty solid though. Props for including Zombi 3.

  • brian anderson

    I don’t know if I’d put it on a Top Ten All Time list, but I really enjoyed Here Alone. While it’s not a gore fest and is more of a psychological, introspective character study, it’s a fresh take on the zombie genre and incredibly well acted. Check it out if you like all things zombie.

  • Russell Reball

    The Horde.

  • Anthony DeRouen

    No Dawn of the Dead remake? Maggie? World War Z?

    • Dr. Carrion Crow

      If you put WWZ on your top 10 zombie list, you’ve clearly only seen 10 zombie movies.

  • Hardcore F’n Mudd

    Savini’s NOTLD.

  • Jason Zink

    Where’s WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S?!

    • Dr. Carrion Crow

      You mean Weekend at Bernie’s 2, no zombie in the first one.

  • Matty Ice 2016

    What a bunch of crap. I disagree

  • No Nose Nosferatu

    I own all of these films. As much as I love them; I was hoping for something new in this list.

  • Olivier Leroy

    Can we consider The Beyond as a zombie flick ? Cause it should be up there if it was the case

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