Zombie movies are a film genre that deserves a little discussion. Indeed, a subgenre of the broader umbrella of horror cinema, they are obviously films centered around zombies, fictional creatures that are usually associated with virus-infected humans or resurrected corpses – hence the term “undead”. Mutated or resurrected, zombies are bloodthirsty monsters, cannibal in nature. Cinema has variously explored films about zombies, also thanks to thework of the master George A. Romero.
A horror marathon with a selection of zombie movies is possible on the Netflix streaming platform.
10 zombie movies to watch on Netflix (in chronological order)
The dawn of the Living Dead (2004)
Zack Snyder’s directorial debut dates back to this film, presented out of competition at the 57th Cannes Film Festival. This is the remake of the film Zombies by George Romer, complete with a cameo (in the role of a television priest) by Ken Foree, lead actor of the original 1978 film.
Film director like Devil And Necropolis – The city of the dead John Erick Dowdle directed the US remake of the Spanish film Rec, 2007. It follows the anxious story of a TV journalist and her cameraman trapped inside a quarantined building due to the contagion of a virus that turns humans into bloodthirsty killers.
Welcome to Zombieland (2009)
Ruben Fleischer deploys Woody Harrelson with youngsters Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, to develop a zombie-road-movie – written by Paul Wernickm author of Deadpool – set in post-apocalyptic America, two months after a deadly epidemic caused by the consumption of infected mad cow meat, which then became the “mad person” and finally the “mad zombie” virus.
World War Z (2013)
Damon Lindelof (author of series such as Lost And Watchmen) signs the film adaptation of the novel World War Z. World war of zombies by Max Brooks in 2006, starring Brad Pitt.
Based on the short film of the same name by directors Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke, it is an Australian post-apocalyptic thriller, starring movie stars such as Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes and Caren Pistorius.
Day of the Dead Bloodline (2017)
Although crushed by critics, the film by Hèctor Hernández Vicens has its own importance: it is in fact the second remake, after Day of the Dead (by Steve Miner) of the 1985 film. The day of the zombies by George Romero – itself the third film in chronological order in its series of the living dead.
Operation Ragnarok (2018)
Also known by the title Zone 261, Fredrik Hiller’s Swedish zombie movie (who also appears in the cast) also has a social message of brotherhood. In a city in southern Sweden, tensions between citizens and immigrants are erased by the need for survival, when a submarine releases a virus that turns humans into zombies and the army isolates the city.
The dead don’t die (2019)
Not quite a parody, but more of a horror comedy: as always, Jim Jarmush signs a little gem that transcends genres, despite being primarily a zombie movie. The film has a decidedly stellar cast (Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Austin Butler, RZA, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Carol Kane and Selena Gomez) and follows the small town law enforcement as they face a sudden zombie invasion.
Romero’s lesson combined with the Korean horror school: the result is this film which, in addition to the theme of survival of the living dead, is a real drama that reflects the sense of isolation and loneliness experienced by everyone during the pandemic and beyond, which moreover could be aggravated by bad habits with the technology of social networks: do they really bring people closer or, rather, distance them from contacts in reality?
Army of the Dead (2021)
Seventeen years after his debut (with Dawn of the Living Dead), Zack Snyder returns to the zombie genre with this Netflix movie, centered on a theft in a post-apocalypse zombie container. Snyder is the creator of the subject, author of the screenplay, of course director and producer.
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