Jacob (yak_boy) wrote,


I watched Undead tonight, and it annoyed me a lot more than the first time I saw it.
Okay, I appreciate that it's mainly a satire of the genre (which is another weird quirk of the zombie genre, there are probably more zombie films that are piss-takes of the genre than there are "serious" zombie films, one of the reasons why 28 Days Later was so refreshing), but, anyway, why is it that the people in zombie films always act stupid, and usually turn on the person/people that are best equipped to get them out of the situation alive?
Is it just because zombie films are so stuck rehashing Romero's original "Dead" trilogy?
Certainly, Romero's characters are the most unrealistically irrational in all the genre.
In fact, I'd even go so far as to say that irrational behaviour is probably the defining feature of Romero's trilogy.
Anyway, I'd just like to see a zombie film in which the characters all work together, are all pretty smart, level headed, and are defeated not by their own stupidity and lack of judgement, but instead by the inevitable rising tide of flesh-eating undead monsters.
Is that too much to ask?
Damn it, I'll write the film myself, and I'll make sure it takes the genre seriously, because I don't think we need another rom-com-zom film.

Anyway, in the meantime, I'd like to have a zombie movie night, so I'm compiling a list of (worthwhile) zombie films.
Let me know if there are any worthwhile films I have left out.

Night of the Living Dead (original)
Dawn of the Dead (original & possibly remake, but I haven't seen it)
Day of the Dead
The Evil Dead
Evil Dead II
Army of Darkness
Bad Taste (debatable if this is a zombie film, but I think it counts)
Brain Dead
Return of the Living Dead (I don't know about the sequels)
Pet Semetary
Resident Evil (Again, is the sequel any good?)
28 Days Later
Shaun of the Dead

Some more I haven't yet seen, but think may be worthwhile:

The Serpent and the Rainbow
White Zombie
House of 1000 Corpses
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