I’m breaking down the top 10 zombie movies of all time. This is a terrifically underfunded genre so I apologize to those cult followers of epic low budget zombie flicks. Remember, I could only choose TEN films. There is, however, an honorable mention section at the end of the list for those movies that just missed the cut. Also this list is a living breathing document. I will update accordingly and I CAN be convinced to change my position. Just leave a comment with your best argument.
10. Zombieland (2009)
SYNOPSIS: A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson
9. Night of the Living Dead (1990)
SYNOPSIS: The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.
8. World War Z (2013)
SYNOPSIS: Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
Director: Marc Forster
Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay), Drew Goddard (screenplay)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
7. 28 Weeks Later (2007)
SYNOPSIS: Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Writers: Rowan Joffe (screenplay), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (screenplay)
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle
6. Planet Terror (2007)
SYNOPSIS: After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it’s up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writer: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis
5. Dead Alive (AKA Braindead) (1992)
SYNOPSIS: A young man’s mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Stephen Sinclair (story), Stephen Sinclair (screenplay)
Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody
4. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
SYNOPSIS: A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.
Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: George A. Romero, James Gunn (screenplay)
Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer
3. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
SYNOPSIS: A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.
Director: George A. Romero
Writers: John A. Russo (screenplay) (as John Russo), George A. Romero (screenplay) (as George Romero)
Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman
2. 28 Days Later… (2002)
SYNOPSIS: Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston
1. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
SYNOPSIS: Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Director: George A. Romero
Writer: George A. Romero
Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger
Resident Evil (2002)
A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey