Archive for the ‘Popular Zombie Culture’ Category

A late night zombie horror flick.  That’s how the obsession started for many of us.  Graphic scenes of bloody animated copses chasing after and devouring people like us.  A horrible nightmarish reality brought to life via a television screen.

To pay homage to the movies that shaped and inspired my obsession, here they are in order of importance to me.

I’m sure many of you have seen most if not all of these, but if you haven’t, I highly recommend doing so.

George A Romero'sNight of the Living Dead1968

George A Romero’s
Night of the Living Dead
1968

1. Night of the Living Dead

The grandfather of the modern day zombie genre.  They weren’t just coming to get Barbara, they were coming to get all of us, and like it or not, we’ve all been infected.

 

 

 

Dawn of the Dead 1978

Dawn of the Dead 1978

2. Dawn of the Dead – 1978

This was the movie that started it all for me.  Other than a few random Night of the Living Dead scenes, that I wasn’t supposed to have seen while over at my aunts house (and which my mom was mighty pissed about), the original Dawn of the Dead was the first zombie movie I remember seeing from beginning to end.  Yes, with 21st century eyes it comes across as a bit cheesy but for me it was the movie that opened my eyes and heart to the zombie genre.

 

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

3. Shaun of the Dead

I can watch this movie over and over and over again and still laugh, cringe, and get choked up.  I think it’s brilliant in its melding of horror and comedy.

 

 

Zombies aren't the only thing to fear.

Zombies aren’t the only thing to fear.

4.  28 Days Later

I don’t care what anyone says, fast zombies are terrifying and I love them all the more for that!  The 28 Days Later zombies aren’t your typical reanimated corpse zombies anyways, they’re the virus induced super aggressive zombie that didn’t have to die before it became what it is.

 

 

Dawn of the Dead 2004

Dawn of the Dead 2004

5. Dawn of the Dead – 2004

Not too many remakes please fans of the originals but this movie really did do the original justice.  I squirmed just as much watching this one as I did the first time I watched the original.

 

 

Tallahassee and Columbus - Zombieland

Tallahassee and Columbus – Zombieland

6. Zombieland

Genius is so many ways.  Plus, it has Bill Murray in it.

 

 

 

 

Dead Alive aka Brain Dead

Dead Alive aka Brain Dead
Sucking face

7. Dead Alive

For it’s sheer absurd amount of blood, humor, and visually stunning gore how can you not like this movie?

 

 

 

Slither

Slither

8. Slither

Not entirely about zombies but contains just enough for me to add it to this list.  An unexpected awesome movie.

 

 

 

Quarantine

Quarantine

9. Quarantine

Because the way the government locks down the apartment complex is frighteningly easy to believe.

 

 

 

Poor Bill Paxton

Poor Bill Paxton

10. The Serpent and the Rainbow

Ok, so this movie is outside of the realm of flesh eating zombies, but the fact that it’s supposed to be based on actual events, is some scary shit.