Lists, Top 10 Movies, Top 10s — November 5, 2012 at 3:01 am



Halloween may have come and gone but in the immortal words of Depeche Mode: I just can’t get enough!

So, we’re talking Horror films one more time.  Any of you who read this site regularly know that Zombie films are my absolute favorites. I’ve never really gotten into which zombie films I love the most so I thought I’d correct that. Here are my “go-to” films when I want to indulge in the cinematic walking dead.

NOTE: I have never considered any of the Evil Dead movies to be zombie films. That’s my personal opinion. For all of you out there that do, I would definitely include Army of Darkness on this list if I felt it fell into this category.


I have seen every film on this list countless times with the exception of this one which I have seen only once. However, it’s such a damn good film that it immediately joined the ranks of some of these classics. It can be a little bit “rapey” at times but it’s a really well written and acted film that takes a fresh look at what can be a tired genre.


First, I should mention that there will be many Romero films on this list. George Romero did for zombies what Stan Lee did for superheroes. He’s a favorite of mine and deserves even more respect than he all ready gets. The man literally put zombies on the map. As far as this installment goes, I will say that this is a nostalgic pick as this film is a bit overrated. There’s some interesting things happening here and some very iconic moments but the film is little more than a suitable bookend to a very good trilogy. I like it a lot for what it is but it’s nowhere near the top of my list.


For me, this is the little movie that could. By that, I mean that I’m one of the few people that didn’t really like this film when I first saw it. It’s a brilliant idea but it just seemed to me, upon my first viewing, that it couldn’t live up to the expectations I had for it. Yet, I call it the little movie that could because, upon further viewings, the film has really grown on me. Once the hype of it wore off and I could just sit down and enjoy the film for what it was, I thoroughly enjoyed it and love revisiting it.


AKA: The Mentalist of the Living Dead. If you’ve seen it, you get it. This film looked like it could be the start to a great second trilogy. Instead, it turned out to be the an awesome end to a great quadrilogy. One thing Romero is great at is using zombies to explore the human condition and examine the next natural evolution of his monsters or the world they live in. Here, the zombies begin using the things their own favorite Scooby Snack… their brains. We also get to see the rich, even in a zombie infested world, tormenting the poor. This is played perfectly through another great Dennis Hopper performance.


Is this a great remake? If you factor in acting, directing, dialogue and those sorts of things then no. However, I love this film. It’s one of my favorite remakes. It’s really just like watching the original in color with different actors, True, they do take some liberties with the ending but I actually love both endings and find them both equally as poignant. Also, the imagery of the zombies twitching as they hang from nooses in from trees at the end messed me up as a young boy.


One of MILF’s writers (no need to name him as I’m sure he’ll make his presence known in the comments below) and I have an ongoing debate as to whether or not this is even a zombie film. True, the antagonists of this film are, in fact, infected people and not the dead coming back to life. Still, this a by-the-numbers zombie film and a good one at that. Proof that we need more talented directors, like Danny Boyle, trying their hand at this genre.

4. DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004).

I love Horror films because they’re scary but it’s rare that a Horror film actually scares me. The beginning of this film (in the bedroom with the little girl) actually gave me nightmares for a month. I don’t know why. It seems silly now when I watch it for the 30th time but, when it came out, it messed with my wiring. Few will probably dispute this is a good film and an even better remake. It not only gave us (fanboy favorite) Zack Snyder but it also gave zombies that could chase down a Kenyan olympic runner. What’s scarier than that?


Not only is this a great zombie film, it’s also one of my favorite all time comedies. It gave us three national treasures in (another fanboy favorite) Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Too bad they’re not even from this nation. Jesus, we outsource everything these days! This film is exactly what it claims to be on the jacket of the DVD: A romantic comedy… with zombies! Not only is this a must-see film, it’s also a great baby step for all those people out there that tell me they can’t handle scary movies.


I want to be VERY clear about this. While this may not be my favorite zombie film, it is, unequivocally, the greatest zombie film ever made. It’s also one of the greatest independent films ever made. While it may not be the first zombie film ever made, let’s be honest… it kind of is. At the very least, it is the honorary one.

1. DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978).

In 1978, two amazing things happened. Your friendly neighborhood Kaiderman and Dawn of the Dead were introduced to the world and the world would never be the same again. DOTD is my favorite horror film, my favorite zombie film and one of the best sequels ever made. The film is a bit cheesy to look at in this day and age and the color pallette is a bit distracting but I happen to think this only adds to the films charm. The thing I love the most about this film is the non-zombie moments. Seeing a group of people who finally have everything they could never afford to have in their normal lives but can only enjoy it while knowing that the world around them is crumbling. The film is just plain fun and a must-see-and-love for any zombie-phile!

Remember, we here at Man, I Love Films don’t do definitive lists. We do our favorites and we want to hear yours. So, make sure and tell us about them in the comments section below.

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  • Nice list. The only big omission you have from my theoretical list is Dead Alive. Sumatran rat-monkeys, a kick-ass priest and a oddly sweet love story surround one of the splatteriest zombie flicks ever. AND it’s Peter Jackson.

    • I’m not a big Dead Alive fan and completely realize I am in the minority. Aside from the lawnmower scene, I found it pretty boring.

  • No comment!

    (Partially good list! :P )

    • I have video now! :)

    • If the world ended, boats do seem like a great opportunity for suivvral. Oil rigs and Submarines are typically presented as best bets (ideally far away from infected birds and alien… birds?). Although, you would need one massive suivvral kit to last a long time. though

  • Almost half the entries on here are Romero films. Love it.

    No love for Fulci’s zombie films, though?

    • Look, I do not claim to have seen every Zombie film. I’m not familiar with Fulci’s catalogue but I feel comfortable saying that Romero is the man!

      • Well, hey, he is. Not just because he made awesome zombie movies, but because he’s a pioneer in independent filmmaking. So yeah, I love seeing Romero all over the place here.

        But if you love zombie movies, I heartily recommend checking out some Fulci. I think you’d dig his stuff.

  • Great list, we definitely agree on the number 1 and 2. I would move 28 Days Later up to number 3 partly because it is such a kick ass movie and partly to wind up the naysayers, it is fucking zombie movie get over it. I would also have to find space for REC.

    I have never heard of Deadgirl so will be looking that one out.

    • Filth and lies!

      Also… be careful with Deadgirl. It’s all about raping a corpse for 90 minutes.

      • In fairness, I said it was very “rapey”. :)

        I like REC a lot. Might make a Top 15… even if the sequel blurs the Zombie distinction.

  • Finally, a list where Shaun of the Dead is in the top three. Thank you, sir, you have made me a very happy cinephile.

  • I went 10 to 2 waiting for the original Dawn of the Dead, worrying that it wouldn’t be there… and then there it was at #1, where it belongs. Well done, sir.

    And hell… 1 through 3 is spot-on.

    Not that I think it belongs on this list, necessarily, but have you ever seen White Zombie with Bela Lugosi?

  • Return of the Living Dead simply must be included in the talks! “SEND MORE BLOGGERS”

  • Love that Shaun of the Dead is so high. That movie is absolutely brilliant and definitely deserves to be in a top 3.

    I think I’d have to put Night of the Living Dead as number 1, though. And though I may (or may not) be in the minority here, I actually prefer the Dawn remake more than the original.

  • It’s a sign of how busy I’ve been that I didn’t get to comment on this earlier. Kai, I can’t say that I completely agree, but I do like this list a lot. I think your dismissal of Dead Alive (aka Brain Dead) is apocryphal, but it’s still a great list.

    In particular, when it comes to 28 Days Later, I have one thing to say: it is undoubtedly a zombie movie. Naysayers are just smoking crack. HOWEVER, it is (possibly) the only realistic take on the idea of zombies. Let’s be blunt: there are dozens of problems with the idea that the dead people come back to life and do nothing more than feed on living people. What 28 Days did was give this concept some realism – instead of believing that the undead can sense and attack the living, we have living people who have completely lost every human quality except for rage.

    In short, 28 Days Later provides the most plausible concept of zombies. It gets an A++ from me.