All zombies want to do is rise from the dead and eat people, with a preference for brains. This is the sole motivation of the flesh-eating creatures, and yet we can watch them do this over and over, whether it's in a campy funny way as in Shaun of the Dead
or the brand new Woody Harrelson
, or even in an artistic way as in 28 Days Later
. The psyche of the zombie is utterly simple. There's something about rotting, walking corpses biting into the necks of their victims and/or eating entrails that is utterly entertaining.
Check out our five favorite zombie films:
(also known as "Zombie," "Island of the Living Dead," "Zombie Island," "Zombie Flesh Eaters" and "Woodoo") (1979)
This Italian film features an underwater zombie biting into a real live shark! If you have any amount of testosterone pumping through you, then you have to admit that a scene like that is just about the coolest thing ever. Indeed, with its graphic, grotesque scenes, one trailer promised barf bags at theaters for those who needed them. Outstanding.
4) Dawn of the Dead
This movie wastes no time, and even though it never gets quite as good as those first 20 minutes or so, it's still a great film through out. Rarely are remakes worth doing, but this one offers faster zombies and exciting, creative action sequences.
3) Dawn of the Dead
A mall is overrun with zombies in this zombie classic, and not the mall zombies you see wandering aimlessly looking for those "you are here" signs. Here, George Romero
most successfully implements the use of the undead to make a statement about the fundamental breakdown of modern society, and most critics agree that it's a good film.
2) Night of the Living Dead
With a budget of just over $100,000, grossing over $30 million internationally, it's no wonder so many zombie films followed in its wake: zombies bring in the dough! This is without a doubt one of the most influential horror films of all time, and made in 1968, it's arguably the first truly scary film that is still scary.
1) 28 Days Later
A zombie art film from Trainspotting director Danny Boyle, this film introduced us to the super fast zombie, a brutally scary transition from the slow, deliberate undead we were so used to. It's well acted, beautiful to look at, innovative, the soundtrack is terrific, and it's exciting from start to finish.
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What do you think, readers? Leave us a comment. Those of you who have seen "Zombieland," how does it stack up against these films?
Story by Matthew J. Swanson
Starpulse contributing writer