Of course Best Movies Ever had to do a Top Ten list of horror movies with Halloween coming up quickly, but with ‘The Walking Dead‘ coming back for Season 2, we decided to do a best zombie movie list. Let the disagreeing commence!
White Zombie (1932)
The film that created the zombie genre, before Romero re-imagined the rules three decades later. Zombies used to have a master controlling them, and didn’t eat people. Here the great Béla Lugosi plays a voodoo master in Haiti who turns people into zombies with the power of his mind. Now that’s badass. He also has a no-messing first name – ‘Murder’. Rob Zombie’s heavy metal band White Zombie took the movie’s title as a tribute.
I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
No, I Walked With A Zombie doesn’t have face ripping/dripping off or speeding up or Night Of The Living Dead styles, but it’s so worth checking out. Long before the Emily Bronte Zombie books came this film which was based upon Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (although it wasn’t official to keep from paying for the use). The script, weaving a delicately intricate web of local superstition around a litany of oblique references to the relativity of good and evil, does wonders in creating an ambiguously unsettling atmosphere. But it is Tourneur’s caressingly evocative direction, superbly backed by Roy Hunt’s chiaroscuro images, that makes sheer magic of the film’s brooding journey into fear by way of voodoo drums, gleaming moonlight, somnambulistic ladies in fluttering white, and dark, silent, undead sentries. Yeah, best horror movies is getting a little wordy about it, but if you liked Cat People, then I Walked With A Zombie beats it by a long shot for atmosphere and a nice slow descent into horror.
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Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
I remember hearing about Night Of The Living Dead when I was a kid and it had finally come to the local drive in. We snuck in to watch it, and that film made me love horror and want to make films that could give you that same feeling George Romero had given me. It broke the mold on zombie films and horror for the time, and the inclusion of a very hot button topic with civil rights worked beautifully in a film shot on a shoestring budget but with total passion and love for the genre. Romero got behind a remake of this classic film which was just a pale comparison to this classic.
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Dawn Of The Dead Remake (2004)
This is one of those remakes that best horror movies ever feels is so much better than the original Dawn Of The Dead. I saw that when I was in high school and it just didn’t have the same feel that Night Of The Living Dead had so when this came out, I was pleasantly surprised that it stuck to the original but made it better. That’s the only reason why remakes should be done is if the original didn’t quite hit the concept totally and a filmmaker can take the intent of the film and give it the justice it deserves.
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The Evil Dead (1981)
Stephen King once said that The Evil Dead was “the ultimate experience in grueling terror”. How right he was. Sam Raimi shows off the originality of his film making skills that he will later bring to larger budget films. The camera work is incredible. Raimi’s style will always be distinguishable from the other directors in Hollywood. He has a love for the fast and aggressive shots that have become unmistakable.
Zombie/Zombi 2 (1981)
This movie has some interesting history of ripping off a master and coming up with something that turned into a cult classic. The zombie fighting the shark scene is always worth watching this film for. When Dario Argento released Dawn of the Dead in Europe, it was re-titled Zombi. It was an instant hit so Fulci, hoping to cash in on the Romero/Argento success, re-shot the opening and closing sequences and released his film as a sequel – hence the title Zombi 2. Other than having zombies, however, there is no similarity between the two. When the film was released in the states it was simply titled Zombie.
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The Serpent And The Rainbow (1988)
We got to see The Serpent And The Rainbow in college and that continued my admiration for Wes Craven and why we got so blah about his latest My Soul To Take this past weekend.
Dennis Allan is an scientist who visits Haiti on the strength of a rumour of a drug which renders the recipient totally paralyzed but conscious. The drug’s effects often fool doctors, who declare the victims dead. Could this be the origin of the “zombie” legend? Alan embarks on a surprising and often surreal investigation of the turbulent social chaos that is Haiti during the revolution which ousted hated dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier. Often a pawn in a greater game, Alan must decide what is science, what is superstition, and what is the unknown in a anarchistic society where police corruption and witch-doctory are commonplace.
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28 Days Later (2002)
28 Days Later took a whole new take on zombies and rather having them meander along until they finally caught up with the victim after they usually had tripped and took forever to get up, they moved fast as hell. This movie made zombies scary and very in your face. 28 Days Later had a great political message too, but the story was great and held us and made us yearn for the sequel.
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Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Shaun Of The Dead was a great zombie spoof movie, but still had some great moments of horror. It took what Evil Dead did for the genre and made it funny and horrific all at once. The best part for us was how people were already acting in the zombie mode long before the zombification took effect so it took our hero a while to notice the difference.
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Planet Terror (2007)
Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror got short shrift with the Grindhouse movie that plugged Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof more. After that Rodriguez took his next film Machete to Fox after that. This film changed many things for Rodriguez including his marital status after falling for Rose McGowan, his star of Planet Terror. McGowan kicked some major ass with her special leg and Rodriguez had some fun with this kickass zombie film. After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it’s up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.
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