I love zombie shows and movies, but I am not indiscriminate in my affection for the genre. There are way more terrible versions than good ones, and picking through them can be a chore. It’s an expansive genre with many different variations on a theme.
There follows a select few of my favourite zombie visions.
Night of the Living Dead
Not the first zombie flick, but certainly one of the most well known and highly regarded. Director George Romero used social commentary with horror and pioneering gore. See also White Zombie, generally acknowledged as the first zombie movie.
Dawn of the Dead
With the sequel to NOTLD, Romero satirised Eighties consumerist culture and upped the gore. See also the noughties remake by Zack Synder, a rare example of a remake that is on par with the original.
Shaun of the Dead
Brit rom-zom-com that skewers the genre with light-hearted affection, but also didn’t skimp on the grue. Proof that horror and comedy can go hand-in-hand. See also Zombieland, which features an outstanding cameo from Bill Murray.
The Walking Dead
The premiere zombie show on TV, based on the comic series of the same name, and which truly found its feet with season three. Expect character development as well as inventive gore. See also companion series Fear the Walking Dead, now in its second season.
28 Days Later
The antagonists may be infected, not undead, but the DNA of this movie is pure zombie. A grimy, low budget look gives it added gonzo appeal. See also Rec (the Spanish film remade virtually shot-for-shot in the US as Quarantine).
There are of course many, many more examples, which range as far in quality as they do in budget. Those listed above mark a good place to start. Beyond that, I heartily recommend ‘Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema by Jamie Russell.
What are your favourites? How do you rate La Horde, or Brain Dead? Leave a comment and let me know.