Pride & Prejudice & Zombies comes out this weekend, and, well let’s talk about this for a second. How does a movie like this get made? I’m pretty sure the conversation had to have gone like this:
Guy 1: Hey, I think we should adapt Pride & Prejudice.
Guy 2: Someone has done that before.
Guy 1: Yeah, but not for a while so it could work.
Guy 2: No, no, no. I’ve got a better idea. What if… bear with me… we add zombies to it?
Everyone in the room: That sounds like a pretty terrible idea.
Guy 2: Trust me.
Everyone else: Screw it, let’s give it a shot.
And here we are. Somehow. Regardless of how ridiculous this movie looks, it gives me a chance to talk about some zombies. I’m not a huge fan of zombie movies but do really like a few. Let’s get to the list:
10. The Walking Dead
– Is it cheating to use a TV show? Well no, because it’s my list and I make up the rules as I go along. It’s amazing how much this show has impacted our culture. So many people love it and watch it religiously. So, despite the fact I stopped watching like 3 seasons ago, it deserves a mention on this list.
9. Resident Evil
– It has some pretty terrible (and way too many) sequels, but the first movie is an enjoyable addition to the zombie genre.
8. Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake)
– I haven’t seen the original recently enough to judge where it would go on this list. I have seen this one within the last few months, however. Despite being full of clichés, parts of it are really fun.
7. The Crazies
– It’s more of a virus movie than a zombie movie but I think it counts. It’s got some really great action sequences and an interesting twist on “zombies”.
6. 28 Days Later
– While not quite as good as its sequel, it does create a cool world where London is overrun by crazy fast zombies. It’s probably the “scariest” movie on the list in terms of intensity and some well executed jump scares.
5. Night of the Living Dead
– Any time a movie pretty much creates a genre, it automatically gets a spot in the top 5. Some people would have it much higher, but it feels very dated to me and I can’t do so.
– I enjoyed this more than I thought I would when I first saw it. Woody Harrelson and a Bill Murray cameo are the best parts.
3. 28 Weeks Later
– It takes the world of Days and adds a bunch of action scenes and Jeremy Renner. So while it’s probably not as strong overall as its predecessor, it’s more entertaining in my opinion.
2. World War Z
– It almost made the top spot. A lot of people have problems with this movie, but I love it. Despite having some obvious flaws, I think it adds some fresh elements to the genre. Plus that last scene is brilliantly tense.
1. I am Legend
– Will Smith and German Shepherd all alone in a wasteland that used to be New York surrounded by a bunch of zombies. What more could you ask for? I love the look of the post-apocalyptic city and Smith is great, as always.
Obviously, I’m not big on this genre or extremely well versed in it, so let me know what I missed in the comments.
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