Top 10 zombie movies

     
Ever since zombies first rose onkhổng lồ the big screen, they’ve spent decades dominating movies & more in shuffling hordes. One of the archetypal horror villains, the walking dead have endured in popular culture for over half a century, emerging & evolving in new forms, eating away at the collective sầu consciousness. There’s an inherent sense of the uncanny khổng lồ a zombie – someone who’s neither dead nor alive, a former friend that has become a mindless enemy, all infused with the terror of cannibalism – và yet they’re also a blank slate, a metaphor ripe to reflect the fears and foes of whatever year they appear in.

Team Empire presents a list of the greademo zombie movies – some mere mindless blood-splattered fun, some with brains as well as bursting innards, from scuzzy, sickening gonzo gore-fests, lớn genre-twisting hybrids, và even a family-friendly favourite. Don your protective sầu gear, tool up (anyone got a cricket bat?) and dive sầu in.




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Robert Rodriguez's trash-tastic exploitation homage is the splattier, squelchier half of the Grindhouse double-bill he cooked up with Quentin Tarantino – the story of a go-go dancer, a bioweapon gone awry, và Texan townsfolk turned inkhổng lồ shuffling, pustulous monsters. Leaning heavily into lớn its B-movie roots, with missing reels, scratchy edits và hammy overdubbed dialogue, Planet Terror has its exploding tongue firmly rooted in its rotting cheek. Its over-cranked gore and oozing effects are downright disgusting, và it builds lớn a stupidly fun finale in which Rose McGowan's anh hùng Cherry Darling has her severed leg replaced with a machine gun. All together now: "I'm gonmãng cầu eat your brains và gain your knowledge!"Buy now on Amazon


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Helping popularise the notion of Nazi Zombies around the same time that it became a điện thoại tư vấn Of Duty staple, Tommy Wirkola's Norwegian comedy-horror combined cinema's two most enduring forms of villain. When a group of students head off for an Easter holiday in a snowy Scandinavian cabin, they accidentally sumtháng an undead horde of Nazis by meddling with a box of gold loot. It's a premise that plays on reported tales of the Nazis' obsession with the occult, while leaning gleefully inlớn the potential of its unapologetically pulpy concept. The Trắng stuff quickly turns red in a blast of campy shlock – especially once the survivors arm themselves with power tools.Buy now on Amazon


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A zombie movie – but, y'know, for kids! Fresh from traumatising a generation with Coraline, stop-motion animation studio Laika served up a family-friendly horror adventure. The titular Norman is an ostracised boy who can talk lớn the dead – which comes in handy when a witch's curse summons walking corpses from the town graveyard. Spooky fun, và a rare zombie movie that (due to its target audience) isn't lavished in gore, instead relying on understanding and forgiveness khổng lồ save the day.Buy now on Amazon


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It takes a lot khổng lồ make a truly fresh-feeling zombie film – but Colm McCarthy's adaptation of Mike Carey's novel is a smart & thoughtful reinvention, with genre thrills khổng lồ boot. In this case the zombie condition is the result of a The Last Of Us-esque fungal pathogene which has turned most of the population into lớn 'hungries'. But that remains largely in the background of the story, which instead focuses on young girl Melanie, who's receiving an unusual education in a heavily-armed facility from Gemma Arterton's teacher Helen. As a 'second-generation' hungry, Melanie still wants to lớn eat human flesh, but can think và feel too – & her mere existence could hold the key lớn the future.Buy now on Amazon


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This second dose of panic-attack-inducing found-footage horror is largely as effective sầu as the first film – one that revisits the outbreak-afflicted tower bloông xã from a new perspective sầu, as a team of bodycam-wearing soldiers head in khổng lồ retrieve sầu a sample. It makes for a more action-oriented follow-up, but one with ideas too – delivering a unique take on zombie lore, with the viral infection compounded by some religious occultism. It's especially impressive sầu for managing khổng lồ hop between perspectives without ruining the central first-person concept.Buy now on Amazon


Imagined as a quasi-sequel khổng lồ Dawn Of The Dead, Italian director Lucio Fulci's film, notorious for its truly sickening effects, took zombie mythology bachồng khổng lồ its blaông xã magic-inspired roots. Zombie Flesh Eaters – also known as Zombi 2, after Dawn Of The Dead was released as Zombi in Italy – depicts a zombie outbreak on the Caribbean islvà of Matul as the result of a voodoo curse, with its creaky undead shufflers pictured in various stages of decomposition, often covered in (real) maggots. A famous scene involving some up-cchiến bại eyeball damage got it caught up in the 'Video Nasty' scandal – and though a cult favourite, it's more beloved by hardcore zombie fans than critics. Bonus points for the stupidly dangerous zombie vs. shark showdown.Buy now on Amazon


It bears very little resemblance to its celebrated source novel, but World War Z stands as perhaps the only all-out zombie blockbuster. With Brad Pitt in the lead, a globe-trotting scope, and a considerable studio budget behind it, Marc Forster's film presents the zombie movie as a summer action spectacle with a worldwide outbreak threatening global collapse. Where most zombie films are claustrophobic, this is the opposite, offering up inventive sầu widescreen imagery of zombie swarms – crowds of the undead running en masse, scrambling over each other in insect-lượt thích mounds, able to lớn scale walls through sheer force of will.Buy now on Amazon




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As the zombie sub-genre ambled towards a cultural renaissance at the end of the 2010s, Ruben Fleischer's irreverent zom-com arrived at just the right time. Jesse Eisenberg is cautious loner Columbus, doing his best to survive sầu the undead apocalypse with a series of audience-winking rules ('check the back seat', 'double tap' your kills). He becomes part of a makeshift family when he teams up with Woody Harrelson's Twinkie-loving hard-ass Tallahassee, Emma Stone's sarcastic Wichita, and Abigail Breslin's doe-eyed youngster Little Rochồng. With a zippy sub-90 minute runtime, madcap zombie murders (death by falling piano, anyone?), & genius Bill Murray cameo, it's a funhouse ride of a zombie film that culminates in an actual fairground mix piece.Buy now on Amazon


Remaking Romero's definitive masterpiece wasn't a task to lớn be taken lightly. But, early in his career, Zack Snyder delivered a worthy reincarnation, working from a script by none other than James Gunn. Its biggest change is the controversial move to fast-zombies, offering frenetic survival sequences with a palpable sense of panic – & making for a gripping opening act as the outbreak spreads và society rapidly crumbles. It's appropriately nasty and gory, with early hints of Snyder's keen sense of cinematic style, & some impressively upsetting ideas – most notably, what happens when a pregnant woman is bitten?Buy now on Amazon


To say too much about Shin'ichiro Ueda's film would be to ruin its delicious, joyous surprises – but, suffice to say, if the opening minutes come off lượt thích a particularly ramshackle horror movie, that's entirely the point. An out-of-his-depth director is attempting khổng lồ make a zombie film of his own, when the production finds itself besieged by actual zombies. From there? Well, you'll have to lớn see for yourself. But it's a film fizzing with invention, one that manages lớn turn the zombie movie on its head in all-new ways while displaying real heart. Destined to lớn be a cult classic.Buy now on Amazon


Away from Romero's seriousness, Dan O'Bannon's comedy-horror delivered a more raucous take on the zombie fliông xã, right down lớn its tagline: 'They're baông xã from the grave sầu and ready khổng lồ party!' Return Of The Living Dead takes place in a world where Romero's films exist but their rules don't apply – with the townsfolk soon learning that headshots won't work. It played with what zombies could vày, too – long before 28 Days Later, O'Bannon came up with the running dead, depicted zombies harbouring a specific hunger for brains, và gave sầu them the ability to speak. Gooey và gory, buoyed along on a punk soundtrack featuring the likes of The Cramps & The Damned.Buy now on Amazon


Based on a short story by H.P.. Lovecraft, Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator presents a different spin on the undead. Here Jeffrey Combs' unhinged professor Herbert West invents a lime-green liquid capable of reanimating dead animal tissue – & which, before long, he starts applying to lớn dead bodies (some of which he's responsible for). Cue fellow scientists attempting to lớn steal the 're-agent', a rising pile of zombified corpses, and, er, a severed head oral sex scene. It's a swirling, pulpy blend of horror và comedy, and a bloody affair even by gore-soaked '80s standards. With a tight script and bravura approach, it remains sickeningly entertaining.Buy now on Amazon


If found-footage horror is a mixed bag, Spanish horror Rec used the shooting-style khổng lồ maximum effect – getting up-close-and-personal at ground zero of a zombie outbreak in the claustrophobic confines of an apartment bloông chồng. For a handheld film, Rec's camerawork remains mercifully steady thanks khổng lồ the conceit that our cameraman is a professional – Ferran Terraza's Manu, who's shooting a news reel with reporter Ángela (Manuela Velasco) in the wrong place at the wrong time. Scary as hell, with a set of smarter-than-average characters, và an all-timer final reel as the camera's night vision mode is activated.Buy now on Amazon


Long before he went off lớn Middle-earth, Peter Jackson was painting the town red with his ludicrously bloody Kiwi zombie fliông chồng – sometimes hailed as the 'goriest movie ever made'. Equally inspired by Romero và Raimi, there's a real Evil Dead streak to lớn the cartoonish splatstiông chồng on display. Set in 1957, Timothy Balme plays Lionel Cosgrove sầu, caught in a sticky place when his meddling mum is bitten by a 'Sumatran rat-monkey' when stalking her son on a date at the zoo. She dies. And then un-dies. And that's only the beginning.Buy now on Amazon


'They're coming to lớn get you, Barbra!' With his directorial debut, George A. Romero invented the modern zombie movie as we know it. An independent film shot in grainy black-and-Trắng on a shoestring budget, Romero delivered a stark and subversive horror that established the most important facets of zombie lore (bodies returning from the grave sầu, destroying the brain khổng lồ kill them for good) và proved the director as a filmmaker adept at genre-infused social commentary. As Ben, Barbra and more hide away from the rising corpses in a rural farmhouse, Romero reflects ideas of racism in the USA, the ongoing trauma of the Vietphái mạnh War, và the American public facing up to lớn the realisation that their greatest enemy might actually be themselves.Buy now on Amazon


Four words: zombies on a train. Korean director Yeon Sang-ho takes that elevator pitch và elevates it into lớn a gripping, action-packed horror movie, using cramped interior space (and moments in more wide-open environments) khổng lồ stage breathlessly tense sequences. Train To Busan's zombies are mesmerising to watch – aggressive sầu and animalistic, their limbs & spines contorting as they rise up to lớn clayên ổn more victims. The result is stylishly-shot and pulse-pounding, with a host of memorable characters – particularly Ma Dong-seok's hulking anh hùng Sang-hwa.Buy now on Amazon


For his feature debut proper, Edgar Wright drew from Romero và Richard Curtis for the definitive sầu rom-zom-com. Sitháng Pegg is the titular Shaun, a slacker entering his 30s who's forced khổng lồ grow up, commit lớn his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield), sort things out with his step-dad, & relinquish his best frikết thúc Ed (Nick Frost) when a zombie apocalypse unfolds in London. It doesn't hold baông xã as a zombie film – with lashings of gore, well-executed jump-scares & emotional farewells – but indulges its British humour too, as Shaun attacks the undead with a cricket bat and hatches a plot lớn hole up at the local pub. Glorious.Buy now on Amazon


Purists will tell you it's not a zombie movie. If they're technically right, they're also totally wrong – Danny Boyle's film about a deadly rage infection reinvented and redefined what a zombie film could be, taking the idea of running infected from Return Of The Living Dead &, er, running with it. It's a gritty, gripping work with an iconic opening, as Cillian Murphy's hospitalised Londoner Jlặng awakens to find the capital city eerily deserted – until it becomes all-too-clear what's happened khổng lồ everyone. If the rage infection wasn't perilous enough, Alex Garland's screenplay highlights how the surviving humans are just as deadly.Buy now on Amazon


The final part of Romero's landmark original Dead trilogy is a more meditative affair than the previous instalments – but it's a powerful piece, with an angry resonance that continues lớn reverberate. Set even further inlớn the zombie apocalypse, Day finds the non-infected population dwindling, with surviving scientists & soldiers properly cracking up, & the undead themselves beginning khổng lồ evolve. Enter Bub, an actual zombie hero – reliving echoes of his past life, and with a cognitive function that suggests not all of the undead are mindless monsters. Taking place largely in the confines of an underground facility, Day is a claustrophobic & pessimistic affair, wrangling with meaty themes of hope, faith, and the futility of combat, as human in-fighting leads khổng lồ more carnage with tragic consequences.Buy now on Amazon




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If Night Of The Living Dead was the birth of the contemporary zombie fliông xã, Dawn Of The Dead was its coming-of-age – bigger, bolder, more confident, và, this time, in colour. The eerie tone of its predecessor is swapped for a rising tide of chaos & panic as the unfolding apocalypse spreads, and a group of survivors hunker down in the local mall. If it initially seems lượt thích an igiảm giá khuyến mãi place khổng lồ wait out the downfall of society, rife with supplies, it proves anything but – the zombies instinctively drawn khổng lồ the place they were programmed to lớn devote their không tính tiền time & money to baông xã when they were alive sầu. It's another piece of potent satire, packed with playful imagery – though that never gets in the way of Romero telling a compelling, nightmarish tale, exploding with visceral effects from Tom Savini, drawing from the horrifying sights he witnessed as a Vietnam War photographer.Buy now on Amazon


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