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Top 10 Zombie Movies of All Time December 2023

For several decades now, cinema enthusiasts have loved the genre of ‘zombie movies’ which have tapped into the deepest fears and anxieties. From the black-and-white era to now, film-makers have explored this genre with a hint of fear, thrill, horror, and comedy, thereby shedding light on the themes of survival, good versus evil, life challenges, and more. Below are the top 10 movies considered as the genre’s favourites, both by the critics and fans alike, on several platforms.

Shaun of the Dead

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Set against the backdrop of Britain, the film follows an ordinary London electronics salesman, Shaun, who is surrounded by a sudden zombie apocalypse which changes his mundane life. The menace rises and he is now forced to decide between protecting his loved ones, post which he embarks on a heartwarming journey to reuniting with his near and dear ones.

Cast:

  • Simon Pegg
  • Nick Frost
  • Kate Ashfield
Director Edgar Wright
Release date 2004
Running Time 1hr 39 min

Night of the Living Dead

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Night of the Dead follows a day which quickly turns into a harrowing nightmare for a group of people who find themselves among a group of flesh-eating ghouls. They take refuge in an abandoned farmhouse and battle for survival. Meanwhile, the tension mounts up as the survivors are forced to grapple with both the physical menace of the undead and circumstances that are psychologically stressful, making the film a chilling exploration of survival.

Cast:

  • Duane Jones
  • Judith O’Dea
  • Karl Hardman
Director George Rumero
Release Year 1968
Running Time 1 hr 36 mins

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Train to Busan

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

In a city based in South Korea, a rapidly spreading virus outbreak has started turning people into vicious zombies. This bothers a divorced father, Seok-woo, and soon he takes his daughter Su-an and embarks on a train journey to Busan. The situation intensifies and he is now stuck in a speeding train along with other passengers. Now, they have to fight the relentless undead, face dilemmas, and fight selfish passengers. Combining action and horror the film explores several aspects shedding light on familial bonds and the human spirit.

Cast:

  • Gong Yoo
  • Jung Yu-mi
  • Ma Dong-seok
Director Sang ho-Yeon
Release date 2016
Running Time 1 hr 58 min

Zombieland

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

A cautious college student, Columbus, embarks on a journey to reunite with this family during the times of post-apocalyptic America. On his journey, he meets a fearless survivalist and forms a bond only to make forces with two sisters who are proficient at navigating this landscape. Together, they face several groups of zombies and encounter survivors. With a perfect mix of comedy and horror, the film sheds light on survival and human bonds in difficult times.

Cast:

  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Emma Stone
  • Woody Harrelson
Director Ruben Fleischer
Release Year 2009
Running Time 1 hr 28 min

Braindead

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Also known as Dead Alive, Braindead is set against the backdrop of New Zealand. Lionel Cosgrove has only one task, which is to take care of his mother, Vera, from a zombie attack. A Sumatran rat-monkey bite has created chaos in the city, and as this spreads, he changes his life into a battleground, forcing him to use unconventional weapons only for one aim, which is to protect both himself and his loved ones. What follows are events where the dark humor offers unforgettable moments leaving audiences both entertained and disgusted.

Cast:

  • Timothy Balme
  • Diana Peñalver
  • Elizabeth Moody
Director Peter Jackson
Release Year 1992
Running Time 1 hr 44 mins

Rec

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Based on retrieved footage in 2007, Rec follows a group of people who set on an emergency investigation, in an apartment, only to find the place has been sealed owing to a mysterious and infectious illness. This leaves them trapped inside along with residents and eventually, they soon realize that the virus has begun turning people into violent, flesh-eating monsters. What started as an investigation takes a turn to become a nerve-wracking experience.

Cast:

  • Manuela Velasco
  • Ferran Terraza
  • Jorge-Yamam Serrano
Director Paco Plaza
Release date 2007
Running Time 1 hr 18 min

Dawn of the Dead

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

The 1978 original film and its 2004 remake both revolve around the survival of a small group of people who unwittingly become ensnared in a zombie apocalypse. These survivors take refuge in a shopping mall and, in their quest to fortify their defences against the hordes of the undead, must grapple with the challenges of remaining alive. These films delve into themes such as human nature, resourcefulness, and the struggle for survival in a world turned upside down.

Cast:

  • Sarah Polley
  • Ving Rhames
  • Mekhi Phifer
Director Zack Synder
Release Year 2004
Running Time 1 hr 41 mins

Re-animator

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

An unorthodox but brilliant medical student invents a serum which has the ability to revive the dead. However, there is something fascinating yet disturbing truth about the same. This interests his colleague, who joins hands to push the boundaries of this experiment, thereby taking the research further on human corpses. The result is the birth of uncontrollable and violent reanimated beings who add horror to the city, creating havoc and turning lives into a nightmare.

Cast:

  • Jeffrey Combs
  • Bruce Abbott
  • Barbara Crampton
Director Stuart Gordon
Release date 1985
Running Time 1 hr 24 mins

The Beyond

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

The Beyond is considered to be a classic revolving around a widowed man, Macabre, who inherits Seven Doors Hotel based in New Orleans. Little did he know about the cruel history of the hotel being the doorway to Hell, and as he digs deeper into the past, he learns about Schweick, who used the hotel for scary rituals, making it a gateway to unspeakable evil. Born out of Room No. 36, these creatures and spirits are full of vengeance and run into the hotel, only to turn their lives into a nightmarish reality. What follows are events where Macabre is forced to battle the deepest fears for survival.

Cast:

  • Catriona MacColl
  • David Warbeck
  • Cinzia Monreale
Director Lucio Fulci
Release date 1981
Running Time 1 hr 21 min

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Blood Quantum

IMDb Rating: 5.6/10

Set in Red Crow, Canada, the film follows life in the Mi’kmaq reserve hit zombie apocalypse, where the residents are immune to the virus. However, a cultural identity has united the community fights, leading to survival in the onslaught. All of this with the sole intention of determining the indigenous status. Experts have revealed that the concept of the film, despite following the traditional zombie universe, sheds light on vital conversations about indigenous communities and oppression.

Cast:

  • Michael Greyeyes
  • Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
  • Forrest Goodluck
Director Jeff Barnaby
Release date 2019
Running Time 1 hr 38 min
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