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.
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.