Top 10 movies you need to see before the zombie apocalypse


Attention! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! We are at zombie threat level red (as in oozing, dripping, blood red ... don't deny it, you clicked the photo link just like I did). So, what's a proactive citizen to do? Bar your doors, board up the windows, start rationing the Cheetos, and immediately overload your brrrraaaaaaaaiiiinnnn with these shambling, flesh-eating highlights (and lowlights) of undead cinema. And this is by no means a complete list. Use it as a jumping-off point to enrich your ongoing zombie education. WHAT YOU LEARN MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE.

10) Hell of the Living Dead (1980). Nobody does trashy zombies like the Italians. "Sorry boys, I'm not on the menu after all!"

9) The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (1974). Also known as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie. And don't let the title fool you; Spanish director...Italian producer.

8) The Return of the Living Dead (1985). Dan O' Bannon's punk-rock comedy that reinterprets the word of High Commander of Zombie Affairs, George A. Romero ("You mean the movie lied?") and may be the only z-film to date to ask this all-important question: "Do you wanna par-tay?"

7) Day of the Dead (1985). Speaking of Romero, this oft-overlooked installment in his classic trilogy suggests that, yes, zombies have feelings too.

6) Nightmare City (1980), also known as City of the Walking Dead. Directed by Umberto Lenzi, who would go on to achieve even greater notoriety with 1981's Cannibal Ferox (a.k.a. Make Them Die Slowly). Oh, you thought Zombieland (2009) was the first zombie movie to feature a thrilling roller coaster scene? Nope.

5) Dead Snow (2009). The subtitled version is better than the dubbed version, but all versions of this Norwegian import contain zombies. Nazi fuckin' zombies.

4) Shock Waves (1977). While we're on the subject of Nazi zombies, that is.

3) Lucio Fulci smorgasbord: Zombie (1979), with immortal tag line "We are going to eat you!" seen at the top of this post; City of the Living Dead (1980), featuring maybe, probably the most repulsive vomit scene in a movie ever; and his dripping-with-maggoty-bayou-sludge masterpiece: The Beyond (1981).

2) Sugar Hill (1974). Blaxploitation heroine Sugar Hill has a posse ... of zombies.

1) Shaun of the Dead (2004). Sorry Danny Boyle, but Shaun is the best British zombie movie of all time. See you at the Winchester!




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