Zombie Movies I Love

I have been a long time zombie geek. Well, I’m not actually a zombie (although I really am and always have been a geek), but ever since I first saw the original Dawn of the Dead, I’ve pretty much been hooked on the genre. I will sit through any zombie movie at least once (even the really bad ones), a fact that’s a source of wonder to some and cause for despair to my boyfriend. Poor guy’d never seen a zombie movie before he started dating me. Then again, he also didn’t drink wine until he started dating me. I’d say I’ve enriched his life immeasurably, right? RIGHT?!

Ahem.

Okay, the top two classics: George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead. It’s the point of origin for the whole flesh-eating ghoul/zombie genre as we know it, and is a creepy, atmospheric movie to boot. Sure, some people make fun of the near-catatonic Barbra, but who doesn’t still love to quote the line “They’re coming to get you, Barbra!” at the drop of a hat. Besides, Pat Tallman’s kick-ass portrayal of Barbra in Tom Savini’s remake of NotLD more than makes up for the original, wimpier version.

Dawn of the Dead (1979). Other people have dismissed the original DotD’s slow-moving, blue-faced zombies, saying they’re just not scary and the make-up looks fake. Feh to those folks, says I. Every movie should be viewed with an eye towards when it was, along with the budget and shooting schedule of the project. The mall sequences of DotD were filmed at an actual working mall when the shops were closed. Things had to be cleaned up in time for business to continue the next day. Makeup on the zombie hordes had to be quick and dirty, with extra time given to the “hero” zombies. C’mon, people, Roger and Steven were some of the creepiest zombies I’ve seen and their reveals both standout moments in horror movie history. And the scene where Peter and Roger have to clean out the basement where the apartment building residents had thrown their dead, with bodies wrapped in shrouds undulating like cocoons about to burst open with the “heartbeat” music playing in the background… it doesn’t get creepier than that.

Also: original Day of the Dead (original, Shaun of the Dead (It is to zombie movies what Galaxy Quest is to Star Trek); The Dead (fantastic South African zombie movie that captures exactly why I think slow zombies are scarier than fast ones); Return of the Living Dead (yes, I love it even though it’s responsible for the whole “bra-a-a-ains!” nonsense); 28 Days/Weeks Later (yes, yes, I know they’re technically “infected” and not zombies, but this is my post so just chill!); La Horde (starts as a crime drama and heads into major zombie territory really quickly; excellent action, acting and FX); Rec and its remake Quarantine (even though I’m not a fan of shakycam, still loved these movies about folks trapped in an apartment building with infected/rabid/flesh-eating residents).

Honorable mention: first 10 minutes of DotD remake and the opening sequence of Resident Evil.

And now the bad, with the caveat that I consider these movies classics in their own right:

Lucio Fulci’s Zombi Flesh Eaters (Zombie versus shark, some goofy camera angles focusing on nostrils and eyeballs, annoying heroines, and some genuinely creepy moments make this the top of my list); Hell of the Living Dead (bad dubbing, zombie rats, mercenary donning tutu and top hat to do a soft shoe routine for no apparent reason, gruesome slow zombies all make for good times); Gates of Hell (Christopher George as hero, rain of maggots, Bob the pervert, premature burial, and the Gates of Hell); Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (low budget cheesy fun, acting=ham, worst pants crime against humanity ever); Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (a poor man’s Michael Caine playing the most sexist hero I’ve seen in a zombie movie, another useless heroine, and inexplicably wheezing zombies).

Sigh. It gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling realizing there are many more I haven’t listed. So how about you all share your favorites with me?

Happy Halloween!

THE AUTHOR

Dana Fredsti is ex B-movie actress with a background in theatrical sword-fighting. Through her volunteer work at the Exotic Feline Breeding Facility/Feline Conservation Center, Dana’s had a full-grown leopard sit on her feet, kissed by tigers and licked by jaguars. She’s written numerous published articles, essays, short stories, screenplays, and two non-fiction books with Cynthia Gentry. Plague Town, the first in a three book zombie/paranormal romance series with Titan Books, was released April 2012, with its sequel Plague Nation due out in April 2013, and she has a sequel in the works to her mystery, Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon (Rock Publishing, 2007). She writes erotica under the nom de plume Inara LaVey, and has five stories and three novels published by Ravenous Romance.

THE BOOK

PUBLISHER: Titan Books | RELEASE DATE: April 2011 | BUY IT: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Dana Fredsti’s Plague Town [Titan Books, April 2012], the first in a new urban fantasy series of zombie novels, introduces Ashley Parker, an unlikely heroine who offers up heavy doses of action, humor, and romance in the vein of Patricia Briggs and Charlaine Harris.

In the small university town of Redwood Grove, people are succumbing to a lethal strain of flu. They are dying —but not for long. Ashley Parker and her boyfriend are attacked by these shambling, rotting creatures that crave human flesh, and are overcome. When she awakes, Ashley discovers that she is a “wild card” – immune to the virus – and is recruited by a shadowy paramilitary organization that offers her the chance to fight back. Fatally attracted to her gorgeous instructor, and bonding with her fellow wild cards, Ashley begins to discover skills she never knew she had. As the town falls to ever-growing numbers of the infected, Ashley and her team fight to contain the outbreak – but will they be enough?

“Sexy, weird, creepy, over-the-top zombie goodness.” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero

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GIVEAWAY!

Dana is giving away TWO (2) finished copies of Plague Town

For entry into the giveaway please answer the following question then fill out the form below: Tell Dana your favourite and least favourite zombie movie and why.

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Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

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Dana November 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Thanks so much for having me as your guest, Carolyn! Lovely to be in the U.K. today! :-)

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Hagelrat November 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

My fave is probably Zombieland, not original, but it makes me laugh.
Worst? I haven’t watched 28 Weeks Later, I liked 28 Days Later but it was pretty dark and grim and I didn’t really fancy another one. I’ve actually never rewatched that one.

I have Dana’s book and absolutely loved it, great story and fantastic heroine.

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 1:54 am

Oh, Adele, DO watch 28 Weeks Later. It has Robert Carllsle … er, I know I spelled that wrong, but you know who I mean, and he is brilliant. And thank you for the kind words re: my book!

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erinf1 November 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Thanks for the great post! My fav zombie movies are Shaun of the dead and Zombieland. I’m determined to go and watch the 28 days later ones but they are very scary!

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 1:53 am

Thank YOU, Erin! The 28 days movies are great and yeah, they’re scary because there’s a wee bit more feasibility in the whole infected versus undead aspect of ‘em. Do it, though. Watch ‘em!

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Natalia J November 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm

For me it’s Shaun of the Dead. I love this movie and everything about it. I love how Shaun character some what changes in the movie and how the people around him begin to respect him .

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

Shaun of the Dead is to zombie movies what Galaxy Quest is to Star Trek. Perfect in every way! I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched it…

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Melissa (Books and Things) November 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Zombieland is my fave… Night of the Living Dead is my least fave. Same reason… I’m a wimp. :)

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 1:51 am

hee hee.. I love the fact the original Night of the LIving Dead still has the power to scare people. That just gives me a warm happy feeling. :-)

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keith November 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

i loved the dawn of the dead remake, it was panned by critics but i loved it i thought it was humourous but the zombies were realistic which is massively important! the least fave one zombie apocolypse terrible just absolute terrible!

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 1:48 am

Keith, I have a love/hate relationship with the DotD remake. It had some great stuff in it, but there are certain parts that make me wanna punch things. But that first 10 minutes… awesome! And… er… I just rewatched Zombie Apocalypse and then I watched Rise of the Zombies and I think I broke my brain…

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Lauretta November 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I love 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later was pretty darn good, too and Shaun of the Dead was brilliant. But, I have to say my all time favorite zombie movie is Zombieland. In fact, it’s one of my favorite movies, period.

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 1:50 am

Great list of faces, Lauretta! My ONLY quibble with Zombieland is I would have liked more zombies during their journey to L.A., in some of the wide open spaces scenes… but I LOVE that movie too!

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Lynsey Buchanan November 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm

i love the old movie Day of the Dead it scared me silly when I was a kid. I really hated Zombie Nation

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 1:50 am

Lynsey, Zombie Nation was barely even a zombie movie. Hell, it was barely a movie. It pissed me off when I watched it. And I adore the original Day of the Dead.

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Brian November 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

Favourite has to be Shaun of the Dead.

Least favourite…. hmm, can’t think of one. I can usually find something to like about the worst film.

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Brian, I like the way you look at your bad movies. You’d fit right in at bad movie night here

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Megan McDade November 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

My favourite Zombie movie is probably the Resident Evil movies although I love 28 days later and 28 weeks later! I don’t have a least favourite Zombie movie I can think of I tend to like them all LOL. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Megan, I really enjoyed the first Resident Evil movies and like two and three more every time I watch ‘em. I’ve only seen the fourth one time so… I’ll have to give it another chance. And I need to see the fifth!

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DeAnna November 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

My favorites are 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later. I just like them a lot more than the few others (Night of The Living Dead is one I remember) I’ve watched that look so fake and cheesy at times. I haven’t watched that many of them yet. Thank you for the chance to win!
DeAnna Schultz

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm

DeAnna, the best way to watch the original NotLD is late at night, on a black and white TV, by yourself or with a very timid pal. That’s how I did it! it’s difficult for the older movies to stand up to today’s special FX, so it needs to be seen through the filter of what they didn’t have at the time… Listen to me, get all soap boxy! :-) 28 Days Later .. awesome awesome film.

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Val Swift November 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I love the resident Evil movies, and I can’t actually think of any that i’ve disliked!

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Val, did you like the fourth one as much as the first three? I know I need to watch it again… but it bugged me and I really loved the first three. Tell me it gets better! :-) I really do love Alice as a kick-ass heroine, and oh, the actor who also plays Cute Bedouin Dude in The Mummy (my nickname for him) is about as watchable as they come… See, it’s not ALways just about the zombies for me.

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Anne L November 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm

My favourite is probably Shaun Of The Dead. Although Zombieland probably comes a close second.

I’m not sure what my least favourite is. I do remember seeing a very bad zombie b movie… but I can’t remember what it was called

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Anne, there are many bad b zombie movies out there so I would be more surprised if you hadn’t managed to stumble across one yet. Rise of the Zombies comes to mind… But I love the fact there are now so many, both good and bad, zombie movies out there instead of just a few!

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Charlotte Ingham November 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Favourite is Sean of the Dead – very funny but still with jumpy moments!!

My least favourite is The Crazies, the plot was all a bit random and I was a bit bored in places!

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I’ve seen both the original and the remake of The Crazies and I don’t really consider it a zombie movie as much as a movie where people go crazy and start killing friends and family… sort of a gray area zombie movie. At any rate, if you saw the remake, it drove me CRAZY the way the hero kept leaving the heroine alone for no real good reason… And the original… they just kept talking and talking and talking….zzzzz….

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Solange November 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

My favourites are the Night of the Living Dead series because they are all brilliant. I don’t have any least favourites

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Dana Fredsti November 10, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Ah, the classics! Excellent…

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Barbara Elness November 11, 2012 at 12:14 am

My least favorite zombie movie is Day of the Dead because I saw it as a child and it scarred me for life. :D My favorite zombie movie is Day of the Comet because it’s not too scary, but just right.

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Dana Fredsti November 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

Barbara, do you mean Night of the Comet, the one with Catherine Mary Stewart? “Daddy would have bought us an Uzi?” I love love love that movie! I just wish it had had more zombies… :-) Now I am going to go google and see if there’s a Day of the Comet that I’ve missed!

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Rachel at theJeepDiva November 11, 2012 at 3:09 am

My favorite zombie movie is the Resident Evil series. I love the zombies and the action. Zombieland is my 2nd favorite. My least favorite would be Shaun of the Dead but it still wasnt bad it just wasn’t as good as my favorites.

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Dana Fredsti November 11, 2012 at 3:41 am

Rachel, I am actually watching Resident Evil: Extinction right now. Or rather, I have it on in the background while I work on my book.

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Jennifer H. November 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I actually like the first and maybe the second Resident Evil movie. Don ‘t tell my hubby though! As far as don’t likes, there are too many to count that have disappointed me, but I am ever hopeful.

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Dana Fredsti November 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Jennifer, your secret is safe here! I like the first two quite a bit, especially the opening sequence of the first one. It packed the same punch as the first 10 minutes of the remake of Dawn of the Dead. And hope is a good thing to have. :-)

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Gemma November 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

Ah! Shaun of The Dead! I love that movie so much. It has that dark humour to it that I just love!!!! And I forever burst out into laughter at the image of Shaun and his mates beating up a zombie with a snooker cue in time to Queens “Don’t Stop Me Now!”

I also like Zombieland. It could be described as the American Shaun of The Dead. It has Woody Harrelson in it so I’m a happy camper.

I like how you mention Resident Evil. The first two films are really good, but the third sucked. The fourth seemed to be returning to form only to crumble into the mess that was the 5th one… in IMAX…. 3D….

I know its not technically a film, but I’ve recently really got into The Walking Dead. I’m late to this party but its pretty darn good.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

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Dana Fredsti November 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Hi, Gemma! I actually am okay with the third Resident Evil movie ’cause I do love me some Carlos. Does that make me shallow? :-) I haven’t seen the 3-D one yet. I am so not a fan of the 3-D… I am looking forward to seeing what they do with Jill Valentine’s character, but I am keeping my expectations VERY low… And heck yeah, Walking Dead can count even if it’s a TV show. Last night’s episode finally achieved (in my opinion) the perfect balance of action, character development and time to absorb the stuff that happens. Last week’s just made me want to take nap because it was exhausting! Heh.

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Gemma November 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I agree on Carlos…. So you should be happy with the new 3D one, even though it seems to have lost the plot. I will say no more on that one.! lol

I’m only halfway through season 2 of the Walking Dead, so still got to catch up. I do have the new season recorded so I can watch them ASAP. I do like Rick and am starting to warm towards Daryl. :D

(I blame Carolyn for my new found love of all things Zombie!)

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Dana Fredsti November 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Yes, I’ve seen that Carlos and also Michelle Rodriguez’s character… Rayne? Whatever her name was… anyway, they’re both back. So at least I have Carlos eye candy to watch!

Daryl… my favorite character. HIs nickname in my circle is Squidbilly the Younger, because of a cartoon called Squidbillys about … well… redneck hillbilly squids. We named Merle Squidbilly the Elder too. This was during season one…

Carolyn, you have done a good thing.

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Patsy Hagen November 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm

My favorite zombie movie is 28 Days Later and my least favorite is Land of Terror.

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Dana Fredsti November 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Patsy, I have never seen nor heard of Land of Terror, and couldn’t find it on IMDB. Tell me more!

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Paula Dinsmore November 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Sounds like a good read

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Dana Fredsti November 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I was very gratified by Carolyn’s review…

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Aaron Sikes November 13, 2012 at 1:04 am

Hey Dana!

Favorite zed flick? Split between Zombieland and Fido. I have to say first that Romero’s original ranks at #1 because it set the stage for everything that followed and gave us our first taste of human flesh…erm, what I mean was that it started it all, and so I can’t just name another movie as my favorite without pointing to the source first.

So, between Z-land and Fido, I’m going to say *drum roll* Zombieland. We get every convention from zed cinema and all done so adroitly that it really feels like we’re watching a film without precedent. That’s the mark of originality, IMO, to be able to produce something that covers all the territory already established as canon, and yet still twist things in such a way that we don’t think of the earlier efforts until after the movie’s over and we’re reflecting on what we liked about it. Shaun of the Dead comes in at a very close second for the same reason.

For what it’s worth, I think Fido does much the same, but in such an off-the-beaten path way as to stand alone. It’s brilliant, but I’m less inclined to think of it as zed cinema and instead see it as science fiction with zombies in.

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Dana Fredsti November 13, 2012 at 2:44 am

I LOVE Fido! Totally unique and one of the only movies that made sympathetic zombies something I enjoyed. Yay!!!! But Aaron, you still die a hideous death in Plague Nation.

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Aaron November 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm

No complaints here :)

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Ashley snyder November 13, 2012 at 4:43 am

I love all the Resident Evil movies. hey, they count. :D ok, when I say I love them all, i mean I love the first few. they changed directors or some mess in the later ones…

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Dana Fredsti November 13, 2012 at 4:49 am

No judgment, Ashley! If you love them, they do indeed count! And i like ‘em too!

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Selinda November 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Favorite Night of the Living Dead–Classic

Least Favorite: Can’t remember the name but they tried to train them to eat horses, it was much worse than the normal B Movie!

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Dana Fredsti November 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Selinda, that would be Survival of the Dead, which is my least favorite Romero film. My nickname for it is “They eat horses, don’t they?” And I’d like to know why that island off of Delaware was inhabited solely by feuding Irishmen too…

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Joani S November 14, 2012 at 3:45 am

Some of my favs are the original Night of the Living Dead, Shaun of the Dead, DoTD, well, if it’s a zombie movie I’ll watch it. I’m still working thru some of the old b type classics, and I really don’t have a least favorite. I’m all about the zombies now, so it’s hard to be bad. Well, thats a lie too, the Resident Evil’s just went downhill after number 2. Have you seen the trailer for World War Z? I think it looks awesome, hopefully the movie holds up!!

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Dana Fredsti November 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm

hee hee… after a while you’ll find the really bad ones, but I’m also obviously into zombies and I will watch the bad with equal joy as I do the good. Except wow, Survival of the Dead just made me grouchy… I have seen the trailer for WWZ and am two ways about it. I’m NOT loving the CGI zombies swarming like ants or like the vamps in I Am Legend, but some aspects of it look awesome. So… I’m in a ‘wait and see’ mode…

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Penni November 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Night of the Living Dead was great! I liked the Resident Evil movies int he beginning but after a while it seemed like they got worse and worse.

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Dana Fredsti November 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Penni, did you see the remake of Night of the Living Dead too? I am always curious as to what people think about it…

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Penni November 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Yes I have. I liked the original better, and my friend liked the remake better.
I am horrible at explaining things so not sure how to articulate why I like the original better lol

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Dana Fredsti November 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I like them both, but if I had to choose only one to exist, it would be the original. I thought Harry Cooper was more believable in the original and more of a cartoon villain in the remake.

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Adam Robinson November 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I actually found Zombie Strippers quite amusing but worst probably the resident evil ones, not really brought anything

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Dana Fredsti November 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Adam, I liked Zombies, Zombies Zombies as well, which was strippers versus hookers and then joining forces against the zombies… Silly as hell, with a good sense of humor.

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Karen Colquhoun November 18, 2012 at 2:06 am

fav : dawn of the dead although after seeing the trailer for world war Z i think that will be my new fav. cant think of least fav!

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Dana Fredsti November 18, 2012 at 2:09 am

Hi, Karen! Old or new DotD? Inquiring minds and all that!
I’m holding my judgment on WWZ… I’ve been looking forward to it for so so so long now…

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Robert Banning November 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Favorite: Romero’s 1968 NotLD! It started my love for all things undead!

Least Favorite: I am forced to go with ‘Electric Zombies.’ I would rather stare at a blank tv screen than to watch this tripe! It makes ‘Zombie Nation’ look like a piece of cinematic gold!

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Dana Fredsti November 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Robert, I concur re: Electric Zombies. We ended up fast forwarding through most of it and every time we stopped and hit play again… nothing really had happened. Most. Boring. Zombie. Movie. Ever.

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samhain November 19, 2012 at 3:51 am

fave – shaun of the dead! least fave was zombieland, i didnt find it funny at all!

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Dana Fredsti November 19, 2012 at 4:09 am

Your hatred of Twinkies is clear, my friend…. :-)

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Annabelle H November 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Favourite Shaun of the Dead, I don’t have a worst at the moment!

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Dana Fredsti November 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Excellent! May you never HAVE a worst !!!

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Peter Gilby November 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

My Favorite one is the original Dawn of the Dead
least fav is the remake. somethings should be left alone.

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Dana Fredsti November 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Ah, Peter, a purist! Well, your favorite is my favorite. I try and look at the remake as more of an “influenced by” because the stuff that made original work, such as the mall treated as a character and the changes the four main characters go through just weren’t really addressed in new one. Although I did like the security guard character who developed some compassion by the end..

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Helen Porter November 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Night of the Living Dead cause its way to scary!

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Dana Fredsti November 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Agreed! Just watched both versions again this week…

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bn100 November 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Haven’t seen any zombie movies; don’t have a favorite or least favorite one

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Dana Fredsti November 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm

You are a blank slate waiting to be filled… :-)

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