Best Zombie Films of recent times
written by Souranath Banerjee
The earliest Zombie movie ever made was White Zombie way back in 1932.
Till then hundreds of horror films have been made on this particular concept – reanimation of a human corpse by witchcraft or other supernatural means who again loves eating other humans, turning them into ‘zombies’ as well!
Though entirely fictional but people seemed to be happy enough to watch these ‘bloody’ Zombie-movies and even get terrified by such a possibility in future!
Specially one director who is highly responsible for the popularity of the Zombie-genre is George A. Romero. His films Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) are some of the most recommended zombie-horror flicks ever!
A few other famous zombie movies I Walked with a Zombie (1943), The Last Man on Earth (1964) and Zombie (1979).
And finally, let’s have a taste of some of the Best Zombie Films of recent times!
10. Planet Terror (2007)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yij3I7G44o
A Grindhouse movie directed by Robert Rodriguez and this time he is big time into zombies!
An experimental bio-nerve gas accident that turns people into flesh-eating, mutating zombies, and then a group of people join forces to save the town from these terrifying creatures.
With a hint of comedy and enough gore, this is a tribute to the 70s exploitation films.
9. Maggie (2015)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ5Vz8qE8R8
Arnold Schwarzenegger decides to do a zombie movie, that too free of cost because he very much liked the script!
A slow emotional father-daughter drama that tries it’s best to focus on the sentimentalities about close relations turning into zombies.
Directed by Henry Hobson, it’s not your regular blood-gore zombie flick – something different to offer.
8. I Am Legend (2007)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtKMEAXyPkg
Directed by Francis Lawrence, this is the latest remake of Richard Matheson’s novel by the same name- earlier ones being The Last Man on Earth (1964) and The Omega Man (1971)
A post-apocalyptic horror film where Will Smith is the last human survivor left in New York City and perhaps in the whole world; everyone else being transformed into mutant victims of a plague. Can he find a cure to this madness?
7. I Am a Hero (2015)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZu3sVK3JOE
A zombie outbreak happens and an ordinary man turns into a hero while fighting a battle of survival!
Based on Kengo Hanazawa’s massively popular manga by the same name, and directed by Shinsuke Sato, this Japanese zombie film doesn’t at all restrict itself from showing all that violence and bloodshed. Fast and gory, decent performances and pretty realistic effects!
6. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j69OPw9nFHw
This one is the remake of George A. Romero‘s zombie classic by the same name. And it is bloody violent and much more realistic!
Zack Snyder‘s directorial debut, this gory film is set when a worldwide plague is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies all over the world and only a few survivors desperate to fight back take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.
5. 28 Days Later… (2002)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7ynwAgQlDQ
An incurable virus has spread from the apes and now humanity is in the verge of extinction!
Only a few survivors remain and they try their best to survive ‘staying alive is as good as it gets’.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Danny Boyle, the film has the look and feel of a sci-fi, and of course one of the most stylish zombie films I have seen in the recent times.
A sequel that can also be taken under consideration 28 Weeks Later (2007) by director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.
4. [Rec] (2007)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGJ_jPKOj1c
An apartment building where something terribly went wrong. A television reporter and cameraman follow the emergency workers into that dark apartment building trying their best to solve the crisis.
Directed by Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza, this thrilling Spanish film is all blood and gore, shot in real locations and also chronologically filmed.
The second part of it [Rec] 2 (2009) and the US remake named Quarantine (2008) is also worth your time.
3. World War Z (2013)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcwTxRuq-uk
When Brad Pitt stars in some zombie movie you know it will be of epic scale and it was!
Directed by Marc Forster, this story revolves around a man who is up against time to stop the Zombie pandemic threatening to destroy humanity.
Brilliant effects and crowd simulation and it is the highest-grossing film of Brad Pitt’s career!
2. The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjGkB_oWTe0
A dystopian future definitely after the zombie apocalypse, an army training base where certain kids are tutored regularly. But these kids are not exactly normal – they are zombies with human brains!
Directed by Colm McCarthy, this unique film is particularly about a zombie kid named Melanie and how she chose her battle of survival tagging along a few humans by her side!
- Train to Busan (2016)
Busanhaeng (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyWuHv2-Abk
Directed by Sang-ho Yeon, this film is about a group of people travelling on a fast train from Seoul to Busan while they find out that the outside world is getting affected by a virus that turns people into zombies!
A kid and his father, a pregnant lady and her husband, a young couple and many more – all fighting for their lives in this horrific mess.
This South Korean zombie flick tops the list because of it’s super tight story line and brilliantly realistic visuals. Gory and believable!
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most crazy one. A must watch)
+1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMitSKT-u_k
And to end the list is the best Zombie-Horror-Comedy ever made!
Directed by Edgar Wright, a brilliant comic take on the zombie apocalypse and of course the several tips and tricks on how to survive through it.
The hilarious combination of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is as always too funny – bloody tasty!
Other popular Zombie-Horror-Comedies are Zombieland (2009) and Juan of the Dead (2011).
Similar Interest: Best horror Comedies.
Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com, www.imdb.com.