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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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  • Zombieland(Y) said

    Zombieland is the coolest zombie moovies out there I wish all zombie moovies were same good…I personaly liked also the moovie dawn of the dead

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  • brandon said

    i love all the zombie movies. zombie movies are the best

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  • fygall said

    What about Land of the Dead? Im not saying its the best zombie flic but it deserves a mention, after all it was made by the master! I think the Dawn remake should get more credit aswell, I mean when I first saw them running at people instead of limping I was like “wooah”. I think thats where Romero’s films fail (I say fail in the least critical way)just the speed at which his zombies move they wouldnt do any where near as much damage in reality. Not that I’m critisizing him mind!

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  • Brandon said

    Ok gotta agree with shaun of the dead great movie i watched shocked really amazing gotta move shaun of the dead to #2

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  • Vladimir said

    heeeeeeeeeeeyyy what about 28 weeks later the first time I watched that movie I was terrified!!!!! And I think that it is even better than 28 days later!!!

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  • AMPworx said

    did anyone see RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART 2? IT IS ACTUALLY A PARODY OF RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART 1..well kind of… SOME OF THE ACTORS FROM PART 1 SAY SOMETHING LIKE “HEY HAVENT WE DONE THIS BEFORE” personally I love any zombie movie or anything close to the catergory…. 1970’s and 80’s cheazzzy zombie films are fun to watch. Did you know they sell books on how to survive a zombie invasions! I actually heard people call KROQ (LOS ANGELES radio station)and discuss how they keep a “zombie apocolypse kit” handy in the closet….no surprise there.. in L.A. there is actually a flat earth society who still believe the world is flat!!!blah,blah,blah,blah,…..p.s. we need more zombie films on a grand scale with supreme actors and a godd story

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  • Laura said

    What about Resident Evil?

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  • Mano said

    what about resident evil? that’s a pretty good zombie movie…

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  • anon said

    I don’t know why I’m legend isnt there I think it’s better than Planet terror…. That’s just my opnion you don’t have to agree.

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  • gary said

    zombieland!!its hugely entertaining iv watched it like 5 times already!

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  • monkey said

    were is Zombieland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Sol Oliver said

    The resident evil films suck…. too much effort on the effects bad story and script.

    10: Dead Alive (Brain Dead)
    9: ZombieLand
    8: Day of the dead
    7: Dead Snow (Doed Sno)
    6: Shaun of The Dead
    5: Dawn of The Dead (2004)
    4: Zombi II
    3: Evil Dead 1-3
    2: Night of The Living Dead
    1: Dawn of The Dead (1978)

    Also if you like them try Return Of The Living Dead I & II
    and re-animator.

    I have watched to many Zombie films…

    Ciao x

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  • Jonny said

    I also like the Night of the Living Dead ’90’s version with Tony Todd.

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  • Justin said

    Diary of the Dead is the best zombie movie. When it comes to being realistic and having some unforgettable scenes, it takes the trophy. Just the whole take on the concept using the camera and such was brilliant. I also thought it was realistic the way everyone was uploading videos to youtube and blogging and using the internet. It stands out to me.

    I wish they would make a good resident evil movie that was more based on the games and not a crappy action movie. Resident Evil has the best idea and is the closest thing to “believable”
    I read the script Romero did for his attempt at making Resident Evil and it was lame

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  • jon said

    i liked i am legend and quarantine^_^

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