Preparing for the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse: Xena Presents Her List For the Top 6 Zombie Flicks of All-Time

Posted by Miserable Retail Slave on February 27, 2010 at 11:00 PM

by Xena

While I love movies, I have to say that I really don't enjoy horror movies, especially those in the style of “Saw”. All of that unnecessary and realistic human suffering just makes me kind of uncomfortable. I never really watched the “Nightmare on Elm Street”or “Friday the 13th” series either, again- they made me a bit squeamish. I have never understood the urge to make yourself “scared” or “freaked out” about a movie. I am married with a 3 years old, so I really don't need anything else to disrupt my sleep.

Now, with all that said, there is one genre of horror that I love. It is both realistic and far-fetched, gory and glorious, and normally an homage to the survival nature of the human race: The Zombie movie. Now, I don't consider myself an expert on this genre, but I know that I have watched every mainstream zombie flick ever made, and a few that some of you have probably never even heard of. So, here it is... Xena's top 6 Zombie movies of all time- in a very specific order.


#6- Dawn of the Dead (2004)

I credit this movie with the reprise of the serious look at zombies. The 1980's and 90's were littered with crap trying to pass for a legitimate flick, and this movie took it to the next level. Trapped in a shopping mall, several people (including Ving Rhames and Mekhi Pheifer) fight for their lives against hordes of the undead. While this movie is great, it originally didn't make my list, but I had one angry Mr. Xena on my hands, so I had to make it a top 6 instead of my standard 5.


#5- Night of the Living Dead ( 1968 )

This is the first look at the “undead”, from the eyes of George Romero (who is the undisputed king of zombie). The movie itself wasn't very clever, but it sparked something great. There is a 1990 remake that isn't too shabby, but to truly call yourself a zombie movie fan, you need to watch the original.

#4- 28 Days Later (2002)

They are never actually called “zombies” during the movie, but the world is littered with people infected by a virus that makes them ravenous and hungry for human flesh. So, What else would they really be classified as? I really like this movie because it changed things up from the norm a little but, really focusing on the lengths people will truly go to in a survival situation. The sequel “28 Weeks Later” is total crap.


#3- Diary of the Dead (2007)

Another George Romero movie, and honestly, one of his best. A film student is shooting his final project in the woods, and what starts as a fictional horror movie quickly becomes real. The students have no clue what is happening, only banded together by chance, and they fight for their life, all the while filming things as they happen. It is really amazing, with a distinct mix of “The Blair Witch Project” and “Night of the Living Dead”. A lesser known movie, but one very much worth the while.


#2- Shaun of the Dead (2004)

A humorous look at the zombie, and it is set in England- which makes it even funnier. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the perfect zombie killing duo as Shaun and Ed; throw in some obnoxious people and a pub called “The Winchester” and here you have it- the recipe for awesomeness. They even went a little farther and showed what happened to the world after “Z-day”. This one almost had the #1 spot, but in the end, it was...


#1- Zombieland (2009)

Again, we see the funnier side of the Zombie Apocalypse. Rules to survival pop up all over the screen, and we are blessed with the “Zombie kill of the week”. This movie really had some of the best zombie killing sequences of all of the previous, and a little bit of a love story, a great “Ghostbusters” re-enactment, and the quest for a cream-filled sponge cake. Good times.


There you have it- Discuss. Tell me how wrong I am... But I am pretty firm in my choices, so I doubt I will be swayed.


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Reply RFP
5:43 PM on March 1, 2010 
Hey, Xena. Nice post. The comment section of this place seem to be a desolate wasteland lately. I know are stopping by. I've seen the numbers. But, alas, no comments.
Reply Paulie Walnuts
4:35 PM on March 3, 2010 
I have not seen Zombieland, so unfortunately, I can't put it on my list yet, although I'm sure it will inevitably find its way into the top 5 quite easily based upon what everyone has said.

6 - Diary of the Dead: a very good movie from a really cool perspective. There was a bit too much cheese factor for my liking, though. Usually, not a problem in a zombie movie, but here the cheese is meant to be serious, for the most part.

5 - Night of the Living Dead (1990) - I feel like this remake perfected what they tried to do in 1968. Therefore, it's better in my book.

4 - Dawn of the Dead (2004) - Wow! Zombies can run? Holy shit! How terrifying is that?! The beginning of this movie is arguably the best I've ever seen in a zombie film. Brilliant stuff.

3 - 28 Days Later - A very cool idea. This brings the apocalyptic idea to the forefront, focusing on the desolation such a nightmare would inspire. I like the twist they put on the whole zombie thing, too.

2 - Shaun of the Dead - Absolutely hilarious.

1 - Quarantine - While the people aren't necessarily zombies, they are (much like 28 Days Later) infected with something, which we come to find out is a sort of mutated rabies. The end of this movie is terrifying, and perfect. The viewer finds out - very subtly - through the perceptions of the characters where the mutated rabies comes from. I love that the characters never have a revelation, but the viewer is welcomed to interpret for his or herself. A brilliant movie.
Reply beerwad
8:45 PM on March 3, 2010 
zombieland is the cadillac of zombie movies. for non comedy's i like dawn of the dead. and for historical value i have to give the nod to night of the living dead.