Top 5 Zombie Movies and TV Shows of the Decade
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Top 5 Zombie Movies and TV Shows of the Decade

September 25, 2012 01:38 am CDT 

Zombie movies date back to 1932's White Zombie, though zombies as we know them officially came to life with George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead in 1968. The subgenre managed to stay interesting up through the 80s with the Return of the Living Dead franchise, but sort of died off in the 90s. Luckily for us, film makers once again raised the dead when the newmillennium rolled around, and with release after release, it is safe to say that zombies are here to stay.

Check out our top five zombie movies and TV shows of the decade, chosen for their ability to deliver brains, blood, and yes ... a decent plot.

5. Shaun of the Dead

Parodies can either be hit or miss, and seeing the cult following this 2004 flick attracted, it definitely hit on something good. Shaun had a lot to deal with — family issues, girl troubles, a best friend who’s an all out loser. All this in addition to the zombie apocalypse that plagued the town. Shaun of the Dead does a fine job of blending comedy, romance, and horror into an entertaining gorefest that some hail as the best zombie movie ever.

4. The Walking Dead

New TV shows come and go by the boatload, but when The Walking Dead debuted in 2010, you just knew that it wouldn’t be a one-and-doner. While this show presents the same zombie apocalyptic chaos that has been done to death, it manages to spin it in a way that is fresh, interesting, and always exciting. Zombie fans and Hollywood are eating this compelling story up and from the looks of it, The Walking Dead will be around for some time to come.

3. 28 Days Later

Released in 2002, 28 Days Later introduced something not many of us had seen until then — zombies that move fast — like crazy fast. Should the zombie apocalypse ever fall over the earth, you’d like think that you could at least rely on your speed to out-maneuver them. That would prove very difficult if you ran up against this athletic bunch of undead. Speed of the antagonists aside, 28 Days later was an exciting ride and is often credited with bringing the subgenre of zombie movies back to life.

2. Zombieland

Zombie movies don’t have to be all brain feasting, gut-spewing bloodbaths. The comedic element can also work, as we leaned with 2009 smash hit Zombieland. With stars like Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone, it served as the sign that the zombie phenomenon had truly gone mainstream. But that’s okay, because this movie coupled mainstream cheese and independent-esque gore into a package that equaled near perfection.

1. Dawn of the Dead (Remake)

Best this. Top that. It’s all a matter of opinion, but when it comes to the top five zombie movies of the decade, this has to be it for us. This remake takes everything that made the original a classic and improves on it dramatically. Part of this was removing the overwhelming corniness that watered down the first version. The 2004 rendition of Dawn of the Dead was a fun combination of adrenaline, gore, and a solid plot — everything a zombie movie needs to make cut and then some.

There’s our top five. What do you guys say? Agree? Think we’re smoking zombie crack? Talk to us.