Friday's Top Five: Zombie apocalypse
June 1st, 2012
11:25 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Zombie apocalypse

You may have noticed a slight panic around the Interwebs this week (OK, fine - more like a greater volume of frantic doomsday assumptions than usual) as some fretted that recent news events are all pointing toward an impending zombie apocalypse.

So for those who are currently preparing their bunker, we thought we'd take a moment and help you brush up on just what a zombie-fied world can look like.

And we know this, of course, thanks to movies.

Below you'll find our top five movies that you'd need to watch if you're personally concerned about your town becoming overrun with the "Walking Dead," so to speak. Maybe you should even take some notes. To the comments!

1. "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) - A no-brainer (um, no pun intended), but we can't talk about zombie movies without George A. Romero, can we?


2. "Dawn of the Dead" (1978) - There's also the more recent 2004 version, but we're sticking with Romero here. (See above.)


3. "Night of the Comet" (1984) - "It was the last thing on Earth they ever expected."


4. "Zombieland" (2009) - "Survival rule No. 17: Don't be a hero."


5. "28 Days Later" (2002) - "Your days are numbered."


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  2. Ashton

    While I understand the arguments made against 28 days later, the topic of this article is what the world would be like if a zombie apocalypse happened. In all fairness, 28 days later is the only one with an actual realistic view of a disease that would cause mass infection and people killing other people. Along with The Crazies and Quarantine events in those movies are in reality, more likely. The thing with lists like these though, is that fans of the zombie genre are very protective of their favorites. So there will never be a perfect list. Lol I actually don't mind this one.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
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  5. Ed

    Nice list, but I'd switch Night of the Comet out for Fulci's Zombi 2, and I'd switch Zombieland out for Shaun of the Dead. Zombieland and Night of the Comet are good, but they're not top 5 good. Shaun of the Dead is the quintessential zombie comedy, and Zombi 2 is an absolute masterpiece.

    So along with Night of the Comet and Zombieland, the "honorable mentions" list should include Day of the Dead, Dead Alive, the Dawn of the Dead remake, and 28 Weeks Later. Oh... and Thriller. 😉

    June 5, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Spidey-Man

    Resident Evil. The first one I mean. And not to beat a dead or zombie horse... 28 days and weeks is NOT a zombie movie. You guys got to get that through your heads! And let's not forget "The Walking Dead".

    June 5, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      "28 days and weeks is NOT a zombie movie." XD

      Yes, they are zombie movies. They're just not "Romero" zombie movies.

      Zombies do not start and end with Romero's formula. Get that through your head.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • say what

      Thank you!
      Day & Weeks are NOT Zombies. They are NOT the living dead come back to life to eat the living. They are infected yes, but not dead. They don't eat people in the movie, they attach with Rage, but I don't remember them eating people.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
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  8. Mark Mithcell

    The problem with a zombie connoisseur's list of "best zombie movies" is it will have to be topped by some old and dated milestone films that are more important for their history than their entertainment (I'm being brutally honest here, I have 100+ zombie movie DVD's, including all the classics). I let my kids watch Night of the Living Dead, but not 28 Days or the 2004 Dawn of the Dead. In my very not-very-humble-opinion, the best zombie movies that are also really good movies (not dated, well-made, well-acted, scary) that can be watched by anyone without a primer on George Romero are:
    1) Land of the Dead (not Romero's best, but his most entertaining)
    2) Dawn of the Dead (2004) (a brilliant re-make of a Romero classic)
    3) 28 Days and 28 Weeks (doesn't matter which, both very good, ignore the self-important experts with their "definition" of zombie, they don't even get that right, and will never score with that tired diatribe).
    4) Zombieland (fantastic movie, who cares if it's about people instead of zombies?).
    5) Night of the Living Dead (it's not the fifth on any list, OK it's the first, but it can't be appreciated by non-aficionados with out a little background, IMNSHO).

    June 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ZomBea Arthur

    Not to be that guy, but 28 Days Later isn't a zombie movie. By definition, a zombie movie must have re-animated corpses. 28 Days Later only has "the infected" who are still alive and infected with rage. I nominate Return of the Living Dead to take it's place since it was the first zombie film to introduce the idea of zombies eating BRAAAAIIINS.

    June 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    Shawn of the Dead?

    June 2, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. Spauty

    The graphic used for this article is the cover of the REMAKE of NoTLD from the 90s. Great movie on its own, but not the one referred to in this article. Cmon people, Google is really easy to use.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Clete

    It being an election year, in a few months we will all be subjected to the walking dead as they run for office.

    June 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Daniel J

    Check out our refresher on zombies & cannibals in film!

    June 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Booo

    Is this in relation to the real life tales of cannibalism this week? Kind of in poor taste to me.

    June 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LaureanneCamille

    looks scary :X

    June 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Noochy

    I really iked Survival of he Dead ... was kind of a comedy but had some novels ideas and points in it. But my ultimate favorite has got to be Dawn of the Dead ... the new one with Ving Rymes being a badass

    June 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jessica@work

    Your list sucks without Shaun of the Dead and Fido.

    June 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Nicole

    28 Days Later is technically NOT about zombies... people are infected with "rage"... they do not reanimate. C'mon people get your zombie facts straight! ps AMC's "The Walking Dead" – best show ever!

    June 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yosh

      You can make a similar argument about Walking Dead, I Am Legend, Night of the Comet regarding the root cause of zombie-ism being a sickness/infection vs. a supernatural state of being. Oh, and zombies do not reanimate (i.e. bring back to life) if you want to get technical about it, they're dead.

      June 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Ozzy

    Zombieland was a lot of fun, but if you're going to put a 'Zomedy' on there, then it has to be Shaun of the Dead, hands down.

    Let's also not forget Lucio Fulci's Zombi. 28 Days Later is great, but I'd actually argue that 28 Weeks Later is the better 'zombie' movie.

    Also, you've gotta have Return of the Living Dead on there...prior to that, zombies ate everything, it wasn't until that movie that they became so focused on brains.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. cnnlicksit

    Zombieland. Seriously? That movie was terrible. Most of it is them driving around and a long, drawn out, and not funny scene with Bill Murray.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Breeanna Hare,

      Fair enough! So what movies would make it into your top five?

      June 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      The old saying is "Opnions are like azzholes....everybody has one."

      But you are a variant on that. "Even azzholes have opinions."

      June 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |

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