Since George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, zombies have taken over the world. It is mind-boggling how popular these flesh eaters have become. The genre has more trash than gems, I hope to help with these five movies as the dead rise and survivors drop.
This is a focus on horror, so no comedies like Shaun of the Dead will be mentioned. I do love everything Edgar Wright related, but it is not a mood setter for Oct.
Found footage can cause a divisive reaction from horror fans. I have had bad luck catching anything good, until I saw this Spanish flick.
A late-night TV host and her cameraman do a feature special on local firemen. When a call comes of an emergency at an apartment building, the crew get locked inside with its occupants as zombies are inside. It may seem dopey, but this is one of the most horrifying movies I have seen from the undead genre.
Hollywood made two of its own called Quarantine, but we can all forget that ever happened.
#4: Train to Busan
While Spain made a more horror-driven film with REC, Korea came out with its more action oriented take with Train to Busan. Memorable characters, poignant themes, and a roller coaster ride full of action. This will please action fanatics and zombie aficionados alike.
Of course, America wants to remake the film. James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Aquaman) is set to head the movie, and I am not the least bit excited.
#3: Night of the Living Dead (1968)
I had to put what started this obsession with the deceased coming back to eat the living. I am not a huge fan of most of what he has done since his innovative classic, but Night of the Living Dead is a piece of treasure in the late filmmaker’s catalog of work.
#2: 28 Days Later
I prefer the sequel, 28 Weeks Later, but Danny Boyle set it off with this fast paced twist on zombies. The thrills get enhanced with its spectacular score by John Murphy which kicked off my appreciation for a film’s music.
#1: Dawn of the Dead (2004)
I am not a fan of Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman), but his first feature-length movie demolishes the original by Romero. James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) wrote the screenplay along with an awesome soundtrack with Johnny Cash and Disturbed, I have to hail this above its predecessor.
A mix of some levity, horror, and explosive action to make this one of my favorite movies that gets my blood pumping every time I turn it on.
What are some of your favorite zombie flicks? Give me some recommendations.
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