The zombie genre is full of so many classic movies we often forget that time has not stood still and that new gems are arriving almost every year. I am in my early 30’s which means I am a die-hard fan of classic zombie movies like Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE and George A Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and of course the greatest horror movie of all time Night of the Living Dead.
As much as I love the classics there are a ton of new zombie movies that have been released over the last few years that are as equally creative and deserving of fanfare as the early classics. This list is my tribute to the best modern / new zombie movies that everyone should see. I have specifically tried to focus on newer zombie movies and a mix of styles so although you may not love every film on my list you should be able to find plenty to enjoy. So let’s get to it. The best new zombie movies worth watching, in no particular order.
Stalled is a British zombie movie where the entire premise is shot in a tiny bathroom stall and although that may not sound very exciting I assure you Stalled is one of the true gems of the modern zombie genre. I recently watched Stalled on NETFLIX and despite its limited budget and resources it packs outstanding cinematography, great direction and enough classic horror homage’s to make any horror nerd grin.
Directed by Christian James Stalled stars Dan Palmer and is the story of a man who is trapped in a bathroom stall during a Christmas holiday party turned zombie apocalypse. The marketing team behind stalled might have failed to build a buzz for the film but the film is still very much worth your time.
Cockneys vs. Zombies
Once again I defer to the Brit’s for another great zombie flick and of course it’s another zombie comedy. This go around I present Cockneys vs. Zombies a comedy directed by Matthias Hoene and written by James Moran and Lucas Roche. Cockneys vs. Zombies is about a bunch of wannabee tough guys, a few real tough guys and their grandparents who unit to survive the apocalypse.
Set in the East End of London this British zombie comedy is funny, ballsy and full of heart that also offers one hell of a cast including Alan Ford. You will know Alan Ford from all kinds of British gangster films including Snatch and Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels.
Ahhh Zombies / Wasting Away
Wasting Away is a really fantastic movie that came out of left field. I had heard very little buzz about the film and the last thing I expected was a Return of the Living Dead caliber zombie comedy. It has an outstanding original concept, great production values and is from start to finish a well-polished and hilarious zombie movie.
The French do horror right and Zombie movies are not exempt from this fact. La Horde is a brutal and visceral zombie movie with a really cool concept. A group of the most vicious criminals in France go head to head with the police in a bloody war in an apartment complex only to find things take a twist when zombies attack. Two very clear and distinct enemies must team to fight off the undead while watching each other with one eye.
Resident Evil has spawned a whole series of horrendous sequels and 3D action debacles but that does not negate the fact the original movie is a great film. I expected very little when I bought the film out of a discount bin but it has become one of my all-time favorite action-zombie movies.
Dawn of the Dead
George A Romero’s Dawn of the Dead is by far one of the greatest zombie movies ever made. When it was announced that Zack Snyder would remake it I was not concerned. Zack Snyder is the genius behind 300 and the thought of him doing a remake of Dawn had me excited and Zack did not disappoint. He paid homage to the original but made his own movie and did so in spectacular style. Dawn of the Dead is one of the few truly great remakes of all time.
The Dead is the Gone with the Wind of zombie movies. I should clarify though it is by no means boring, doesn’t have southern accents and is not about cotton fields. The Dead is an epic zombie adventure set in Africa as a lone man tries to escape the Dead and find his way home to his family in a country he does not know, Africa.
Rambbock Berlin Undead
Berlin Undead is a stylized foreign zombie movie about a man caught in his ex-girlfriend’s apartment complex as he works to survive a zombie attack. It has a love angle, has plenty of intensity and its stark visual style in many ways reminds me of REC without the point of view which I am not a fan of. Berlin Undead is an unexpected treat that every fan of zombie films should watch.
Women are dangerous creatures and nothing exemplifies this more than Dog House. The story is just outright hilarious with enough carnage and brutality to please even the biggest gore hounds. The concept is a group of buddies head to a small town for a night of drinking and discover everyone is missing as the result of an apocalyptic outbreak with a twist. Dog House is a movie I have seen at least 20 times and it does not stop being funny.
Dead Heads is another zombie movie that slipped under the radar with very little fanfare. It’s the story of a man who goes on a cross country trek to find his lost love with a fun twist, he’s a zombie. This indie zombie movie is full of laughs, carnage and great story telling
Earlier in the week we told you that Dead Snow 2 was finally going to be made and it became one of our most shared news items in a matter of hours. That in itself should tell you something about Dead Snow. This foreign zombie movie has college students, chainsaws, old school horror movie references and Zombie Nazi’s. There is nothing bad you can say about Dead Snow let’s hope the sequel is half as good.
Pontypool is an indie Canadian zombie movie that much like Dead Snow is a beautiful film wrapped in a truly unique story. Pontypool plays out like a stage play and for me is the closest thing I have seen to George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead. It has an outstanding cast an original story and a very small environment where it plays out in making the film both excellent and terrifying.
Zombieland has 32 rules and all 32 rules spell awesome. Zombieland may have had a relatively unknown writing team behind it but it will go down in history as one of the greatest zombie movies of all time. Zombieland 2 is coming and it will have big shoes to fill. Zombieland is the story of teen romance, loss, love and zombie’s zombie’s zombies.
Shaun of the Dead
With Zombieland out of the way we might as well get to Shaun of the Dead the greatest zombie comedy since Return of the Living Dead. It’s the story of two stoner slackers who wake up one day to discover the whole world has gone to hell in a hand bag. Shaun must find his girl, get his mom and get to the Winchester bar where they can hold out the apocalypse eating bar nuts and drinking wellies. A truly hilarious movie that put Nick Frost and Simon Pegg on the map.
Mutants is another example of great French horror and easily matches any of the other films on this list. It’s the story of a pregnant woman and her husband who are caught out in the open during an outbreak that turns people into voracious mutants. You could make the argument much like 28 Days Later that this is not a zombie movie but given the ingredients of the movie I am arguing it is. Mutants is stark, brutal and absolutely fantastic!
I am a sucker for quirky comedies and FIDO is one of the best. FIDO is set in an alternate 60’s where mankind has managed to put down a zombie outbreak and turned the zombies into domesticated help. It’s a story of a Boy and his dog only the dog is a zombie and yes… it’s got lots of carnage, laughs and zombie action. FIDO is an intelligent zombie comedy that pays homage to many classic films
REC is one of the few good point of view films to garner recognition from horror fans. I am not a fan of the found footage format or the point of view angle but REC you can’t help but love. Firefighters are dispatched to an apartment complex and things quickly spiral out of control as they find themselves quarantined and under assault by an unknown and vicious adversary.
Which ones did I miss? Sound off in the comments with other awesome zombie movies that are NEW and worth watching.