Halloween is just around the corner so you may be wondering which horror movies to check out to set the mood for the season. To help you out, I’ve compiled this list of neat zombie movies that will either scare the socks off you or make you laugh in ernest. No matter what the case, its sure to get a reaction and its well worth your time.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Many of you would probably be surprised that Zack Snyder’s directorial debut was actually for the remake of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. Sure, this movie did not pull off a lot of surprises and pretty much played it safe. However, its main draw was that excellent execution which made the film flow seamlessly with each scene. From the casting to the practical effects, it was a truly entertaining film and a solid addition to the zombie movies of its time.
World War Z (2013)
I’m not recommending World War Z because of its groundbreaking story or Brad Pitt’s acting. This movie made it to my list simply because it spun the concept of zombies on its head. Forget clumsy and slow monsters who want to eat your brain. The zombies in this movie are lightning quick, smart and attack in hordes. If that doesn’t get your blood pumping, I don’t know what will. Read Full Review
Resident Evil (2001)
I didn’t care much for the Resident Evil movies after the original trilogy but I was really a big fan of the original three movies, especially this first installment. I thought that the story was engaging and the twist was also great. What took the cake was Mila Jovovich teaming up witgh Michelle Rodriguez, kicking zombie bu*t. Its the perfect recipe for an action packed adventure. I loved it.
While I must admit I’m not a big fan of found footage cinema, Quarantine was an exception. It was creepy and it was intense, but the main strength of the film is really the acting of Jennifer Carpenter, who played the role of a reporter who set out to do a story on an abandoned house but found herself trapped inside as a quarantine is declared by the CDC. The vibe got creepier as more discoveries were made in the house. I’ve probably said it countless times before but Jennifer Carpenter should seriously give acting classes for horror. Seriously. Her reactions are next level.
Warm Bodies (2013)
Told from the perspective of a zombie who falls in love with a human, and slowly finding himself coming back to live, Warm Bodies is an adaptation of a novel by Isaac Marion puts a romcom spin to the zombie genre and tempers decaying body parts, severed limbs and and rotting corpses with the discovery of finding love in the midst of an apocalypse. Awwww! Read full review
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
While many zombie films focus on scaring people out of their wits, Shaun of the Dead, headlined by the powerhouse tandem of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, put a comedic spin on the zombie apocalypse as these two ne’er do wells and their mates try to survive the onslaught of the undead given their lack of special abilities.
Juan of the Dead (2011)
This Spanish-Cuban film, like Shaun of the Dead, injects a fun vibe into the zombie apolcalypse genre, pitting an unlikely hero in the midst of the mayhem. The film is action packed and exciting, but also not lacking in the dramatics as Juan establishes his relationship with the survivors. There’s plenty of blood and gore to go around too as Juan finds himself faced with hordes of zombies more than once. The ending was an excellent touch.
Train to Busan (2016)
What does one do when one is trapped inside a moving train while zombies attack? This was the main dilemma of passengers in the 2016 sleeper hit Train to Busan. The contained space, the compelling acting from Gong Yoo and Ma Deong Seok provide a gut wrenching take off point for this movie that revolved around a rapidly spreading virus that has infected half of the train by its early stages. The mystery of how the virus was contracted, the zombies’ dexterity and the speed of infection, made Train to Busan one of the best zombie films of all time — bar none. It was a class of its own, and remains so to this day. Read Full Review
Hope this list helps tide you over for the Halloween weekend. Happy viewing!