Hello, my name is Julianne and I’m a Zombieholic.
(There’s a pause as the rest of the Zombieholics chant “Welcome Julianne.”)
I won’t lie to you—I’m an avid watcher of Zombie films. In fact, I’ve likely seen most of them (I’d never even begin to believe I’ve watched all of them; there truly are a lot and I learn about new ones coming out or ones I’ve missed every week). But what are my favorites?
Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead (1968) holds a special place in my heart. It was the first zombie movie I ever watched and I saw it when I was just a young girl. But it would instill in me a love for the genre and take me on the journey to writing my own Zombie tales—I owe it a debt of gratitude. Actually, I think it likely tops quite a few lists for the ever-loving Zombie freak out there!
To that list, I would add Pontypool: a clever and psychologically twisted take on the genre that doesn’t put the zombie in your face. No, it puts them in your ear and that’s all I’m going to say about it. If you haven’t watched it—do it. And better yet, if you haven’t read the book it was based on—Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess—run out and pick it up now. You will thank me.
I do love the Zombie comedy and will watch Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland whenever I catch them on television. But to that list, I’d like to add DogHouse—a delightfully gory tale out of the UK. The first time I watched this film I didn’t stop laughing, even as I cringed with the gore! Okay, it’s not that gory for a Zombie flick, but it’s a different kind of gore. A funny, little twisted bit of gore and I swear you’ll love the scene with the finger!
So if I had to choose a top 10…
- Night of the Living Dead (1968)
- 28 Weeks Later
- Cabin Fever (and it’s sequels)
- Return of the Living Dead
- The Crazies (both the original and the remake)
- Shaun of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead (1978)
- World War Z (taken away from the book, this really was a great movie)
Okay that’s 11 but I’m the one writing this so you’re going to have to cut me a little slack! What are your favourites? Do you have any recommendations for me??