I had a request to compile a list of my favorite zombie films, which wasn't easy to do. I chose films that had zombies and infected humans, because as most horror fans know, there is a difference between the two. Zombies are humans that have died and the infected are humans that are contaminated with a virus and take on the characteristics of zombies.
Either way, they'll rip your face off. These are the films I picked, in no particular order. At the end I will include a couple honorable mentions that are not films.
Night of the Living Dead 1968 & 1990
Kicking things off is the film that started the zombie craze. During the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, a group of strangers take refuge in a farmhouse. Tempers flare as the survivors try and think of how to escape, while trying to figure out what is going on. Both of these films were amazing. The thing I loved most was there was never a reason a to why this terrible plague was actually happening. It just suddenly started one day. Tom Savini did a great job directing the 1990 film, which was his directorial debut. Tony Todd was a great addition to the film, as was Patricia Tallman. Tallman gave us a stronger female lead, as opposed to the original film.
Dawn of the Dead 1978 & 2004
George Romero followed up his classic film with Dawn of the Dead. The zombie population has increased and we now follow a new group trying to survive. The group takes refuge in a huge secluded shopping mall, hoping to keep out the 'dead.' Slowly they lock down the mall and try to make it safe. The original had great effects, an awesome cast, and an appearance by Tom Savini. The remake did a great job paying tribute to the original film. I loved the cast, the added humor, and the running zombies. Hordes of zombies are terrifying, but it's worse when the horde is running towards you at full speed. Plus this is the first time we got to see a zombie baby.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Now for some infected humans that will chase you down and rip you apart. The military has taken control and quarantined sections of London to separated the non-infected. However, someone is found that is immune to the effects of the virus, but is still a carrier. After one person is infected, the virus quickly spreads leaving a group of people trying to get to safety. This film has great effects, some vicious kills, and a great opening sequence. Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, and Imogen Poots do an amazing job in the film.
Resident Evil (2002)
The Capcom video game was brought to the big screen and didn't disappoint. Now I know the film didn't follow the game's story, but it did a good job of putting you in game's universe. A military group must investigate why a secret facility went into lock-down and killed everybody inside. Two people are found outside the facility with no memory of who they are or what happened. The group is unaware of the horrors that await them inside The Hive, Umbrella's secret facility. There is so much action in this film and we also get to see lots of enemies from the video game. We are also introduced to the character Alice, played by the beautiful Milla Jovovich. She kicks some serious ass in this film, as always. The soundtrack was amazing as well.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Here we take a hilarious look at zombies. After two employees at a medical supply store release an unknown gas, the dead begin to rise. These zombies are a bit different, though. They're smarter and are even able to talk. The practical effects were so amazing in this film, probably because I hate the overuse of CGI in today's horror films. So many laughs throughout the film. It's such a classic. For being a parody, it's so well done.
Cockneys Vs Zombies (2012)
This movie is so ridiculous, but so much fun. A group of friends plan to rob a local bank, in hopes of saving their grandfather's retirement home from closing. Everything changes when in the middle of the robbery London is struck by a zombie apocalypse. We end up seeing members of the retirement community armed with automatic weapons unloading onto groups of zombies. Now together, the friends and elderly folk, rush to try and escape London in hopes of finding a safe zone.
One scene is pretty bad, involving a man punting a zombie toddler. That's what kind of film this is.
"Time to nut up, or shut up"
Long after the zombie apocalypse has sullied the Earth, the human population has been severely reduced. We meet four survivors, all heading towards a different cities. Woody Harrison (Tallahassee) is one of the most memorable characters, partly thanks to his great chemistry with Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus.) Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin up the anti as two sisters who always seem to outsmart the two guys. We see these different personalities come together as they try and survive Zombieland. This film has an amazing intro sequence and some truly inventive zombie kills. When have you seen a zombie killed with a banjo? Well you'll see it here. Plus a zombie clown. Like clowns weren't bad enough, now we have a zombie clown.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Last, but certainly not least, is one of my favorite zombie comedies of all time. This film introduced us to the hilarious team of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright. I would hands down watch any movie involving these guys. Here we have Shaun and his best friend Ed at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. They try to gather their family and friends and get somewhere safe. Their safe haven.....a local pub. Despite the terror unfolding around them, the comedy duo deliver some of the best lines and hilarious jokes. One of my favorite scenes is when Shaun walks to the local shop, completely ignoring the death and zombies all around him. Classic.
The Walking Dead (2010 - Present Day)
One of the best shows on television, The Walking Dead has taken surviving a zombie apocalypse to another level. A sheriff, Rick Grimes, leads a group of people trying to survive and build a safe haven during the zombie apocalypse. The show has so many great characters and shocking twists that prove nobody is ever safe on this show. What I love most is that as the show has evolved, we've learned that zombies are not the greatest threat, man is.
The Last of Us (2013)
One of the best games I've ever played. This tense epic picks up 20 years after the infected have taken over the planet. Survivors live in small safe zones, under military guard. Joel, a smuggler, is tasked with getting a young girl, Ellie, to a group called The Fireflies. They must travel through infected zones and also deal with climate changes. The game also proves that man can be a greater threat than the infected. It has such an amazing story and bond between the main characters.
I hope you guys enjoy my list. Let me know what your favorites are in the comments below!