Top 5 Zombie Movies
From the comical to the downright terrifying, zombie movies have been entertaining the masses since the 1930s. To celebrate Halloween, here are five of our favourite undead pics
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead is the first, and some seem to think, the best, of George Romero’s many follow-ups to his hit Night of the Living Dead. Set against the backdrop of a shopping mall, survivors of a spreading zombie apocalypse take refuge as the outside world grows increasingly dangerous and chaotic.
The original black and white film was low budget with few special effects and simple make up. With Dawn of the Dead, Romero stepped things up and gear and hired special effects artist Tom Savini to create impressive levels of gore. The film is a firm favourite amongst die hard horror fans and has since spawned a remake from director Zack Snyder in 2004.
The winning combination of Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone star alongside Woody Harrelson in this comedy-horror from director Ruben Fleischer. The film proved to be a huge cult hit with Zombieland 2 due to hit cinemas at some point in the foreseeable future.
Set in zombie-filled America, a shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio (Eisenberg), a gun-toting tough guy searching for the last Twinkie (Harrelson) and a pair of sisters (Stone and Abigail Breslin) trying to get to a zombie free amusement park join forces for a comedy-filled road trip.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Starring comedy double act Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and directed by Edgar Wright, Shaun of the Dead takes a comical look at the prospect of a zombie apocalypse. The film earned critical acclaim when it was released in 2004 and was nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTAs, both Pegg and Wright also took home a British Independent Film Award for best screenplay.
28 Days Later (2002)
Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Christopher Eccleston star in this Danny Boyle award-winning classic. Twenty eight days after a virus devastates London, the capital is swamped with zombified citizens looking to take down anyone in their pathway.
A group of survivors, led by Murphy and Harris attempt to escape with terrifying consequences. The film’s popularity resulted in a sequel from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo starring Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne and Robert Carlyle.
Another comedy-horror, this stars Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) as substitute teacher whose first day on the job at his new elementary school literally turns killer.
A virus spawned from a diseased chicken nugget quickly spreads through the school turning all the children into a swarm of savages and Hudson must unite a ragtag bunch of teachers who will have to band together in the fight of their lives in order to escape the school and the rampaging horde.
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Updated Oct 2017