Team Picks: Zombie Movies
Here at the FAN EXPO HQ, our team is always nerding out over the world of fandom. On Team Picks, we share some of our favorite things we’ve been watching, reading and playing. This month, to celebrate the release of Army of the Dead (featuring our recently announced guest Dave Bautista), we’re talking all things zombies.
There are roughly a million zombie movies out there—some of which are your standard slow-moving, brain-eating affair. After all, classics are classic for a reason! Others, though, find a way to create new and interesting twists: maybe the zombies are smart this time, maybe they are super-fast, or maybe it’s a love story!
The point is, we’re not getting tired of these movies anytime soon. Here are some of our faves:
Night of the Living Dead
My fave zombie movie is the one that started all, The Night of the Living Dead. There's so much innovation in that movie for its time (1968), especially when it comes to casting an African-American man in the main role. My fave aspect of the film is how it uses the zombie apocalypse as a metaphor to criticize contemporary society, a tool that's still very effective.
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Other than the fact that it was made in my familial language (Spanish), it takes place in my favorite city in the world: Barcelona. So, it feels a little bit closer to vest, so to speak. The film is done like a found footage/POV type thing with the reporter and her cameraman being the focal point of the movie. It’s crazy, because you think a couple characters are going to be the main characters, but then they're offed in a brutal way. REC inspired the Americanized remake "Quarantine" (how fitting). But REC is leaps and bounds ahead of Quarantine, with unknown actors, real life settings, and top-notch SFX (no CGI). I could go on and on, but why spoil it for you?
28 Days Later
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In my opinion, it was one of the first zombie movies that was done really well, in terms of creating a really horrifying monster. The zombies weren't slow and they weren’t dumb, so they were really scary and hard to outsmart. It was terrifying to see zombies running at you at full speed.
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Dead Snow is a 2009 Norwegian zombie movie that starts out with the usual standard formula: Isolated cabin, ignored warnings from a local stranger, people getting picked off one by one, you know the drill. But little by little this movie starts getting progressively more absurd and darkly comedic, to the point that it’s not actually scary anymore. Oh, also the zombies are all Nazis who emerge from the snow like spring daisies, intestines are used in ways that they are definitely not designed to, and there’s one part where a machine gun gets strapped to a snowmobile. So yeah, that’s Dead Snow.