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the giraffe's favorite zombie movies

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14. Zombie Strippers! (2008)

Cheesy fun throughout. It's not for everyone by any means, but personally I found it to be the zombie equivalent of Piranha 3D. Robert Englund is especially entertaining.
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13. Diary of the Dead (2007)

Romero returns to the start of the zombie uprising & sets it in the present day. This time his social commentary is focused primarily on modern media, which is vastly different from what it was at the time of Night of the Living Dead. I thought it was well-done for the most part, and especially enjoyed the cameos from several actors that appeared in his earlier films in the series.
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12. Dead Snow (2009)

Nazi zombies...I think that pretty much says it all.
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11. Fido (2006)

What if Lassie had been a zombie instead of a dog? It might have gone something like this film.
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10. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

This one is pretty cheesy due mostly to its embracing of the 80s styles, and the decision to give the zombies dialogue renders them more comedic than frightening (at least in my book). However it's so much fun I couldn't take it too seriously & therefore forgave its flaws for the most part. Plus, any film that admits openly to being influenced by Night of the Living Dead is cool in my book.
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9. Zombie (1979)

As I stated in my October 2011 Horrorfest list: zombie vs. shark...where else can you see that? To see how such an epic battle would go, check this movie out. Also if you love gore and zombies, check this movie out. On the other hand, if occasionally bad acting, laughable moments, race stereotypes displayed through broken-English dialogue, and unnecessary female nudity in horror movies is something you can't allow yourself to enjoy then you might not want to check this movie out.

Despite its flaws, I loved it.
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8. Land of the Dead (2005)

Romero's zombies shine their social-commentary lights on post-9/11 America & show a world that's not too difficult to imagine. Here we have the biggest names actor-wise of any of Romero's Dead series & yet it maintains the series' B-movie feel.
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7. Zombieland (2009)

In which the Zombie Survival Guide gets applied successfully to a zombie movie. A lot of fun throughout, with a cameo that (if it hasn't already been spoiled for you if you haven't seen this) is both unexpected and brilliantly done.
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6. Dead Alive (1992)

I miss the Peter Jackson who made this film. Over-the-top in every way & fun from start to finish, the only flaw here lies with the cast members who aren't very good actors. Still, the flaw is minor when you're watching things like the martial-artist priest or the zombie baby.
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5. Day of the Dead (1985)

The last truly Great zombie film Romero made, and its brightest moments come courtesy of an experimenting doctor and his most promising guinea pig. It's a little too slow-paced for its own good unfortunately, but well worth the time spent watching it.
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4. Cemetery Man (1994)

A true original in the field of zombie films, or horror films in general for that matter. Rupert Everett deadpans his way through increasingly more insane situations involving the living dead (here called "returners"), and the ending will leave you thinking about this film for days afterwards.
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3. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

The best zombedy of the 00s, with its references to other zombie (and non-zombie) films sprinkled throughout, a great cast, great script, and great soundtrack. How many movies can successfully combine romance, comedy and horror with each getting an equal share of screen time? I can only think of one.
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2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Romero's follow-up to Night of the Living Dead is equally as good...some would say better than, and while I won't argue with them I've always been reluctant to give Dawn of the Dead the zombie crown. The social commentary is not only perfect but remains relevant, and the acting & effects are better than its predecessor mostly due to a decade's difference. I suppose what it all boils down to is that of the two films Dawn is a little more fun, while Night succeeds more at scaring me. And theoretically that's what horror movies are supposed to do.

Oh yeah, and fuck the remake. Other than being entertaining enough to not walk out early on, it fails.
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1. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

My favorite zombie film, and possibly my favorite horror film of all-time. Romero's flesh-eating ghouls (later dubbed zombies) are truly creepy in black-and-white, the cast is great for a bunch of nobodies, and the social commentary is excellent. Romero came out of nowhere with this film & raised the bar for horror films while paving the way for the genre's future by showing people getting eaten on screen for the first time.

The only misstep Romero made with this film was not copyrighting it after the title changed. As such it became public domain...otherwise dude would be sitting on millions still.
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Zombies seem to come in various forms, so let me be clear here...if there are no reanimated corpses feasting on the living then it doesn't qualify for inclusion in this list.

For the other "zombie" movies, please see my favorite "zombie" movies list.


Inspired by all the other top/best zombie movie lists on here, the final push coming courtesy of Larry Talbot's list.

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Mar 23 19:45
I'm glad someone else has seen Fido. I had a chance to see a screening of it at Sundance and loved it. I noticed it's currently streaming on Netflix so hopefully that will help it become a bit more well known.
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Mar 23 23:30
"Day of the Dead" is my favorite zombie-film of all time!

You should check out Lucio Fulci's Zombie films, like "City of the Living Dead", "The Beyond and "Zombie Flesh Eaters".
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Mar 24 0:51
I think I might have to give "Zombie Strippers" another try. I think I just wasn't in the mind set to watch the film. Also "Zombie" is one of those films that I'm still working up the nerve to watch... despite owning a copy ;)
Posted: 2 years ago at Mar 25 6:35
I have seen five of these in the last year, all thanks to you, Zombieland is my favorite - in fact I just bought a copy of it which should arrive this week - followed by Night Of The Living Dead and Shaun of the Dead. Still need to see Day of The Dead and Return Of The Living Dead - and I really need to see that Shark vs. Zombie movie. I noticed that Fido is on streaming so I will probably be checking it out soon - a Zombie version of Lassie sounds interesting, let me know if any of the other Zombie movies are on streaming :)
Posted: 2 years ago at Mar 25 8:19
Great zombie list from the zombie guru himself! Haven't seen nearly enough of them, but nothing I would argue with here! Very nice!
Posted: 2 years ago at Mar 27 13:50
A huge thumb up for Dead Snow!
Posted: 2 years ago at Mar 28 16:52
I have to put this to my bookmarks and watch some of these someday.
Posted: 2 years ago at Mar 29 5:20
What? No "Zombie Lake?" ;-)
Posted: 2 years ago at Mar 29 6:08
Sweet zombie movies I'll be sure to check out the ones I haven't seen yet :D
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at May 20 7:39
Completely agree with your statement on the 1978 Dawn of the Dead. I'm really tired of hearing how great the remake was, because although the 2004 movie looked good visually, that's all it was to me. Cemetery man was also an interesting flick, even though it seemed to wander at times.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jun 28 15:42
Just a shame Romero had to continue to churn out the same movie again and again and again

Pontypool and Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies deserve a place

i have an idea for a list - List all the different names zombies have been given - in Pontypool they are calledd Conversationalists (watch the movie and that will make sense) and in Stacy... they are called Stacys
Posted: 11 months, 2 weeks ago at May 9 18:51
Hmm, I've only seen half of these, though I do have plans to check out Dead Snow and Dead Alive...and, perhaps, Zombie Strippers - it does look like it's hilarious. :)

Your top 4 made my own list and, imo, will always be among the greatest zombie films...no matter how many get made.

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