My Zombie Top 5s

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My Zombie Top 5s

My Zombie Top 5s

A horror-inspired blog to finish off feature week

 

 

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a zombie freak. I’ve been watching zombie films, playing zombie video games, and reading zombie books for many years now. There’s just something about the impending Armageddon that I’ve always enjoyed. So I thought I’d share my top 5s with you all. And what better time than horror feature week?

 

Top 5 Zombie Movies

*Please be aware of age ratings before watching! Thank you!*

 

1. Zombieland (+15 years)

Zombieland is my all-time favourite zombie movie. It’s what’s called a Zom-Com, meaning it’s a zombie comedy. The tone is spot on, and as well as the comedy, there’s enough drama to keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through.

 

2. Shaun of the Dead (15+)

Another Zom-Com and a British classic. In my opinion, the funniest British comedy. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at their best.

 

3. 28 Days Later / 28 Weeks Later (18+)

At least one of these are in everyone’s top five zombie movies. I prefer 28 Days, but I know plenty of people who prefer 28 Weeks. Both are intense and terrifying and awesome.

 

4. Dawn of the Dead (Both the 1978 original and the 2004 remake) (18+)

Probably the most famous zombie movie of all time. This is the reason zombies are so popular in the media. This one started it all. Though the special effects leave a lot to be desired, this is still an excellent zombie movie. And the remake is one of the scariest zombie movies I’ve ever seen and well worth a watch.

 

5. Resident Evil (15+)

This is one of those ridiculous action movies you can’t help but love. Resident Evil is probably the most well-known zombie video game, and has spawned a series of movies. Though the action scenes are sometimes absurd, as are the outfits the protagonist wears, they are all thoroughly entertaining — the films that is, not the outfits.

 

Top 5 Zombie Video Games

*Please be aware of age ratings before playing! All 5 have been rated 18 in the UK. Thank you!*

 

1. The Walking Dead Game

This game literally ripped my heart clean out. Never have I been so involved with a game before. This game is set in the universe of The Walking Dead but doesn’t follow the characters we’ve come to know and love in the TV show. In The Walking Dead Game, every decision you make shapes play, and the game adapts to how you play it. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever played. I can’t recommend it enough.

 

2. The Last of Us

Another game to get way too involved in. This won so many awards, and it’s easy to see why. The story and characters are so engaging, and of course, the apocalypse is terrifying.

 

3. Dead Rising

A less serious game than the ones above, but still hours of fun. Trapped in a shopping centre, you can go and find survivors, defeat serial killers, or slay a huge bunch of zombies, whatever tickles your fancy. Though be warned, in the first game the difficulty curve is beyond ridiculous!

 

4. Dead Island

The first video game ever to scare me. In Dead Island, you’re stranded on a beautiful holiday resort when the apocalypse strikes. There are different types of zombies, and let me tell you, the ones that run come out of nowhere.

 

5. Resident Evil

Here it is again. How can you have a zombie game list and not include Resident Evil? It’s a classic.

 

Top 5 Zombie Books

 

1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, The Dark and Hollow Places – Carrie Ryan

One of my favourite trilogies every. Told in a time way after the outbreak, when zombies — or the Unconsecrated — are the norm. Full of action and heartbreak.

 

2. Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion

I’m sure most of you have heard of Warm Bodies. It’s unique in that the zombies aren’t evil, brain dead monsters. It tells the story of R and Julie, one I’m sure will sound familiar. (Also, the film’s not bad.)

 

3. The Reapers are the Angels – Alden Bell

Again, set years after the initial outbreak and following a young girl on her journey. This book blew me away with how beautiful the words were and how violent the actions (if that made sense!).

 

4. Zombie Britannica – Thomas Emson

The start of the outbreak from three different perspectives stuck in three different, but equally terrifying, settings. Full of drama and action.

 

5. Generation Dead – Daniel Waters

Very different from all the others. Teenagers are dying and then coming back to life undead. This book deals with the world trying to work out what to do with a load of teenage zombies continuing life. These zombies don’t eat humans; they just want to be understood. It’s more entertaining than I made it sound!

And of course the best zombie TV show is The Walking Dead. Uncontested. Fact.

 

Also, if you didn’t know, I’ve written a zombie novel that came out earlier this year! You can now buy ZA on Amazon.

Read the excerpt on Movellas!

 

What’s your favourite zombie movie/game/book? Anything I have to get my hands on? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Thank you to Molly Looby for writing this awesome blog post and to Prodigy for designing the banner

 

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