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the giraffe's favorite "zombie" movies

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This is a companion list to my favorite zombie movies list. In that list I defined zombies as "reanimated corpses feasting on the living" and none of these films have those kind of zombies.
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12. White Zombie (1932)

Highly entertaining due to Bela Lugosi being awesome.

Featured zombie type: Voodoo curse victims (reanimated corpse, yes; flesh-eater, no)
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11. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

A classic. If you haven't watched this & are a film buff, find a copy & watch it.

Featured zombie type: While the somnambulist isn't technically a zombie, the fact that he's under someone else's power counts in the same way that the voodoo zombies do in my book.
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10. Versus (2000)

Yakuza, samurai, assassins, and zombies. Throw them all together, and this is what you get. There's a lot going on in this movie, and I wouldn't dare attempt to put it together for you. Go watch it for yourself. I will say that it's a hell of a ride, a lot of fun, and you'll want to watch it at least twice.

Featured zombie type: Re-animated corpses armed with weapons (not flesh-eaters).
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9. Re-Animator (1985)

A nice spin on the Frankenstein tale, full of memorable scenes, hilarious moments, and buckets of blood. Jeffrey Combs is Awesome.

Featured zombie type: Re-animated corpse by injection. Not a flesh-eater.
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8. Pontypool (2008)


An original idea for an infection & the fact that most of the carnage is left to the imagination makes this one well worth watching. You may never listen to radio the same afterward.

Featured zombie type: Virus-infected. Flesh eater yes, but it's unclear if there's any re-animation.
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7. The Crazies (1973)

Romero's excellent exploration of the dangers of "military intelligence". The remake is OK if you've never seen this one, but this one is FAR better despite the few flaws it has.

Featured zombie type: Virus-created. Neither a re-animated corpse nor a flesh-eater, but the infected are clearly not in control of themselves.
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6. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

Voodoo rituals, hallucinations, nightmares...all directed wonderfully by Wes Craven. Some of the effects are very dated & thus come off as cheesy, but when a horror movie ends & you know you won't be sleeping well that night, it's definitely done its job.

Featured zombie type: Voodoo curse victims (see White Zombie above)
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5. Pet Sematary (1989)

Loved the book & loved the movie...well, the last time I saw it anyway. Haven't seen it in a long time now, so a re-watch may alter my rating but Fred Gwynne and the kid that plays Gage are awesome in this. Of all the films in this list this one's probably the least "zombie" but a re-animated corpse is still a re-animated corpse, so I included it.

Featured zombie type: Re-animated corpse possessed by vengeful spirits
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4. Planet Terror (2007)

Possibly the most fun I've had watching any of Robert Rodriguez's films. Over-the-top is an understatement.

Featured zombie type: Virus-created. Neither a re-animated corpse nor (from what I can remember) a flesh-eater.
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3. 28 Days Later... (2002)

I love Alex Garland's script, and Danny Boyle expertly brings the horrors to life. It all looks and feels REAL. Also, the blood and gore makes me truly happy.

Featured zombie type: Virus-created. No re-animation, but biting helps spread the infection so flesh-eaters kind of.
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2. Evil Dead II (1987)

Actually this one is tied with #1. Which one I prefer depends on which one I'm watching at the time or which one I watched last (at present I've re-watched The Evil Dead most recently, so I gave it the top spot). This one is a perfect blend of horror & comedy, making it a pure joy to watch from start to finish. Sequels are rarely this Great.

Featured zombie type: Demon-possessed. Re-animation yes (for the most part), but no flesh-eaters since their main goal is killing their victims & stealing their souls.

NOTE: I've excluded Army of Darkness from this list because it simply doesn't qualify as any kind of zombie movie in my book. That probably has mostly to do with the fact it's more of a medieval action-comedy than a horror film, but the fact that death doesn't seem necessary for possession like its predecessors helps disqualify it I think. And no, skeleton armies don't count. :P

Feel free to disagree with me.
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1. The Evil Dead (1981)

As mentioned above, this one is tied with Evil Dead II as I simply can't choose which is definitely better. The more I watch this one the more I appreciate it & it succeeds as a proper horror movie. It's low-budget, sure, but that doesn't mean it's not Great. It is, and for now I'm naming it my favorite "zombie" film of all-time.

Featured zombie type: Demon-possessed. Re-animation yes, but no flesh-eaters since their main goal is killing their victims & stealing their souls.
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Comments

Posted: 2 years ago at Mar 23 18:29
Great list! Evil Dead, Re-animator, White Zombie, Pet Sematary, and Planet Terror are all awesome!
Posted: 2 years ago at Mar 25 2:53
Interesting, some of these I have seen, some of these I want to see.
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Posted: 2 years ago at Mar 26 15:56
Have u seen the new version of The Crazies
Posted: 2 years ago at Mar 26 23:13
@RJ4 - Yes I have. It was OK. I much prefer the original.
Posted: 2 years ago at Apr 12 2:52
Serpent and the Rainbow was great. Pet Semetary scared the hell out of me as a kid. I'll have to check out Whit Zombie, Lugosi is badass.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Jun 11 10:16
Pontypool and The Last Man On Earth could be on there
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Jun 11 17:50
@xxixii - I didn't count The Last Man on Earth because they're supposed to be vampires (even though they seem more like zombies). Haven't seen Pontypool yet.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jun 22 7:57
The reason for suggesting the Last Man On Earth is because the vampires (I dont think the word is even used in the film?) act more like zombies AND it was the template for Romero's zombie movies - Pontypool is a MUSTSEE for anyone who likes cerebral horror as its fairly unique
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Sep 18 11:48
If you haven't seen Return of the Living Dead (1985) then you've really missed something.
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Sep 18 12:57
@.-* Damir - I have indeed seen Return of the Living Dead, but it does not fit into this list. Please see my favorite zombie movies list (note the lack of quotation marks around the word zombie).
Posted: 11 months, 1 week ago at May 9 13:54
Many of my faves here...and, yes, those pesky technicalities. ;P

I would urge you to see Pontypool, as well - if you haven't yet. It's fantastic!
Posted: 11 months, 1 week ago at May 9 14:23
Updated to include Pontypool. :)
Posted: 11 months, 1 week ago at May 9 19:39
This list clearly needs some Nightmare City

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