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Top 10 Best Zombie Movies (List) 2012 After being practically dead and buried in the 90s, zombie films have sprung back to life in the last few years.

So let’s stagger moaning through the annals of film history and put together a list of the… Top 10 Best Zombie Movies ever made.

10. Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

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Gone is the subtext, gone is the joy of living in a mall, gone is the subtle character development, but this remake does do a number of things very well. It’s fast, it’s scary and there’s no denying it brought the genre up to date, turning it into something cool and mainstream – no mean feat. It has perhaps the most terrifying opening 10 minutes of any zombie film.

9. Return Of The Living Dead (1985)

Ever wonder where zombies got their taste for ‘Braaaiinnns?” It was this movie that introduced it -

Written and directed by the screenwriter of Alien and Total Recall, this parody of Night Of The Living Dead is so unique and inventive it feels like it’s own creation. The plot sees the dead of Louisville, Kentucky brought back to life by a toxic gas and going on a rampage, for brains.

8. Day Of The Dead (1985)

George A. Romero’s underrated Day takes a microcosm of society and observes how a lack of human communication leads to breakdown. Soon it’s mad scientist vs insane military captain, with everyone else stuck in the middle. And in Capt. Rhodes it features one of the most magnificent bastards ever to grace the screen -

Day has the most realistic gore effects in any zombie movie to date, thanks to an absence of cgi and to a Tom Savini at the height of his powers – the headless body on the Dr.’s slab is a magician’s magic trick. Romero considers it to be his best zombie film.

7. Dead Alive (aka Braindead) (1992)

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The cult horror-comedy from Peter Jackson almost implodes under its own manic loonacy but as a screwball take on Night Of The Living Dead it somehow holds itself together with an endless stream of “did they just do that?” moments. Probably the zombie movie most likely to make you vomit, especially if you don’t like what’s in the custard.

6. White Zombie (1932)

The film that created the zombie genre, before Romero re-imagined the rules three decades later. Zombies used to have a master controlling them, and didn’t eat people. Here the great Béla Lugosi plays a voodoo master in Haiti who turns people into zombies with the power of his mind. Now that’s badass. He also has a no-messing first name – ‘Murder’. Rob Zombie’s heavy metal band White Zombie took the movie’s title as a tribute.

5. Zombieland (2009)

Imagine a young neurotic Woody Allen in a zombie crisis. That’s effectively who Jesse Eisenberg is playing in this comedy road trip, staying alive by following his carefully formulated rules. Zombieland doesn’t explore the origins of the zombie outbreak or have a particularly interesting plot (Woody Harrelson is trying to find a twinkie), but wins over through the sheer chemistry of its leads, witty writing and an entertaining mystery cameo.

4. 28 Days Later (2002)

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The debate over whether these are zombies or not can rage on, but it’s worth noting just because you change a couple of rules doesn’t mean you’ve created a new genre, the zombie rules have been changing since White Zombie in the 1930s. They didn’t even used to eat people. What 28 Days Later does show is how much one simple change (they can run) can revitalise everything. Add to that the brilliant drama, atmosphere and the haunting scenes of an empty London and you have a movie that stays in the mind long after it’s over.

3. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

It’s extremely rare that a movie can successfully bridge horror and comedy but Shaun Of The Dead smacks that challenge round the face with a cricket bat. It’s the hum-drum everyday reality of Shaun and Ed’s lives – playing TimeSplitters 2, popping to the shops for a Cornetto – that makes the introduction of blood-drenched zombies feel all the more real and unsettling.

2. Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

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Romero’s first outing revolutionised the horror genre and the concept of zombies, in a way that is still being felt today. ‘Zombies’ became an undead horde who feasted on the living, dressed in work clothes or casket attire, sported injuries, and shuffled. Gore was introduced too. With its none too subtle references to the war in Vietnam, graphic violence and stark black and white photography, it caused a humongous stir on its initial release and while the violence may seem watered down by current standards it still remains the movie that created the modern zombie.

And here it is, the number 1 all time top zombie movie -

1. Dawn Of The Dead (1978)

With its sly take on brainless consumerism, unique atmosphere, assured director, and imaginatively gruesome FX from Tom Savini, this isn’t just the best of Romero’s ‘Dead’ series, but the best zombie movie period. At its core it taps into two desires none of us quite realised we had – to live in a mall where everything is free, and to take down a slow moving enemy with creative weapon combinations. Overall, Dawn Of The Dead is proof that a gore-fest can be thought-provoking and work on multiple levels.

Any good zombie movies I missed? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Jen said

    I thought [Rec] was really good.

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  • patrick the great said

    well honestly I think all the zombie movies are kinda gay, I only realy liked 28days later after that zombieland was cool alond with resident evil 3 but like I said the only realy good 1 is 28days later, I gotta give them brits props on that, infact thats the only scary movie that ever realy scared me, after I watched that I barricaded my bedroom door and slept with 1 of my many swords lol, that was a creepy night

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  • Marty said

    Speaking of the Brits, perhaps one of the best zombie movies in recent years is “Dead Set”. They show it in a very realistic manner. Quite good.

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  • ibrahim said

    i think shaun of the dead is the best of the rest. no doubt

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  • Mary said

    Umm.. how about Resident Evil, dude? It’s an awesome game, and movies are too good.. I can’t believe it’s not on your list.. 0o

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  • dchallenger1212 said

    to the one who said running zombies is a stretch because the body stiffins after death… zombie plots have grown from just the brain being re-animated to also being enhanced when its reanimated hints the running and in some zombie flics even a huge leap… but either way its still sci-fi and i love plots that make you think but im also an impatient graphics nut so i prefer to watch some remakes myself but….and this is just my point…”cant have the remake without the original being a smash hit” they all have their pros and cons

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  • curt said

    My new favorite is “The Dead” by the Ford brothers. It is now in my top 10 of all time.

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  • Ryan said

    Dead alive is great. Hilarious movie.

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  • Zombie Films said

    As the author said… concerning Dawn of the Dead remake. Snyder’s 10 minute intro of the movie can carry the movie alone and makes it worthy of being in the top 10.

    I have a big problem with Day of the Dead at only #8. I mean, the music score, the gut-wrenching feeling that it’s all practically over for humankind; that’s just priceless.

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  • kan said

    28 days later and 28 weeks later are not zombie movies….. and not because they were the first to “run”…… they arent even dead for crying out loud, just really really REALLY angry.

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    • lame said

      but they still bite each other and thats how is spreads so yeah they are zombie movies kay.

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  • lame said

    the name should be changed to the top 10 worst zombie movies. 28 weeks later is sooo much better than 28 days later. that movir is lammeee . and most of those zombie movies are not good at alllll.

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  • pangi linan gunawan said

    yeesss im like

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  • Ms Dos said

    Where Is The Walking Dead?
    It’s Was My Favourite Film In The Genre. Please Include The Walking Dead. Have A Good One.

    //Your Favourite Martian (RayWilliamJohnson)

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  • Mike Brown said

    THe only “Zombie movie” I have ever really cared for was I am Legend but I dont know if you would qualify that as a zombie movie

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  • sarah said

    Zombie land is way better than dawn of the dead!

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