Essential Zombie Films

Movies are listed in chronological order to put the history and late 20th mass media pop culture saturation of zombies into context.

She was not alive… nor dead… just a’

White Zombie is a 1932 American supernatural horror feature film directed and produced by brothers Victor Halperin and Edward Halperin. The screenplay by Garnett Weston tells the story of a young woman’s transformation into a zombie at the hands of evil voodoo master Murder Legendre, played by Bela Lugosi [read more]

‘Who said the dead don’t walk!’

I Walked with a Zombie is a 1943 American horror feature film directed by Jacques Tourneur (Night of the Demon). It was the second horror film from producer Val Lewton for RKO Pictures, following Cat People (1942). The movie stars Frances Dee, Tom Conway and James Ellison.

A young Canadian nurse (Betsy) goes to the West Indies to care for Jessica, the wife of a plantation manager (Paul Holland). Jessica seems to be suffering from a kind of mental paralysis as a result of fever. When she falls in love with Paul, Betsy determines to cure Jessica even if she needs to use a voodoo ceremony, to give Paul what she thinks he wants… [read more]

‘Mass invasion of the world!’

Invisible Invaders is a 1959 science fiction horror feature film produced by Robert E. Kent (The Curse of the Faceless Man; The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake) and directed by Edward L. Cahn (Invasion of the Saucer MenVoodoo Woman; It! The Terror from Beyond Space) from a screenplay by Samuel Newman (The Giant Claw). The movie stars John Agar, Jean Byron, Robert Hutton and John Carradine. [read more]

Night of the Living Dead – USA, 1968 – reviews

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie – Spain, Italy, 1974 – reviews

Dawn of the Dead – USA, Italy, 1978

Zombie Flesh Eaters – Italy, 1979 – reviews

The Nights of Terror aka Burial Ground – Italy, 1980

Day of the Dead – USA, 1985 – overview and reviews

The Return of the Living Dead – USA, 1985 – reviews

Re-Animator – USA, 1985 – reviews

Night of the Living Dead – USA, 1990 – overview and reviews

Braindead aka Dead Alive – New Zealand, 1992 – reviews

Dellamorte Dellamore – Italy, France, Germany, 1994

Land of the Dead – USA, 2005 – reviews

28 Days Later… – UK, 2002 – reviews

Dawn of the Dead – USA, 2004 – reviews

Shaun of the Dead – UK, 2004 – reviews

Diary of the Dead – USA, 2007 – reviews

28 Weeks Later – UK | Spain, 2007

Zombieland – USA, 2009

Dead Snow – Norway, 2009 – reviews

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead – Australia, 2014 – overview and reviews

Train to Busan – South Korea, 2016 – reviews

The Girl with All the Gifts – UK, 2016 – reviews

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2 Comments on “Essential Zombie Films”

  1. I really think Undead was far better than Wormwood as far as Aussie zombie movies go, should at least be included on the list.

    1. I re-watched Undead last year, having not seen it since it first came out and was massively underwhelmed. So, unless there’s a groundswell of other people voting this one onto the list I remain unconvinced. On the other hand, Wormwood literally had me ‘on the edge of my seat’. Personal opinion, of course but the list has been compiled with many reviews taken into account. Or am I missing something?

      BTW, the Spierig brothers hit home with Daybreakers for sure but Winchester and Jigsaw were both unfortunately disappointing so their output is very uneven.

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