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10 Essential Zombie Movies

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Zombie movies WE LOVE THEM! Here are ten we consider essential viewing. Rank them how you choose and let us know in the comments which other ones you’d count as essential.

#1 Shaun of the Dead

A love letter to the Romero films from Edgar Wright and co. Funny, moving and just a little bit gory. It's a very difficult film not to love.

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#2 Day of the Dead

My personal favourite of Romero's output. A dark and angry little film which is firmly rooted in 80's politics but doesn't mind if you ignore that. Not an ideal date movie (unless you've really found your ideal date) it's all a bit of a downer but no less amazing for it. It also gave us the zombie called Bub. If you doubt the influence of this film ask anyone to do an impression of a zombie and a great many will do an impression of Bub, even if they've never seen the film. Watch it, love it.

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#3 Brain Dead

Before he started messing around with Hobbits and dragons Peter Jackson made some pretty cool films. His first, Bad Taste was a sensation, Meet The Feebles was...mental and Brain Dead was awesome. Full throttle zombie fun, buckets of gore and the immortal line "I KICK ARSE FOR THE LORD!"

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#4 Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead was Romero's take on consumerism. But if you're not interested in political messages - and not everyone is - Romero had a gift for making the film work on more than one level.so you can simply enjoy one of the finest zombie movies ever made which even includes a pie fight.

We also have to point out (do we give spoler alerts on a film this old???), David Emge, for us, ties with Bub from Day of the Dead as the most iconic zombie.

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#5 Dawn of the Dead 2004

Zack Snyder came seemingly out of nowhere with Dawn of the Dead 2004. The only real similarities between this and the original are the shopping mall, a strong black lead and of course...zombies.

It may lack much in the way of nuance but as an action packed, hugely enjoyable zombie film it ticks most of the boxes.

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#6 Night of the Living Dead

With this film George A Romero invented the modern zombie genre. And had his zombies eat people, which is nice.

Do you REALLY need us to tell you about this one?

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#7 The Return of the Living Dead

Dan O'Bannon took the zombie genre and shook it by the neck infusing it with sprinting zombies with a hunger for brains, humour, punk rock and a non-stop onslaught as opposed to the reasonably pedestrian approach most previous zombie films took with pacing.

BRAAAAAIIIIINNNNNSSSS

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#8 Zombie Creeping Flesh

Okay, this one is bad. Not bad as in Michael Jackson bad, just really really bad. Everything is wrong, from the shonky acting through to the lousy effects and laughable sets. Not to mention cutting away to stock footage anytime someone looks to the middle distance. It's awful in every respect. We still watch it regularly though because for all that it's awful it's absolutely unmissable.

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#9 The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

Also known as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie and Don't Open the Window (we have NO idea) this film contains roughly 5 minutes shot in Manchester followed by some ultrasonic radiation shenanigans resulting in the dead coming back to rip, tear and chomp on the living.

We LOVE this film.

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#10 Zombie Flesheaters

From Italy's king of splatter cinema, Lucio Fulci, comes his most coherent film. Zombie Flesheaters gives us genuinely creepy zombies, truly gory scenes, and plot holes you could drive a tank through. A nailed on classic and it even has a fight (of sorts) between a shark and a Zombie. What more do you need?

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