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Top 10 Zombie Movies ...

By Jennifer

I am terrified of zombies, and my friends and family never let me forget how ridiculous this is, to be afraid of something that’s not even real. But they could be real! And I’m prepared. I have read the Zombie Survival Guide from cover to cover, and I’ve watched all of the best zombie movies. You can too! Here’s my list of the top ten zombie movies… shudder

1 Zombieland (2009)

Zombieland (2009)Of all the films Woody Harrelson has starred in, this is, in my view, his best. Harrelson plays Tallahassee, a veteran zombie-slayer with a wicked sense of humor. The entire movie is hilarious, though it’s still so gory I had to look away a few times. This one is my very favorite zombie movie!

2 Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil (2002)It started off as one of the scariest video games ever, right up there with Silent Hill, and has turned into an entire franchise of movies. Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez are great in the first movie, and I like the idea of a multi-national corporate conglomerate being behind all of the misery.

3 Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Shaun of the Dead (2004)This movie is so funny, it’s hard to remember that it’s supposed to also be a zombie horror film. IT’s not just slap-stick comedy, it’s terribly witty and clever. Really, is there anything better for bashing zombies than a cricket bat, or any safer place to hole up than a pub?

4 Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead (2004)This is one of the few times a re-make is better than the original (which was pretty damn good itself). This is so scary, so frighteningly real, that I almost didn’t make it through the first fifteen harrowing minutes. There is some humor, but it’s genuinely creepy and I screamed out loud more than once.

5 Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Night of the Living Dead (1990)The original, made in 1968, isn’t nearly as scary or creepy as this one, perhaps because it was made in black and white, and this is in vivid color. Whatever the reason, this re-make is very scary, and these are the zombies that haunt my dreams once in a while… eek!

6 28 Days Later (2003)

28 Days Later (2003)Choose this one or the sequel, “28 Weeks Later,” and you’ll be scared plenty! I love the first film because it’s so realistic, from a political and social standpoint. The reason it’s so scary isn’t just because of the gore or the suspense, but because it’s so realistic!

7 Army of Darkness (1992)

Army of Darkness (1992)The entire “Evil Dead” series is hilarious and purposefully campy. In this installment, Ash accidentally goes back in time to the Middle Ages, where he tries to cast a spell to send him home, but ends up raising the dead. Oops! It’s zombie-movie-meets-Monty-Python… I love it!

8 Dead Alive (1992)

Dead Alive (1992)Long before he won 11 Oscars for his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Peter Jackson directed this hilarious zombie movie/comedy. It’s so very funny, but also incredibly gory… in some scenes, there’s so much blood it’s almost too much to watch. If you thought your mother was over-bearing, watch this and see what a truly domineering mother is like!

9 Quarantine (2008)

Quarantine (2008)I saw this one a date at the movies and I jumped right out of my seat two or three times. This is another re-make, but it’s still very, very good. It’s a scary movie because it’s shot first-person, like “Blair Witch” and “Cloverfield.” It’s also terribly frightening because I could completely see the LAPD quarantining a building like this…

10 I Am Legend (2007)

I Am Legend (2007)Some would argue that this isn’t really a zombie movie, but I disagree. What are those things then, infected by that vaccine? This movie is great because it’s so well-acted… Will Smith is brilliant as the man who developed the vaccine that went so wrong, who thinks he’s the last man alive. And if you don’t cry when this dog dies, you’re not human… maybe you’re a zombie!

Watch these films and brush up on your zombie defense skills. Choose the location of your bunker, stock it well, arm yourself, and get ready for the inevitable zombie invasion… or maybe just grab some snacks and watch one or two of these for fun… which of do you like best? Which are too scary to watch again? Or do you have another favorite zombie movie? Please let me know!

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