Posts Tagged ‘zombie films’

I’ve just added another 21 movies to the list, bringing the total up to 139 zombie flicks! Come on over and check out the list and let me know if you have any more to add. I’ve also included a trailer for my latest recommendation ;)

Zombie Films That Just Won't Die! (139 and counting…).

World War Z

I understood going in to see this movie that this adaptation would be taking a departure from Max Brooks’ highly respected zombie novel, so I tried to leave that disappointment at home and simply appreciate the movie for what it had to offer. Will just chalk that up to a wasted opportunity.

(SPOILER ALERT FROM HERE ON) That being said, World War Z was better than expected and I was optimistic at the opening scene as Brad Pitt and family are stuck in city traffic when all hell breaks loose around them. Since I’m not a big fan of CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) monsters, and the trailers were full of them, I was waiting to be disappointed by the excessive use of it in this movie that would’ve made the cinematic experience less scary. And let’s face it, CGI has just become the modern day “claymation” in a way. Once you see an artificially generated monster on screen, they all become almost cartoon-like and it steals from the horror, in my opinion. However, I was impressed by the smart use of CGI in this film, especially in the traffic jam sequence, because you couldn’t tell where the zombies were coming from as they blended in from behind the panicked civilians. Very creepy. They also did a good job of using CGI to capture the massive scale of the outbreak on the ground with some amazing shots from above.

There were several other instances of well executed action-filled sequences that I believe would satisfy anyone looking to just be scared shitless by fast moving zombies out to devour our beloved characters on the run. And to accomplish all this with a PG-13 rating and no blood just shows that a zombie movie need not rely on endless shots of gore to still be scary and entertaining. World War Z accomplishes this, for the most part.

Unfortunately, this movie was a lot of big-budget special effects surrounding a mediocre script that had me wondering if our beloved main character, played by Brad Pitt, could do no wrong. On numerous occasions, Pitt’s character seemed to defy the impossible and was either blessed by the hand of God or was just the luckiest man alive in this movie, because when everyone else was dying around him (including a SEAL team assigned to protect him at one point) Mr. Pitt just could not die. If it had been just one instance, I could have let it go, but his miraculous escapes came off as a little insulting to my intelligence and far-fetched (yes, even for a zombie movie).

First, there’s the cut-scene escape in a borrowed RV from the downtown traffic jam when it appears there is no way he could have got that big vehicle around all that city chaos. Suddenly, the scene switches to Brad and family on an open road heading away from the city. How the hell did they manage that?

Second, the fortuitous escape on a commercial airliner from the city of Jerusalem when the city is overrun, followed by Brad’s incredible survival on the same airplane as it crashes after surviving the on-board explosion of a hand grenade the cuts the plane in half, causing the crash. Add the fact, that the only other survivor of the plane crash, except a zombie or two, just happens to be the young female soldier that he was traveling with, then you’ve cause to throw out the bullshit flag. I wonder what the odds of surviving all that are?

Third, near the end of the movie Mr. Pitt injects himself with an unknown virus selected at random from a box of biological hazards in an attempt to “camouflage” himself from a zombie. Since he has no idea what virus to look for, he not only selects one that doesn’t kill him, but it also happens to be the very virus that disguises himself from the zombies (heavy sigh).

In a nutshell, World War Z is loaded with entertaining action which I believe serves to distract from a very disappointing story line loaded with head-shaking, what-the-fuck-was-that moments.

Is is worth seeing? Sure (now that it’s on DVD). Worth remembering? Not really. I’ve seen much better zombie films that did a lot more with a lot less money. World War Z is just one of those movies that proves that you can have the huge budget but without a strong script, all you have is a fancy firework display type zombie film that just doesn’t leave an impression after it’s over.



Looking for another zombie film to watch? Check out my running list of zombie films, titled: “Zombie Films That Just Won’t Die!”

So what did you all think of World War Z? Is it worth making a sequel?

Open Grave

Open Grave begins with a man opening his eyes… and the terror begins.

He soon discovers that he’s been thrown into a massive pit full of bodies in the middle of a thunderstorm with no recollection of anything, including his own identity.

Shortly after, a strange woman throws down a rope to help him escape the pit. From there, he discovers a house in a remote forest where he finds a distrusting group of people that are just as oblivious and have no idea how they got there, where they are… or who they are.

This excellent movie moves on from there to tell the suspenseful story of what happens to them as the horrors of their location and memories begin to surface as each of them reveal collective pieces to the puzzle until the mystery of Open Grave is finally revealed.

This movie captured my attention immediately, quickly becoming apparent that this wasn’t your typical “been there done that” film. I was intrigued by the mysteries surrounding their remote location and biting my nails half way through the film.

I could find nothing to dislike about Open Grave and I loved its originality, mixing mystery and horror seamlessly to deliver an edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Highly recommended :)


Need another film to watch? Check out my rather long list of zombie movies at:

Zombie Films That Just Won’t Die!


Zombie Films

I imagine one might be hard pressed to find someone these days that hasn’t seen at least one or two zombie flicks in their time. I’ve seen quite a few over the years and I thought it would be fun to try to compile a list that we could build upon. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. I’ve watched a few of these while others are on my viewing list. The good, the bad, and the ugly… love ‘em or hate ‘em, the zombie film is here to stay.

I know there’s a whole horde of movies I’m forgetting about so feel free to let me know what you come up with and I’ll add them to the list. I’ve just added another 25 bringing the total up to 172 assorted flavors of zombies films. My challenge still stands: Help me make this one hell of a long list ;)

Just added: Resident Evil-Damnation, Deadheads, Antisocial, Juan of the Dead, Detention of the Dead, Rabid, Re-Kill, Nightmare City, The Video Dead, Mulberry St, Zombie Beach, Dead and Buried, The Beyond, The Dead 2: India, Bride of Re-Animator, Beyond Re-Animator, Graveyard Alive, Zombie Farm, Wild Zero, Dead of Night, Harold’s Going Stiff, Wasting Away, Rika: The Zombie Killer, Tombs of the Blind Dead, The Grapes of Death


Scott’s latest recommendation: Antisocial (2013)


28 Days Later (2002):

28 Weeks Later (2007):

A Little Bit Zombie (2012):

Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies (2012):

Afflicted (2013):

All Souls Day (2005):

Antisocial (2013):

Army of Darkness (1993):

Automaton Transfusion (2006):

Autumn (2009):

Awaken The Dead (2007):

Beyond Re-Animator (2003):

Boy Eats Girl (2005):

Bloodlust Zombies (2011):

Brain Dead (2007):

Bride of Re-Animator (1989):

Buck Wild (2013):

Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981):

Cemetery Man (1994):

Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1973):

Citadel (2012):

City of the Living Dead (1980):

Cockneys Vs Zombies (2012):

Colin (2008):

Contracted (2013):

Corpses (2004):

Dance of the Dead (2008):

Dawn of the Dead (1978):

Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake):

Day of the Dead (1985):

Day of the Dead (2008):

Dead Air (2009):

Dead Alive (1992):

Dead and Breakfast (2004):

Dead and Buried (1981):

Dead and Deader (2006):

Dead Clowns (2004):

Deadheads (2011):

Dead Meat (2004):

Dead of Night (1972):

Dead Set (2008):

Dead Snow (2009):

Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (2014):

Detention of the Dead (2012):

Diary of the Dead (2007):

Die-ner (2009):

Doghouse (2009):

Dorm of the Dead (2012):

Ed and His Dead Mother (1993):

Edges of Darkness (2008):

Evil Dead (1981):

Evil Dead 2 (1987):

Evil Dead (2013 remake):

Exit Humanity (2011):

Fast Zombies With Guns (2009):

Fido (2006):

Flesh Eater (1988):

Flight of the Living Dead (2007):

Gangsters, Guns and Zombies (2012):

Grave Mistake (2008):

Gravestoned (2009):

Graveyard Alive (2003):

Harold’s Going Stiff (2011):

House of the Dead (2003):

House of the Dead 2 (2005):

Humans Versus Zombies (2011):

I Am Omega (2007):

I Eat Your Skin (1964):

Infected (2012):

Juan of the Dead (2011):

Knight of the Dead (2013):

Land of the Dead (2005):

Last of the Living (2009):

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974):

Mimesis (2011):

Mortuary (2005):

Mulberry St (2006):

Mutants (2009):

Night of the Comet (1984):

Night of the Creeps (1986):

Night of the Living Dead (1968):

Night of the Living Dead (1990 remake):

Night of the Living Dead – Resurrection (2012):

Nightmare City (1980):

Outpost (2007):

Outpost: Black Sun (2012):

Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz (2013):

Open Grave (2013):

ParaNorman (2012):

Pet Sematary (1989):

Pet Sematary 2 (1992):

Planet Terror (2007):

Pontypool (2008):

Pro Wrestlers Vs Zombies (2014):

Quarantine (2008):

Quarantine 2 (2011):

Rabid (1977):

Re-Animator (1985):

Re-Kill (2013):

Rec (2007):

Rec 2 (2009):

Rec 3 (2012):

Redneck Zombies (1989):

Resident Evil (2002):

Resident Evil – Apocalypse (2004):

Resident Evil – Extinction (2007):

Resident Evil – Degeneration (2008):

Resident Evil – Afterlife (2010):

Resident Evil – Retribution (2012):

Resident Evil – Damnation (2012):

Return of the Living Dead (1985):

Return of the Living Dead 2 (1988):

Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993):

Return of the Living Dead – Necropolis (2005):

Return of the Living Dead – Rave to the Grave (2005):

Revolt of the Zombies (1936):

Rika: The Zombie Killer (2008):

Rise of the Zombies (2012):

Scooby Doo on Zombie Island (1998):

Severed (2005):

Shaun of the Dead (2004):

Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009):

Stalled (2013):

State of Emergency (2011):

Survival of the Dead (2009):

Swamp Zombies (2005):

Terror of the Living Dead (1973):

The Battery (2012):

The Beyond (1981):

The Crazies (2010):

The Dead (2010):

The Dead 2: India (2013):

The Dead Undead (2010):

The Demented (2013):

The Grapes of Death (1978):

The Horde (2009):

The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living
and Became Mixed Up Zombies (1964):

The Living Dead Girl (1982):

The Mad (2007):

The Plague (2006):

The Plague of the Zombies (1966):

The Quick and the Undead (2006):

The Rage (2007):

The Returned (2013):

The Revenant (2009):

The Roost (2005):

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988):

The Signal (2007):

The Video Dead (1987):

The Year After Infection (2012):

The Zombie King (2013):

Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972):

Undead (2003):

Undead or Alive: A Zomedy (2007):

Warm Bodies (2013):

Wasting Away (2007):

White Zombie (1932):

Wild Zero (1999):

World War Z (2013):

Zombie (1979):

Zombie Beach (2010):

Zombie Diaries (2006):

Zombie Diaries 2 (2011):

Zombie Farm (2007):

Zombie Hunter (2013):

Zombieland (2009):

Zombie Massacre (2013):

Zombie Night (2013):

Zombie Strippers (2008):

Zombie Undead (2010):

Zombies Anonymous (2006):

Zombies Gone Wild (2007):

Zone of the Dead (2009):

ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009):