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Top 5 Zombie Movies
Kevin Boink (10/31/2011)
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#1 Night of the Living Dead
Top 5 Zombie Movies Night of the Living deadYes, this movie is more than 40 years old.
 
Yes, it's in black and white.
 
But this is the movie that started it all. George Romero created a new monster, a new myth, with this film. The modern zombie. A living dead flesh eating ghoul.
 
Think about that for a moment. Vampires, werewolfs, ghosts all existed in mankind's mythology. George Romero created the Living Dead. Without this movie there would be no zombie video games, Walking Dead comic or tv show, or any of those other movies I have mentioned.
 
Not only was he first, but with Night of the Living Dead he created a compelling story about a group of ordinary people faced with an unstoppable and horrific menace. The horror he creates is unrelenting as we are faced with a young couple burning to death, a child dying and reanimating only to eat her parents, and finally the sole surviver of the zombie assault being shot dead by the people coming to rescue him. All of this was in a time when the camera used to break away when the horror happened. Romero shows us the horror and makes us feel it.
 
All of this from an independent film with a low budget. George Romero demonstrates that a good story and good direction are far more important than a big budget and flashy special effects. With Night of the Living Dead he creates a new American horror.
 
This makes Night not just the best zombie film of all time, but also one of the greatest movies of all time.
 
So, Happy Halloween. Enjoy a good zombie flick. And don't worry, that scratching sound you hear outside? That's just a squirrel on the roof.
 
Probably.


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Your Comments:
Juan de los Muertos is better than #4, by much. Even Zombieland is better than #4, why is even #4 on the list, LOL. I think you get the point.

Posted by: Yamil on 10/1/2014 12:55:58 PM
I am sooo! mad they dont have shaun of the dead on there grrrrrr!

Posted by: morgan smith on 12/29/2011 6:54:09 AM
@Ste: The author of this article, Kevin Boink, is an avid horror geek that would put other geeks to shame. In fact, he's working with a major company right now to bring his own Zombie project to reality. I assure you, Kevin knows his Zombie movies.

Posted by: The Le on 11/9/2011 4:13:32 PM
my guess is these are the only 5 zombie films he's seen...
no shaun of the dead or zombie flesh eaters in a top 5 zombie list says to me the poll was put together by someone who didnt do his home work.
americans arnt the only people who make zombie films
oh night hasnt got a scratch on the original dawn either

Posted by: Ste on 11/9/2011 3:29:59 PM
2things zombie land is good shaun of the dead is better
and i am legend is a vampire movie not a zomb flick

Posted by: dmax on 11/7/2011 9:40:52 AM
how the heck is zombie land #5??

Posted by: heroclix fan on 11/2/2011 4:48:08 PM
hi

Posted by: bp29 on 11/2/2011 5:56:57 AM
what about i an legend

Posted by: bp29 on 11/2/2011 5:46:18 AM
White Zombie was the first Zombie movie, it was done by the Halpern Studios and starred Bela Lugosi. It introduced the world to the Zombies from Haiti and was loosely based on the book The White Island which detailed life in Haiti.

Last Man on Earth is the story "I am Legend". Richard Matheson, the author of the novella I am Legend wrote the screenplay. It is an awesome movie in public domain. The living dead in that movie are not vampires, they are the living dead who feed on blood. Sounds like vampires but that's not what they are. Great movie, true to the original story and much more interesting than the Will Smith "I am Legend" movie with its heartwarming ending or the Charleton Heston dreck "Omega Man" which is also loosely based on I am Legend.

Posted by: Dr. Faustin on 11/1/2011 12:34:20 PM
I would have probably expanded the list to ten and added films like "The Dead" about a guy who has to cross Africa without realizing he's in the middle of the Zombie apocalypse, to the latest parody satire called "Juan Of The Dead" about a Cuban during the outbreak, to Billy Connolly in the lead of a zombie lassie as "Fido". I agree with your top pick and would be tempted to tie it with the remake. Same for "Dawn Of The Dead" because it's hard to beat Ving Rhames. There was a zombie film a few years ago from China that had arena combat and ended with the heroes driving away in a chip truck after defeating one final zombie who had false teeth (wish I could recall the title it had many memorable scenes for something in subtitles). But getting back to point with such a variety of the subject how could you limit yourself to just five?

Posted by: David Riches on 10/31/2011 8:42:30 PM
Romero got his idea for Night of the Living Dead from the italian movie, "Last Man on Earth" star Vincent Price. It's basically the same story, but the zombies are Vampires. It gives him the idea to make the zombies, man-eaters.

Posted by: Tikiphantom on 10/31/2011 6:49:33 PM
The first full length Zombie film was called White Zombie in 1932. George Romero copied his ideas from that movie. Yes I'm old but I'm not a Zombie, not a Zombie at all.....Brains........brains....

Posted by: Tony Antoniuk on 10/31/2011 10:32:37 AM
I agree with just about everything Boink says except for the part that Romero created the living dead. not that I dont consider Romero the father of the ever present zombie culture, but the living dead has been around since the beginning of civilization. peaple have always feared the dead coming back to life. for a few examples, vampires are zombies except they retain intellegence, voodoe/voodoo have practice bringing the dead back to life and even successfully created zombies(not that they actually die, they would poison a person who would then look dead, burry him technically alive, wait long enough time to cause brain damage from lack of oxygen, then unburry him, hence mindless being who was thought to be dead but sorry no brain eating for this poor sap). there has been many stories about zombies except they werent named that, it was Romero who linked the name to it for the most part. But I give great thanks to Romero because he is the one to bring the light on zombies and make them what they are today.

Posted by: Gbert on 10/30/2011 10:50:50 PM
Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead are the two best ZomComs out there - not sure which I would rate higher, but they both surpassed Dead Alive in my heart. I also highly recommend Bio-Zombie which on DVD has Engrish subtitles as a bonus feature.

Romero's Dawn of the Dead is one of the greatest serious movies of all time. As the review says, the portrayal of humanity is beautiful, horrible and dead on.

Posted by: Kragnorak on 10/30/2011 10:21:49 PM
Planning a Romero Trilogy marathon tomorrow night!

Posted by: Alex M. on 10/30/2011 9:27:38 PM