Fear the Walking Dead, from the creator of The Walking Dead, is set to make its much-anticipated premiere this weekend. To prepare you for all the zombie mayhem, we’ve made a list of some great brain-eating flicks to get you primed. We hope you aren’t burned out on the whole zombie apocalypse thing, because AMC is about to double down on the undead craze.
When you consider the current Zombie Mania, it’s a wonder the obsession has lasted this long. Zombies aren’t new. In fact our fascination of the walking dead goes back years, even decades. In that respect, I guess you can say our fascination with Walkers has always been there, an insatiable hunger (for brains) that will never be quenched. It’s like our love for vampires, Minions and Tom Cruise.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the zombie movies out there, but some of the ones we’ve enjoyed over the years. To make it easy, we’ve included Amazon links to the titles listed below; some can be streamed instantly if you have a Prime membership; others can be rented for a few bucks.
My favorite? It’s a tossup between Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later—two very different movies. One is dark, violent, and absolutely terrifying. The other is a hilarious and light-hearted spoof of the zombie genre; the latter also gave us Americans our first taste of what Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are capable of.
Fear the Walking Dead will make its debut on Aug. 23.
Dawn of the Dead
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.
Shaun of the Dead
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.
A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.
About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply.
Night of the Living Dead
Amazon Video (Free with Prime)
A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.
28 Days Later
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Army of Darkness
A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.
After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world.
Day of the Dead
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.
World War Z
Amazon Video (Free with Prime)
United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.