Zombie-Horror, or Zombie Cinema, is of the most beloved sub-genres in all of horror, and with good reason… it seems like people never grow tired of the dead coming back to life. As one of the most beloved and timeless concepts in all of horror, the zombie has been presented as slow and unrelenting as well as remarkably fast and vicious throughout its many apperances in movies new and old.
For this list, we’ve looked at them all, and have compared each film’s artistic quality, zombie presentation and impact on the horror genre overall to come to a decision on the films we feel are the Top 10 Zombie Movies of all time.
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) – Lily James and Sam Riley star in this zombie parody with a top-billed cast set in 19th century England.
Cargo (2017) – This poignant Netflix film looks at the effects of a zombie virus on a young family in the Australian outback.
Dead Snow (2009) – Nazi Zombies in the snow. Simple.
10. I Am Legend (2007)
Many may argue that I Am Legend is not strictly a zombie film, but with the picture holding many similarities with the classics of the genre, it makes the top 10… just.
Adapted closely from the novel of the same name by Richard Matheson, I Am Legend stars Will Smith as the last man standing in New York following a worldwide epidemic and mass evacuation. He is accompanied by his dog Sam in an eerie, dystopian New York City, where he fills shops and bars with mannequins just to feel a little less lonely. At night, nocturnal creatures reveal themselves from the darkness and hunt for flesh. These creatures, of course, are the result of the epidemic and were once humans.
I Am Legend is a frightening and unnerving film, but is a great one to start with for a zombie binge-watch.
9. Resident Evil (2002)
This game-turned-movie franchise had to make an appearance on this list somewhere.
The first movie in the franchise, Resident Evil is one of those horror films that people of a certain age will remember watching when they were way below the age rating. Compared to most modern zombie films, Resident Evil tends to keep the infected to itself, meaning there aren’t many shown in the film, but the premise is much the same – a deadly virus has been released and is infecting humans and animals alike. The film is more of a sci-fi and is very futuristic compared to most zombie films, but this adds an extra layer of horror with an AI computer gaining its own control over the machinery. As well as this, it’s led by a female, portrayed by Mila Jovovich, and is the only film on this list to do so. With a strong cast, brilliant action scenes and a good amount of horror and gore, Resident Evil will definitely get you in the zombie mood.
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8. Day of the Dead (1985)
The third installment of George A. Romero’s famous series was reminiscent of the horror craze in the 1980s.
Day of the Dead follows a small team of scientists, civilians and trigger-happy soldiers as they battle desperately to ensure the survival of the human race. Similar to the likes of The Thing (1982), this film sees the main characters trapped inside with the enemy at the door, and smoothly follows the plot to one of its predecessors, Night of the Living Dead (1968). With the gore and violence increased by a few notches in this film, the zombies become much more real and arguably more frightening.