BEST ZOMBIE MOVIES
“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”