BY CARMELA FERRO
The zombie genre has been around for awhile, but it’s still popular as ever. In more recent years, Hollywood has taken a fun twist on the genre with Zom Coms. (That’s so much fun to say!) While a part of me truly believes a zombie apocalypse could actually happen due to Zoonosis (Google it!), most of these are just for pure entertainment. Although I don’t think it would hurt to take some notes and keep some canned food laying around.
If you don’t have time to check out Warm Bodies this weekend, try opting for one of these:
5. Zombieland (2009)
There’s so much to love about this film! Let’s start with the cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin and, in an awesome cameo, Bill Murray. Then add the soundtrack, the badass zombie killing scenes and Columbus’s handy list of rules. This movie is all about enjoying the little things.
4. Fido (2006)
This film gives a funny and refreshing take on the zombie apocalypse. The dead come back to life in a 1950s-esque universe due to radiation from space. To battle the “Zombie War,” humans find a way to control zombie urges and put them to work. We follow the Robinson’s new butler, Fido, as he tries to fit into his new life while struggling with his old temptations.
3. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun doesn’t have a lot going for him — he has a dead end job, he goes to the same pub all the time and his girlfriend dumps him after he forgets their anniversary. He wakes up the next day, too hungover to realize there has been a zombie outbreak until they begin swarming his house. This hilarious British comedy follows Shaun, his girlfriend Liz, his lazy roommate Ed and a few of their friends as they try to fight for their lives, something they weren’t even doing before.
2. My Boyfriend’s Back (1993)
The story is quite simple: Johnny wants Missy, dies trying to save her, then he comes back to life as a zombie and now he really, really wants her flesh. This film is a charming satirical nod to ’80s romantic comedies with a zombie twist. Keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger and Matthew Fox.
1. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
At a medical supply warehouse in Louisville, Kentucky, Frank tries to impress the newest employee, Freddy, by showing him military drums that contain the remains of an army experiment gone wrong. Frank accidentally unleashes the toxic gas inside the barrel and now he, along with a group of teenage punks, must deal with the brain-hungry zombies wreaking havoc on the town. This is one film that played a big part in paving the way for the horror comedy genre to exist as well as highlighting the notion that zombies crave “Braaiiinnns.”
Bad Bites: I don’t think they’re trying to be zom coms, but these are some really hilariously terrible zombie flicks that I’m sad to say I’ve watched … Mutant Vampire Zombies from the ‘Hood!, Aaah! Zombies!!, DIEner, Woke Up Dead and Nazis at the Center of the Earth.
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