I’m a big fan of zombie films and other similar apocalyptic style scenarios, so I thought I’d compile a top 5 of my favourites. However it turned out to be a little bit larger, so in no particular order:
Dawn of the Dead (1978/2004)
Probably to the anger of any die-hard Z fans, I’ve grouped Romero’s and Snyder’s remake here together as I think they’re both brilliant films. A small band of people awaken to find their world crawling with bloody thirsty zombies. They turn to the nearest supply filled stronghold, a shopping Mall. Can they sit out the plague until it burns itself out? Can they survive the relentless pounding of fists against metal shutters? Can they even survive each other.
Land of the Dead (2005)
Romero’s latest addition to his zombie franchise. The zombie population have done it… they have taken over the entire planet. Now only one vast walled city of humans survive. When civil unrest and plans to over-throw the cities government mix with increased intelligence in the zombie popultion, can the humans maintain their last foothold on Earth.
A shy student and a gun-slinging zombie-killing adult team up with 2 sisters to ride-out the zombie plague in this zom-com.
If you’ve never heard of a zom-com, it stands for zombie comedy. Who’d have thought those two genres would fit so well together. In honesty I wasn’t expecting much when I sat down to watch this, but Zombieland was a lot better than what I thought it would be.
Loved the rules too
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
The second zombie comedy I’ve mentioned in this list, but perhaps the better of the two. Co-written by Simon Pegg, this film follows a recently dumped guy trying to get his girl friend back, as well as keep his mum and dad (“He’s not my dad!”) and friends alive from the towns population of zombies. Where’s the safest place you know? Is it as strong as the Winchester!
28 Days Later (2002)
A man awakens in hospital after a long coma following a car crash. He finds himself locked into the hospital ward, but when he gets outside onto the streets of London he finds the whole capital city deserted. Not only must he stay alive where all the food has rotten, but it turns out some of the population has survived as bloody-thirsty rage-filled monsters.
The population of a small peaceful farming town in Iowa suddenly starts turning on one another after a military cargo plane crashes in the nearby water supply. Not a zombie film, but should be watched by any Zombie-fans. I think George A. Romero would see this as a worthy remake of his 1973 film of the same name.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
This is the highly influential film that most zombie fans class as a masterpiece by Romero. Although remade twice since, this original has the best atmosphere and constant genuine dread that the zombies will get you in time.
Think I’ve missed any classics? Feel free to share what you think is the best.