Halloween 2011 is just days away (it's on Oct. 31, for clarification) but there is still more than enough time to start a zombie movie marathon. But with so many out there, which ones are the best?
What follows are 10 zombie movies that make up a well rounded zombie movie marathon.
Horror of Party Beach
This 1964 monster movie depicts a zombie of a different sort when a beach is invaded by weird atomic beasts...who live off human blood that resemble the creature from the black lagoon.
Nonetheless, a not-hysterical women in the trailer assures viewers that they are the living dead... they're zombies.
Omega Man/I am Legend
Both based off of the novel I am Legend by Richard Matheson, these two films blend zombies and vampires into a shocking and suspenseful mix. I am legend is terrifying on the big screen, but a bit of a dud on television, while Omega Man is closer to the book but a little dated. However, Charton Heston in the lead role makes this a winner.
28 Days Later
28 Days Later isn't technically a zombie movie because the zombies never died and came back to life. They are actually infected Britons with a taste for human flesh. And they are also fast, an anachronism in the zombie canon.
But are the Twilight vampires really vampires if they can be out in the day? Is Teen Wolf really a werewolf if he doesn't have to wait for a full moon? When it comes to things that are probably made up, there really shouldn't be rules.
Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later is super-scary and devilishly creepy. That's Academy Award winner Danny Boyle. Not many zombie filmmakers (as in, directors who make zombie films, not zombies who direct normal films) have Oscars.
Don't let the title fool you, this movie is meant to be both serious and scary.
Like many so many zombie movies, the evil creatures are created by a science experiment gone wrong. Like the Frankenstein monster, Dr. DeMarco attempts to bring life into his Astroman, which was made from a dead body. Astroman then goes on a killing spree. It also something to do with the C.I.A.
Starring John Carradine, it pits the vicious Satana against skull-faced Astro Zombies, and is a retro, hilarious, fun and gruesome tale.
City of the Living Dead
Along with Zombi, City of the Living Dead is Italian filmmaker Lucio Fulci's gore/zombie opus. Inspired by George Romero, Fulci's move into the horror genre reinvigorated his career in the late 1970s. In City, demonic zombie are released from the gates of hell after a priest hangs himself in a cemetery.
Zombie Nazis. Enough said.
I Walked With a Zombie
This 1943 movie plays on the fear of the Other, specifically of the indigenous tribes of the West Indies. Full of antiquated racial mores and voodoo, I Walked With a Zombie is the story of a nurse who is stalked by Carrefour, a zombie slave. But Carrefour is not the only zombie!
Night of the Living Dead
The template of all zombie moves that came after it, Night of the Living Dead is zomibe guru George Romero's first movie. It has been remade a number of times, but the original is still terrifying and suspenseful.
Evil Dead/Evil Dead 2
Essentially the same movie, although 2 had a slightly larger budget, Sam Raimi's Evil Dead movies are cult-classics that unintentionally blend horror and comedy. The films introduced the world to Ash, played by Bruce Campbell, and his chainsaw hand. The movie also introduced a number of Raimi-horror tropes, including the evil cam, which gives the point-of-view of an unseen evil entity in the woods, and the quick cuts that the director later used in the Spider Man movies.
Dawn of the Dead
Both the 2005 remake and 1978 original Night of the Living Dead sequel are zombie staples. About a group of people trapped in a mall full of zombies, Dawn was the first of a series of of the Dead follow-ups and was also significant for having a black leading man.