Top Five Zombie Films of All Time!

Welcome to another dose of Cinematic Cliffs Notes! Oh, and before we go any further, happy belated Easter. Given the resurrection of Christ, and the end of the Walking Dead, what I thought I'd do is run through what I think are the five best zombie movies of all time. Well, they're my favourites, and I'm going to explain why. And why, I hear you ask, am I talking about zombie movies? Because of Easter, when kind zombie rose from the dead and wrote that book some people are really into. In honour of J-Dog and his reanimation day, here are my five favourite zombie films.


5. Shaun of the Dead

Spaced, Big Train, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz… all vehicles with which Simon Pegg honed his craft. And whilst I'm personally more a fan of Hot Fuzz (a kind of sticky fusion of Pratchett's Night's Watch ensemble of characters and Spaced), which I know is an unpopular opinion, Shaun of the Dead is fantastic. It's a surprisingly complex and respectful parody of a much maligned genre, and best of all, it's funny. Even amidst the abundant carnage, you're laughing. It's also deeply upsetting in many ways, making it a perfect zombie movie.




4. Carnival of Souls

This one was actually introduced to me by a fellow cinephile and regular at the video store I used to work at, Ian Barr. The guy was, and is, a cinematic badass, and you can see his reviews around the traps, most notably in various street press mags. Carnival of Souls is, as he pointed out, one of the films that influenced Lynch's superb Lost Highway; it combines various creepy zombie tropes with a lilting, creepy carnival vibe; the whole thing plays out sort of like a narration-free extended Twilight Zone ep. It's also quite hard to sum up without spoiling anything, so give it a look. By which I mean I somehow found THE ENTIRE THING on YouTube.



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  • Nick Milligan's avatar
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    Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 - 9:59 AM
    A good list, but the best zombie film of all time is unquestionably Michele Soavi's 1994 masterpiece Dellamorte Dellamore (starring Rupert Everett). It's a romantic black comedy with an abstract, existential philosophy. A remarkable movie. Also - it's a brave man that leaves Peter Jackson's Brain Dead out of a "top five" zombie film list.
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    Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 - 10:08 AM
    I've never seen Dellamorte Dellamore! Sadly. Am going to remedy that later this week. As for Brain Dead... I love it, but I'd place it juuuuuust outside my top five.
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    Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 - 11:56 AM
    Night >Dawn>Land>Diary>Day
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    Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 - 1:42 PM
    why is there an image from the 'Black Hawk Down' movie poster directing folk to this story from TheAge website?

    try harder web team.
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    Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 - 1:49 PM
    Riches9999: Read the article.
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    Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 - 1:59 PM
    Thanks Tastic - seems I'm as ignorant of the the article as the writer is of zombie movies.
    *bows and exits*
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    Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 - 3:25 PM
    Black Hawk Down is NOT a zombie movie. Yes, it uses the same dramatic devices as a good zom-flick but at the same time, there isn't the constant threat of becoming one of the undead, which is an added tension device used by even the worst zom-flicks.

    I will contend that a better movie is Diary Of The Dead or perhaps even the remake of The Crazies. And how could you talk about zombie movies and not even mention La Horde?
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  • Camo's avatar
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    Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 - 4:22 PM
    Terrible list by a terrible reviewer. Sick of your rants on Triple J. People want to see a true zombie list when they click a link saying "Top 5 Zombie Films of all time". and not see Black Hawk Down and read about what you learned at Uni. Quarantine is better than most on your list, plus many more.
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    Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 - 4:26 PM
    You've forgotten the most confronting zombie experience of all time, "parliamentary question time". And Peter Jackson's masterpiece Braindead should be in there.
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    Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 - 4:43 PM
    With all due respect, I mention that it's my five favourites and that I'd love to hear what your favourites are in what I thought was an amicable tone. Also, I was never employed at Triple J to do 'rants', and haven't done so for over six months. Thanks for your input! :)
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