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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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  • cam said

    ahhh what about the resident evil franchise i mean come one best action/zombie movies ever

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  • Will said

    28 days later is my favorite ! I love how isolated and desperate the movie has Jim feeling !!! And infected go hard they chase u down!! Well done ! And the classic zombie thrill ride in kentucky!! Lol they hit them with a tactical nuke!!!!!! TINAAAAAAAAAA………… Boooooooom classic !!!!

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  • mavna said

    MAAAM POCIT, ZE NAJ HOROR-KOMEDIA ZOMBIELAND TU NENIII…VED TO JE HALUZ NAJ.

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  • XaDsYbOiX said

    You Should Of Put Zombie Land And Dog House On This List As They Are Really Good Zombie Movies And Very Very Funny .. Thanks ..

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  • Pablo said

    i loved 28 days later probally my favorite 28 weeks was alright good action but not a great plot and i cant wait for 28 months later (even though the name is ridiculous) due out 2011

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  • Shawn Rutledge said

    Where’s Lucio Fulci? Zombi 2… The Beyond… The Gates of Hell…

    And what about Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, Deathdream, Dead Next Door, Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator, Dr. Butcher M.D., Bone Sickness, City of Rott, I Walked with a Zombie… The list could go on for ages. While I applaud you’re aplomb with the inclusion of the holy trinity of Romero films, I must also point out the areas wherein it lacks. I mean good job, but there are so many out there that deserve more attention than the bland remake of ‘Dawn’ or ’28 Days’. And despite my love of Rodriguez, I’d have to skip ‘Planet Terror’ as well.

    Hope this helps.

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  • Dante said

    I thought Quarantine was a good zombie movie. 😀

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  • Kittysafe said

    This list is terrible.

    Tombs of the Blind Dead
    Cemetary Man

    Need to be seen.

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  • D said

    The sequel to 28 days later, 28 weeks later is one of the top zombie movies. Much better than the first one.

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  • Joe said

    Dude u missed Resident Evil. think ts the best one.

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  • adrriz said

    Where is Zombieland? It’s like an amplified version of shawn of the dead. Should b in the top 5

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  • kev said

    bonesickness! dr butcher md (that threw me till i realised its zombie holocaust ffs)
    i like indie movies and yeah its (bonesickness) a decent effort but it doesn’t deserve to be in a best list come on! zombie holcaust absolute rip off crap its a badly done cannibal exploit not a zombie film.
    its meant to be the 10 best zombie movies not a zombiefanboy i’m cooler then you guys cause i’ve watched some obscure movies list but hey thanks you mention deathdream i haven’t seen that , i might check it out 6.8 on imdb not bad for a zombie flick and tom savini’s first make up film
    cheers

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  • caleb said

    why does now one like the house of the dead movies
    shore there not perfect but i like them

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  • A.G.B said

    Hey! i’m looking for a certain zombie movie and i just cant find it and its really anyoing me! obviously i cant remember what it is called but i remember a few scenes from it which i will mark so if anybody knows of it.

    1. there is a party going on in a tower block and one of the girls goes into a bedroom and put the tv on and on it is a movie where a group of teens jump a wall into a city of ruins and one cuts there hand and the blood drips into a dusty corpse’s mouth and it comes to life and kills them. then the zombies looks into the screen and the girl watching is confused but then turns into a zombie and kills all the people at her party.

    2. and older women goes on her sunbed and zombie goo drips through the ceiling and her dog licks it and turns into one.

    3. and escaping man and women get trapped in a elevator and they open the doors a tad and see people runing and then zombies not far behind them.

    4. people try to escape there tower block but the building alarm system looks them all in with the zombies.

    there are the scenes i can remember, can anybody help me? please!!! =)

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  • badjohn336 said

    i don’t see how Sean of the dead got on here and zombiland and w didn’t??

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      This was written before Zombieland came out. It would have made the list.

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