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As part of this very special post on their 2nd Anniversary, I asked the undead couple to give me a list of their Top 10 favorite zombie movies of all time. Some of the titles were even gorefully fulfilling enough to make BOTH of their lists! We'll start with Mrs. Marshall's list...
This may be a top ten list, but I am a person who cannot really say what is number 1 , 5 or 10. The positions change with what mood I am in. But these are the most loved. -Colleen
Both of these guys had a tough time narrowing their favorites down to just 10! Colleen starts her list off with a few honorable mentions...
(Honorable Mention) Army of Darkness (directed by Sam Raimi / 1992)
A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. This sequel to The Evil Dead franchise features B movie legend Bruce Campbell.
(Honorable Mention) The Serpent and the Rainbow (directed by Wes Craven / 1988)
An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people in zombies.
(Honorable Mention) C.H.U.D. (directed by Douglas Creek / 1984)
A rash of bizarre murders in New York City seems to point to a group of grotesquely deformed vagrants living in the sewers. A courageous policeman, a photo journalist and his girlfriend, and a nutty bum, who seems to know a lot about the creatures, band together to try and determine what the creatures are and how to stop them.
10. Dead Alive aka Braindead (directed by Peter Jackson / 1992)
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
Gore, gore, gore and black ass humor. -Colleen
A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.
Nazi Zombies and the most perfect chainsaw kill ever.
8. Re-Animator (directed by Stuart Gordon / 1985)
Just total perfect gore and horror.
7. Fido (directed by Andrew Curie / 2006)
Timmy Robinson's best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when FIDO eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido a part of the family.
Again with the dark humor. But I love the stylized feel of the film and the idea that maybe, we could live in harmony.
6. 28 Days Later (directed by Danny Boyle / 2002)
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
I drove to Chattanooga to watch a pirated copy of this movie, and it was worth every stinking mile in my shitty car with no air conditioner. The music, setting and emptiness just made you want to cry. And the story of who is better, man or zombie was done so perfectly.
5. Dawn of the Dead (directed by Zack Snyder / 2004)
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.
It all started out with some Johnny Cash and went on to total awesomeness. One of the better new zombie movies.
4. Night of the Living Dead (directed by Tom Savini / 1990)
The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.
It was my first zombie movie. I watched it upstairs in my room, alone and at night. It started a huge love affair.
3. Pontypool (directed by Bruce McDonald / 2008)
A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.
Another untypical zombie movie. In fact even though it points to a zombie invasion, the movie never really comes out and says it is. I love that it’s set in basically one room with characters trying to figure out what is going on from the people’s calls outside. Fantastic.
2. Ed and His Dead Mother (directed by Jonathan Wacks / 1993)
A mourning son makes a deal to reanimate his one year dead mother, however things turn into an unexpected direction.
Fantastic cast and great dark humor. I know not a “typical” zombie movie but I still love it.
1. Shaun of the Dead (directed by Edgar Wright / 2004)
A man decides to turn his life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.
Besides my crush on Simon Pegg, I love the witty banter, great zombie and sci-fi references and the fight scene. Went beyond homage to become one of the greats!
Here are some shots from Colleen's #1 Pick...
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Now for Mr. Marshall's Top 10 Zombie Flicks...
Now for Mr. Marshall's Top 10 Zombie Flicks...
(Honorable Mention) Flesh Eating Mothers (directed by James Martin / 1988)
A venereal disease turns an entire town of two-timing mothers into cannibals!
Flesh eating mothers – the title says it all. -Dan
10. Pontypool (directed by Bruce McDonald / 2008)
Canadian zombie horror flick done in the only way Canadians know how to – thought provokingly. How is the virus transferred? Why is a movie filmed almost entirely in one room scary? Watch this and find out. Great discussions will follow.
9. Dead Snow (directed by Tommy Wirkola / 2009)
There is something in the water in Norway. I don’t know what it is, but it makes every movie that comes from there screwed up in ways I can't even begin to explain. Suffice to say Zombie Nazis and ski trips don’t mix. Best kill scene weapon outside of Dead Alive’s lawnmower, and it is used twice.
8. Resident Evil (directed by Paul W.S. Anderson / 2002)
Milla Jovovich in a mini skirt battling the undead in a corporate/government research facility with lasers, killer computers and mutation make this another guilty pleasure of a movie. But hey, BILLIONS of dollars in video games and franchise sales, Capcom might just have the money to become Umbrella.
7. Re-Animator (directed by Stuart Gordon / 1985)
Jeffrey Combs=GOD. There are reasons why some movies are classics, watch this one.
Sometimes, guilty pleasures trump the quality of acting/script writing and directing when it comes to movies a person can watch time and again. Maybe it is the Romeo and Juliet ending, or how the army turns a homeless guy into an undead robot. Or perhaps it’s the super hot girlfriend who constantly pushes glass, nails and other sharp objects through her skin in an attempt to delay her inevitable transformation into the undead. I don’t really know why I love this tripe.
5. The Zombie Diaries (directed by Brian Bartlett and Kevin Gates / 2006)
This is yet another movie using the hand-held camera/self recorded plot device – which I absolutely hate – yet somehow works in this film. Produced by some English kids a year before George Romero’s embarrassing trash “Diary of the Dead” this movie reminds you how we are all only one step out of the primordial ooze.
4. Return of the Living Dead (directed by Dan O'Bannon / 1985)
When I watched this movie again a couple of minutes ago, I laughed my way through it. The kind of nervous laughter a person has when deep down, something primal is triggered; a flight or fight response. This movie scared the ever-loving shit out of me as a kid, and makes it to the list, because it’s the first time we find out why zombies want to eat our brains – “They ease the pain.” Creepy.
3. Shaun of the Dead (directed by Edgar Wright / 2004)
Killing zombies in time with the tempo of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” is just one of the scenes that will win ANY moviegoers heart for this zombie comedy. This could easily be one of the best spoofs in history and is in a word: Genius.
2. Dawn of the Dead (directed by Zack Snyder / 2004)
There are few movies that I can think of that cause more arguments amongst zombie geeks than this remake. Yes, I like the original and yes, it was a groundbreaking testament to the genre and a commentary on consumerism. But which movie would I rather watch? This remake. Bloodier, funnier, better music score, faster and just plain scarier than the original, this movie severs ties, and paves its way
1. Dead Alive aka Braindead (directed by Peter Jackson / 1992)
Peter Jackson has been my lifelong hero long before the LOTR movie franchise fan boys looked him up on IMDB and started watching through his other movies. Why does this movie make it to #1 on my list? Simple: it is the goriest, funniest, foulest, most fucked-up matricidal adventure ever concocted. Zombie sex- check. Zombie Baby – Check. Sumatran Rat Monkey – check. Lawnmower as the weapon of choice – well, I couldn’t have written a better scene if you gave me the rest of my natural life.
And here are some scenes from Dan's #1 Pick...