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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sources: Forbes.com, Boston.com, imdb.com
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