The thought of a zombie apocalypse ravaging the Earth in the near future may sound preposterous to some, but for others, zombies roaming the world’s communities is a possibility.
The concept of a zombie apocalypse is something present in our culture due to some of the recent horror films. Heck, we even have reality shows like Big Brother jumping on the zombie bandwagon, adapting the theme of the show with an apocalyptic setting.
The rise in zombie-related movies and series may be due to the world of the Internet, where rumors about lab-made viruses that will turn everyday folk into zombies run rampant and without censor. To add to the horror of such rumors, a Harvard psychiatrist says you could build such a virus.
Of course, with the sheer amount of movies and TV series entertaining such zombie plots, I think the average viewer will know just how to survive a zombie apocalypse – in every feasible manner possible. Here’s 10 movies and TV series that will prepare you for a zombie apocalypse.
10. Planet Terror
This isn’t your “usual” zombie flick since it was directed by none other than Roberto Rodriguez, bringing his typical humor into rural Texas. It was released as a part of a double feature with Tarantino’s Death Proof and it wanted to emulate the thrills you get when watching exploitation films in the “grindhouse” theatres.
A go-go dancer wanting to find a new job gets into trouble and loses her leg when the nearby US military base has a deadly biochemical agent released, transforming the townspeople into “sickos.” A group of survivors are trying to set things straight and will step on corpses to do so. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, it’s a no-brainer to put it on your list and watch it as soon as possible for a good time.
9. Resident Evil
This film takes its inspiration from the Capcom video game with the same title. The first film was released in 2002 with Milla Jovovich as the starring actress. The bioengineering company Umbrella Corporation is the main villain due to the infection of the world population with the T-virus, leading to a zombie apocalypse.
Alice (Milla) who was working for the corporation becomes its top enemy and goes on a crusade to set things straight. The fragile actress we got used to in movies like The Fifth Element will show her kick-ass personality in this one for an outstanding performance.
The film was a success and led to the highest-grossing film series based on video games with four sequels out already (Apocalypse, Extinction, Afterlife and Retribution) and a last one, The Final Chapter, to be released in 2017.
8. World War Z
This Hollywood flick is based upon the apocalyptic horror novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, written by Max Brooks in 2006. Brooks previously wrote The Zombie Survival Guide which is a great supplement to this list.
The film was released in 2013 with Brad Pitt as the lead actor, playing a former United Nations investigator seeking a way to end the zombie pandemic.
The approach to the cure is one of the most interesting elements in the script, but we won’t spoil the whole film for you. A sequel for the film is scheduled for June 2017.
The best zombie movies are those that mix horror with comedy and Ruben Fleischer managed to make a highly successful flick with this one. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin are the survivors of a zombie apocalypse and they travel throughout the United States in search for a sanctuary.
The disease was mutated from the mad cow disease to become the “mad person disease” and then the “mad zombie disease” turning almost everyone into zombies. You are thrown into the chaos from the first scene and if you see it all through the eyes of a shy teenager with the addition of a little romance and a bad-ass Woody Harrelson, hilarity ensues.
6. Shaun of the Dead
This one is a British approach to the zombie genre and it is filled with dry humor, making it an instant classic. The film came out in 2004 as a part of Edgar Wright’s and Simon Pegg’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, impressing other renowned filmmakers such as George A. Romero and Quentin Tarantino with its originality.
Shaun is the main character, an electronics shop salesman and his girlfriend doesn’t like the life they lead since their every date is at the Winchester pub, a place where Shaun always shows up with his unemployed and vulgar friend, Ed. Shaun’s problems grow when his housemate Pete is bitten by “some crackheads;” the next morning they wake up in a city filled with zombies.
While trying to survive, he not only attempts to save his girlfriend, but also their relationship.
5. 28 Days Later
Danny Boyle depicts the breakdown of society with the release of a contagious virus. The main focus is set on four survivors who try to cope with the decay of everything around them. The name came from the time it takes to deliver a package in the U.K., depicting the whole world could collapse in that period.
Four weeks after chimpanzees from a research laboratory are freed, they spread a rage-inducing virus through blood and saliva. The main character finds himself out of a coma in a deserted London-based hospital during the zombie catastrophe. Instead of a typical survival flick, the film is more of a meditation on the basic drives of humanity and thus might be quite disturbing for some.
4. The Walking Dead
AMC brought us a horror series based on the comic books of the same name. Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, wakes up from a long coma into a world that is overrun by zombies. He tries to find his family and finds several other survivors along the way, becoming their leader.
After premiering on October 2010, the series is now in entering its sixth season. The Walking Dead is highly entertaining; but even if you’re not a fan of this genre, you might be amazed at the writing and the character development which occurs each episode.
Released in 2007, this Spanish film tells the story of a small group of people, trapped in a building overrun by zombies. The film is presented from the perspective of a late night news show covering the event. The reporters, too, are trapped from within.
Three sequels followed and the way in which it is filmed makes it quite immersive, so expect some truly nightmarish scenes. The movie was a huge success, winning several awards.
2. Dawn of the Dead
The original film came out in 1978, defining the zombie genre while also introducing humor in it for the first time. Romero wrote it in collaboration with Dario Argento and it is the second film in the Living Dead series but it isn’t considered a strict continuation of Night of the Living Dead.
It expands the effects of the zombie cataclysm at a larger scale and the critics appreciated it due to its layers of human bonding, approach to counter-culture and social critique.
1. Night of the Living Dead
Released in 1968 as an independent horror film, the movie was directed by George A. Romero with a budget of $114,000. It quickly became a cult classic, grossing $30 million at the box office, making it the most profitable horror film ever made “produced outside the walls of a major studio.”
It is without a doubt the greatest low budget film ever made due to its influence and it shows in a documentary-like fashion issues of race and the poor treatment of women. Some critics saw the film as a subversive critique of the 1960s and some even went so far as to see in it as a comment on the war in Vietnam.