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The Best Zombie Horror Films 

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Updated March 28, 2020 3.9k votes 200 voters 3.5k views 204 items

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This list of the best zombie horror movies doesn't discriminate on why the zombies exist, it only screams in terror at the fact. Fast zombies, slow zombies, whether the undead have risen due to plague or aliens, they're on screen for one reason: to terrify us.

Zombie horror movies can be tense thrillers like 28 Days Later, or science fiction bloodbaths like the Resident Evil franchise. Body horror zombie films like Contracted find a different, and much more intimate, way to scare us. There's even still terror in old films like the 1968 original Night of the Living Dead and even I Walked with a Zombie from 1943 still holds chills. The themes that make zombie movies inherently scary, like loss of control and the restlessness of the dead, are still there, no matter how old a movie is. That's probably why is a good scary movie is often also a good zombie movie.

Get in there and vote the best zombie horror movies to the top and keep them beyond the reach of the unsettling undead!

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Resident Evil: Afterlife... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller

Released: 2010

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

Resident Evil: Afterlife is a 2010 Canadian-German 3D science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn ...more
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Stake Land is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Kevin Kline, Danielle Harris, Kelly McGillis

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jim Mickle

Stake Land is a 2010 horror film written by Nick Damici, Jim Mickle and directed by Jim Mickle. ""Ain't nuthin' out there but sundown and 'them.'" -Mister America is a lost ...more
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Demons is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Lamberto Bava, Michele Soavi, Urbano Barberini

Released: 1985

Directed by: Lamberto Bava

Demons is a 1985 Italian horror film directed by Lamberto Bava and produced by Dario Argento, starring Urbano Barberini and Natasha Hovey. The screenplay was written by Bava, Argento, Franco ...more
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Pontypool is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Stephen McHattie, Daniel Fathers, Boyd Banks

Released: 2008

Directed by: Bruce McDonald

Pontypool is a 2008 horror film directed by Bruce McDonald and adapted by Tony Burgess from Burgess' novel Pontypool Changes Everything.
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Trick 'r Treat is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Dougherty

Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, and centers on four ...more
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Dead Set is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
This show is a critically acclaimed BAFTA-nominated British television horror drama created by Charlie Brooker. The show takes place primarily on the set of a fictional series of the real ...more
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Quarantine 2: Terminal ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Mercedes Masöhn, Ignacio Serricchio, Josh Cooke

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Pogue

Quarantine 2: Terminal is a 2011 American science fiction horror film and a sequel to the 2008 film, Quarantine. It was written and directed by John Pogue and produced by Marc Brienstock. The ...more
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Return of the Living Dea... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Melinda Clarke, Sarah Douglas, Pia Reyes

Released: 1993

Directed by: Brian Yuzna

This film is an American romantic-horror film released in 1993. It was directed by Brian Yuzna and was written by John Penney. The film stars Melinda Clarke as Julie Walker, J. Trevor Edmond as ...more
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George A. Romero's Survi... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Devon Bostick, Julian Richings, Shawn Roberts

Released: 2009

Directed by: George A. Romero

Survival of the Dead is a 2009 American horror film written and directed by George A. Romero and starring Alan van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh and Kathleen Munroe. It is the sixth entry in Romero's ...more
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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho

Released: 1964

Directed by: Sidney Salkow, Ubaldo Ragona

The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and stars Vincent ...more
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The Serpent and the Rain... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Bill Pullman, Paul Winfield, Michael Gough

Released: 1988

Directed by: Wes Craven

The Serpent and the Rainbow is a 1988 American horror film directed by Wes Craven and starring Bill Pullman. The script by Richard Maxwell and Adam Rodman is loosely based on the non-fiction ...more
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Seoul Station is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Seung-ryong Ryu, Franciska Friede, Joon Lee

Released: 2015

Directed by: Sang-ho Yeon

Seoul Station is a 2016 South Korean animated zombie film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. A man desperately searches for his runaway daughter as the government struggles to shut down the area around a ...more
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La Horde is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Eriq Ebouaney, Alain Figlarz, Doudou Masta

Released: 2009

Directed by: Yannick Dahan, Benjamin Rocher

La horde is a 2009 French horror film co-written and directed by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher, it stars Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins, Eriq Ebouaney and Aurélien Recoing.
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Day of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Mena Suvari, AnnaLynne McCord, Nick Cannon

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steve Miner

This film is a 2008 American horror film about a virus outbreak that causes people to turn into creatures. It is a loose remake of George A. Romero's zombie film of the same name, the third in ...more
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Rabid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Marilyn Chambers, Joe Silver, Susan Roman

Released: 1977

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Rabid is a 1977 Canadian drama horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. It features Marilyn Chambers in the lead role, supported by Howard Ryshpan, Joe Silver and Robert A. ...more
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The Beyond is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
David Warbeck, Veronica Lazăr, Catriona MacColl

Released: 1981

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

The Beyond is a 1981 Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. The second film in Fulci's unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy, The Beyond has gained a cult following over the decades, in part ...more
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Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

Released: 1979

Directed by: Don Coscarelli

Phantasm is a 1979 American horror film directed, written, photographed, co-produced, and edited by Don Coscarelli. It introduces the Tall Man. He is opposed by a young boy, Mike, who tries to ...more
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Prince of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence, Peter Jason

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Carpenter

Prince of Darkness is a 1987 American supernatural horror film directed, written and scored by John Carpenter. The film is the second installment in what Carpenter calls his "Apocalypse ...more
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The Lazarus Effect is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
The Lazarus Effect Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover

Released: 2015

Directed by: David Gelb

The Lazarus Effect is a 2015 American supernatural science fiction horror film directed by David Gelb. A group of medical researchers discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.
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Contracted is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, Katie Stegeman

Released: 2013

Directed by: Eric England

Contracted is a 2013 horror thriller film directed and written by Eric England. It was first released on November 23, 2013, in the United States and stars Najarra Townsend as a young woman that ...more
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Viral is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Sofia Black D'Elia, Analeigh Tipton, Travis Tope

Released: 2016

Directed by: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Viral is a 2016 American science fiction horror film directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost. Two high-school-aged sisters, Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) and Emma (Sofia Black-D'Elia), are stuck ...more
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Doom is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Karl Urban

Released: 2005

Directed by: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Doom is a 2005 science fiction action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. It is loosely based on the video game series of the same name created by id Software. The film follows a group of ...more
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Resident Evil: Damnation... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Dave Wittenberg, Robin Sachs, Michael McConnohie

Released: 2012

Directed by: Makoto Kamiya

Resident Evil: Damnation, known as Biohazard: Damnation in Japan, is a 2012 Japanese feature-length computer-animated horror 3D film by Capcom and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, directed by ...more
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REC 4: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Manuela Velasco, Héctor Colomé, Emilio Buale Coka

Released: 2014

Directed by: Jaume Balagueró

REC 4: Apocalypse is an upcoming 2014 Spanish horror film, and the fourth and final installment of the REC franchise. The film will be a direct sequel to the second film taking place immediately ...more
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Resident Evil: Degenerat... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Laura Bailey, Johnny Yong Bosch, Kari Wahlgren

Released: 2008

Directed by: Makoto Kamiya

Resident Evil: Degeneration, known in Japan as Biohazard: Degeneration, is the first full-length motion capture CG animation feature in Capcom's Resident Evil franchise. The film was made by ...more