The Horde (French) (2009) (Available Until: 08/16/2036)
The Horde is a French zombie movie. It centers around a group of cops and criminals trying to escape from zombie. I found some of the un-PC humor in the movie a bit off putting but dug the zombie’s makeup.
The Walking Dead (Seasons 1-3) (2010) (Available Until: 08/16/2036)
I’ve already mentioned what I thinkabout this series. Basically that it’s a bit low on actual zombies and a bit long in the tooth on stories that aren’t wrapped up. I still think that it’s very cool/interesting that there is a zombie series on TV (and I do watch it).
The Evil Dead/Evil Dead 2 (1981/1987)
The Evil Dead is the first film in the Evil Dead series. I also highly recommend both sequels which are hilarious. It’s about some college students who accidentally awaken the dead using The Book of the Dead while vacationing at a cabin in the woods. I recommend reading about the making of the films in Bruce Campbell’s book, If Chins Could Kill.
White Zombie (1932)
This movie is notable for being the first feature length zombie movie and the namesake of Rob Zombie’s band. It centers on an adorable woman who moves to the West Indies to marry her sweetheart. As soon she gets there 2 guys (one played by an overly widow’s peaked out Bela Lugosi) fall for her. They also learn a bit about the local zombies, which are voodoo zombies. They are basically just some undead unattractive locals who are being used as free labor.
The evil Lugosi character decides to make the young bride into his “white zombie”. Due to the film’s age the sound is very low (you are going to have to turn your TV’s volume way up) and the editing is a bit rough. The movie is slow and not a ton of action takes place but if you are a zombie movie freak then you probably want to check it out, like I did.
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Otto; or Up With Dead People (Canadian/German) (2008) (Available Until: 08/16/2036)
I was intrigued by the photos for this movie. That guy is mighty hot for a zombie, right? Then I read this user review on Netflix and knew that I had to watch it. “This is basically a gay pornographic zombie horror themed movie, with a movie in a movie story, and strong political/social statements.” That isn’t the full extent of the film but is a good summary. I wasn’t sure about including this title after I watched it because it’s definitely not like other zombie movies…or other movies at all.
It involves a teen who believes he is a zombie and an underground experimental filmmaker who hires him to star in her zombie movie. It also seems to veer from espousing the filmmakers views (some meaningful on conformity and consumerism) to heavily satirizing her as another over the top experimental filmmaker. If you are homophobic don’t watch this movie (it includes a few full frontal gay sex scenes, though not usually sexy because of the gore) After you watch it read this, which was my ultimate conclusion (except they did use that word). I also found this comment interesting (and I also find that woman’s films creepy).
The Return of the Living Dead (1985) (Not Currently Available)
This is my all time favorite zombie movie. It’s hilarious and scary. A group of punk teens and a few odd adults end up fighting off the undead, first in a medical supply warehouse and later a mortuary. Everyone in the cast is amazing.
If you fall in love with this movie you will definitely want to check out the recent documentary and book about it. If you have the original VHS then keep it because all of the US releases have different music because of licensing issues. FYI: The sequel, Return of the Living Dead 2 is so bad that it’s good. Pass on the later sequels though.
Night of the Comet (1984) (Available Until: 08/16/2036)
This is a doomsday movie about a couple of valley girl type sisters who end up being some of the last survivors after a comet hits and turns everyone else into zombies. It’s a pretty fun little movie.
Bonus: Read Agent Lover’s review of the film (with screencaps).
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Not Currently Available)
Of course this is the classic George Romero movie about zombies attacking survivors in a farmhouse in Pennsylvania.
Bonus: Info on the Romero Dead series is here.
The Dead Hate the Living (2000) (Not Currently Available)
I’m a big fan of this indie horror movie. It’s about some gung ho independent horror filmmakers who end up using a building to shoot in that actually has real evil in it. Then the director decides to incorporate it into the movie.
Masters of Horror: Tobe Hooper: Dance of the Dead (2005) (Not Currently Available)
I find the Masters of Horror series from Showtime to be very interesting. Some of the installments are great while others fall flat. Most still have an intriguing premise though. This episode is about a teen girl who is being sheltered by her mother to keep her safe from zombies and other nefarious people. However she ends up running off with some miscreants and arriving at the creeptastic bar (with imprisoned dancing zombies) run by Robert Englund’s character. The twist and ending are disturbing.
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Last Updated: October 2013