As Brad Pitt takes on a zombie nation, it’s time for a top ten saluting those undead that walk the Earth looking for brains, with what I consider, the creme de la creme. I am sure some will disagree but that’s fine. Just let me know in the comments box below.
10. Warm Bodies (2012)
Only released early this year and forced to come across as a replacement for Twilight, this was a much smarter and funnier zom-com than many gave it credit, as a zombie falls in love with a human and slowly gets better. A modern spin on Romeo and Juliet, it deserved a bigger audience than it got.
9. Plague Of The Zombies (1966)
A better entry in the Hammer cannon as workers in a small village start dying and strange things begin to happen. Any real big names (supporting star Andre Morell got star billing) this was a far more creepier and less camp affair than usual (and not a Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee in sight).
8. I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
Classic 40s horror from creepy filmmaker Val Lawson has Frances Dee and James Ellison caught up in a romance in the Caribbean while voodoo brings back the dead. Darby Jones’ Carrefour is a memorable and spooky zombie (the eyes…man!)
7. Return Of The Living Dead (1985)
Hilarious cult classic in which the premise of Night Of The Living Dead is sent up in a spoof horror that has the living dead pining for brains. A delicious mix of very black humour and gore from Dan O’Bannon, the man who co-wrote Alien. I also liked it because it was the first film I ever saw in my favourite cinema, The Prince Charles.
6. 28 Days Later (2002)
Danny Boyle’s visually stunning plague horror starts off with one of the most memorable sequence ever, a desolate London while a confused Cillian Murphy wonders what is going on. Gripping to the last, it spawned an equally disturbing sequel.
5. Zombieland (2009)
A film that came out of nowhere. This often hilarious comedy horror has a first rate cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) wandering a zombie filled USA looking for Twinkies. Bill Murray steals the film as himself. Forget the ill-conceived TV pilot, plump for this terrific original.
4. Braindead (1992)
Before Peter Jackson went all big budget, Tolkien-obsessed, he made this very low-budget, gross-out zombie comedy that not only is one of the goriest films around but has such a wicked sense of humour, you wonder where it has gone from Jackson’s most “serious” films. Get those lawn mowers handy!
3. Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
George A. Romero’s seminal zombie horror set around a siege of a house as humans battle against the undead. Often copied but never better, we owe Romero’s 1968 classic for everything we now know about zombies. Without this film, we wouldn’t have any of the others (apart from I Walked With A Zombie).
2. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
A comedy homage to Romero’s series and the first of the cornetto trilogy (Hot Fuzz and The World’s End completing the series), this teaming of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright is still their finest hour as they take on zombies while love blossoms. Arm yourself with your album collection.
1. Dawn Of The Dead (1979)
More than just a zombie sequel for Romero, this satire on consumerism is a masterpiece in blood splattering, flash-eating wonderment and proof that sequels can be better than the original. Moving the action from just a house to a mall gives so many opportunities to poke fun at America’s obsession with shopping. It also has a zombie losing the top of its head to a helicopter blade. What more do you want?