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I need a list of good zombie films, care to help?

Asked by Anatelostaxus (1425points) June 7th, 2010

Sick of the sloppy grotesque-only demented films with zombies without plots.
What are some good ones?
Could you name them?
Cheers..

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lillycoyote's avatar

I’m not a big zombie movie fan but I loved Shaun of the Dead. It’s hilarious.

Anatelostaxus's avatar

@lillycoyote oh, yeah ..well .. it’s entertainig .. but it’s not exactly the style I’m looking for.
That was ‘funny’. I’m looking for ‘contemplative’ and / or ‘damage yourself out of startle’ .

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

Fido was really funny. Just saying. :)
The original Dawn of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead, the ones from the 60’s, are pretty good. Back when zombies were slower.
Cemetary Man, I haven’t seen it. But, it might be what you’re looking for.
Zombieland was good.
The Crazies wasn’t too bad.
Pet Semetary counts a bit. :)
I found a list of zombie films in Wiki.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I liked “I Am Legend” with Will Smith. (Mainly because I’m a sucker for cute dogs…)

Aethelwine's avatar

I second Fido. Great film!

cschack's avatar

‘28 Days Later’ was really good, as was the aforementioned ‘Shaun of the Dead’.

‘Brain Dead’ aka. ‘Dead Alive’ is pretty great too. Very gory and rather disgusting, but very, very funny.

‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ wasn’t marketed as a zombie flick, but it should have been, given how inert Harrison Ford was.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@Dr_Dredd Was that a remake of “Omega Man” starring Charleton Heston from the 60’s?

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

The films that George Romero directed in the 60’ s and 70’s were the true classics. Ed Wood made at least one in the late 50’s that was so bad as to be hilarious. The film of about 15 years ago “Female Mercenaries on Zombie Island” was a real hoot.I wish I could remember the name of that zombie flick we saw on an improvised screen in the Saudi desert 20 years ago, it had everyone ROFL.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land Yes, I think it was. It was based on a novel by Richard Matheson from 1954.

13thpagoda's avatar

I don’t know any good zombie movies (wouldn’t that be an oxymoron?), but I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the zombie-bacon connection?

wwpil's avatar

Zombieland was hilarious.

Jay484's avatar

i heard dead snow was a good one…well its about nazi zombies how could it be bad

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

@Jay484 I saw Dead Snow. It was Norweigian. You’re right, it was funny. Funny when they try to talk with an American accent.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Anatelostaxus. “oh, yeah ..well .. it’s entertainig .. but it’s not exactly the style I’m looking for.That was ‘funny’. I’m looking for ‘contemplative’ and / or ‘damage yourself out of startle’ .”

You didn’t really mention that you were looking for zombie movies with a particular tone in your question.

Anatelostaxus's avatar

@lillycoyote Well…

“Sick of the sloppy grotesque-only demented films with zombies without plots.
What are some good ones?”

Does not that define an outline of the search criteria?

OK. To be more Specific: Conceptual-Zombie Films.

Anatelostaxus's avatar

@lillycoyote @py_sue @13thpagoda @stranger_in_a_strange_land @jonsblond etc…

Have you seen romero’s Land of the dead ? ( I’m not sure whether it’s the same film you mentioned: Zombieland, or not )
You see in that film there were several allegories and metaphors throughout the poor layout and acting..
Those ew points I found interesting. Nothing new to be learned but good to watch and interpret the director’s derision of humanity…

Is there a film that’s more laki a way in between ‘Land of the dead’ or ‘Dawn of the dead’ and ‘Quarantine’?
Combining both thought and panic…

I agree I am Legend had a good vibe to it ..
I like the sense of constant alert.
That’s a perfect example of what I’m looking for.

P.S. = Question for you all

Why is it that zombie films are so attractive and can so easily become cult material?
hehheh.

Anatelostaxus's avatar

P.P.S.

Do you think ‘Zombie Films’ could be collected into a separate genre?
‘Cause you know, many of them are not at all horror, etc…

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

@Anatelostaxus
You posed a really great question. Zombie films frighten me because it seems like it could happen. Deadly virus, etc. Call me weird, but sometimes it does cross my mind that “what if a zombie crashed through my window right now” and what would I do.

A lot of the time zombie films are there for the gore factor, to be funny, or to be a thinker. The thinker ones are a bit rarer to find, so I think that’s why it’s hard to name one. I Am Legend is a good example because it shows that life will go one without people and that we aren’t the thing that keeps the planet going. That we aren’t the top of the food chain. With that in mind. I think I can find you another decent zombie flick.
I might reccomend the Resident Evil series – I’m actually surprised I didn’t think of it earlier.
The Omega Man, [REC] – which is the orginal version of Quarantine, Invasion of the Body Snatchers or The Invasion the new one.

I did see Land of the Dead, and it was alright. The part about how the rich survive in the little city they made and the poor are left in the out-skids was kind socio-ecomonic.
Sorry about the long post. With all of the vampire/werewolf stuff in last couple years, I’m happy to hear about something else.

NaturallyMe's avatar

I think just about the only zombie movies i’ve liked are the Resident Evil series (3 of ‘em i think).

tifa's avatar

i just found highschool of the dead, its anime but it seems just like night of the living dead very gory and entertaining….

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

@NaturallyMe There’s a new one coming out supposed to be in 3D. I watched the AOTS interview at ComicCon and they say it’s 3D for the sake of 3D not because it’s a fad now. Comforting, looks awesome.

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