BEST ZOM­BIE MOVIES

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“White Zom­bie” (1932) It’s not a band or a drink in this case, but a thriller that starred genre leg­end Bela Lu­gosi as a voodoo ex­pert who uses his su­per­nat­u­ral skills to help a plan­ta­tion owner pos­sess the woman of the lat­ter’s dreams. Though it’s a clas­sic of its kind, the pic­ture re­de­fines the phrase “made on the cheap.” “I Walked With a Zom­bie” (1943) Film-noir mas­ter Jac­ques Tourneur di­rected this tale of a nurse (played by Frances Dee) who finds plenty of trou­ble while treat­ing a plan­ta­tion owner’s – yes, an­other one – wife in the Caribbean. Iconic pro­ducer Val Lew­ton em­ployed later di­rec­tor Mark Robson (“Pey­ton Place”) as the pic­ture’s ed­i­tor.

“Night of the Liv­ing Dead” (1968) Well, of course this would be on this list. Film­maker Ge­orge A. Romero was vir­tu­ally a one-man band in de­vis­ing his graphic, su­per-low-bud­get chiller about a group that seeks refuge in a Penn­syl­va­nia farm­house as they’re be­sieged by le­gions of the un­dead. Romero would get more money to make a num­ber of fol­low-ups, but it’s ar­guable whether any of them were more ef­fec­tive than the orig­i­nal. “Res­i­dent Evil” (2002) In­spired by the pop­u­lar video-game se­ries, the movie quest of hero­ine Alice (Milla Jovovich) to van­quish virus re­gen­er­ated zom­bies and mu­tants be­gan here, then con­tin­ued for five more graph­i­cally vi­o­lent in­stall­ments that gave its star all the phys­i­cal work­out she needed – and then some. “28 Days Later” (2002) Di­rec­tor Danny Boyle ap­plies a stark ap­proach to this Bri­tish melo­drama de­pict­ing what hap­pens roughly a month af­ter a virus be­gins to cut a swath through Lon­don and the sur­round­ings, with Cil­lian Murphy and Naomie Har­ris play­ing two sur­vivors who try to stay that way.

“Shaun of the Dead” (2004) Adding com­edy to the ter­ror as it par­o­dies the Ge­orge A. Romero movies – as sug­gested merely by the ti­tle – di­rec­tor and co-writer Edgar Wright’s saga casts Si­mon Pegg (the pic­ture’s other writer) as the tit­u­lar Shaun, an aim­less fel­low who sud­denly finds a goal by bat­tling zom­bies largely made up of con­verted ac­quain­tances of his.

“28 Days Later”

“Night of the Liv­ing Dead”

“Shaun of the Dead”

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