Badass weapons, endless carnage and reanimated corpses — who doesn’t love a good zombie flick?
Call it a guilty pleasure or perhaps just a peculiar desire to witness humanity’s demise, but somewhere between Night of the Living Dead and Left 4 Dead, we got swept away on the undead train and have never looked back.
So in the spirit of Halloween, we’ve rounded up some of the best movies of the genre that’ve gone on to inspire games, TV shows and basically an entire community of fans who wish every single day for a zombie apocalypse (only coz we’re really prepared and want to see if our survival plan works).
Just to be clear, this list does not contain movies before the year 2000 because while George Romero’s original Dawn of the Dead will always be a celebrated classic, it was also made in 1978 — and since movies (and gory special effects) have evolved, so has the genre.
Got your crow bar armed? All stocked up on canned food? Ready to survive the horde? Let’s go!
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Magic duo Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright probably didn’t realise what a cosmic reaction they’d effect when they created this cult-favourite flick that pits store worker Shaun (Pegg) against the zombie horde as he attempts to rescue his girlfriend and his flatmate in this genre-bending zom-com. Fact: There has never been a zombie movie as vehemently hilarious as Shaun of the Dead, and for that, we are grateful.
28 Days Later (2002)
A deserted London, a bite-borne Rage virus, and the Infected — Danny Boyle’s visionary first-attempt at the genre had all the ingredients for a hardcore zombie movie. This one struck a chord because it provided an unwavering look at the collapse of society and the inherent ugliness of human nature — with visceral scenes that we’re likely to never forget. It was also largely responsible for the modern trend towards zombies that run instead of shuffling.