10 Classic Zombie Horror Movies You Need To Watch

10 of the best Zombie horror movies to watchEdit - I have updated the list to include Train To Busan, because I am an idiot and left it out first time round.

Plague of the Zombies

Plague of the Zombies is just a gem of a movie released in 1966 by Hammer Films, featuring voodoo, grave robbing, and the undead. What is not to love? It predates George A. Romero's impact on the genre, making it one of the important films in the genre to watch. [Plague Of The Zombies on IMDB]

White Zombie

Released in 1932, White Zombie was the first feature length zombie movie ever made and stars Bella Lugosi as the evil voodoo master, Legendre. It takes place on a plantation and has a mesmerizing atmosphere that adds to its overall charm. It also introduced the concept of zombies as slaves, a theme that would become a staple for future movies in the genre. [White Zombie on IMDB]

Zombie Flesh Eaters

This is just a gore fest and follows a woman's search for her missing father in the Antilles, where she encounters a horde of flesh-eating zombies. Fulci's trademark gore and nihilism are prevalent throughout the film, showcasing his mastery of the genre.

It is widely considered as one of the greats from the video nasty era, a time when horror films faced censorship due to their graphic content. Despite lacking the surreal and esoteric flair of Fulci's later works, such as The Beyond and City of the Living Dead, this film remains a standout in the genre. [Zombie Flesh Eaters on IMDB]

Train To Busan

If you haven't watched Train to Busan yet, please do so straight away. This film offers more than just heart-pumping thrills and impressive special effects. It boasts a cast of splendid characters that you'll find yourself investing in emotionally. 

It's a powerful film that wears its heart on its sleeve and has some of the best character development you will see. A must must watch. Yes, I said must twice, it is that good. [Train To Busan on IMDB]

Return of the Living Dead

The cult classic Return of the Living Dead was written and directed by Dan O'Bannon, the creative mind behind other horror classics like Alien. Based on a novel by John A. Russo, who co-wrote the original Night of the Living Dead with George A. Romero, this film help introduce several groundbreaking concepts.

One of the ideas introduced was the notion that zombies crave human brains, a characteristic that has become a staple in many subsequent films. [Return Of The Living Dead on IMDB]

Dawn of the Dead

Produced by the legendary Dario Argento and directed by the iconic George A. Romero, this film showcases their incredible talent and vision.

The story revolves around a group of survivors who find refuge in an abandoned shopping mall. As they try to navigate their way through the zombie apocalypse, they must confront not only the undead but also their own inner demons.

If you're a fan of intense action, suspense, and social commentary, I highly recommend watching it. It's a classic that has stood the test of time. [Dawn Of The Dead on IMDB]

Day of the Dead 

The third part of George A. Romero's zombie series, Day of the Dead was released in 1985. While Night of the Living Dead introduced the zombie apocalypse and Dawn of the Dead portrayed humanity losing the battle, Day of the Dead takes a more bleak and complex approach. 

Set in an underground bunker, the movie explores the idea that us humans are the true monsters. And to be fair, we might just be.[Day Of The Dead on IMDB]

Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead is simply a groundbreaking movie that shifted the genre from supernatural to more scientific, introducing the idea of radiation from a passing comet causing the dead to reanimate. With a low-budget production, it broke boundaries in screen violence, presenting shocking scenes such as a child killing and devouring her own mother. Lovely. [Night Of The Living Dead on IMDB]

28 Days Later 

Written by Alex Garland and directed by Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later introduced fast-running infected individuals, deviating from the traditional slow-moving zombies.

Despite its small budget, it boasts a great cast and the film's low-budget production actually enhances its gritty and realistic feel, a must watch. One of the best British horror films of all time.[28 Days Later on IMDB]

Shaun Of The Dead

Shaun of the Dead is a British horror comedy film and is directed by Edgar Wright and co-written by Wright and Simon Pegg, who also stars in the film, it is the first installment in Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, followed by Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World's End (2013). 

It features Simon Pegg as Shaun, a directionless Londoner who is caught in an unexpected zombie apocalypse. Along with his best friend Ed, played by Nick Frost, Shaun devises a plan to rescue his estranged girlfriend Liz and their loved ones, seeking refuge in their favorite pub, The Winchester.

It cleverly combines elements of horror with comedy and satire, parodying traditional zombie movies while also paying homage to them. [Shaun Of The Dead on IMDB]

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