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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