But before zombies were breathing life back into TV, they were devouring their way through the silver screen. The first zombie movie goes back to 1932, when Edward and Victor Halperin directed The White Zombie, about an evil voodoo master who turns a woman into a zombie. Its sequel, Revenge of the Zombies, premiered in 1936.
Since then, the genre has flourished, providing us with such cult classics as Night of the Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, and Shaun of the Dead.
Join us as we look back at some of the scariest, most iconic zombie films of all time.
While a family argues in their summer vacation home, a virus breaks out in their small Danish town. Unbeknownst to them, their town has become overrun by zombies. While What We Become follows many zombie movie tropes, the film is somehow more terrified since the action is couched with such sympathetic characters who were normal just minutes ago.
The Dead Don't Die (2019)
All your favorites (such as Selena Gomez, Bill Murray, and Adam Driver) have assembled for this horror comedy, about a town plagued by hoards of flesh eaters.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
29-year-old Shaun doesn't have much going for him, aside from a dead-end tech job, a "regular" status at the Winchester bar, and a girlfriend who's probably going to dump him. Well, he also has Ed — his best friend and roommate. Busy lounging on the couch, he and Ed miss all the signs for the zombie apocalypse that's swept over the entirety of the UK, so they're stuck fighting zombies from the Winchester bar. This hilarious movie practically gave birth to the horror-comedy genre. It's an utter delight.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
This cult classic by George Romero is a must-see for any zombie movie fan. The film, which focuses on seven people trapped in a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania during a zombie apocalypse, inspired our modern conception of the undead. Let's just say that The Walking Dead didn't come up with the whole flesh-eating cannibal thing.
28 Days Later (2002)
Danny Boyle's seminal postapocalyptic film basically brought the zombie genre back to life. (See what I did there?) When animal liberation activists accidentally release a dangerous virus in to the population, all of the U.K.'s social structures break down. A small band of survivors are forced to make tough choices as they navigate this brave new world, where the infected can turn on you at any moment.
Come to think of it, this sounds strangely like the plot of The Walking Dead, too. I mean, the main character, Jim, even wakes up in a hospital weeks after the beginning of the outbreak. Hmm...
Who says zombies can't be funny? This zombie comedy follows a geeky Jesse Eisenberg as he travels through the Southwest in search of his parents. On the way, he teams up with a zombie Lone Ranger Woody Harrelson, and con artist sister act played by Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. What could possibly go wrong?
The Horde (2009)
France's answer to the zombie genre is on a whole other level — because, duh. The film starts off like a cops-and-robbers drama as Parisian policemen chase a group of drug dealers who killed one of their own. But things take an even darker twist when a zombie apocalypse breaks out in the city, forcing the two sides to forge and alliance to survive.
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