There is no genre of movie out there that I love more than a good zombie movie. My husband and I have planned out what we will do should zombies ever attack, and we have a pretty good plan, if I do say so myself. There are several zombie movies out there, and many of them are great movies that deserve your time.
If you’re anything like me, this time of the year gets you in the mood to watch scary movies. I decided to compile a list of the top five “zombie” movies everyone should watch during this time of the year.
Before I get in to the list, let me start by defining zombie. To me, a zombie movie involves humans that, for whatever reason, have changed to the point where they no longer act like humans and can cause real harm to “healthy” people. Most of the time some kind of unnamed virus causes it and once you get bitten you change in to “one of them”. Of course, just like in any real zombie movie, you gotta shoot ’em in the head. Otherwise you’re just wasting ammo.
My list includes my five favorite zombie movies. Don’t be offended if your favorite isn’t on here. This is my list 🙂
1. Dawn of the Dead (2004, Remake of the same name) – This is the first zombie movie I saw with fast zombies. All the z-movies I had ever seen before had slow, lumbering, moaning creatures that looked nasty, but I was pretty sure I could WALK faster than them, let alone outrun them if I ever needed to. The zombies in this movie were fast…faster than normal humans, in fact. Yikes.This movie feels authentic, in that I do feel that this is how people would truly act in this situation. You have people who are interested in helping others, and you have people who are only interested in saving themselves. You have those that are terrified and those that think their current situation is kind of awesome.
- “Wait, don’t I know that actor from somewhere?” – Ty Burrell of Modern Family fame as Steve. He is very un-Phil Dunphee-like in this movie…very crass and self-serving. I love it!
- Favorite quote – “When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth”.
- Best part – Zombie baby…you know you’ve always wondered what happens to a pregnant woman who gets infected and then subsequently gives birth…well, this movie answers it!
2. Quarantine (2008, Remake of [Rec]) – This is a double awesome whammy for me – A “found footage” movie that involves zombies? Be still my heart. The movie involves people locked inside an apartment building by a government agency due to an infection that is spreading throughout the building. The infection (some mutant strain of rabies) is causing the people to act like zombies and attack each other. The camera angles make this movie extra tense and fun to watch…only if you have a strong stomach. If you have issues with motion sickness, you might wanna skip this one.
- “Wait, don’t I know that actor from somewhere?” – Jennifer Carpenter of Dexter fame as Angela; Jay Hernandez (swoon) of Hostel fame as Jake – both horror multi-players (Carpenter in The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hernandez in Hostel 1 & 2), they do a good job of looking scared.
- Favorite quote – “They’re not gonna let us out of here alive, are they?”
- Best part – Scott (the camera man) and his awesome use of his gigantic video camera as a weapon. First he kills a rat, later he kills a zombie. Epic. If you can watch this part without pumping your fist and shouting “hell yea!” at the screen, then you are no fun.
3. 28 Weeks Later (2007, Sequel to 28 Days Later) – I know, I know. I’m putting the SEQUEL on here but not the original? Yup. My list, I can do what I want. This movie picks up about 6 months into the infection, and focuses on people trying to survive and re-populating London. I chose this movie over the former because of the added human element…people really will screw each other over if given the chance. A man will leave his wife, soldiers will kill those they are meant to protect. It adds an extra layer of terror…not only are the people on the OUTSIDE trying to kill you, but the people sitting next to you might harm you also. Damn. Also, I love listening to the accents. I’m a sucker for that kinda thing.
- “Wait, don’t I know that actor from somewhere?” – Rose Byrne of Bridesmaids fame as Scarlet; Jeremy Renner of The Hurt Locker fame as Doyle; Harold Perrineau of Lost fame as Flynn; Idris Elba of Thor fame as Stone
- Favorite quote – “You said you saw mom die!”
- Best part – The beginning when the man leaves his wife to be killed by zombies so that he can escape. Its awful, but it sure does make you think…who can I actually trust to help me when stuff goes down? What makes this part extra awesome is the fact that the wife actually…well, I guess I can’t tell you that. Go watch it yourself.
4. Shaun of the Dead (2004, comedy) – Yes I know. A comedy? If you haven’t ever seen this movie, stop what you are doing and go watch it now. I’ll wait…Back? Awesome. This movie is a sort of parody of zombie movies. While it definitely is a zombie movie in it’s premise, the way the characters approach it is where the comedy comes in. “What should we do if a zombie outbreak occurs?” – Head to the local pub of course. “Hey, we can kill these zombies by hitting them in the head with records” – yea, but only throw the bad ones. Keep the good ones. Mistaking a zombie for a drunk girl, remaining completely oblivious to the zombies surrounding you because of your limited human interaction on a day to day basis. All very true.
- “Wait don’t I know that actor from somewhere?” – Simon Pegg of Star Trek fame (he’s Scotty) as Shaun – This was the first movie I ever saw him in, and he is brilliant.
- Favorite quote – “Don’t forget to kill Phillip!”
- Best part – When faced with the obstacle of hundreds of zombies standing in the way of their
pubfortress, the group decides to try and imitate the zombies in order to slip by them undetected. I of course have mastered my own zombie imitation, and watching each character make their initial attempts is hilarious.
5. Zombieland (2009, comedy) – This movie is awesome. I love this movie because it has rules for surviving a zombie outbreak! How awesome is that? When researching the rules, I found out there are actually 32 rules for survival that they created for the movie…we only see a fraction of them. The rules we see in the movie are:
- The double tap
- Beware of bathrooms
- Wear seat belts
- Travel light
- Don’t be a hero
- Limber up
- When in doubt, know your way out
- Check the back seat
- Enjoy the little things
Really, aren’t these rules we should all live by anyway?
- “Wait, don’t I know that actor from somewhere?” – Emma Stone of The Help fame as Wichita; Abigail Breslin of Signs fame (one of my guilty pleasure movies) as Little Rock; Jesse Eisenberg of The Social Network fame as Columbus – This is really the first time I had ever seen Emma Stone in a movie and I loved her! Then the rest of America fell in love too.
- Favorite quote – There are tons of awesome quotes from this movie. One of my personal favorites, because I share this sentiment – “I hate coconut. Not the taste, the consistency”
- Best part – Nothing is better then when Woody Harrelson’s character, Tallahassee, meets Bill Murray. For the purposes of keeping this post clean I won’t quote exactly what he says but THAT is easily the most quotable line in the whole movie. Go watch it. Now.