As cell phones, laptops and game consoles seemed to come into fashion over time, so did the idea of ‘zombies’. Inspiring movie after movie, game after game to be created in under the same premise that we all have come to know. The dead coming back to life. The Dictionary definition states that a zombie is a
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Number 6: Land of the Dead
Congratulations if you are in this movie! It means that humanity has survived the outbreak of the dead all over the world and now have claimed an entire city of their own. The story follows Simon Baker (The Mentalist lead star) as Riley, who is the unwilling leader of a scavenging crew working for the ‘upper class’ of the city the humans have obtained. After a short disagreement and several double crossings (more like octo-crossings) Riley and his team must save those in the city from the remaining zombies of the world… who have now started to gain intelligence to use weapons and hunt humanity. Though the characters are well rounded with an interesting plot line, the ending and low budget film quality did not do this movie near as much justice as it deserved. Without Simon Baker and a few other well-known faces, this movie more than likely would not have made the list.
Number 5: Dawn of the Dead
This movie, like many others, has it’s pros and it’s cons. The start of the movie was extremely relaxing, sweet and not nearly enough to prepare for the coming gore. The Dawn of the Dead remake has some truly good plot twists, though doesn’t follow through with them very well. The characters made the positively most epic zombie survival team… only to destroy them. The ending also had an element of mystery… though then left the viewers hanging. The reactions of the stars were fantastic and the heightened fear of the entire scenario with the hints here and there of believable actions (i.e. actually NOT having a woman falling running away from a killer because she didn’t remove her heels) that a common person would find to be the right course of action made the movie seem more authentic. These last two are what saved this movie, along with the graphics and make-up of the stars and zombies.
Number 4: Warm Bodies
Don’t get me wrong here, Warm Bodies was a great movie. The characters, the plot, the graphics, the setting, all were absolutely fantastic. Although. There was one issue that was truly pushes this movie back so far from second place that it bounces back to fourth. It’s because of the underline plot of Romeo and Juliet. We all know that Shakespeare had a thing for tragic comedies, which this is more comedy than tragedy, but the entire movie being based on the old tale doesn’t connect. Yes, it is a love story, but has anyone actually looked at the real story of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo was nearly seventeen, got turned down by a girl who knew he was bad news, so goes out to swoon another girl (who happens to be fourteen), sleeps with her before planning to run away, then kills himself when he doesn’t understand the plan for her to be with him. They both die and the story ends with both sides of the family going ‘Oops’. How it connects to a zombie movie besides the names and love story (that thank god had a different ending) is beyond me.
Number 3: Shaun of the Dead
Need a laugh and a horror movie? Shaun of the Dead is definitely for you. This movie is based on a man who has absolutely nothing going for him. Terrible job, his best friend lives on his couch and is a slob, dumped by his girlfriend and now… he’s in the middle of a zombie outbreak. The only issue with this movie that could possibly come up is that (Spoiler) everyone DIES except for two people. Take a wild guess who those are in the picture above. Regardless, the ending has an almost surprising- yet sweet, end that was worth the watch. This movie has both the serious and the ridiculous parts that will you have you laughing while you cry.
Number 2: Zombieland
Ranking second place is a movie that has more worth in comedic gold than Shaun of the Dead. With actors from Now You See Me, the story revolves around the four survivors on their way to an amusement park. Why? Because it’s the end of the world and why not? With special debuts of Twinkies and Bill Murray, this movie will have you not just following the rules, but getting prepared for your own survival game with the ‘Zombieland Rules‘ that are explained throughout the movie.
Number 1: World War Z
No, this movie was not picked first because it had Brad Pitt in it. World War Z, having the largest of all the movie budgets, had absolutely incredible graphics, real life and believable situations, heart-racing plot, rounded characters, terrifying monsters and ending with a very special message. A lot of people gave this movie major hateful reviews because of it’s lack of similarity to the book. Which upon further reading revealed the paperback not to be that great to begin with. For once, a movie is much better than the book, and causes World War Z to take first place.
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