The 405's Weekend Netflix Guide: Zombie Edition
I love zombie films. Even though they've been a bit overexposed in recent years, if I was flicking through channels and saw George Romero's Dawn of the Dead I'd have to stay and watch it all, even though I must have seen it hundreds of times by now. Thankfully, with the sheer amount of films that get made in the sub-genre these days, Netflix has a pretty solid selection of zombie flicks that you might not have seen before.
While there's nothing as good as Romero's classics (or even some of the modern greats), for a zombie-binging weekend you couldn't go wrong with any of the films on today's list. Also, as a quick aside, The Crazies(2010) is also on Netflix, but because we featured it a couple of weeks ago we didn't want it taking up space in today's list. If you're not convinced by our selection and want an alternative choice though, you should definitely look that film up.
"Who's going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow."
I feel like I've included Re-Animator in just about every other edition of this guide, but it really is worth the constant exposure. And when it came to curating an edition focused exclusively on zombie flicks, there was just no way I could leave this H.P Lovecraft inspired horror film on the roadside. As one mad scientist discovers a way to bring the dead back to life, he quickly realises that playing god isn't all it's cracked up to be in this hilariously gruesome - and through and through '80s - monster movie. Although it's not your conventional zombie film, taking place on a smaller scale and going into more science-fiction territory, it's still one of the most seminal movies in the genre.
Life After Beth (2014)
"I'm a zombie. Zombies eat guys."
Another unconventional spin on the genre, Life After Beth takes a more young-adult approach to zombie movies in this indie romance film. As Dane DeHaan's Zach attempts to get over the untimely death of his girlfriend Beth, her sudden reappearance in the land of the living makes him wonder whether she might have been better off six feet under. Don't let that sentimental aspect fool you though, the movie still has plenty of bite when it needs to get into the gory-ish details of the titular Beth's reanimation, but it's definitely got more in common with Warm Bodies than it does Dawn of the Dead. Not that that's a bad thing.
"I'm not great at farewells, so, uh, that'll do, pig."
You've probably already seen Zombieland by now, but if you haven't then there's never been a better time to give it a go than this weekend. Surprisingly light on zombie carnage, the film more than makes up for it with sheers laughs, helped in no small part by an all-star cast comprised of Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg. Even Bill Murray turns up in a quick cameo, which alone should be more than enough to persuade you to give it a re-watch over the weekend.
Night of the Comet (1984)
"Daddy would have gotten us Uzis."
One of the more underrated zombie films you can find on Netflix, Night of the Comet is pure '80s trash. When the entire world is more or less obliterated by a rogue meteor strike, it's up to a bunch of Valley girl stereotypes to fend off the newly undead population. With great make-up effects, brilliant gore and ridiculously cheesy dialogue that brightens up even the most mundane of scenes, you'll never find yourself bored during Night of the Comet's brisk runtime. It's more than just one-liners and clichés though; there's a properly unnerving undercurrent to the whole thing, and the movie is technically proficient in ways other genre movies of the 80s rarely ever were. If you're wanting a more classic approach to your zombies, then you can't go wrong with something like Night of the Comet.
World War Z (2013)
"Looks like we just woke the dead."
In the run up to release no one had any idea that World War Z would be anything other than a total failure. With extensive reshoots, alleged fallouts between the stars and the director and a budget that ballooned to beyond belief, World War Z was looking to be as lifeless as the walking dead in its story. Fortunately for us though, it actually turned out to be one of the better monster flicks of the last few years. As far as big-budget horror goes, it doesn't really get grander in scale than this Brad Pitt vehicle. With explosive action set-pieces, a surprising about of claustrophobic interior scenes and more zombies than you can throw a shoe at, World War Z is a film that deserves a second chance.
Honourable Mention: Doghouse (2009)
"How could this get any worse?"
I couldn't let Doghouse take over the spot of one of the great movies above, but if you get the time, you really should watch it. When Danny Dyer takes a bunch of #Lads out for a secluded weekend bender in the middle of nowhere only to find all the women sick with a zombie virus, the troop have to fight their way back to civilization. The film is really hateful, and it tries so, so hard to be Shaun of the Dead, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I enjoyed every minute of it. If you have a couple of friends around and a few of drinks in the fridge then you'll have a laugh at Doghouse - even if it's not for all the right reasons. Definitely give it a miss if you're on your own, though. That'd be a tragic way to spend a Saturday night in.
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