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7. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead expands on its predecessor’s story from 1968 and shows the apocalyptic effects on the greater population. With the reanimation of the dead being cause by an unidentified phenomenon, the feeling of unease and paranoia around the unknown is present throughout the film. Just as is the case with the 1985 follow-up, there’s plenty more gore in this film than in the original.
6. World War Z (2013)
Adapted loosely from the novel of the same name, Marc Forster’s World War Z is a classic zombie film for the 21st century.
Led by Brad Pitt, the action in this film is at a very high level, with a great cast accompanying Pitt along the way. World War Z clearly takes a lot of inspiration from previous zombie films as well as action films, so it can get a little predictable, but it is thrilling and often scary all the same. One thing that makes World War Z different can be explained by its title. For once, we see the effects of a zombie outbreak in various countries, with the action not solely focused on the US. Along with this difference, we see a personal view of the military compared to the usual secondary point of view they have in a zombie film. Most importantly, World War Z created something not seen in zombie cinema before – a disguise from the undead.
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5. Train to Busan (2016)
Yeon Sang-ho’s 2016 zombie thriller is a prime example of the timelessness of this film genre.
Set in South Korea, Train to Busan follows trapped passengers on a train to Busan at the wake of a zombie outbreak. Focusing highly on the culture of the world’s powerhouses, the film is underpinned by thoughts of selfishness, greed and wealth; and the disposable nature of human life. This film is fast-paced and gripping, and features some excellent acting; particularly from Kim Su-an.
4. Zombieland (2009)
Rule number one – fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
Zombieland is a hilarious take on surviving a zombie apocalypse and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. Abiding by a list of survival rules and zombie-killing strategies, the four survivors attempt to make their way toward a rumoured safe haven in Los Angeles. This quirky comedy is a household name for all the right reasons. This one got bonus points for Bill Murray making an appearance.