Zombies - on the Screen

Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) poster
Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) poster



From White Zombie (1932) to World War Z (2013)

Zombies, the walking, shuffling and sprinting dead, voodoo and infected varieties on film and TV. With facts, quotes, photos and ratings.

Bela Lugosi and zombie in White Zombie (1932)
Bela Lugosi and zombie in White Zombie (1932)

White Zombie (1932) Directed by Victor Halperin. 69mins

Bela Lugosi - Murder Legendre
Madge Bellamy - Madeline Short Parker
Joseph Cawthorn - Dr. Bruner
Robert Frazer - Charles Beaumont
John Harron - Neil Parker
Brandon Hurst - Silver

The first feature length zombie film, Bela Lugosi plays an evil voodoo master named Murder Legendre (what a name to have on your passport).

The film was shot in 11 days.

Zombie Origin - Voodoo magic.

A loosely connected sequel Revolt of the Zombies was released in 1936, starring Dean Jagger and directed by Victor Halperin.

Neil Parker: Not dead? Are you mad? I saw her die. The doctor signed the certificate. I saw them bury her.

Tagline - The Dead Walk Among Us!

IMDB rating 6.4

Paulette Goddard menaced by a zombie The Ghostbreakers (1940)
Paulette Goddard menaced by a zombie The Ghostbreakers (1940)
Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard in The Ghostbreakers (1940)
Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard in The Ghostbreakers (1940)

The Ghostbreakers (1940) Directed by George Marshall. 85mins.

Bob Hope - Larry Lawrence
Paulette Goddard - Mary Carter
Richard Carlson - Geoff Montgomery
Paul Lukas - Parada
Willie Best - Alex
Anthony Quinn - Ramon Mederos
Noble Johnson - The Zombie

A spooky comedy classic.

Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard had starred together in The Cat and the Canary a year earlier.

The last half hour of the movie takes place on a mist shrouded island near Cuba where Hope and Goddard encounter ghosts and a zombie in a haunted mansion.

Zombie Origin - Voodoo?

Noble Johnson plays the zombie, he is probably best known to monster fans as the native chief of Skull Island in King Kong (1933).

Geoff: It's worse than horrible because a zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring.
Larry: You mean like Democrats?

IMDB rating 7.2

I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
I Walked With a Zombie (1943) poster
I Walked With a Zombie (1943) poster

I Walked With a Zombie (1943) Directed by Jacques Tourneur. 69mins.

James Ellison - Wesley Rand
Frances Dee - Betsy Connell
Tom Conway - Paul Holland
Edith Barrett - Mrs. Rand
James Bell - Dr. Maxwell
Christine Gordon - Jessica Holland
Darby Jones - Carrefour (The Zombie)

A horror classic produced by Val Lewton and based on an article written by Inez Wallace appearing in American Weekly Magazine.

A young nurse journeys to the Caribbean island of San Sebastian to care for the sick wife of a plantation owner and becomes involved in voodoo rituals.

Zombie Origin - Voodoo magic.

Dr. Maxwell: She makes a beautiful zombie doesn't she?

Tagline - Who Said The Dead Don't Walk!

IMDB rating 7.3

Revenge of the Zombies (1943) poster
Revenge of the Zombies (1943) poster

Revenge of the Zombies (1943) Directed by Steve Sekely. 61mins

John Carradine - Dr. Max von Altermann
Gale Storm - Jennifer Rand
Robert Lowery - Larry Adams
Bob Steele - United States Agent
Mantan Moreland - Jeff
James Baskett - Lazarus

Zombie origin - Mad scientist John Carradine turns out to be a Nazi using his experiments to create an army of the undead for the Third Reich.

Tagline - DEAD MEN CAN'T DIE... but live to follow a mad-man's will!

IMDB rating 4.7

Zombies on Broadway (1945) poster
Zombies on Broadway (1945) poster

Zombies on Broadway (1945) Directed by Gordon Douglas. 69mins.

Wally Brown - Jerry Miles
Alan Carney - Mike Strager
Bela Lugosi - Professor Paul Renault
Anne Jeffreys - Jean La Danse
Sheldon Leonard - Ace Miller
Ian Wolfe - Prof. Hopkins
Darby Jones - Kalaga - the Zombie

Zombie Origin - Two bumbling press agents search for a real zombie to appear in the opening of a new nightclub attraction. They journey to a Caribbean island where they discover mad scientist Bela Lugosi has created zombies using a secret formula.

Darby Jones also played a zombie in I Walked With a Zombie (1943).

Dr. Renault: There's no need to be afraid; the serum is entirely painless. Oh, you probably saw your friend and you wondered what was wrong with him. There's no harm in telling you now... he's a 'zombie'. In a few moments, you, too, will be one.

IMDB rating 5.1

Plague of the Zombies (1966)
Plague of the Zombies (1966)
Plague of the Zombies (1966) poster
Plague of the Zombies (1966) poster

The Plague of the Zombies (1966) Directed by John Gilling. 91mins.

André Morell - Sir James Forbes
Diane Clare - Sylvia Forbes
Brook Williams - Dr. Peter Tompson
Jacqueline Pearce - Alice Mary Tompson
John Carson - Squire Clive Hamilton
Michael Ripper - Sergeant Jack Swift

A Hammer Horror classic.

Zombie Origin - The squire of a small village in Cornwall uses voodoo magic to raise the dead from their graves so they can work in his tin mine.

Uses the same village set as The Reptile which was filmed by Hammer back to back with Plague of the Zombies.

The standout scene is a dream sequence in which the dead slowly rise from their graves ending with the decapitation of one of the zombies.

The zombie make up effects by Roy Ashton were surprisingly good and must have influenced Lucio Fulci and other filmmakers in zombie films of the late 70's and 80's,

Sir James Forbes: Someone in this village is practicing witchcraft. That corpse wandering on the moors is an undead, a zombie.

IMDB rating 6.6

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968) poster
Night of the Living Dead (1968) poster

Night of the Living Dead (1968) Directed by George A. Romero. 96mins.

Duane Jones - Ben
Judith O'Dea - Barbra
Karl Hardman - Harry
Marilyn Eastman - Helen
Keith Wayne - Tom
Judith Ridley - Judy
Kyra Schon - Karen Cooper

The modern zombie film began with Romero's 1968 classic, inspired by Richard Matheson's I Am Legend.

Zombie Origin - Possibly the radiation from a returning space probe from Venus which exploded in the Earth's atmosphere.

The word 'zombie' is never used in the film.

Very influential Romero's film began the idea that zombies can only be stopped if the head was smashed in or shot at and that they were ravenous flesh eating cannibals, previous movie zombies were controlled by a voodoo priest or satanist and were sent out to kill or kidnap.

Johnny: [in a creepy voice] They're coming to get you, Barbara!
Barbara: Stop it! You're ignorant!
Johnny: They're coming for you, Barbara!
Barbara: Stop it! You're acting like a child!

The film was very profitable costing just $114,000 and grossing about $42m worldwide, Romero's first movie he saw little profit from it due to his lack of knowledge in distribution deals.

Night of the Living Dead is in the public domain and can be viewed for free from various websites including YouTube.

IMDB rating 8.0

Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1973) poster
Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1973) poster

Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1973) Directed by Bob Clark. 87mins.

Alan Ormsby - Alan
Valerie Mamches - Val
Jeff Gillen - Jeff
Anya Ormsby - Anya
Paul Cronin - Paul
Jane Daly - Terry

Zombie Origin - A black magic ritual by a group of actors on an unnamed island causes the dead to rise from their graves and shamble after the terrified would-be satanists.

Bob Clark would later direct Murder by Decree (1979) and the hit comedy Porkys (1982), he was planning to remake his zombie film in 2007 but died in a car crash before pre-production commenced.

IMDB rating 5.2

Dawn of the Dead (1978) poster
Dawn of the Dead (1978) poster
Dawn of the Dead (1978) poster
Dawn of the Dead (1978) poster
Dawn of the Dead (1978) poster
Dawn of the Dead (1978) poster

Dawn of the Dead (1978) Directed by George A. Romero. 126mins (139mins)

David Emge - Stephen
Ken Foree - Peter
Scott H. Reiniger - Roger
Gaylen Ross - Francine
David Crawford - Dr. Foster
David Early - Mr. Berman

Romero's masterpiece, the 'Ben-Hur' of zombie films, critically acclaimed and hugely popular it is the zombie film all others are measured by.

Critics saw it as a satire on consumerism.

A sequel to Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead (1968).

On the downside many of the zombies don't look all that convincing and blood effects are pinkish purple in colour in some scenes.

Many versions of varying lengths exist of Dawn of the Dead, the 'Ulltimate Final Cut' is 156mins long.

Francine: They're still here.
Stephen: They're after us. They know we're still in here.
Peter: They're after the place. They don't know why; they just remember. Remember that they want to be in here.
Francine: What the hell are they?
Peter: They're us, that's all, when there's no more room in hell...
Stephen: What?
Peter: Something my granddad used to tell us. You know Macumba? Voodoo. My granddad was a priest in Trinidad. He used to tell us, "When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth."

IMDB rating 8.0

Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)
Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)
Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) poster
Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) poster
Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) poster
Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) poster

Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) aka Zombie 2. Directed by Lucio Fulci. 91mins.

Tisa Farrow - Anne Bowles
Ian McCulloch - Peter West
Richard Johnson - Dr. David Menard
Al Cliver - Brian Hull
Auretta Gay - Susan Barrett
Olga Karlatos - Paola Menard

Intended as an unofficial sequel to George A Romero's Dawn of the Dead, which was a big hit in Italy in 1978.

Italian director Lucio Fulci's (1927-1996) best known and most popular film. The success of Romero and Fulci's zombie films triggered a bloodthirsty torrent of gory horror movies from Italy which lasted through most of the 80's.

The only film with a scene featuring a Zombie vs Shark.

Badly censored on UK video, Zombie was finally released uncut on DVD 25 years later.

Tagline - When the earth spits out the dead.....They will return to tear the flesh of the living.

IMDB rating 6.7

The Beyond (1981) poster
The Beyond (1981) poster

The Beyond (1981) Directed by Lucio Fulci. 87mins.

Catriona MacColl - Liza Merril
David Warbeck - Dr. John McCabe
Cinzia Monreale - Emily
Antoine Saint-John - Schweick
Veronica Lazar - Martha
Anthony Flees - Larry

The second and best in Lucio Fulci's Gates of Hell trilogy, a series of gory supernatural horror films which began with City of the Living Dead (1980) and finishing with The House by the Cemetery (1981).

Zombie Origin - A gateway to hell is opened inside an old hotel in Louisiana, releasing various horrors including the walking dead.

Emily: [reading] "Woe be unto him who opens one of the seven gateways to Hell, because through that gateway, evil will invade the world."

IMDB rating 6.8

Day of the Dead (1985)
Day of the Dead (1985)
Day of the Dead (1985) poster
Day of the Dead (1985) poster

Day of the Dead (1985) Directed by George A. Romero. 102mins.

Lori Cardille - Sarah
Terry Alexander - John
Joseph Pilato - Rhodes
Anthony Dileo Jr. - Miguel
Richard Liberty - Logan
Sherman Howard - Bub

Romero's third zombie film, featuring state of the art zombie make up and gore from Tom Savini.

Not as enjoyable as Dawn of the Dead with far too much yapping and shouting but the zombie effects were a lot more convincing.

Zombie Origin: Takes place during the same zombie outbreak as Dawn of the Dead.

Captain Rhodes: [the zombies are eating his entrails] Choke on 'em!

Tagline - Now, George Romero takes us out of the night, beyond the dawn, and into the darkest day of horror the world has ever known.

IMDB rating 7.1

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Return of the Living Dead (1985) poster
Return of the Living Dead (1985) poster

The Return of the Living Dead (1985) Directed by Dan O' Bannon. 91mins.

Clu Gulager - Burt
James Karen - Frank
Don Calfa - Ernie
Thom Mathews - Freddy
Beverly Randolph - Tina
John Philbin - Chuck
Linnea Quigley - Trash

An enjoyable satire on the zombie genre.

Zombie Origin - Toxic gas from a medical supply warehouse is accidentally released into the atmosphere.

Linnea Quigley's nude graveyard dance is a memorable highlight.

The film received positive reviews and was successful enough to spawn 4 sequels.

Burt Wilson: I thought you said if we destroyed the brain, it'd die!
Frank: It worked in the movie!

Zombie: Send more... paramedics.

Tagline - They're Back From The Grave and Ready To Party!

IMDB rating 7.2

Return of the Living Dead II (1988) poster
Return of the Living Dead II (1988) poster

Return of the Living Dead II (1988) Directed by Ken Wiederhorn. 89mins.

James Karen - Ed
Thom Mathews - Joey
Dana Ashbrook - Tom Essex
Suzanne Snyder - Brenda
Marsha Dietlein - Lucy Wilson
Philip Bruns - Doc Mandel
Mitch Pileggi - Sarge

Silly sequel, now played almost completely for laughs with very little horror.

Brenda: Joey, I'm not into dead guys!

Zombie: Braaaaaains!

Tagline - Just when you thought it was safe to be dead.

IMDB rating 5.5

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) Directed by Wes Craven. 98mins.

Bill Pullman - Dennis Alan
Cathy Tyson - Marielle Duchamp
Zakes Mokae - Dargent Peytraud
Paul Winfield - Lucien Celine
Brent Jennings - Louis Mozart
Conrad Roberts - Christophe
Badja Djola - Gaston
Theresa Merritt - Simone
Michael Gough - Schoonbacher

Based very loosely on the non-fiction book of the same name written by Wade Davis.

An interesting well made horror thriller set in Haiti the land of voodoo..

Zombie Origin - A powdered drug blown into someone's face.

Dennis Alan: Don't let them bury me! I'm not dead!

IMDB rating 6.3

Night of the Living Dead (1990) Japanese poster
Night of the Living Dead (1990) Japanese poster

Night of the Living Dead (1990) Directed by Tom Savini. 92mins.

Tony Todd - Ben
Patricia Tallman - Barbara
Tom Towles - Harry Cooper
McKee Anderson - Helen Cooper
William Butler - Tom
Katie Finneran - Judy Rose

A remake of George A. Romero's seminal zombie classic, directed by Tom Savini, make up supremo on many horror films including Romero's Dawn and Day of the Dead.

Newsman: A biologist in Stockton, California has released reports stating the bodies of the recently dead are returning to life, driven by an unknown force which enables the brain to continue to function. But what could've caused so widespread and dramatic condition as the one we're facing tonight? We've heard speculation, on everything from the ozone layer and chemical weapons, to uh... voodoo mysticism and organisms from space.

Tagline - There IS a fate worse than death.

IMDB rating 6.7

Braindead (1992)
Braindead (1992)

Braindead (1992) aka Dead Alive. Directed by Peter Jackson. 104mins.

Timothy Balme - Lionel Cosgrove
Diana Peñalver - Paquita Maria Sanchez
Elizabeth Moody - Vera Cosgrove
Ian Watkin - Uncle Les
Jed Brophy - Void

Directed by Peter 'Lord of the Rings' Jackson, this low budget comedy splatter fest is a fan favourite, retitled Dead Alive in the US.

Zombie Origin - A bite from a "Sumatran rat monkey" unleashes a zombie epidemic.

Uncle Les: She's history! I know what to do, I've read the comics! Total... bodily... dismemberment!

IMDB rating 7.6

Return of the Living Dead III (1993)
Return of the Living Dead III (1993)

Return of the Living Dead III (1993) Directed by Brian Yuzna. 97mins.

Kent McCord - Colonel John Reynolds
James T. Callahan - Colonel Peck
Sarah Douglas - Colonel Sinclair
Melinda (Mindy) Clarke - Julie Walker
Abigail Lenz - Mindy
J. Trevor Edmond - Curt Reynolds

A pretty good second sequel to the 1985 original particularly noteworthy for Mindy Clarke's sexy punk zombie and a generous splatter of gore.

Curt Reynolds: Julie, are you eating him? You should stop it.

Tagline - She's to die for.

IMDB rating 5.7

Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil (2002)
Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil (2002)
Resident Evil (2002) poster
Resident Evil (2002) poster

Resident Evil (2002) Directed by Paul W.S.Anderson. 100mins.

Milla Jovovich - Alice
Colin Salmon - James Shade
Michelle Rodriguez - Rain Ocampo
Eric Mabius - Matt Addison
James Purefoy - Spence Parks
Martin Crewes - Chad Kaplan

The first film in the Resident Evil series. Loosely based on the popular video game series.

Zombie Origin - A virus is released at a biological warfare research facility and all hell breaks loose.

Red Queen: The T-virus is protean, changing from liquid to airborne to blood transmission, depending on its environment. It is almost impossible to kill. Just one bite, one scratch from these creatures is sufficient. And then, you become one of them.

Resident Evil cost $33m and has grossed $102.4m worldwide.

Tagline - A secret experiment. A deadly virus. A fatal mistake.

IMDB rating 6.6

28 Days Later (2002)
28 Days Later (2002)
28 Days Later (2002) poster
28 Days Later (2002) poster

28 Days Later (2002) Directed by Danny Boyle. 113mins.

Cillian Murphy - Jim
Naomie Harris - Selena
Christopher Eccleston - Major Henry West
Megan Burns - Hannah
Brendan Gleeson - Frank
Ricci Harnett - Corporal Mitchell

Zombie Origin - Animal activists break into a research laboratory and release some animals not realising they are infected wiith a deadly virus called "Rage".

Jim: Oh, great. Valium. Not only will we be able to go to sleep, if we get attacked in the middle of the night, we won't even care.

28 Days Later cost $8m and has grossed $82.7m worldwide.

A sequel was released in 2007.

Tagline - Your Days are Numbered.

IMDB rating 7.6

House of the Dead (2003) Japanese poster
House of the Dead (2003) Japanese poster

House of the Dead (2003) Directed by Uwe Boll. 90mins.

Jonathan Cherry - Rudy
Clint Howard - Salish
Ona Grauer - Alicia
Ellie Cornell - Casper
Will Sanderson - Greg
Jurgen Prochnow - Kirk
Erica Durance - Johanna

Based on the video game House of the Dead, first released by Sega in 1997. Clips from the game are used in the movie.

Zombie Origin - Unknown and the zombies all seem to be contained on an unnamed island.

As with other Uwe Boll films the reviews were overwhelmingly negative.

House of the Dead cost $12m and has grossed $13.8m worldwide.

Tagline - The Dead Walk... You Run

IMDB rating 2.0

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Dawn of the Dead (2004) poster
Dawn of the Dead (2004) poster

Dawn of the Dead (2004) Directed by Zack Snyder. 101mins (110mins)

Sarah Polley - Ana
Ving Rhames - Kenneth
Jake Weber - Michael
Mekhi Phifer - Andre
Ty Burrell - Steve
Michael Kelly - CJ
Kevin Zegers - Terry

A remake of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978).

Zombie Origin - A TV news report announces a strange plague has swept the world turning the infected into flesh eating monsters.

A surprise hit which along with the successful remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) has resulted in a never ending splatter of horror remakes.

Michael: Truck's not gonna make it to Fort Pastor.
Steve: No, forget the truck. That place is f-cked, man. Bloodbath city.
Kenneth: Is everyone there dead?
Steve: Yeah, in the sense that they all, sort of, fell down, and then... got up and... started eating each other.

Zombie fans protested the display of running, sprinting and jumping zombies, unlike the slow shuffling undead of Romero's films.

Dawn of the Dead cost $28m and has grossed $102m worldwide.

Tagline - When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.

IMDB rating 7.4

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun of the Dead (2004) poster
Shaun of the Dead (2004) poster

Shaun of the Dead (2004) Directed by Edgar Wright. 99mins.

Simon Pegg - Shaun
Nick Frost - Ed
Kate Ashfield - Liz
Lucy Davis - Dianne
Dylan Moran - David
Penelope Wilton - Barbara
Bill Nighy - Phillip
Martin Freeman - Declan

A hugely enjoyable and hilarious zombie spoof made in Britain.

Zombie Origin - No explanation it's just referred to as a zombie outbreak.

Barbara: [on the phone] Some men tried to get into the house.
Shaun: Well are they still there?
Barbara: I'm not sure, we've shut the curtains.
Shaun: Did you try the police?
Barbara: Well I thought about it.
Shaun: Are you OK? Did they hurt you?
Barbara: No I'm fine. I'm fine.
Shaun: Mum...
Barbara: Well they were a bit... bitey.
Shaun: Mum, have you been bitten?
Barbara: No... But Philip has.
Shaun: Oh, okay.
Ed: Has she been bitten?
Shaun: No, Philip has.
Ed: Oh, okay.
Shaun: Listen, Mum, what sort of state is he in?
Barbara: Oh, he's fine. Bit under the weather.
Shaun: I see.
Ed: What's the deal Shaun?
Shaun: We may have to kill my step-dad.

A big hit in the UK Shaun of the Dead cost £4m to make and has grossed about $30m worldwide.

Tagline - A romantic comedy. With zombies.

IMDB rating 8.0

Resident Evil Apocalypse (2004)
Resident Evil Apocalypse (2004)

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) Directed by Alexander Witt. 94mins (98mins)

Milla Jovovich - Alice
Sienna Guillory - Jill Valentine
Oded Fehr - Carlos Olivera
Thomas Kretschmann - Major Tom Cain
Jared Harris - Dr. Ashford
Mike Epps - L.J.
Iain Glen - Dr. Isaacs

The second movie in the Resident Evil series.

Alice: My name is Alice. I worked for the Umbrella Corporation, the largest and most powerful commercial entity in the world. I was head of security at a secret high-tech facility, The Hive, a giant underground laboratory developing experimental viral weaponry. But there was an incident. The virus escaped and everybody died. Trouble was... they didn't stay dead.

Apocalypse cost $45m and has grossed $129.3m worldwide.

IMDB rating 6.0

Land of the Dead (2005) poster
Land of the Dead (2005) poster
Asia Argento in Land of the Dead (2005)
Asia Argento in Land of the Dead (2005)

Land of the Dead (2005) Directed by George A. Romero. 93mins (97mins)

Simon Baker - Riley Denbo
John Leguizamo - Cholo DeMora
Dennis Hopper - Kaufman
Asia Argento - Slack
Robert Joy - Charlie
Eugene Clark - Big Daddy

Romero's fourth zombie film and his first since Day of the Dead (1985). It was inevitable Romero would direct another one after the resurgence of zombie films in the 2000s, his fans were happy but it wasn't in the same league as his original "Dead" trilogy. The kills were now enhanced with computer graphics.

Zombie Origin - No new theory for the 'zombie apocalypse' so it might be connected with previous Romero 'Dead' films.

Originally titled "Dead Reckoning".

Cholo: Looks like God left the phone off the hook.

Land of the Dead cost $15m and has grossed $46.7m worldwide.

Tagline - The dead shall inherit the Earth.

IMDB rating 6.3

Planet Terror (2007)
Planet Terror (2007)
Planet Terror (2007) poster
Planet Terror (2007) poster

Planet Terror (2007) Directed by Robert Rodriguez. 91mins (105mins)

Rose McGowan - Cherry Darling
Freddy Rodríguez - Wray
Josh Brolin - Dr. William Block
Marley Shelton - Dr. Dakota Block
Jeff Fahey - J.T.
Michael Biehn - Sheriff Hague
Bruce Willis - Lt. Muldoon

Originally released as part of a double bill titled Grindhouse the other film being Death Proof directed by Quentin Tarantino. Both films were later released separately and in extended versions.

Zombie Origin - A deadly biochemical nerve gas called DC2 is released into the air during a shootout at a military base.

Originally titled "Project Terror".

To make Planet Terror look like a grindhouse exploitation film of the 70's it was given scratches, dirt, splices and there was a scene missing.

Tagline - Humanity's last hope... rests on a high power machine gun

IMDB rating 7.4

28 Weeks Later (2007) poster
28 Weeks Later (2007) poster
28 Weeks Later (2007) poster
28 Weeks Later (2007) poster

28 Weeks Later (2007) Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. 100mins.

Robert Carlyle - Don
Rose Byrne - Scarlet
Jeremy Renner - Doyle
Harold Perrineau - Flynn
Catherine McCormack - Alice
Idris Elba - Stone
Imogen Poots - Tammy

A sequel to 28 Days Later which takes place 6 months after the events in that film. The virus "Rage" is still raging, turning Great Britain into a quarantined island, but by the end of the film the virus has spread to mainland Europe.

Scarlet: It all makes sense. They're executing code red. Step 1: Kill the infected. Step 2: Containment. If containment fails, then Step 3: Extermination.

28 Weeks Later has grossed $64.2m worldwide.

Tagline - There is no Escape.

IMDB rating 7.0

Diary of the Dead (2007)
Diary of the Dead (2007)

Diary of the Dead (2007) Directed by George A. Romero. 95mins.

Michelle Morgan - Debra Moynihan
Joshua Close - Jason Creed
Shawn Roberts - Tony Ravello
Amy Lalonde - Tracy Thurman
Joe Dinicol - Eliot Stone
Scott Wentworth - Andrew Maxwell

Romero's fifth zombie film, you would have thought he'd had enough of zombies by now. This one attempts to be different by having all the action recorded on the camcorders of the leading actors similar to the style of Cloverfield. An interesting concept with some effective scenes but it does mean a lot of shaky camerawork, though not as bad as Cloverfield.

Diary of the Dead cost $2m and has grossed $5.3m worldwide.

Tagline - Where will you be when the end begins?

IMDB rating 5.8

Resident Evil Extinction (2007)
Resident Evil Extinction (2007)

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) Directed by Russell Mulcahy. 94mins.

Milla Jovovich - Alice
Oded Fehr - Carlos Olivera
Ali Larter - Claire
Iain Glen - Dr. Isaacs
Ashanti - Betty
Matthew Marsden - Slater
Linden Ashby - Chase

The third movie in the Resident Evil series.

Alice: The Umbrella Corporation thought they'd contained the infection. Well, they were wrong. Raccoon City was just the beginning. Within weeks, the T-virus had consumed the United States. Within months, the world. For those of us left, staying on the road seemed the only way to stay alive.

Extinction cost $45m and has grossed $147.7m worldwide.

IMDB rating 6.2

Day of the Dead (2008) poster
Day of the Dead (2008) poster

Day of the Dead (2008) Directed by Steve Miner. 86mins.

Mena Suvari - Sarah Bowman
Nick Cannon - Salazar
Michael Welch - Trevor Bowman
Stark Sands - Bud Crain
Matt Rippy - Doctor Logan
Ian McNeice - Paul - DJ
Ving Rhames - Captain Rhodes

A remake of Romero's film of the same name though the plot shares little resemblance to that movie.

The film cost $18m and was released straight to DVD in many countries.

Tagline - This Spring the Dead Will Rise!

IMDB rating 4.5

Zombieland (2009)
Zombieland (2009)
Zombieland (2009) poster
Zombieland (2009) poster

Zombieland (2009) Directed by Ruben Fleischer. 88mins.

Jesse Eisenberg - Columbus
Woody Harrelson - Tallahassee
Emma Stone - Wichita
Abigail Breslin - Little Rock
Amber Heard - 406
Bill Murray - Himself

A zombie comedy originally planned as the pilot for a TV series, the script was upgraded and revised for the big screen, shot in 45 days.

Zombe Origin - a mutated strain of Mad Cow Disease.

Columbus: You see? You just can't trust anyone. The first girl I let into my life and she tries to eat me.

Columbus: The first rule of Zombieland: Cardio. When the zombie outbreak first hit, the first to go, for obvious reasons... were the fatties.

Columbus: Take away a man's son, you've truly given him nothing left to lose.
Tallahassee: I haven't cried like that since "Titanic."

Zombieland cost $23m and has grossed $102.3m worldwide.

Tagline - Nut up or shut up.

IMDB rating 7.8

Resident Evil Afterlife (2010) poster
Resident Evil Afterlife (2010) poster

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. 97mins.

Milla Jovovich - Alice
Ali Larter - Claire Redfield
Kim Coates - Bennett
Shawn Roberts - Albert Wesker
Wentworth Miller - Chris Redfield
Sienna Guillory - Jill Valentine

The fourth movie in the Resident Evil series.

Alice: [narrating] My name is Alice. I worked in a secret laboratory developing experimental viral weaponry. There was an incident. A virus escaped. Everybody died. Trouble was, they didn't stay dead. This was the start of an apocalypse that would sweep the entire world. The men responsible for this disaster took refuge underground and continued to experiment with the deadly T-Virus. They felt secure in their high-tech fortress. But they were wrong.

Filmed in 3D.

Afterlife cost $60m and has grossed $296m worldwide.

IMDB rating 5.9

The Walking Dead (2010) poster
The Walking Dead (2010) poster

The Walking Dead (2010) TV Series developed by Frank Darabont.

Andrew Lincoln - Rick Grimes
Sarah Wayne Callies - Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden - Andrea
Steven Yeun - Glenn
Chandler Riggs - Carl Grimes
Norman Reedus - Daryl Dixon
Jon Bernthal - Shane Walsh
Jeffrey DeMunn - Dale Horvath

Based on a comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, first published in 2003.

Zombie Origin: The writer of the comic book never gave a reason for the worldwide epidemic which created the walking dead and no reason is given in the TV series either.

Zombies are referred to as "walkers" in the series.

Morgan: You know about the dead people, right?
Rick: Yeah, I saw a lot of that.
Morgan: No, not the ones they put down. The ones they didn't - the walkers, But listen, don't you get bit. I saw your bandage and that's what we were afraid of. Bites kill you. The fever burns you out. But then after a while... you come back.

The Walking Dead was a ratings hit and has been nominated for many awards. A 4th season is due in 2013.

IMDB rating 8.7

Resident Evil Retribution (2012)
Resident Evil Retribution (2012)
Resident Evil Retribution (2012) poster
Resident Evil Retribution (2012) poster

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. 96mins.

Milla Jovovich - Alice
Sienna Guillory - Jill Valentine
Michelle Rodriguez - Rain
Aryana Engineer - Becky
Kevin Durand - Barry Burton
Oded Fehr - Todd / Carlos
Shawn Roberts - Albert Wesker

The fifth in the Resident Evil series.

Rain: You two made it... I thought I was the only one that survived. What is this place and why is everything in Russian? And what's with the S&M getup?

Filmed in 3D.

Retribution cost $65m and has grossed $240m worldwide.

IMDB rating 5.9

World War Z (2013)
World War Z (2013)

World War Z (2013) Directed by Marc Forster. 116mins (123mins)

Brad Pitt - Gerry Lane
Mireille Enos - Karin Lane
Daniella Kertesz - Segen
James Badge Dale - Captain Speke
Matthew Fox - Parajumper
Fana Mokoena - Thierry Umutoni
David Morse - Ex-CIA Agent

Based on the novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks, published in 2006.

A global war ensues after a pandemic turns the infected into flesh eating zombies.

Released in 3D.

WWZ is reported to have cost $125m, it opened with $66.4m in 3 days at the US box office and went on to gross an impressive $540m worldwide. Rated PG-13.

"Rising from an early grave of negative pre-release publicity, director Marc Forster's much-maligned “World War Z” emerges as a surprisingly smart, gripping and imaginative addition to the zombie-movie canon, owing as much to scientific disaster movies like “The China Syndrome” and “Contagion” as it does to undead ur-texts like the collected works of George Romero." (Variety)

IMDB rating 7.1

Brad Pitt in World War Z (2013)
Brad Pitt in World War Z (2013)
World War Z (2013)
World War Z (2013)

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thank you for visiting Mhatter99, always appreciated.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Random thoughts as I read your hub.....(1) Bob Hope and a zombie movie?...never knew that (2) I wonder how old John Carradine was when his son Robert Carradine(Revenge of the Nerds) was born....or was John ..Robert's granddad? (3) Bela Lugosi fans have to love this series of hubs you are doing (4) Bob Clark also directed the classic A Christmas Story movie....but I did not know he did a zombie movie (5) For my money Dawn of the Dead is the best zombie movie by far and one I can watch repeatedly....the DVD commentary is one of the best out there

(6) After Romero's Dawn....the rest of his zombie movies were too gory for my taste....should have more story less gore (7) I remember watching Return of the Living Dead at the theater....it was a crowd pleasing movie....that mixed humor and scares very well (8) Milla Jovovich? not sure I know who this person is....lol. (9) Loved the first half of 28 Days Later second half of the movie I really really was disappointed (10) Shaun of the Dead....I remember the first time I watched this movie....my marriage had just ended and it was the first Xmas day that I was not with my ex-wife....my older boys were with me Xmas morning...after presents(Shaun of the Dead was a present) we watched Shaun of the Dead Xmas morning..halfway through the movie I was thinking...my life is changing......watching Shaun of the Dead on Xmas day is now a tradition every year...because you know you can not think about Xmas without thinking about zombies.

(11) Planet Terror....a movie that gives us Zombies, Bruce Willis and another favorite of mine...Michael Biehn....what more can you ask a movie to give you? (12) Zombieland......needed more Bill Murray....I love his last line about regrets...."maybe Garfield" (13) Glad to see you include the Walking Dead series....I have watched and enjoyed season 1 and it was outstanding....I think I am now a year behind...but I am looking forward to catching up. (14) I have never heard of War Zone Z ...but it looks interesting.

A very interesting hub....and a fun one to read...voting up and interesting...job well done....an excellent addition in your monster movie series.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Whoa thanks for the excellent comment and anecdotes Bruce, very much appreciated.

Nice to know Shaun of the Dead meant something in your life and it's a great family film for Xmas. :)

I remember we watched Planet Terror on Xmas day once, we let the kids choose a film, we were hoping for something like Raiders or Lord of the Rings instead we're watching zombies munching on people.

Dawn of the Dead is still the best and deserves its own hub, one day.

The Walking Dead is a great show and surprisingly graphic, I'm behind on episodes too.

That's it for horror, I need a break after 6 horror hubs and over 200 films reviewed.

Back to poster hubs for now.

Thanks again for posting amigo.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Steve...OK...honesty. Zombies, spooks, werewolves, monsters, freaks....not exactly my cup of poison. I am aware however, they are extremely popular with the masses. I just enjoy scanning through your hubs and checking out all the awesome posters!! .......UP++


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Paula, your comments are always welcome. Glad the topic title didn't put you off. I was careful not to post any really gory photos and I saw plenty believe me when I was preparing this hub. People eating people, entrails everywhere eeee. :)

I think I've covered all the main monsters I may do a couple more 'ghostly' hubs when we near Halloween.

Thanks as always for posting.

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