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Zombie movies are a dime a dozen these days, which makes sense because gory and gruesome storylines never seem to get old. Regardless of how much we’ve grown to love watching our favorite movies on streaming platforms, there’s no shame in adding a few new Blu-Rays to your collection, and with summer and spring pushing more people outside, the films below are great for a spooky movie night under the stars. Even though Halloween is usually sanctioned for zombie and other horror movies, you can obviously watch these movies all year long.
Below, find our roundup of seven classic zombie movies that you should absolutely own. From “28 Days Later” to “Night of the Living Dead,” you’re sure to find something to enjoy. And for more zombie selections check out the best movies to stream on HBO Max, Hulu, and more platforms.
If you’re going to own “Night of the Living Dead,” then the Criterion Collection version is the way to go. The groundbreaking zombie cult classic pioneered the genre and spawned sequels, remakes, and a bunch of films inspired by the franchise. “Night of the Living Dead” is about a group of people who take refuge in an isolated farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania in a desperate bid for survival as they come under siege by hordes of zombies. The two-disc Criterion Collection version includes audio commentary, interviews, TV spots, radio spots, the theatrical trailer, and more.
“Pet Sematary” might be more of a supernatural horror film, but it definitely has zombie elements, so it fits the bill. Based on the terrifying Stephen King novel of the same name, “Pet Sematary” centers around a family who finds an ancient burial ground in the woods behind their new home. After the family pet dies, the grief-stricken patriarch is driven by the sinister power of the ancient burial ground, which sets off a chain of events that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.
In “Day of the Dead,” Romero’s gruesome follow up to “Dawn of the Dead,” the flesh-eating undead now outnumber the living 40,000-to-one. Meanwhile, hidden within an underground missile silo a group of scientists and soldiers continue to work to find a cure for the unstoppable zombie plague, but tensions escalate between a maniacal bloodthirsty military leader and a borderline mad scientist, sparking an assault on the bunker by thousands of zombies.
Zack Snyder’s heart-pounding remake of Romero’s horror classic stars Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, and Ty Burrell. The 2004 film is about a nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman and others seeking refuge in a Midwestern mega mall in hopes of surviving the global plague turning people into flesh-eating zombies.
“28 Days Later,” is one of the better zombie movies to come out of the new millennium. The 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror flick revolves around a mysterious, incurable “Rage” virus that spreads throughout the UK, and four survivors who find sanctuary while avoiding those infected.
Released in 2016, “The Girl With all the Gifts,” follows a gifted young girl who escapes the safety of a special school and helps guide mankind’s survival from a post-apocalyptic disease that turns people into flesh-eating “hungries.” The film stars Sennia Nanua, Glenn Close, and Gemma Arterton.
Directed by Yeon Sang-ho, the plot of this 2016 South Korean horror film is about a mysterious virus that breaks out across the country turning the infected into murderous zombies. A few terrified travelers find themselves trapped on a bullet train, fighting for their lives as hordes of the living dead get closer with every stop. Among those trapped are a father (Gong Yoo), and his estranged daughter. The “Train to Busan” Blu-ray includes bonus features, and behind-the-scenes footage.