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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 22 Oct 2012 03:43
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My Top 30 Halloween Favorites: Zombies

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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.3
Dead Air (2009)
When a zombie apocalypse occurs, it affects everyone, in every part of society. No matter where you are or what you do, if the dead are rising, it will eventually make it's way to you. Say, for example, you're a disc jockey locked away in a radio studio, the dead are gonna find some way to get in. And if you want see a movie about that, then have I got the film for you. It's called Pontypool and it came out in 2007. It's a good film and depicts just one angle of society during the end of the world via the spread of the dead.
Then, when you finish watching that movie, you can watch this one. It's also about a radio disc jockey being on the air when the zombies come a'shamblin', and how the circumstances affect him while he's on the job. Yeah, it's the lesser of the two radio themed zombie flix, but for any hardcore fans of the genre (and let's be honest, when it comes to zombies, you're a not fan unless you're hardcore), Dead Air is worth watching, if just so to say "Yeah, I watched that." when the subject rises up between hardcore fans in a hardcore discussion about hardcore zombie apocalypse.

People who added this item 300 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.5

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.
Anna is a typical, modern teenage schoolkid. Which means that when a globe-shattering event occurs, like a zombie apocalypse f'rinstance, she's gonna do what any nonappreciative don't-know-how-good they-got-it millenial would do. She's gonna sing her way through the corpse-ridden Ragnorak like it was a Zac Efron High School musical.
and I forgot to mention, the zompocalypse is happening during Christmas.

I tell ya,
these damn kids today, they don't realize how good they got it. Back in my day, if we wanted a Yultide Day of the Dead, we'd have to walk barefoot, through 12 inches of snow, uphill, both ways, to get it. And if we got it, we loved it.
get off of my lawn before I call the cops.
In this final installment of of the Evil Dead series, it's time to go back in time and kick some Ash. The genre shambles it's way from horror into fantasy adventure as the story shifts from the modern day setting of the isolated woods to the backdrop of the Arthurian landscape of the Middle Ages. And when you take a chainsaw back to medieval times, it's just as effective as a sword when it comes to slicing and dicing through the decaying flesh and skeletal limbs of a multitude of minions of moldered evil. It just does the job with a lot more noise. But it is a noise of pure manly and macabre satisfaction that tends to sound something like....

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

The Mighty Celestial's rating:
People who added this item 2132 Average listal rating (1441 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
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 an ancient tome of demonology.
Heck, I coulda told them that.

People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (32 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. Obviously, it won't be the best zom-flick you'll watch this year, but it's unique twist in enough to make it stand on it's own.
People who added this item 737 Average listal rating (494 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.7
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.
People who added this item 2162 Average listal rating (1457 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Planet Terror (2007)
Planet Terror was originally released as one half of movie called Grindhouse, which was a homage of the double feature campfest B-movies that were popular during the golden age of drive-in and matinee theaters of the 50's, 60's and 70's. Most of these double releases were just two movies that were usually cranked out very quickly and with miniscule budgets and most often were of the science fiction or horror variety.
The other film featured alongside with Planet Terror in Grindhouse is Quenton Tarantino's fast car themed Death Proof. And while I'm usually of fan of his work, a big fan, I found it a rather sub-par effort on QT's part, with Robert Rodriguez's Terror being the superior half of this shambling pastiche of Z-movie badness. And while the shlock that comes with style of zombie flick that Planet Terror celebrtaes usually puts me off, Rob Rod'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 not only could I 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 such maggot moldered 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.

The Mighty Celestial's rating:
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.

People who added this item 531 Average listal rating (334 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
Heavy Metal (1981)
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.
People who added this item 1658 Average listal rating (1137 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Evil Dead II (1987)
Just when you thought the Evil Dead were dead, this second installment of the series shows that one of the main reasons they're so evil is because they have a nasty habit of not staying dead.

After the surprise success of the first flick, Bruce Campbell revisits the role as the teenage camper who comes back to the cabin in the woods to settle a score. And this time, he taking names and kicking Ash.
Actually, that's a really loose interpretation of what happens in this film since I could never tell just how much of a sequel the story from ED2 was supposed to be from EV1.
Nevertheless, thus began a franchise that would to continue to shamble much farther and much longer than Sam Raimi and friends could've ever fore"saw".
People who added this item 46 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.9
  They Came Back  (or Le Revenants as it is known in France,  the thcoutry in which it was originally "risen"), is most likely the least scary zombie flick ever made. Not because it’s “so bad” that it’s just not scary. That’s a description for the vast majority of other non-scary zombie films out there. This one doesn’t instill fear in viewers because isn’t its purpose. They Came Back is about introspection. Not just about us, but also about society. And if that sentence makes you think “Oh, it one of those types of movies “, then you’re right. And if “one of those types of movies “ is the kind that turns you off, well then, that means that this isn’t the type of zombie flick for you. But worry not. There are plenty, and I mean plenty, of the other types of zombie movies out that are shambling out of the big movie making machine that is Hollywood.

People who added this item 125 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 5.3
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.

People who added this item 200 Average listal rating (138 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Dead Set (2008)

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.
People who added this item 647 Average listal rating (417 ratings) 6 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.

People who added this item 1640 Average listal rating (1105 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 the dynamics of 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 follow the more scientific aspects of the hows, the whys and the whats of such carrion infested catastrophres and their climatic consequences.

Sure, such a mathematical view may have taken out some of the creep factor that's usually associated with this genre, but still, it's a very 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.
Seoul Station is prequel film that was released just a couple of months after Train to Busan, a fast moving "Runaway Train" type of zombie movie. I don't know why the release of this chapter came so after the success of Busan (production on Seoul had to have been already fiuch such a quick release, indicating the the producers of this series felt very confident on how well it would do), or why the decision was made to make it ibto an animated film. I can only assume it's because the costs for an animated feature isn't as much as live action, but still, from what heard and read, animators don't come cheap.
Whatever the reason for such an out-of-ordinary output, the end result is paying off pretty good, for both the makers of the franchise and the fans.
Seoul Station is a quality follow-up to Train (which is one of the best zombie movies of the decade) and set the stage for almost equally successful Peninsula, the 3rd chapter of this Korean spawned pile-up of putrified procession.

People who added this item 983 Average listal rating (654 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.

People who added this item 88 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.5
Peninsula (2020)
While in most parts of the world, this South Korean zombie epic is simply called "Peninsula", in a few other areas, it is being marketed as "Train To Busan presents: Peninsula". In other words, movie execs want it to be known that this film is basiclly a loose sequel to 2016's runaway success, Train To Busan.
If there was a way to describe the first Busan movie in theatrical terms, I guess whe say that it's basically Runaway Train meets World War Z. In that regard, we could probaby then describe this fast-fiend follow-up as The Fast and the Furious meets World War Z ... with a nod to Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome ....and another nod to the Road Warrior ... and maybe a slight hint towards Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Basically, it's a series whose major premise is to hve different types of fast moving vehicles smash into World War Z types of carcass-accumulated pile-ups. And just like it's predecessor, Peninsula does a good job of delivering it's goods while at the same time, stitching it's undead body count action scenes with the type of talking head scenes that build a story that actually comes to life in the midst of all the macabre and mercurial moving mayhem.

People who added this item 3872 Average listal rating (2736 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
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.

People who added this item 88 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.3

If there was one place on Earth that could be said is starting to become the country that produces the most quality level zombie flicks, it would truly have to be South Korea. In 2016, they began the action filled "Busan series" starting with the aptly named "Train to Busan". It was followed up with an animated prequel called "Seoul Station" and then, in 2020, in the midst of the CoVid 19 pandemic, released an official sequel, "Peninsula". All of these films have recieved high critical ratings, particularly from horror fans and all with varying plots centering on the outbreak stages of a zombie apocalypse as seen through the eyes of Eastern Asia. And these stories of the undead from their particular point of view are showing no signs of slowing down. Released just a few months after Peninsula was this movie, #Alive. In it, two people are trapped in their respective apartments, just across from each other, as the plague of the undead spreads throughout the streets below them. And their only hope for survival is try and find some way to come together and reach out to any others out there who may trending as #alive.
People who added this item 3367 Average listal rating (2346 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Zombieland (2009)

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.
People who added this item 2052 Average listal rating (1362 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
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.

People who added this item 567 Average listal rating (435 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
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.

People who added this item 3658 Average listal rating (2466 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
28 Days Later (2002)

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.
People who added this item 197 Average listal rating (123 ratings) 5.8 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?
People who added this item 2012 Average listal rating (1301 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9

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.
People who added this item 1534 Average listal rating (1022 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4

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.
People who added this item 1775 Average listal rating (1158 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
  Well, here we have it. Probably the most obvious entry in any list of favorite flicks that feature footstepping festering fiends. And yet, despite it's unsurprising nature, at the end of the day (which is when the undead like to wander about the most), there is no arguing that this is the zombie film of all zombie films.
   I first watched Night of the Living Dead as a kid on an all access channel, which was able to show this film free of charge since the makers of this movie forgot to register it copyrights and as a result, anyone able to transmit a fequency onto a television screen was allowed to apply it to their program schedule. And lemme tell you guys, the scenes of zombies eating raw liver disguised as human flesh left an indelible (or is "inedible" a more proper description in this case?) scar on my soul, as it most likely did to any fan of horror at the time, no matter what age they were.    To be honest, even without those scenes, the black and white imagery, the documentary manner of filming, screenwriter/director George Romero's underlined critique style of writing, and the overall realsim of the production really madeNight Of one the most horrifying things to watch in the entirety of the decade. To say that it was, and still is, a touchstone not just in the zombie genre, but to all of horror movie-making, is something that has been said many times over. 
  For me, it's just a great watch. A film who's bare bones energy serves the intent of the story to the upmost degree, presents it's people-devouring ghouls, despite their shambling pace, as a real threat, both physically and even more dastardly, psychologically, to the over-expired social conscious of the era.
Now, while there had been movies about zombies before Living Dead, this is the one that cemented the unique characteristics of those ghastly "ghouls" (which is the name that is applied to the white walkers here... the word "zombie" is never actually mentioned during the entire "running" time). 
The presentation that the true monsters here are always gonna be "us", whether it be the culminative panic that comes from the living as a result of a zombie apocalypse, or simply by the taste for brains that we develope once we've expired  to other side of the global-devouring devastation, this is the entry into the world of scary cinema that marks a true dawn of the dead. 

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.

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