Top Five Zombie Movies – 2016
Zombies have become an almost necessary element of modern classic horror and urban fantasy movies. In fact, they have become such a part of the pantheon of cinematic ghoulies that it can be rather difficult for some to decide which zombie movies are great, which are meh, and which are complete and utter dreck. That’s where this list comes into play. It is designed to share with you, dear reader, some of the best zombie movies available right now. At least in my humble opinion that is. Whether you agree with the list or not remains to be seen.
5 – Warm Bodies
The initial, rather surprising, entry to this list is 2013’s Warm Bodies, which is a screen adaptation of a book by the same name. Nicholas Holt plays R, a zombie who may only be mostly dead as opposed to all dead. When R comes ends up saving Julie (played by Teresa Palmer) he realizes that he can still feel something in his cold, dead(ish) heart, and that there may be some hope for him and that he might be able to make a recovery from being dead(ish). While this is a fun movie, and one that has a few scary parts, it is not as scary of a movie as some of the others on this list. It is definitely one that you will want to keep on your list as a show you need to see at least once, if only because of the unique approach to zombies that it presents.
4 – I Am Legend
Will Smith plays Robert Neville, the lone survivor in New York City after a biological outbreak that turns the rest of humanity into ravenous zombies…at least as far as he knows. I Am Legend is one of those movies that grabs hold of you within the first few minutes and simply doesn’t let go. Neville isn’t going into this blind though, he is immune and can use his own blood as a serum to help create a potential cure. However, along the way he must not only battle against the infected, but the threat of his potentially going slowly insane. All it will take is one wrong move on his part and he will either die, or worse.
3 – Night of the Living Dead
As the spiritual godfather of all modern zombie movies, George Romero’s classic movie Night of the Living Dead can be said to have created the modern zombie craze. In many ways, this movie is what set in stone the way we look at zombies today, and is the golden bar by which we judge all other zombie movies. One of the interesting things that people find themselves asking by the end of this movie is just who is really the living dead? Is it the various strangers in the house who must band together to try and survive and overcome virtually insurmountable odds, or is the unrelenting horde pounding on their door? Watch and find out.
2 – Zombieland
Zombieland is the story four strangers who come together, and learn how to trust again in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. While this movie is definitely a zombie flick, it is also one of the funniest movies that I have seen in recent years. Ever wanted to have some practical rules that you could use to survive a zombie apocalypse? Well, look no further. Jesse Eisenberg plays Columbus (no real names are given in the movie…it’s one of the rules) who is a former college student and narrator of the story who you quickly learn to love despite (or perhaps because of) his almost desperate need to be liked. As the story progresses you see how Columbus (the one who created the rules) slowly learns that he can periodically set aside those rules and begin to live again. At least if he does it carefully.
1 – Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Every few years it is necessary to shake up any given genre, and zombie movies are no different. In 2004, Zack Snyder (yes, the same guy who did Watchmen, 300, and Man of Steel) with the help of zombie grandmaster George Romero provided a story that did exactly that with Dawn of the Dead. No longer did we have the slow, lumbering zombies that you could easily get away from (provided they weren’t in large groups). Instead we were now faced with a new kind of zombie. Ones that were smart, fast, and somewhat more aware of the world around them both through sight and sound at a minimum. Be aware that before you watch this movie it is very bloody, and without a doubt violent.
So, this is our list for the Top Five Zombie Movies – 2016. How close did we come to your list? Did we miss something that should have been listed, but wasn’t? Do you disagree with something that we have on this list? Don’t be shy and share with everyone your point of view in the comments below. Who knows, it may just be added into next year’s list. So be sure to let it rip!