The top 10 Zombie movies is a great list of great zombie attack movies that must be seen. Every horror fan should see these movies as soon as they can. Each of these movies breathes new life into the zombie film genre. Included in our top 10 are Day of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Bio Zombie, Cemetery Man, Re-Animator, Zombie, Dawn of the Dead, Army of Darkness, Night of the Living Dead and our top zombie movie is Dead Alive.
Our zombie movie list is more than just a movie listing of zombies running rabid, the zombies have to include a zombie conflict or a series of zombie attacks making the movie centered around the conflict of the living against the living dead.
After each zombie movie is the "best zombie kill scene" for each film. Each of these movies has a great collection of zombie kills but in order to keep the scenes fresh, the director has to make each stand out from the other. We point those great movie moments out for you to keep an eye out while viewing the zombie slaughter or at best you will remember each scene of each top 10 zombie movies.
Day of the Dead (1985)
Day of the Dead was the final entry in George Romero’s trilogy after Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978). The zombie plague has already taken over the Earth and a small remaining group of scientists and military personnel are trying to come up with a zombie fighting strategy to reclaim the earth. The entire operation is being worked on in a Florida bunker.
This living dead classic focuses on the human element and how the living freak out when the zombie infestation occurs and what happens. Zombie out number the humans in the movie by 400,000 to 1. With present technology it would have been easy to show such a large amount of zombies on screen with ease thanks to studios like Weta Digital and there great graphics on movies like Lord of the Rings, Avatar and upcoming Rise of the Planet of the Apes. So we have to thank George Romero for the great camera tricks that he created in order to bring the zombie infestation to a form of realism.
Best zombie kill scene: The scene where the zombie gets his head split wide open by a shovel and you get to see all the gore and bits. Zombie fans live for moments like this.
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander and Joseph Pilato
28 Days Later (2002)
28 Days Later creatures move incredibly fast and are able to outrun the average human unlike traditional zombie films. Scary movies need this element in order to keep the viewer on their toes and keep the thrill level. I remember laughing at a scary movie where zombies were moving super slow. The protagonist would walk by the zombie horde and hit them a few times with a shovel and kill all zombies before they could growl.
Bringing the fear of zombies to the next generation, these zombie creatures are the result of genetic research that seems to have been poorly managed allowing a leak to get out, tempted to add spoiler. The zombie plague in 28 Days Later overruns London and then it seems to take over the world. Jim, former bike courier wakes up in a hospital to find every it deserted until he comes in contact with these flesh eating creatures. Jim gathers friends found along the way and together they take a journey in order to find other human survivors. In this scary movie, the zombie creatures infect you with their blood and with all the blood splatters in the zombie film, it is a miracle to not get the infected blood on you.
Best zombie kill scene: Jim kills a zombie priest by bashing his brains in with Pepsi cans.
Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Christopher Eccleston
Bio Zombie (1998)
Bio Zombie is a zombie flick where Iraqi agents smuggle contaminates in bottles of soda in Hong Kong. These bottles are then distributed to the public and the zombie infestation begins in the local shopping mall, beware mall rats. Blood and guts crucial for the zombie genre along with lots of humor mixed in.
Best zombie kill scene: Zombie football team gets dismembered by the mall sushi chef.
Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Jordan Chan, Emotion Cheung and Sam Lee
Cemetery Man (a.k.a. Dellamorte Dellamore , 1994)
Rupert Everette is Francesco Dellamorte whose daily chore is the smash the skulls of all the living dead who revive after several days of being buried only to be reburied. Worth watching this movie for it’s humor and take on the zombie film genre. Anna Fulchi is a hot Italian model, who plays a widow who comes back from the dead as a zombie but still looks stunning.
Best zombie kill scene: Francesco is getting his freak on with the widow while the widows’ deceased husband rises from the dead. Francesco quickly bashes his brain in with the shovel and removes some of his manly parts in the process.
Director: Michele Soavi
Stars: Rupert Everett, Francois Hadji-Lazaro and Anna Falchi
Hubert West studies include reviving the dead human brain and creates a re-animator fluid in which he injects into his subjects and raises them back from the dead. The fluid still has it’s side effects and this zombie film has great thrills thanks to Jeffrey Combs’ performance, which is stunning.
Best zombie kill scene: An unsuspecting zombie is the victim of Dr Herbert West as he uses an electric bone saw to perform heart surgery.
Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton
Lucio Fulci created some of the best zombie films proving that Italians love zombies and gore. Lucio is a tricky one that in order to create more attention to his film, actually first named this movie Zombi 2 in order to ride the popular praise that was generated my George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead that was known throughout Europe as Zombi.
A journalist basically decides to go to a remote mysterious Caribbean island with her friend and learn that most of the village has been turned into zombies through Voodoo rights. The elements of this scary movie work well like the environment is eerie, the score is chilling and the makeup of the zombies is quite good. Susan is played by Auretta Gay and is yet another horror movie girl that looks delicious.
Best zombie kill scene: A shark takes on an underwater zombie and the great predator wins of course.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
I liked the remake better then the original. George Romero’s zombie film was great for it’s time but it is a new age. The Dawn of the Dead remake delivers gruesome blood gushing wounds, explosions and zombies on fire, I love it.
The zombie horde take over a city and the survivors find shelter in a shopping mall which in fact is the best place to be, it’s secure and has everything you need for day to day life. Dawn of the Dead delivers great action scenes in the first 20 minutes that you’ll need to see all over again.
There is an extremely unnerving seen which details the insanity that a parent will endure to preserve their bloodline. When I saw this scene, it both touched and appalled every fiber of my being.
Best zombie kill scene: The shopping mall has a great stock of guns and the survivors get a sniper rifle in which they use to kill all zombies who look like celebrities, genius.
Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames and Mekhi Phifer
Army of Darkness (1992)
Army of Darkness is the final entry to the Evil Dead trilogy. The Evil Dead trilogy is another of my all time favorites even though they had an extremely tight budget with each horror movie. This masterpiece is from the director of the Spider-Man franchise Sam Raimi and B-movie king Bruce Campbell plays Ash, the great zombie killing/bashing hero.
Bruce Campbell plays Ash Williams who is a S-Mart employee that gets transported back in time to medieval England. The Necronomicon is the key back but once retrieved raises the army of the dead in which Evil Ash becomes the leader and leads the war of the undead. The zombie hordes are pushed back by Ash in an incredibly funny way. Not really a scary movie but very enjoyable.
Best zombie kill scene: Ash kills massive amounts of zombies by mounting propeller blades on the front of his Oldsmobile while spinning around in the castle courtyard.
Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz and Marcus Gilbert
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Zombie infestation starts after a satellite crashes back to earth then emits radiation thus bring back the dead as walking dead zombie flesh eaters. Survivors end up retreating to a lonely farmhouse to take shelter against the zombie swarm.
Black and white might hold you back from this classic movie along with the low budget but you will enjoy this one. Not too scary considering the graphics and style of today’s films but the movie still holds its weight. I heard stories growing up of old time horror fans who saw this the same night it came out and being scared to the bone while fearing to go home.
Best zombie kill scene: The final kill scene has to be the one that comes to mind, what a shame.
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea and Karl Hardman
Dead Alive (a.k.a. Braindead , 1992)
Peter Jackson directed Dead Alive long before he started the great Lord of the Rings franchise and his current project The Hobbit. Imagine what Jackson could have done if he had Weta Digital around back then. This zombie flick has been banned across many countries and has to be one of the goriest films ever. One scene required five gallons of fake blood per second to pull off one of these living dead scenes in which made me even appalled.
Lionel, played by Timothy Balme is the by product of an overbearing mother and when Lionel finally gets a new girlfriend, all hell breaks lose. Mom becomes a flesh eating zombie of course and what follows is a zombie infestation that Lionel must slaughter every walking dead in his path making for an entertaining zombie massacre.
No official awards were won here but Peter Jackson made a classic if you can stomach watching this gory scary movie.
Best zombie kill scene: Lionel armed with his lawnmower crashed a zombie party held at his mothers’ house. These zombies drink alcohol, make love or something like it and rock to loud music.
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Penalver and Elizabeth Moody
You must be a real zombie fan in order to have made it this far. There are other top zombie movies that could have been listed but these are the all around best zombie films of the genre. Feel free to suggest some other zombie classics that we may have missed or can include in another top zombie film list.
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