Top 100 Best Zombie Movies Part 7
Top 100 Best Zombie Movies: A Toast to the Zombie Gaming Revolution
We love zombies. Itâ€™s our duty as geeks and/or gamers to be fascinated by the social commentary so often paralleled in modern zombie cinema; or atleast to enjoy watching people get their faces eaten. Either way theyâ€™re lovable creatures with a following that is to be truly admired. With the ever increasing boost of zombie/undead themed games, I present to the general public a list of the best zombie movies (and worst) to date. Of course this list is my personal opinion and very much open to dispute, there are also plenty of zombie movies I have not seen that probably deserve to be on this list. This is simply one zombie fanâ€™s attempt to further the spread of zombie admiration and perhaps get some people into some of the best zombie movies they may have never before seen. Keeping the interest high keeps the zombie games coming!
Numbers 40 - 31:
40] Scooby Doo On Zombie Island
Synopsis: "After years of unmasking fake ghosts, Scooby and the gang go searching for real ghosts. Their search takes them to Zombie Island, which gives them a lot more than they ever expected. The gang finds themselves caught between a sect of vicious cat creatures and a horde of zombies lead by the ghost of Moonscar the Pirate."
Alright, this isn't exactly much in the horror vein, but important nonetheless. Frankly, this is a great start to get the zombie itch started at an early age. I'll admit I loved Scooby as a kid (Back when it was cool, and not filled with silly punk/emo music) so my fascination with the morbid and monstrous was started young. This is prime material for the youngsters before they can handle Goonies, Lost Boys, Monster Squad, etc. Plus it isn't unbearable to watch if you must watch something with the kids. Odd creatures, ghost pirate, zombies? Hell yes.
Synopsis: "A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters."
An easily cult classic gore FX flick, following more of a possession angle by means of large plumpy red slugs. Yum. Creepy older man gets infected from a small meteor and battles between the impulses of his newly adapted alien mindset and the impulses of lust for his much younger wifey. Nathan Fillion is an amazing and hilarious actor that does the police chief role to a 'T'. Follows a pretty much simple zombie formula, but never really feels like it, even when they're being swarmed by zombies (well here it's hive-mind but they look and act the same). A must for fans of gore comedies.
Synopsis: "A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world."
Okay, I cheated, this isn't a zombie movie. What it is, is a brilliant yet silly 80's horror set around a group of teens that get teleported to horrific situations when they pass the red belts of wax exhibits. Why this is included, is the well done zombie section that pits an unsuspecting hero against a 'Night of the Living Dead' army. Although small, the section is so well done and such a great homage to the zombie genre that is must be mentioned.
37] Dial 'Z' For Zombie
Synopsis: "While in the library searching for material for a book report, Bart finds a book of magic. In order to make Lisa happy, he tries to resurrect Snowball I for her, but accidentally reanimates hundreds of human corpses instead."
Another short, this time from The Simpsons. Anyone who is a fan of said show or atleast the "Tree House of Horrors" Halloween specials will know this one. Bart with his Michael Jackson vinyl sleeve hat and easily obtained occult book accidently causes a zombie outbreak. Homer gets rejected for lack of brains, Flanders gets a shotgun to the head, one liners are dropped all over the place, it's a freaking hilarious good time for zombie lovers. "Take that zombie William Shakespear!"
36] The Boneyard
Synopsis: "Children turned into zombies wreak havoc in a coroner's building with just a burned-out psychic, an experienced cop and two coroners to stop the madness."
A badly acted movie with a ridiculous story. What makes this movie great is the creepy well done zombie effects, combined with horrible combat sequences and dialogue. Oh, and the zombie were-poodle thing. Ya, it's something that just needs to be seen, words cannot describe the awsomeness of a zombie were-poodle. Cheese galore and a great movie if you're looking to laugh your ass off at a relatively unknown zombie gem.
35] Danger! 50,000 Zombies!
Synopsis: "Nick Frost presents a special spoof edition of his documentary "Danger! 50,000 Volts!" purely on the subject of the living dead."
Nick Frost (of Sean of the Dead fame) delivers a point by point breakdown of how to survive a zombie outbreak, complete with fake zombie hunter expert and co-star Simon Pegg. There are a number of interesting books that are in the same fashion, but I have yet to see a visual account of such factoids. I of course only suggest this to people that have a deep appreciation for British humor, otherwise you may find yourself confused or unimpressed, it's really an acquired taste to most.
34] Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
Synopsis: "A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a thirst for human flesh by chemical pesticides being used by area farmers."
A Spanish movie filmed primarily in the UK. This is pretty much on par with a lot of the horror that was released during it's decade, but it has carved a small niche of it's own. Similar to Night of the Living Dead in some aspects, it even parallels social commentary (here about long hair and hippies). A lesser known zombie flick that is a must for fans of the genre.
33] Let's Scare Jessica to Death
Synopsis: "A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again."
Is Jessica being haunted by the undead, or is she relapsing into delusion? A very creepy little gem with dramatic and tense pacing, with a graffic and eruptive climax. Very atmospheric and reasonably acted this one is more of a must for haunting or drama horror fans.
32] The Plague
Synopsis: "Ten years have passed since the world's children have fallen into a coma. Tonight they're waking up and all hell is breaking loose. An unholy battle between the generations is being waged against all adults, and time is not on their side."
Seriously, when those kids wake up, it is damn creepy. The drones learn and adapt at lightning speeds, sharing a link of knowledge with one another. They are brutal and relentless, and dispatch of people in terribly violent and gruesome ways. The characters are flawed and relatively believable, the acting rather good, the effects and story enjoyable, and most importantly the movie does not follow typical horror formulas. There are a good number of scenes that will either have you gaze widely in anticipation, or groan in sympathy to a terrible situation for a good person (or in some cases, people). Low budget, but thoroughly enjoyable.
31] The Serpent and the Rainbow
Synopsis: "An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people in zombies."
Get your zombie, voodoo and Bill Pullman fix all in one go. Our hero plays detective to learn more of this mysterious drug that creates zombies, only to be confronted with a plethora of questions. Mainly, are they actually zombies, or do they just believe they are? Is there even a drug? Can this voodoo bastard actually capture your soul into a jar to forever control your afterlife? Needless to say, in grand voodoo movie manner, Pullman finds out the hard way of the horrors involved in meddling with forces in which you do not understand.
Movie synopses care of IMDB or each film's respective Official Website.