Top Ten List – Zombie Movies

We have had a bunch of really good guest posts lately. It is time that I put another top ten list together. For this one, I am tackling my top ten zombie movies.

I will put this out there right now. This was one hard list to compile. I thought that it would be a lot easier, but I could not believe some of the titles that did not make my top ten. It is ridiculous to think that some of them did not make it on here.

Well, anyway, here we go.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)#10 – Night of the Living Dead (1968)

It is hard to believe that this gem comes in so low on my list, but it does indeed. I know that some people find this movie boring, but to me, there are so many iconic scenes and characters. Who does not recite “They’re coming to get you Barbara” every time they meet someone named Barbara. My mother’s name is Barbara, so she had to hear it about once a week while I was growing up.

Zombie (1979) AKA Zombi 2#9 – Zombie (1979) AKA Zombi 2

Another one that I cannot believe is so low. but yet it is. This one is brought to us by the legend Lucio Fulci. He is my second favorite director (behind Dario Argento). What Fulci could do with a camera is simply amazing. He was a true artist.

Pontypool (2008)#8 – Pontypool (2008)

Obviously, this is the least visual zombie movie on the list, but what Pontypool brought us was an alternate viewpoint to a typical zombie outbreak story. It is not so much that the story is original, but the presentation of it truly is. Add to that a superb acting performance by Stephen McHattie and you have yourself an instant classic. Let me tell you, a film has to really move me to be this high on a list and only being a few years old. Trust me, this film is worth it.

Dead Snow (2009)#7 – Dead Snow (2009)

Just as I get done saying that a movie has to really move to be recent and be on the list, here is another one. Well, it is not just any movie. It is one of the more recent entertaining movies that I have seen in a long time. This movie is just pure zombie fun. From the incredible opening to the even better closing, this movie is just that good.

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)#6 – The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

I am, and always will be, an 80s fanboy. The 80s brought us some get cinema, and not just in the horror genre. While it felt like I grew up on a different planet that where we live today, it was a great era. Dan O’Bannon’s The Return of the Living Dead was just pure 80s goodness. This movie could never be made today. I doubt that anyone would ever appreciate it if it was. It was filled with 80s cheese and horrible dialogue, but we just ate it up (pun intended).

Dead Alive AKA Braindead (1992)#5 – Dead Alive AKA Braindead (1992)

Did you ever hear of a guy named Peter Jackson? Well, back then, you had no idea who he was, but this movie is so much fun. With so many over the top scenes and characters, this film is amazing. Often copied, but never duplicated, this is 80s goodness, but in the 90s. I kick ass for the Lord.

[Rec] (2007)#4 – [Rec] (2007)

I have to admit that I would have never thought that I would have four movies from this decade on this list, but that is the case. I actually had a tough time picking which one should be on here – [Rec] or [Rec] 2. They are both amazing films.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)#3 – Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Yet another from this decade, but this should be no surprise to anyone that knows me. This film is brilliant. This film has become an instant cult classic to so many people, and well deserved of that title. The characters portrayed by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were simply amazing. I could hang with those guys.

#2 – Day of the Dead (1985)

Another Romero classic to add to the list. This movie is simply amazing and probably my most watched film of Romero’s Dead series. Just to meet the people and how they are living and trying to figure out the zombies. So many people have tried to copy Romero’s style, but they always miss the point. The movies are movies about people who happen to live in a world overrun by zombies. They are not zombie movies with people in them. It is a subtle difference, but it make a huge impact in the films.

Dawn of the Dead (1978)#1 – Dawn of the Dead (1978)

To me, this is simple. This is the granddaddy of all zombie movies. Whilte George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead created Romero’s zombie world, Dawn of the Dead perfected it. The characters were incredible. The zombie effects were amazing for their time. The entire notion of having the mall to yourself and thinking that you have your salvation at hand finally just to find out that your fellow man would, in the end, be the one that destroys it. Wonderful movie that will never grow old to me.

Okay, so that rounds out the list. Well, which movies did I leave out? Here are a few of the titles that I had to leave out:

Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1972)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
White Zombie (1932)
City of the Living Dead
Zombie Lake
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Night of the Creeps
Dellamora Dellamorte

Now that this list is done, let me know your top zombie films. Put together your top ten list, or just mention some of your favorites. Let me know if I missed something that should be here.

  • Making a top 10 list about zombie movies or any kind of movie genre is so incredible hard if you are a true fan. You often have to leave out so many ones you love. Very difficult. I’m glad to see that you put Romero’s original Dawn ahead of the remake.