Ever wonder why we are fascinated with zombie movies, where crowds of flesh-eating corpses come back to haunt the living? According to Stanford literary scholar Angela Becerra Vidergar, the idea that we as people can survive seemingly bleak situations against all odds is an appealing one.
“Even if as a society we have lost a lot of our belief in a positive future and instead have more of an idea of a disaster to come, we still think that we are survivors, we still want to believe that we would survive,” she says.
Of course, cultural fascination with the undead has existed long before “The Walking Dead” terrified audiences every Sunday. The first feature-length zombie film, “White Zombie,” was released back in 1932. While it popularized the idea of Haitian voodoo zombies, it was George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” franchise (which began in 1968) that truly popularized the modern concept of the flesh-eating undead.
More recently, movies like “Train to Busan” and “ParaNorman” have adapted the concept for a 21st-century audience, adding contemporary action sequences and cutting-edge animation to the mix. Many more zombie films, while maligned for their gory content, have gone on to become cult classics appreciated in the years after their release.
Stacker compiled horror film data from the horror-centric website They Shoot Zombies, Don’t They?, which has weighed and aggregated rankings from over 2,900 editorial lists to create the most definitive ranking of horror movies. Going from there, Stacker ranked the top 60 zombie movies on the list as of May 2020. Nearly 7,900 films were considered in total, with IMDb user ratings and Metascores from Metacritic presented here for critical and popular context.
Here are the best zombie movies of all time, starting at #60 and counting down to #1.
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