Friday, October 2, 2009

Top 13 Zombie Movies

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, another day ... another list ... another plug for my FREE short story Garbage, Inc.

Top 13 Zombie Movies

13. Pet Cemetery - Not really a zombie flick in the classic sense, but hey, we get animated corpses that are pretty nasty.

12. Zombie Strippers - I know, you're saying to yourself, Jenna Jameson and Robert Englund ... how can it not be number 1? Well, the truth is the movie blows--no not in that way, you perverts--yet the movie managed to eclipse every bad thing I heard about it. It is a perfect wreck of a movie.

11. The Return of the Living Dead (1985) - Part punk, part gore, all brain-eating fun. It's the movie that taught me that it hurts to be dead ... because you can feel yourself rot.

10. The Serpent and the Rainbow - Another questionable movie in the zombie genre, mostly because these zombies aren't dead, but a result of a complete system shutdown. The movie does, however, have a pre-Romero-voodoo-zombie-thing going on, so include it I will.

9. Dawn of the Dead (2004) - One of the few horror remakes in the last decade that didn't suck.

8. Dawn of the Dead (1978) - Bet you didn't see that one coming. Because it's the original, I have to give it higher billing, though both are pretty equal if you ask me.

7. Re-Animator - What can I say, I have a warm spot for doctors that fail horribly at trying to cheat death.

6. Day of the Dead (1985) - So there's this guy named George A. Romero who makes zombie movies ... It's near impossible to have a list of zombie movies and not have it really be a Romero list. Still, this is one of the great ones, though it gets a little too preachy and philosophical at times to warrant a higher position.

5. Dead Alive - Before taking on hobbits, Peter Jackson took on zombies. I recall reading that the movie used something like five gallons of fake blood per second ... and I believe it; Dead Alive is one of those movies that dares you to fill your stomach before you watch it.

4. White Zombie - A legend that inspired a genre ... and inspired a rocker-turned-director with a name for his band. Not one of Bela Lugosi best performances, but a classic nonetheless.

3. 28 Days Later - A stylistic masterpiece that takes the classic slow, dim-witted zombie and pumps it full of frantic brutality. It's one of those movies that legitimizes zombies unlike so many of the genre's misbegotten children.

2. Shaun of the Dead - This movies manages to pay homage to the zombie genre, spoof the zombie genre, and still be one of the greatest zombie movies ever ... not an easy thing to pull off by any means.

1. Night of the Living Dead (1968) - Everyone just bow down.

Later Fiends,


Man, I can think of way more deserving zombie movies to take the places of Zombie Strippers and Pet Semetary

I was hoping you'd chime in on this one. What do you suggest, ZedWord?

Take your pick:

Dance of the Dead
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue
Zombi 2 (zombie vs. shark!)
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island(I'm not kidding; it's a good movie)

Thanks, ZedWord. Looks like I've got some homework. Of those, I've only seen Scooby-Doo. Zombie Island is in my Top 13 Frightful Family Features.

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