ombie movies originally debuted back in 1932 with the release on White Zombie with Dracula star Bela Lugosi in the role of the zombie. The American film is also the basis for the band White Zombie who took their name directly from that film. หนังสัตว์ประหลาด Zombie movies have gone through many phases and many stages since then with Night of the Living Dead being the film that many feel is responsible for re-inventing the genre. Here are some recommendations if you’re planning on watching some horror movies for Halloween.
Night of the Living Dead
Whether you believe Night of the Living Dead re-invented zombie movies or not there is little disputing the fact that it was a groundbreaking film. It is the first movie to ever feature graphic cannibalism and the first movie that featured an African-American in the lead role as the hero of the film. Released in 1968 on a shoestring budget the film has far surpassed the cult status it garnered after the initial release. The story surrounds the mysterious reanimation of the living dead with several people forced to try and survive the night in a farmhouse in rural PA. This movie would launch the career of George A. Romero. Other zombie movies by Romero are Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead and Land of the Dead and all are worth checking out.
Return of the Living Dead
“They’re back from the grave and ready to party” is the tagline for the 1985 zombie comedy Return of the Living Dead. Written and directed by Dan O’ Bannon, famous for writing the movie “Alien” the movie featured all the gore and gut munching that make zombie movies what they are along with comedy and a punk rock cast the movie quickly became a favorite among horror movie fans. A few sequels were spawned. Part 2 is the best of the bunch and Part 3 is good for camp value. However parts 4 and 5 are a complete waste of time. Other zombie comedy’s worth seeing are Shaun of the Dead, Braindead (by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson), Dead Snow and Dead and Breakfast
Zombie (alternate titles include Zombie Flesh Eaters and Zombie 2, Zombi 2)
After the release of Dawn of the Dead some Italian film producers saw an opportunity and seized it. A little background on the title: Dawn of the Dead was released as Zombi in parts of Europe with an edit by Italian filmmaker Dario Argento. Because of the success of DOTD producers tried to pass this movie off as a sequel under the title Zombi 2. This is still a great, fun movie but it is in no way affiliated with DOTD. Directed by the “Godfather of Gore”, Lucio Fulci, this movie is extremely violent, extremely gory and features some of the best make up and gore effects for zombie movies ever. Watch this one for its gore and fun factor. Other zombie movies by Fulci worth checking out are: The Beyond and City of the Living Dead. Some other Italian zombie movies that are worth seeing include: Zombie Holocaust, Cemetery Man.
Other zombie movie recommendations include: Dead and Buried, Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, Re-Animator, The Dead Hate the Living, The Blind Dead Collection, The Living Dead at the Manchester Moon, Living Dead Girl, Night of the Creeps, Shock Waves and Versus.