They're the new fad, hot trend, hip obsession. I even came across a zombie romance novel the other day. Wow. Never expected that... Anyways, here's our favorite zombie movies.
#10 Plague of the Zombies
It's a classic! I mean, it's in the Hammer collection. You can't have a best-zombie-movie list without this one. For an oldie, it can still give us the chills. Rock on, hippie era zombies.
This will undoubtedly be considered a zombie classic in a few decades. It's campy fun, and Woody Harrelson is a genius here, but it's a little over-the-top bloody for me, which is why it's not higher on the list, despite its popularity.
#8 Planet Terror
Over-the-top, just like Zombieland, but it's killer fun. Pun intended. (Yes, we think we were clever there.) Plus, it has a machine gun leg on a sexy woman. Hell yeah!
#7 Warm Bodies
It's my firm belief that this movie has ignited the newest trend in romantic books and films: the zombie romance. It's going to be big, soon. Maybe even overtake the vampire romance obsession we've had for at least 200 years. There just isn't a cuter young adult love story out there, and "Warm Bodies" beats "Twilight" for romance and fun by about a million miles. I'll take R over Edward any day. Bonus: for a romance, it's surprisingly not even mildly sexist. Win!
#6 I Walked With a Zombie
Imagine Alfred Hitchcock made a zombie movie. 'Nuf said.
#5 George Romero's zombie trilogy
Do we really have to defend this choice? Honestly, guys...
#4 all the Evil Dead films (the originals)
We're not defending this either. Duh.
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It's so unexpected and touching, with a healthy dose of "... what the hell..." Billy Connolly is surprisingly lovable, which may be due to the fact that the movie doesn't allow him to open his obnoxious foul mouth. Carrie-Anne Moss is the opposite of her character in "The Matrix," and she's still awesome. The whole "zombie is man's best friend" theme had me crying at the end. And that creepy neighbor with his zombie concubine... good stuff, people. Good stuff.
#2 Sugar Hill
I apologize, but I have a soft spot for blaxploitation films. And "Sugar Hill" delivers exploitation, revenge, and chills with the best of them. Plus, it's nice to see a return to the voodoo zombie story, rather than the zombie plague/virus trope. Zombies were originally associated with voodoo, not mutated viruses, so this is a return to zombie roots.
Camp at its best. Forget voodoo zombies and virus-induced zombie plagues. "Re-Animator" is the most chilling dead-people-come-to-life story of them all because it's the closest to reality. The day is closing in when Herbert West's experiments might actually become a medical reality... and a horrific nightmare. This is science turned evil. Welcome to the future. Welcome to the definition of terror. Feel free to scream.
Honorable mention to "Shaun of the Dead." It's so stuffed full of awesomeness that we couldn't figure out where to put it. It's in a category of its own.
Check in next week for some witchy films! (Yeah, "The Craft" is gonna make the list.)
The Lonely Alchemist