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).
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)
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
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
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.