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The 10 Best Zombie Movies

With 'World War Z' hitting cinemas, TMW's Andy Comer counts down his top ten zombie flicks.

10. Zombieland
This one plays out as a sort of wet dream for zombie fans as it focuses more on the terrible fun that could be had when the zombies rise, as opposed to the straight horrors that come with the dead coming back to life.

9. Planet Terror
This is what happens when you combine a great director with a great cast and let them indulge themselves in the over-the-top antics of classic grindhouse features. The exploitative nature of grindhouse works exceedingly well to make this bloody and entertaining zombie film one of my favorites.

8. Night of the Living Dead
Romero's first time with zombies laid the groundwork for what became the idea of what a zombie would be like in real life. With this, he started the zombie epidemic on film.

7. Day of the Dead (1985)
'Day of the Dead' is a great finale to Romero’s original zombie trilogy because it takes place well into the apocalypse and follows the military’s efforts to find a cure before they are overrun by the walking dead.  With the addition of Bub, a zombie that proves the dead are not so different from us, this film will always be a favorite for zombie fans.

6. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Amazingly high hopes were had when they decided to remake Romero’s masterpiece and they almost pulled it off.  The blood, gore and terror in this one came damn close to the original.

5. [REC]
Holy crap!  This is the most “in your face” and intense zombie film ever made. My only criticism is the shaky cam. If they could have made this film steadier, it would probably be the second best zombie film ever made.

4. Dead Snow
Nazi Zombies, do I need to say anything else?

3. Braindead (Dead Alive)
Peter Jackson made one of the bloodiest films ever and I thank him greatly for it. This film is a blast of blood, guts and laughs.

2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Romero’s second zombie feature is nearly perfect, and today it is, rightfully so, the film to which all zombie films are compared.

1. Shaun of the Dead
Not enough can be said about how great Shaun of the Dead is.  It will make you laugh, make you cringe, and will break your heart. This is the perfect zombie film.

Andy Comer