Zombie films form an important part of pop culture today. Ever since George Romero’s iconic classic film, “Night of the Living Dead”, was first shown in theatres, audiences have been wanting to see more of the genre. However, it took a long time for zombie films to become as famous as other horror film genres. But when it did, it made an impact not only among horror fans but also movie audiences in general.
Here are eight of the best zombie films of all time.
Eight of the Best Zombie Films of All Time
Night of the Living Dead
The first is always the best. George Romero’s classic and very graphic horror follows a group of strangers in a farmhouse as they try to escape flesh-eating undead humans. The movie is also very telling of its time, as it tackles issues like nuclear power, space exploration, and race.
I am Legend (2007)
Will Smith’s portrayal of Robert Neville is one of the most compelling cinematic performances to date. As the sole surviving human on earth, Neville tries to outsmart the zombie mutants in the film in heart-stopping scenes. It’s also a very effective drama that shows viewers how much sacrifice plays a part in the existence of humanity.
Ruben Fleischer’s zombie horror-comedy was the highest-grossing zombie movie in Hollywood in 2009. Stars Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abby Breslin kept audiences hooked with their wit, humor and genuine ability to do an action film. Bill Murray also makes a memorable cameo in this movie. A sequel is scheduled for release in 2019.
Ravenous, or Les Affames, follows a group of Quebec residents trying to get to town after zombies ravage their farms. The film is a slow and gripping tale that shows how people might realistically react in the face of a zombie plague. It also paints a faint picture of rural French Canadian culture. Lastly, it explores the idea of deities and fanaticism – something that’s rarely seen in other zombie films.
Train to Busan (2015)
The opening scene of Yeon Sang-ho’s take on the zombie genre is like any other. There are also a lot of sequences with the actors and actresses running from infected humans. But what Sang-ho does is infuse a lot of elements commonly seen in K-Dramas about family, friendships, and love, and make it work. Interestingly, the most striking scene wasn’t scary but heartwrenching. That’s probably why it stands out among all the zombie films from the West.
Shaun of the Dead (2007)
Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead combines the typical zombie story with deadpan humor from Simon Pegg and his band of equally hilarious friends and acquaintances. It’s actually one of the first zombie films that effectively put a local twist to the universal zombie story. The film was so good, it earned raves from critics, as well as a nomination from the prestigious BAFTA.
28 Days Later (2002)
Director Danny Boyle is one of Great Britain’s best filmmakers. In this film, he uses indie art film-like sequences to tell the story of a society breaking down due to a zombie virus breakout.
Warm Bodies (2013)
At first glance, Warm Bodies seems like a copycat Twilight, only with a zombie instead of a sparkly vampire. But what sets this teenage zombie flick is that it’s told from the zombie protagonist R’s perspective, who behaves like he’s still alive. Director Jonathan Levine takes viewers on a romp that they never expected to be so fun!