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Global Horror and Monster Cinema: Zombie Films

This is a resource guide for academic research in the global horror and monster cinema field of study.

Introduction to Zombie Films

For the purpose of this list the Zombie Film genre will be characterized by the reanimated corpse version, the virulent version, and the voodoo version. Most zombies are also cannibalistic in nature with a supreme desire to dine on human flesh. 

Below is a listing of ten films in this genre from the global cinema community. This list is not all encompassing nor does it endeavor to rank these as the ten best zombie films. 

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Dawn of the Dead

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Dawn of the Dead takes place in a world where the zombies are winning. Scores of zombies everywhere overload the local authorities causing mass hysteria and evacuations. This film follows a group of survivors who hole up in a local mall. They seem to have everything they need, but there is no way this respite will continue to last. This film is often considered one of, if not the, best zombie films. 

Director/Writer: George A. Romero

Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger

Year: 1978

Country: USA

Go Goa Gone

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Go Goa Gone is a story about two men who tag along with their roommate to Goa. Once there they meet a girl at a party who persuades them to head to a local island for a huge party. However, the island is not all it seems. They soon discover that an experimental party drug is turning users into zombies. 

Directors: Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru

Writers: Krishna D.K. and Kunal Khemu

Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das

Year: 2013

Country: India

Rammbock: Berlin Undead

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Rammbock is a film that features the virulent form of zombies rampaging throughout Berlin in hopes of spreading the infection. Caught in the middle of the zombie maelstrom is Michael who is just there to visit his ex-girlfriend. Unfortunately, she is missing and Michael is left hiding from the zombies and trying to find Gabi all at the same time. 

Director: Marvin Kren

Writers: Benjamin Hessler and Marvin Kren

Stars: Michael Fuith, Theo Trebs, Anka Graczyk

Year: 2010

Country: Germany

Dead Snow

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Dead Snow follows a group of medical students taking a vacation in the mountains. Soon they meet a weary old traveler who tells them about the area's history with the Nazi invasion, and how it is a curse that still plagues the land. Shortly thereafte,r the group is face to face with an onslaught of Nazi Zombies. 

Director: Tommy Wirkola

Writers: Tommy Wirkola and Stig Frode Henriksen 

Stars: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan

Year: 2009

Country: Norway

Shaun of the Dead

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Shaun of the Dead follows lovable loser Shaun and his friends as they wake up one day to discover the zombie apocalypse has begun. Shaun sensing that he must save his ex-girlfriend to win her back sets out to collect his friends, and go to the only safe place he can think of, the local pub.

Director: Edgar Wright

Writers: Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield

Year: 2004

Country: UK 

White Zombie

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White Zombie is largely considered the first Zombie film in existence, and also features a fantastic performance from horror legend Bela Lugosi. In this film a young couple are convinced to marry on a plantation becasue the owner secretly wishes to seduce the bride. He turns to the help of a local voodoo master who has her turned into a mindless zombie. It is up to the groom to see if he can return his love to her former self. 

Director: Victor Halperin 

Writer: Garnett Weston

Stars: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn

Year: 1932

Country: USA

Zombi 2

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Zombi 2 starts with a lone zombie showing up on the abandoned boat of a missing scientist. His daughter finds out about the boat and all clues point to Matu Island. So she sets of to investigate with a journalist. They soon find themselves meeting Dr. Menard who is working to cure the island of the disease turning inhabitants in to zombies. 

Director: Lucio Fulci

Writer: Elisa Briganti

Stars: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson

Year: 1979

Country: Italy

Dead Alive

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Dead Alive is all about mama's boy Lionel who still lives with his overbearing mother. His mother grows a bit jealous and attempts to sabotage Lionel on a date when she gets bitten by a mysterious monkey. She slowly zombifies and leaves Lionel to defend himself against the ever increasing undead in his neighborhood. 

Director: Peter Jackson

Writer: Stephen Sinclait

Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Penãlver, Elizabeth Moody

Year: 1992

Country: New Zealand


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Fido takes place in a world where all dead people return from the grave. As a result all citizens, including children, are taught the proper disposal of zombies. Fortunately, a company named Zomcon has developed an inhibiting collar that allows for the domestication of Zombies. Now families everywhere are able to have undead servants to help with all their daily chores. 

Director: Andrew Currie

Writers: Andrew Currie and Robert Chomiak

Stars: Kesun Loder, Billy Connolly, Carrie-Anne Moss 

Year: 2006

Country: Canada

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

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Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, or Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, takes place in the English countryside. The plot features a police officer investigating some out of place visitors whom he suspects of murder. As the body count continues to rise he becomes more and more convinced of their involvement, but it may actually be the corpses roaming the town that are really responsible for the rash of deaths.

Director: Jorge Grau

Writers: Sandro Continenza and Marcello Coscia

Stars: Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy

Year: 1974

Country: Spain


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