With so many shows and movies dedicated to the walking dead these days, it’s hard to weed through the traffic and find the classics. Luckily, I’ve listed a few of my favorite living dead movies to help aid you in your search.
5. Dead Alive (1992)
Some say this is the goriest movie of all time. I’m not sure if that’s true, but it’s definitely up there. The movie starts out simple, with a momma’s boy named Lionel spending his life waiting on his mother hand and foot. However, there’s a serious change of pace once his mommy dearest gets bitten by a cursed monkey at the zoo. Lionel’s simple, contained world quickly shatters, and watching him try to pick up the bloody pieces is pretty entertaining. Intrigued? You should be. If the gore doesn’t entice you, maybe the fact that Peter Jackson directed it will.
4. Day of the Dead (1985)
This movie is interesting for many reasons. First of all, when the movie starts off, the zombie apocalypse is well under way. Instead of starting with the outbreak and making the movie about the panic, it focuses on how people deal with the virus after an extended period of time. It also illustrates the behavior of the military in catastrophic situations, and shows how their given position of power can become corrupted quite easily. Also, it’s one of the first films to demonstrate zombies learning, which has been a strong topic of debate ever since. Smart and innovative, this movie focuses more on the scientists at work, than everyday people trying to adapt to the changes. It’s a welcome variation to the stereotypical zombie films. But then again, when has George A. Romero ever disappointed us?
3. Zombie (1979)
I’ve got three words to say about this movie: zombie versus shark. If that doesn’t inspire you to check your Netflix right now, I don’t know what will.
2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
I know I have a lot of Romero zombie movies on this list, but what can I say? The man knows zombies. This movie is not only frightening, thrilling, and even a little funny at times, but it also sends a message. Who are the real zombies? Is it the living dead, roaming the earth and mangling flesh? Or could it be the humans who confine themselves to a routine, boring existence? Watch this awe-inspiring zombie flick and decide for yourself.
1. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Some people like Dawn of the Dead better, but Night of the Living Dead is my favorite zombie movie of all time. Romero layed out the rules for future zombie flicks, such as: zombies eating human flesh, zombies have little brain function other than basic motor skills, zombie bites kill, and zombie brains must be destroyed in order to kill the zombie. Although White Zombie is technically the first zombie movie of all time, Romero really shaped the zombie genre that we all know and love today. Duane Jones gives a memorable performance as Ben, the only stable character in a house full of hysterical strangers. With his help, the group holes up in a farmhouse and tries and make it through the night alive. Will they survive? Watch the epic thriller and find out!