Whether they're moving fast or slow, zombies are downright terrifying. They look hideous with their dead and decaying flesh, and all they want is to devour you whole. These days, they're all the rage in media.
The Walking Dead is about to begin its tenth season and the long-awaited sequel to Zombieland will be released this fall. Zombies show no sign of slowing down in the horror genre. We're taking a look at 10 of the scariest zombie movies of all time. You might not want to watch these movies by yourself.
10 28 Weeks Later
A sequel to the classic original film, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later was an admirable follow-up. It wasn't quite as iconic as the first film but it's still plenty terrifying. Plus, the movie stars a number of familiar faces like Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner, and Rose Byrne.
It takes place after the first movie, following the military forces attempting to carve out more safe spots in London. But then two siblings make the mistake of breaking protocol and introduce the Rage Virus into a sanctuary.
9 Resident Evil
Many have differing opinions on Resident Evil films. Passionate fans of the video games tend to have more problems with the movies than casual fans. Regardless, the first Resident Evil film is still a pretty terrifying zombie movie, even if it's not the best adaptation of the video game it's based on.
The first movie kicked off what would become a major horror franchise and came with plenty of terrifying and grisly moments. The laser sequence comes to mind and the special effects and make-up on the zombie creatures will certainly give you nightmares.
Found footage movies can be hit or miss but the 2007 Spanish film, REC, is considered one of the best in the genre. When found footage films are done right they can be truly frightening. REC spawned its own franchise due to its popularity. There is also an American remake called Quarantine.
It follows a reporter and her cameraman to an apartment in Barcelona. They're attempting to get coverage on an incident in the building but quickly learn that something is seriously wrong with the building's residents. If you haven't gotten the chance to watch the movie yet, you should definitely do it with the lights on.
7 Dawn Of The Dead
There are two Dawn of the Dead films, the original 1978 movie, and the 2004 remake. Usually, remakes aren't that good and rarely do they measure up to the original. However, in this case, Dawn of the Dead (2004) is a genuinely good movie. Both movies are terrifying, so it's up to you which one you want to watch. If you're really brave you could do both of them.
The film primarily takes place in an abandoned shopping mall that has become one of the last remaining safe zones during a zombie invasion, but when it becomes surrounded by the monsters, the human survivors have to figure out a way to fight them off at any cost.
6 The Girl With All The Gifts
Based on a popular book of the same name, The Girl with All the Gifts is an eerie British film that takes place in a dystopian future. Humanity has been decimated by a deadly virus that mutates people into horrific zombie-like beings.
The virus is fungal-like in creation. The plot of this movie is a little bit similar to the popular video game, The Last of Us. It focuses on a young girl who may be humanity's only hope. A group of survivors must come together to keep Melanie safe no matter what if they want any potential hope of saving the world.
5 28 Days Later
Are you familiar with movies like Ex Machina or Annihilation then you already know how talented Alex Garland is. Well, his original claim to fame came with the iconic zombie film, 28 Days Later. The post-apocalyptic movie is considered one of the best zombie films and one of the best horror movies of all time.
Alex Garland served as the writer for the movie. Another reason 28 Days Later is so frightening and notable is that it was one of the first major examples of fast zombies. Prior to this movie, most zombies were slow and lumbering. The idea of zombies being able to run introduces a brand new type of fear into the equation.
4 Night Of The Living Dead
Horror legend George A. Romero directed this 1968 movie that helped create the zombie genre. Most zombie movies since then pay some kind of homage to this movie due to its legendary and iconic status. The movie is considered a cult classic and it is surprisingly gory considering the time period it was released.
The heavy amount of bloodshed was criticized at first. Night of the Living Dead spawned a franchise and even if you haven't seen the original film you might have seen some of the follow-ups. But the original is considered a classic for a reason and if you consider yourself a horror fan or zombie fan, it's a must-watch.
3 I Am Legend
Will Smith stars in this chilling and suspenseful film based on the novel of the same name by Richard Matheson. The zombies in this film are created by a virus that was initially intended to cure cancer but mutated into something far more malicious.
Neville (Smith) is the last living person around due to his viral immunity. He attempts to create a cure from his blood. But it's not easy considering he has to deal with the deadly mutants, although they only come out at night.
2 World War Z
Another film based on a popular book, World War Z was another film that adapted the "fast zombie" concept. It starred Brad Pitt and Matthew Fox.
Pitt played Gerry Lane, who makes it his goal to try and stop the zombie outbreak by traveling around the world in search of the outbreak's origin so he can develop a vaccine that will end it for good and save humanity before it's too late.
1 Train To Busan
Train to Busan became an instant classic when it was released in 2016. The South Korean film took audiences by storm with its tense and horrifying story.
Taking place on a train to Busan, as the title suggests, a zombie outbreak suddenly occurs in the country and compromises the safety of everyone aboard the train. A woman aboard the train is unknowingly nursing a zombie bite and suddenly turns into one, setting the film's action into motion.