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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 22 Oct 2012 03:43
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My Top 25 Halloween Favorites: Zombies

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People who added this item 278 Average listal rating (180 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.6
Pontypool (2008)

In the snowy small town of Pontypool, there's something in the air colder than the winter chill.
Something that's transforming all the townspeople into the walking dead.
A different take on the zombie genre, that for me personally stretches a bit thin in terms of believeabilty (even with the buffer of suspended belief}, but still, the efforts in it's unique approach {along with Stephen McHattie's strong camera presence) was enough to warrent a place on this list.
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In this final installment of of the Evil Dead series, it's time to go back in time & kick some Ash. And when you take a chainsaw back to medieval times, there's a certain noise of putresce satisfaction that it makes when slicing & dicing through the decaying flesh & skeletal limbs of a multitude of minions of moldered evil. And that noise is....

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A camp infested B/W sci-fi flick filled to the brim with cheeseball plotholes, cardboard props, aliens, zombies (of course), & a heaping sense of guilty pleasure.
To keep this entry short, here's a review that I wrote which explains why I like it: www.listal.com/viewentry/192805

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People who added this item 2011 Average listal rating (1318 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
A group of teenagers go off to an isolated cabin for the weekend, and soon come to discover that whenever a group of teenagers goes off to an isolated cabin in the forest, the end result is never good.
Particularly when the cabin contains a tome of demonology.
Heck, I coulda told them that.

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People who added this item 699 Average listal rating (458 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
What do you get when you pack in a coven of werewolves, a group of misfit zombies, a serial killing neighbor and a mischievious trick-or-tricking imp all into one script?
A Jack 'O' Lantern filled candy-collection of quality, modern campy Halloween tales of the escapist-fare variety done right: With more focus on the quality than on the camp.

For me, this is a movie that does an effective job of capturing the feel of all those big budget horror flix that were released during the late 80's and thru-out the 90's. The kind that always frustrated me because their scripts rarely reached the level of their budgets.
Trick 'r' Trick comes closer to the type of fun onscreen fearfest that I would've like to have seen during that particular time of the horror cinema.
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People who added this item 59 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
Rammbock (2010)
Zombies who speak German. Well, not actually speak.....
growl is more like it. But still, whatever noise you can hear rumbling from outta their rotworm-infested mouths, it's definitely somewhere within the undead infested wasteland of Deutschland.

Actually, to be honest, while I liked this film, I still found it to be somewhat underwhelming. However I decided to still include it on this list just because any time anyone makes an honest effort to create a quality zombie flick with it's own unique twist, it's always a good thing.
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While the shlock that comes with most zombie flicks usually puts me off, Robert Rodriguez's style of depicting his half of The Grindhouse as a caricature of a genre that has already gone cartoonishly over the top, makes this a walking undead gore-a-rama that I could not only stomach, but enjoy as well. Coupled with a modern sense of violence that we've all mindlessly grown to love, it's a zombie action flick of an energetic quality that sparked some life into my usually dead reaction to most shambling corpse fare.
So, if you're into chicks with guns, zombie apocalypeses and amputees (and let's be honest.... who isn't?),
then this is the zombie flick for you.

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To be honest,
I completely agree with the title of this film.
We truly need to simply just let sleeping corpses lie.
Cuz if we did,
we wouldn't have to worry about all this zombie apocalypse craziness.
And there would be no need to have to publish any handbooks depicting how to handle the situation.
Not to mention that our delectable edible brains (a cornerstone of any zombie's nutritious breakfast) would be able to sleep alot easier at night.

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People who added this item 479 Average listal rating (291 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
With the Disneyfication that has swept over the landscape of animated films these days, including those movies that are not under the mouse-earred banner, it's easy to forget that there was a time when the process of animation included experimenting with stories that were geared towards those audiences that were sporting pubic hair in their shorts.
Heavy Metal, based on the comic magazine of the same name, was one such experiment.

An adult anthology of sci-fi, horror and fantasy mash-ups, it included, for the purposes of this list, a "zomberrific" tale of up in the air undead mayhem entitled B-17.
And while it's style of animation may have become dated over the years, overall, the film is still an excellent example of the kinds of mature-minded cinematic escapist fare that the medium could produce outside the realm of fairytale, age-restricted wastelands of today.
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People who added this item 1565 Average listal rating (1033 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
To be frightfully honest,
for my Halloween lists, I wasn't too sure where to put these Evil Dead movies since they can qualify both as zombie flicks and demon films.
So, I just went ahead and included 'em in both.
If any of you of reading this have a problem on how I categorized either of these films,
then feel free to either make your own horrors lists and put em in the genre as you see fit.
you can take both movies and your opinions about 'em and just stick 'em straight up your Ash.

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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.9
The dead have come back to life. But this time, they're not out for blood, brains or body parts. They just want to live amongst the living.
Thus begins the process of re-integration and healing.
But if anyone thinks that people can just go on to the other side, and then just come right back, they're wrong. Dead wrong.
Oh, okay, maybe that makes this movie sound a bit more cryptic than it really is, but still,
the message of "you just can't go home again" still applies.

Le Revenants/They Came Back is definitely whay you'd call an unconventional take on the zombie genre.
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People who added this item 110 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 5.4
Back in 2007, a film from Spain hit the horror genre with the force of a zombie apocalypse. It was called REC and following the found footage craze that was still going on at the time, it took the shaky cam and focused it onto the trapped by zombies formula. It was a combo that they made work very effectively and the film left an indelible mark on the walking dead fandom.
However, success always comes with a price, and the unexpected reaction to REC meant that sequels were soon to follow. And as is always the case in these situations, with each subsequent sequel, the quality of the franchise kept dropping a couple of notches.
So by the time that this fourth installment came out, I walked into it expecting to see the final nail in the coffin of a series that really should of been left alone after the first one. Now Apocalypse still didn't do anything to redeem REC as a collective whole, but, if you watch it as a stand alone film, it's pretty damn good. Gone is the shaky cam along with the shock ending that helped to provide the first one with the kind of chills that made someone want to soil themselves, but here, the elements of the franchise are converted into an action-type thriller with the kind of suspense that can keep you on the edge of your seat.
For the Halloween season, when you're in the mood to be scared, watch REC 1. However, at any other time of the year, when you wanna watch just a decent roller coaster (albeit a bit water-logged) thrill-ride, filled with suspense and of course, rotted rabid zombies, then REC 4 is worth standing behind in line behind the Redbox.

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People who added this item 368 Average listal rating (274 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
When I first read about this movie here on the ol' internet, it was described by several people as "Snowpiercer meets World war Z." But to be honest, other than taking place on a sleek train, I don't see all that much correlation between Busan and Piercer. In my opinion, this comes more like another chapter that could be occurring while Brad Pitt is running around the globe trying to put an end to World War Z. And to be even more honest, even though this film doesn't stack up the zombified bodies into the huge mountains that we see in Z, I like the way Train To Busan utilizes the technique of the undead acting like fire ants better. It's more dramatic and seems to serve the premise movie in a much more effective manner.
T2B also does a really good job of establishing it's main characters so that the loss is truly felt when the zombies gets their teeth on any of 'em, particularly at the end, which will leave you feeling like your heart was wrenched out of your chest more drastically than any of the walking dead could.

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People who added this item 185 Average listal rating (130 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8

From what I understand, this walking dead/reality series amalgam aired in two different versions; as five 30 minute series installments spread thro-out a five night run,
and then, later on, as a 3+ hour compilation movie. I first viewed it in it's full movie form.
And for me, the best way I can classify DS as, is this;
if you like the claustrophobic horror of a film like [REC] and if you're tired of those annoying reality "stars", like the housemates of Britain's "Big Bruvver" (or if you're just tired of British people in general), then this is definitely the zombie flick for you.
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People who added this item 617 Average listal rating (395 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
How do you up the ante of a sequel for a zombie flick that already raised the level of real horror and therefore finally busted through the mired schlock that had infected the genre?
revealing the answer to that question would require some big-time spoilers....
so let me just say that,
after years of accumulating a formula that's gotten way past the point of cliche,
it's about time films about the living dead starting showing some new signs of life.

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People who added this item 1527 Average listal rating (994 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7
World War Z (2013)
After many films about the devastating effects of a zombie apocalypse, comes World War Z, a movie that focuses on actually dealing with a zombie apocalypse. Which only makes sense, considering that this is based on the book of the same name, which was a follow-up to the Zombie Survival Guide. Two books that followed the more scientific aspects of the hows, whys and whats of such catastrophres of carrion.

Sure, the mathematical view may have taken out some of the creep factor that's usually associated with this genre, but still, it's an interesting look into the whole method of how the dead become undead and what we can do to make sure that they become dead again.
And I don't know about you, but that does make me feel a little safer should the fearsome Fates ever decree that the Ragnarok of Rot shall transpire upon those of us who dwell amongst the land of the living.
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People who added this item 905 Average listal rating (574 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
ParaNorman (2012)
Whenever you see a little kid talking to open air, in most cases, it's because they're talking to their imaginary friend(s).
In most cases.
But there are a few situations wherein it's because they possess a sixth sense.....
in which they can see dead people.
The fact that, as this movie's title indicates, the lead character of this story has a "Para" prefix to his name, makes it pretty easy to guess which one of these cases Norman belongs to.

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The zom-com finally crystalizes itself with this entry, a film that features a shlockful of ghouls and gags, but without the over-the-top camp that infested the genre for such a long time.
I knew that this was gonna be my kind of zombie movie when in one early scene, the main character, Shaun (duh!), in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, stated that he liked the album Second Coming, the much under-appreciated second effort by the Manchester shoegazing band, the Stone Roses.
After that part, I knew that this was a zombie flick that I could relate to. So, from there on, i just let my fat, hairy pimp-ass sink back into my easy-chair, relaxed, and enjoyed all the thrills, chills and gags that followed.

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People who added this item 3230 Average listal rating (2161 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7

I've never been really big into the horror-comedy genre. It always felt to me that the comedy sorta cancels out the horror aspect of the film. Fortunately, Zombieland seems to focus more with the comedy area of it's premise, and the story centered more on the main characters dealing in world with few human survivors than it does on these characters battling their way thru flanks upon flanks of zombies (although, there are enough of those scenes to warrant the name of this movie). So, even though I'm not a big fan of zombie apocalypses, I found that I was able to sit thru this one with a bit more of an appreciation not only for the sub-genre itself, but more importantly, with an appreciation for a certain actor* with the initials BM. And yet, even more importantly, with an appreciation for the fact that I live in a time when I don't have to worry about life's little Twinkie gauge going on empty.

*Kind of a spoiler if I mention the actor's name.
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While I respect George Romero's horror/comedy zombie flix and I understand that there's an audience out there for it, the truth is, I myself have little patience for this specific brand of subgenre.
Therefore, when Zack Snyder came along and redid Dawn with a budget more substantial than what Mssr. Romero is used to, and with a more solid story-line, along with the shlock gage turned down a couple of notches, I found myself actually enjoying watching a film about a subject that beforehand, I had no interest in: a mallful of zombies searching for something to munch on beyond the barriers of the lower level food court.

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People who added this item 3580 Average listal rating (2348 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6

Y'know, the concept of zombies has gotten bogged down with the campiness that has overtaken this horror sub-genre over the years, that the horror aspect seems to have been practically filtered out. And though alot of this may be due to the logistic of being able to easily escape these stumbling monstrocities, the fact is, if anyone reading this actually saw a zombie, they'd still be scared to the point of shittin' out their own skeletons. If at least by the idea that they have born witness to something as "death-defying" as an entity of the "undead".
This movie attempts to address these issues by respectfully replacing the idea of rising from the dead more akin to being infected with a rabid mind-devolving plague. And IMO, that's enough to turn the concept of a zombie into a more reality like creature that's pretty damn scary. Especially when added to the fact that they can now move fast enough to actually catch you.
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People who added this item 199 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.9
A band of police detectives decide to go rogue and take vengeance on a gang-leading drug-dealer for their fallen comrade-in-arms.
However, they soon find out that even the most well-planned revenge raid can go wrong. And just when they think that it can't get any worse than finding themselves at the mercy of their enemy.
it does.

La Horde is the kind of film that once you shamble out of the theater watchin' it, you will realize that no matter how bad a situation your life is in, you haven't hit rock bottom until you've hit the level of a zombie apocalypse.
Kinda makes you wanna start smelling the roses, huh?
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To be honest, over-all, as a film, I liked 28 Weeks Later more than it's predecessor, 28 Days.
I thought that Days was much horror-like than it's sequel, but, for me, Weeks had a much more thrilling factor. I liked the increase of the non-stop action, and I found the plot to be more cohesive (whereas in the first movie, the antagonists seemed to change mid-through, from the zombies to the stoney-hearted soldiers).
I mean, don't get me wrong, Weeks has enough to qualify itself into the category of the horror genre.
But Days felt like it had the creepiness factor in it's advantage since it's the film that first introduces the rabies-infected pseudo-zombies that liked to behave more like the running dead than they did the walking dead.
Either way , between the two films, the quality of the franchise so far is high enough that I'm glad to be able to include both of them on my list of fear-fraught favorites.
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People who added this item 1466 Average listal rating (946 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5

A female reporter and her camera man, covering the night shift at a local firehouse, go on a "ride along" to investigate a mysterious call that came in earlier from an apartment building.
When they arrive, what they find could be the "scoop" of their careers, but only if they end up getting out. Alive.

Take what Cloverfield took from The Blair Witch Project, add a dash of 28 Days Later, and then sprinkle on some sub-titles (at least, in my case),
and there you go. A quality zombie flick of which I rarely get to see without a giant glob of gooey camp splattered all over it.
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This could almost be considered the "Blair Witch Project" of it's time, in that had a very documentary realism style to it that was later further advanced by the shaky camera genre of recent years.
And to my mind, it was the first time I had ever seen the depiction of zombies as truly scary. Because, let's be honest here. Even though everyone always makes fun of the fact that they're easy to escape, the truth is, if any of us were to be truly confronted by a husk of rotting flesh that stood upright, just the idea that we were actually witnessing one of the "living dead" would be enough to makes sh#t out our own skeletons.
Or at least, scare us to a point of not being able to think as straight as one would like during such a sticky situation.
A concept that is convincingly depicted in the behavior of the various characters of NotLD and is the primary reason why the heart of this horror classic still beats strong today.

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Ah, zombies.
We can't get enough of 'em.
Whether they're on splattergore films in the theatre, popular "Lost-like" TV series, sharply drawn comicbooks, or just the mindless trolls on the internet, we can never seem to satiate our appetite for the shamblin', liver-slurpin', maggot-mouthed, skull-faced, rot-riddled rascals.
So, here is a list composed of my favorite films that tackle the subject of the walking dead.

Runners up:

26. Dead Air - Sort of a lesser version of Pontypool.

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Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Feb 15 22:55
Les Revenants - not scary at all but a fairly unique angle on the zombie genre
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Sep 13 22:10
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Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Jan 5 21:05
good list! and I'm still waiting for the zombie apocalypse ...
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Jan 26 3:55
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie and They Came Back are the only ones I haven't seen but I love the others :D
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Aug 28 4:54
What about Return Of The Living Dead?

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