Zombie films have always been a horror staple of cinema. Victor Halperin’s White Zombie was released in 1932 and is often cited as the first zombie film. After that a steady slew of zombie films followed in the thirties, forties and fifties.
The zombies in these films were mostly pale, slow moving, obedient and they certainly didn’t eat anyone. In fact, they were usually merely the dead come to life again. In 1968 this all changed. George A. Romero came out with The Night of the Living Dead, and the face of zombie films would never quite be the same again. These zombies were mean, frenzied and most importantly – hungry to devour the living!
Now zombie films became much more focused on gore, horror and shock. In 1985, The Return of the Living Dead was released which reinvented the genre yet again. In this film, the concept of zombies eating brains, and not just flesh, was introduced. This concept became popularised in the public conscious and remains a common notion about zombies. By now, the zombie genre had been completely shaken up – zombie films were not only straight horrors, they explored subgenres as well. Zombies as characters had also changed. Now zombies could run fast, set traps and eat whoever they could find.
After a slight slump of zombie films in the nineties, zombie films experienced a resurgence in the early noughties with the release of films such as 28 Days Later, Resident Evil and Dawn of the Dead. Not only did this renew interest in the genre but it pushed filmmakers to explore the genre even further. Dozens of films followed, exploring many subgenres, to a point where it was hard to find a zombie film which had not been done before.
This list looks at films that managed to → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema