I posted recently about some of the pandemic outbreak-type films I’ve been watching during this Covid-19 period. I found that so many of them were zombie-apocalypse films, that they deserved a post all to themselves.
As a lover of horror – zombies especially – I realised that there is an awful lot that I’ve watched over the last few months, so I’ll only be including some of my favourites here, and I’ll try to list them in reverse order, with my favourite being all the way at the end.
As I write tis list, I can feel the urge to watch some of them again…
So, to my 7 best zombie movies…
This list is going to be difficult, i can see already!
Pontypool is not a name I would expect for a zombie horror flick, but boy, does this one meet the criteria. It is a fresh take on zombies and I don’t want to say to much, so as not to spoil your enjoyment should you decide to watch it (you should). Suffice to say, it’s USP is the method of transmission of the virus. It’s not one I’ve ever seen before or since. It’s claustrophobic, and tense as hell.
And it’s only my number 7!
World War Z (2013)
Brad Pitt crosses the world to try to stop an already out of control infection.
Just watch the trailer to get an idea of how quickly things reach fever pitch! I can’t recall how many times I’ve seen this, but it’s a lot.
Pitt plays a United Nations specialist who traverses the globe to try to track down a cure for the contagion. What he finds is not so much a cure…
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
I watched this on YouTube last night. If you look, you can find a full colour version.
A random group of strangers (isn’t that always the way?) barricade themselves into a farmhouse and try to survive the night, keeping safe from the hordes of zombies that seem to be attracted to them.
It’s an oldie, but one of Romero’s finest (not the best IMO, see below).
The ending is a kick in the teeth, but don’t let that put you off.
Resident Evil (2002)
In my experience, films based on video games are very much hit or miss, more miss. This one is a hit. Following an accident in a laboratory creating the zombie infection, the military must fight the powerful, out of control supercomputer running the facility to put an end to the virus.
No clues how it ends, but as there are several more sequels to this, you can make your own guess.
This is the best of them.
Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
The second in George A Romero’s Living Dead series, and IMO, the best (but not the best version). Dawn sees a group of strangers (!) holing themselves up inside a large shopping mall. There they have to defend against the zombies (obviously) but also other crazed survivors who want what they have – food, shelter and guns.
Train To Busan (2016)
I argued with myself long and hard over putting this at number 1. It’s certainly my fave in the last four years.
This Korean horror is set almost entirely in the claustrophobic confines of a train. Try running from zombies when you have only got one way to go! A man must save his daughter from the horde whilst trying to save as many of the other passengers ass he can.
Some of the scenes are breathtakingly tense. The zombie transformations are awesome. It’s epic.
Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
This is the remake of the 1978 version above, but the zombies aren’t slow and shambling. They’re quick, and I mean sprinting, on you and have your throat ripped out before you can blink.
The story is a tried and tested one – strangers trapped in a shopping mall, but it’s super tense with some amazing action sequences. A worthy remake of Romero’s 1978 version, and a worthy number one on my list.
Before you start shouting at me, there are many films that didn’t make this list that even now, I’m still not sure I should have left them out, so what I intend to do, is do a second part to this list next week, to try and pick up some of the gems that haven’t made it into the top seven.
What glaringly obvious mistakes do you think I’ve made? What have I missed (don’t forget they may be there next time).