Zombies have been a part of different culture worldwide for way longer than many people may think. Being in traditional beliefs and in folk tales in many countries they also have had an excellent run in the media and literature world.
Zombie movies have been around as some of the main horror films since the 1930’s. And even though zombie movies were really popular back then, the film that really started the whole zombie movie madness in the industry was George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968), starting the modern zombie movie style. Since then the zombie element has been used in hundreds of films not only as a means of creating a scrary horror movie, but also a social critique tool and more, becoming more than just a scary monster.
It doesn’t matter how are these zombies are used, one thing that has always been true is the the audience loves them. Even thought they have been restlessly used, we all still enjoy a good zombie movie from time to time, and that’s why we bring you this list of The Best Zombie Movies of All Time.
10- White Zombie (1932)
A desperate man turns to a witch doctor turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but this ends turning her into a zombie slave.
This may not be the greatest and biggest zombie movie, but it is actually the very first Hollywood zombie feature film, with the legendary Bela Lugosi playing the role of the Haitian voodoo chieftain that commands the zombies
9- Planet Terror (2007)
The accidental release of an experimental bio-weapon ends up the way you’d expect from these kind of movies. Now with thousands of people turned into zombies, a group of immune persons leaded by the mechanic Wray, the sheriff Hague, stripper Cherry and Dr. Dakota are up to fight and keep those monsters from taking over the town and the world.
A cool and bloody movie with no real message whatsoever other than a pure and violent zombie movie.
8- Zombieland (2009)
A group of misfits formed by a cowardly guy, a trigger-happy cowboy zombie slayer and two sisters that have been through a lot in life are forced to stay together in order to survive in this zombie-filled america. Now they are traveling together looking for a safe place to stay and the last twinkie in the country.
This is an excellent example of how the modern zombies have been treated in more ways than horror. After all, horror and comedy have a lot of things in common, they both require excellent timing, chemestry between the actors, a good setting and more, so it’s only natural to see them working together so nicely
7- One Cut of the Dead (2017)
A japanese modern-classic that’s also a satire about the zombie genre. Here a group of young filmakers are working on a low-budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII facility, a little after the director has a discussion with the cast, their terrible special effects level up with some of the most realistic zombies out there. But the only problem is that these are not just made with actors and make up, but they are actually real zombies.
This film is a comedy-horror filled with meta references and commentaries about the genre, it is a must watch for any fan of the zombie-genre
6- ParaNorman (2012)
In the town of Blithe Hollow, a young misunderstood boy has the abbility of speaking to the dead, but not even his fathers believe him when he mentions this, just his only friend believes him. One day his eccentric uncle tells him about a certain important ritual that has to be done to protect the town from a witch’s curse, so now Norman has to face not only ghosts, but also zombies and worse of all, grown-ups, to save the town
The only movie on this whole list made for the whole family, this stop-motion animated film is one of the best examples of how to make a comedy-thriller animation that everyone in the house will enjoy. Excellent animation and a great story makes this film an amazing experience.
5- Zombi 2 (1979)
A young woman searching for her father that disappeared in an expedition to the Antilles with the help of a journalist. They arrive to a Caribbean island and get the help of two locals for their search. Once here they find an english doctor trying to cure a zombie plague that’s bringing dead people back to life as zombies with a hunger for human flesh. But as they try to proceed with their research, the situation keeps turning worse with more and more of these living corpses appearing
One truly gruesome and violent zombie film in this sequel-like homage to Dawn of the Living Dead
4- Night of the Living Dead (1968)
One night, the dead began to walk the earth, looking for human flesh, this plague of creatures force six people to group up in an old farmhouse to try and survive at least through the night, but they are about to find out that once the dead walk the earth it-s a matter of time until you join them
Undoubtedly the most important zombie movie of all time, Night of the Living dead started the modrn idea of zombies in entertainment media. THis has inspired thousand of movies throughout the years and it doesn-t seem to be stoping anytime soon
3- The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
A pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas near a cementery. These vapors cause the dead to re-animate as zombies and go look for their favorite food: Brains
This movie is not only an amazing -movie in all senses of the word, but it is also a very important one in the sense of creating the modern zombie. This is the very first movie in which the zombies are actively looking for brains, and not just feeding on humans!
2- Train to Busan (2016)
Everything seemed to be normal one day for the passengers that got into the train from Seoul to Busan, but their peaceful journey got interrupted when a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea. Now as apocalypse begins, the passengers fight for their lives and their families in their struggle to get to the apparently safe destination of the train.
A thrillingly entertaining experience in a fresh take on the zombie genre full of everything that makes a modern zombie movie great. It has horror, fully developed characters, amazing atmosphere and even social commentary
1- Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Things start off badly for Shaun’s day as his uneventful life gets more boring by the minute, but just as he decides to finally step out and get his girlfriend back and put his life back on tracks he’s interrupted by a zombie apocalypse. Now Shaun and his best friend Ed have to go and lead their loved ones into the safety of the Winchester pub.
Edgar Wright’s very own tribute to the genre probably did not expect to be as huge of a deal as it turned out to be. This light-hearted comedy-horror movie is an amazing rendition to both genres and also has everything important to make a great zombie movie. This added to likeable and relatable characters and the excellent yet simple story make up for one of the best films out there.