No, I’m not talking politics. I’m talking those original undead. Sorry to sound like a Tanya Tucker song, but I was a fan of the genre before it was cool.
I remember the days when zombies were created by Voodoo and not a virus, or because Hell filled up.
My first introduction to zombies was the classic: White Zombie with Bela Lugosi.
It was, quite frankly, a weird movie, but it stuck in my head as particularly wonderful and so my love affair with zombies began. The movies were fun escapism and cemented my view that true zombies can only shamble along, because (Hello!) they are dead tissue which won’t work as well as living tissue (no running!).
Notable exceptions are the Resident Evil movies (T-cells cause a mutation) or the 28 Days (Weeks) where is was an infection by Rage (not really a zombie at all).
I love the whole genre, but the most disturbing take on the genre was the classic, George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (70s edition).
Not only did it feature people trapped in a mall (who hasn’t thought about living in a mall), but the notion that hell filled up and sent all the souls back, just added to the horror.
It was only after I watched Dawn of the Dead that I saw Night of the Living Dead and appreciated Mr. Romero’s vision all the more.
So yes, I stalk Netflix looking for the next zombie movie and will watch anything, no matter how bad they are-including the ones with biker chicks, strippers, and in languages other than English.
Some of my favorites are:
Dead Snow (although Dead Snow 2 was awesome and funnier)
Reanimator (while not the best, it came out during my HS days and I love it for the memories it resurrects. Hehe). Yes I have watched the sequels.
Shawn of the Dead
Fido (I loved this even more than Shawn of the Dead)
Cockney vs Zombies
Honorable mention to Night of the Comet (not really zombies, but still a good story)
Worth mentioning: Army of Darkness (and it’s sequels, but not really zombies per se)
There are so many bad movies that I enjoyed even as I groaned but these are the ones that I’ve watched more than once..
Please share any that you’ve enjoyed.
Until next time,