People know that zombies are probably not the type of apocalypse that will cause the end of the world as we know it, but it can be fun to lose one’s self in the make-believe that zombie movies offer. Zombies are generally considered to be undead humans that have been infected with something that causes them to be zombies, which they can usually pass on to living humans by biting them or something similar. There are exceptions to this, but that is the most common scenario.
A plague has changed people into zombies eager to consume human flesh. A college student and a gunslinger team up to continue to survive without being infected or eaten. This is complicated by a pair of sisters who are eager to get to an amusement park in L.A.
A horror movie full of splatter and graphic gore, this movie’s original tagline was “We are going to eat you!” The zombies arrive on a ship and it goes crazy from there.
World War Z (2013)
An unexplained outbreak of zombies spreads rapidly creating an undead army. An investigator is tasked with determining the origin of the outbreak. In the process, he must survive without being infected.
White Zombie (1932)
Commonly considered the first ever zombie movie, this movie was by Edward and Victor Halperin and was released in 1932. Garnett Weston wrote the screenplay, basing it on a book by William Seabrook called The Magic Island. An evil zombie master transforms a young woman into a zombie and the movie documents that change.
The Walking Dead (2010)
While this is technically a series and not a stand-alone movie, it is generally viewed as the quintessential zombie video content. With ten seasons so far and at least one more in the works, this well-loved series will be delighting fans for some time to come.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Six months after a virus that causes rage wipes out the islands that make up the United Kingdom, the US Army believes they have eradicated the virus and can rebuild. Unfortunately, they are wrong.
28 Days Later (2002)
Animal activists insist on the release of chimpanzees on which experiments are being performed, not realizing that the animals are infected with a virus that causes rage. Twenty-eight days after the event, the main character awakens from a coma, alone in a hospital that has been abandoned. He meets up with two other uninfected people and they survive together.
Train to Busan (2016)
A Korean addition to the annals of horror, this movie follows a man and his daughter as they board a train for a birthday holiday, only to find that it is infected and they must fight for their lives. An English dub version is available.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
A comedy horror flick, this movie’s main character has always been a slacker but he becomes the only thing (with his best friend) to stand between his friends and family and the zombies.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Sequel to Night of the Living Dead, this (and its sequels) pair horror with humor to bring entertainment to horror movie aficionados. An accidental release of gas causes corpses to reanimate and they are hungry!
Resident Evil (2002)
Under Raccoon City, The Hive has been dabbling in bioengineering. A virus, mutating and deadly, was accidentally released, resulting in the death of all the employees. The computer has sealed the facility; the team has to get past the defenses, defeat the undead employees, and battle mutant beasts to isolate the virus.
A television reporter is sent to cover a story about firemen, accompanied by her crew. However, the easy story turned out to be a nightmare of terror.
A crew of news people were sent to film firefighters, only to get stuck in a sealed-off apartment complex with virus-infected people. Their footage tells the story.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
A classic horror movie, this one is sometimes called “the granddaddy of modern flesh-eating zombies.” Five strangers band together to battle the undead hordes.
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
Vincent Price plays the lone survivor amongst a world of zombies in this classic horror movie.
I Am Legend (2007)
A brilliant scientist becomes the last living human. He and his faithful pet avoid infected victims while searching for a way to reverse the virus.
The Evil Dead (1981)
This is another classic horror film. Five teens spend a weekend at a cabin in the woods that turns out to be evil. One of the teens becomes possessed, and more demons follow as they peruse the book they discover in the basement.
Dead Alive (1992)
Hiding negative traits from the neighbors may be common but hiding a zombie mother from the neighbors is sure to be much more difficult! A rat monkey’s bite changes Mum whose bit changes more.
Day of the Dead (1985)
Third in the series that began with Night of the Living Dead, the scientists and soldiers in this movie are hidden in a missile silo, underground, as they hide from the zombies above.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
A few survivors band together to battle the zombies that were turned by a virus. Shocking, frightening, and fun in its own way, this movie will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
The Crazies (2010)
The small town had always been happy and safe, until people started going insane. A virus of insanity has struck and those as yet unaffected struggle for survival and escape.
Cemetery Man (1994)
Probably the weirdest movie about zombies ever, this features a gravedigger whose cemetery’s dead tend to become undead after a week. The gravedigger’s job is to re-dispatch them and keep them in the cemetery. His job becomes much more difficult when one of the “Returners” is a beautiful widow who was not dead when he first met her.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
A group of college kids head to a cabin in the country for a wild weekend, only to find that it is a nightmare instead of a dream. It takes an odder turn when viewers find that the kids are being toyed with by a group of technicians who are changing things from their control room.
Army of Darkness (1992)
Unspeakable evil is unleashed on the world through the Necronomicon (or Book of the Dead). Fighting against this evil is Ash, whose shotgun and chainsaw are ready for war.