Top 20 Best Zombie Movies & Top 5 TV Shows Recommended Watch Review List, for the Undead Apocalypse/ Zombies Fan

Even before the first zombie movie, ‘White Zombie,’ people have been obsessed with the undead; the once living, neighbors, friends, relatives, now reanimated and attempting to eat you alive. This concept may be overused in today’s culture, but it was once terrifying.

Creating a modern best of list is difficult, as “best,” to some, may mean scariest, but to others, it may mean cinematic, drama or even humorous. And to others still, it may mean general, quality movie standards of creative story telling and developed, transformative characters. This list will include all of the above and is a recommended watch list for anyone willing to see people eating other people.

 

TV, Top5  (– wait, are there more than 5?)

TWD2The Walking Dead‘ always deserves a mention in anything zombie, I mean, walkers, sorry Robert Kirkman. The first episode is still one of the best, created by Hollywood cinematographer, David Tatersall, and set the tone for the entire series. I wish AMC never fired him; the end of season 1 and the entirety of season could have been good. It got better, of course, and some of those episodes in season 5 and 6 were truly amazing. I personally feel, mid-Negan, the show has gone down hill and lost its appeal to many; (hoping it gets better). I spoke with Robert Kirkman, mid-season 6; he explained that ‘The Walking Dead’ is still in its first act of storytelling. Not sure how that will play out with Andrew Lincoln, ‘Rick,’ leaving the show. AMC will hang on to this show as long as possible, so maybe the overall plan is to realize the big picture story with additional spin-off series like the underwhelming ‘Fear The Walking Dead;’ just make a show about the beginning of the apocalypse, not ‘West Coast Walking Dead,’ it’s not CSI. I did, however, enjoy the brief ‘Flight 462,’ for the mere fact that you cannot escape walkers on a plane.

‘Z Nation’ is just not worth mentioning, aw crap, I mean besides now. Zombie baby, #noop.

izombie-4-sezon-ne-zaman-baslayacakCW’s ‘iZombie‘ is a happy-go-lucky tv series that is all fun and will get you to anticipate each entree Liv Moore creates in every episode. The moral of the series is don’t chase drugs with energy drinks. Or maybe it’s the living and the undead should never date?  Anyway, it’s nothing like the comic.

santa-clarita-diet-season-3-netflix-scheduleSanta Clarita Diet‘ is hysterical all the way through. (if you’re reading this from a time capsule, there are only 2 seasons so far, so I can’t speak for future seasons). What happens when a realtor, or real-a-tor, from the ‘burbs starts to crave human flesh? Does she eat her misogynistic neighbor?

 

MOVIES, Top20

Let’s get the comedy out of the way first..

220px-Life_After_Beth_poster   ‘Life After Beth.’ Aubry Plaza makes this film fun to watch. Unexplained zombie outbreak in suburbia.

Fido  Fido is like ‘Leave It To Beaver’ 50s style television, but with zombies, you’ll love it!

zombieland  Zombieland is a how-to guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse, with great rules to live by. Not only is it entertaining, but it’s a good film as well. I truly loved this movie.

shaun-dead.0.0  ‘Shaun of the Dead‘ is a masterful modern classic, with comedy only Edgar Wright can deliver, and overall, it’s a really good movie. Pulling the blind down to ignore the zombies was a classic scene. Also, setting the stage in the beginning, with people zoning out on the bus before the outbreak is genius. Watch and re-watch.

Drama, action, suspense & horror:

warmbodies   ‘Warm Bodies.’ If you can handle a “zo-mance,” where zombies fall in love and retain human-like qualities, with a happy ending, then this may be for you.

200px-Dodsno    ‘Dead Snow‘ (Norwegian, subtitles). Nazi zombies unearthed in Norway cause havoc. Gory action, with humor.

resident-evil-the-final-chapter-2560x1440-resident-evil-the-final-chapter-6270  ‘Resident Evil.’ The first one was clearly the best in the Milla Jovovich series, but every one is entertaining & promises the Umbrella Corporation, so cool in that regard. Yes, the game is better, but the movies will be rebooted soon and promise more Umbrella Corp, so I’ll be watching.

Rezort-Poster-27x39-copy2-Copy  ‘The Rezort.’  (I still believe ‘Last Rezort’ would have been a better title). A solid movie, with a concise a story, but rather generic. After the zombie outbreak, zombies were defeated, but not eradicated, just put on an island to shoot for recreation. It’s like Jurassic Park, but with zombies, what could go wrong?

HereAlone  ‘Here Alone.’ An indie zombie film. A woman accustomed to isolation in the woods, has her routine upended when she encounters a father and daughter. I liked how you heard the zombies throughout the film, knowing their presence was nearby, but only saw the creatures at the end.

World-war-z-poster03  ‘World War Z.’ Once bitten, you have 11 seconds before you turn. You can’t outrun the turned. If you do manage to escape into a large building, they’ll just pile themselves up a hundred feet high until they breach the building. I’m not spoiling anything am I? I feel like the plot was a little muddled, and it felt like the ending didn’t fit the rest of the film, but it did have some great scenes.

Cargo-Movie-poster  ‘Cargo‘ was a nice film about a man protecting his family. I feel like they traveled in circles the entire film. I enjoyed it, with great performances, but they didn’t follow their own zombie rules at the end.

‘I Am Legend.’ Nope, they were vampires. Yes, it was an apocalyptic movie, like ‘Stakeland,’ but, again, vampires, not zombies. The book had both ravenous zombie-like, flesh-eating vampires, as well as, civilized, societal vampires.

Maggie-review   ‘Maggie.’ Clearly the best acting performance of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career. His daughter has been bitten and slowly turns. He comforts and connects with her and gradually lets go of his child, knowing there is nothing he can do to stop the change.

TheHorde_movieposterThe Horde‘ (Belgian, subtitles). A good film, despite its flaws. A zombie outbreak occurs during a police raid on a notorious criminal gang; they must team up in order to survive.

28weekslaterPSTER066-film-28-weeks-later-2-1000x1000  ‘28 Weeks Later.’ A good sequel to a great film.

Rammbock_movieposter  ‘Rammbock‘ (German, subtitles). The true spirit of a zombie horror flick; it’s suspenseful, scary and has cinematography that enhances the scenes.

thebattery  ‘The Battery.’ A true low-budget indie film, and one of the best on this list. It tells a story, a good story, of two former minor league baseball players, hence the bats, dealing with the end of civilization, loneliness and the need to connect with other human beings, in an apocalyptic landscape.

Ravenous_220px-Les_Affamés_film_poster  ‘Ravenous‘ (2017, there are many movie titles by this name). (French, subtitles). Really good! This movie brings suspense back to zombie films, a must-watch.

REC  Scariest, for me, on this list would go to ‘[REC]‘ (Spanish, subtitles). Other titles on this list have scary moments and overall creepiness, but this found footage horror movie is edge-of-your-seat thrilling. The American remake, ‘Quarantine,’ and both of [REC]’s sequels were not very good.

  ‘Dawn of the Dead.’ George Romero’s 1968 ‘Night of the Living Dead’ created the zombie film genre, and his 1978 ‘Dawn of the Dead’ perfected it. This original recipe, classic horror film sets the stage for everything zombie to follow.  The 2004 Zack Snyder ‘Dawn of the Dead’ reboot is a non-stop action film, quite different from the original; a must-watch for any zombie fan.

28-days-later-2002-poster  ‘28 Days Later.’ Danny Boyle completely changed the zombie rules, which revitalized the genre with this suspenseful film. ’28 Days’ is the first movie to depict zombies as mad, crazed-sprinters; run for your life! These zombies created so much more tension as a result. Also just one drop of infected blood can turn someone in an instant.  However, I felt the last portion of this movie was little uninteresting, compared to its thrilling beginning.

train-to-busan-commentary  ‘Train to Busan‘ is my favorite on this list. It’s a Chinese, action-thriller that is suspenseful from beginning to end. It’s everything a zombie film should be. Just watch it.

 

If I missed a zombie movie title that you loved, by all means, scream at me in the comments. I mean, you may get blocked, but I would love to hear your opinion, not really, but I would like to know if there is a good film that I missed or haven’t seen.

What to #Watch on #Hulu #Year2017 #YearInReview #clickbait

hulu#Bestof2017 What to watch on Hulu, end of 2017 year review:

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a streaming service not as cool as Netflix, with less selection and lesser quality original content, that requires a monthly fee for online access, AND has commercials? That’d be awesome, right?

Now there’s Hulu;

it’s everything you don’t want.

#Geek #TV #Schedule #Listings 2017

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Every TV cycle (season, half season, quarter season..) there is increasingly more geek tv options to watch. This is great for geeks. I remember a time when only one or two shows a week graced the geek genre and everything else was cop-lawyer-doctor drama. BUT..are there too many options? Nope. We have the agonizingly bad geek tv shows like the Shannara Chronicles-why are you making a season 2 Mtv? Is it another attempt to once again avoid airing music videos? We have shows like Supergirl, which I LOVE loved in season 1, but now has become more like Arrow once it crossed over to the CW; I still like it, but without the Kat Grant dynamic, it lacks the female empowering aspect and focuses more on Kara having to prove herself in a man’s world. Also, major plot errors and too many superheroes? Did I just say that? I wish it was less like Arrow, with flashy gimmicks, and focused more on a better story.

riverdale-poster1TV Shows I LOVE love this season are RIVERDALE (it’s just beautiful to watch; maybe the cinematography will wear off & be less appealing, but after 3 episodes, I love it), and THE MAGICIANS (you just keep getting pulled deeper into the plot, with no signs of slowing down). Although the Santa Clarita Diet (netflix) was similar to iZombie, it was enjoyable to watch and VERY FUNNY. I enjoyed Legion, but not as much as Fox advertised I would. I will continue to watch it of course, and hope more New Mutants besides Canonball grace the screen, like Magik, but we may have to wait until the spinoff tv series, now proposed movie, New Mutants, promised in 2018. Yes, Fox still owns the broadcast rights to Marvel’s mutants; this is why Marvel has introduced The Inhumans on Agents of SHIELD.

magicians_trioAnd don’t forget about Geek TV on streaming networks, like Netflix, Crackle and Amazon; ok, mostly just Netflix, but SuperMansion is one of the funniest things online or television (I would have added Rick and Morty season3, but no one knows its air date:/

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Sci-Fi Summer TV : In case you missed it.. What to watch, what to avoid..

Summer 2015

What to Watch:

extant-poster-620x400Extant.  Yes, Watch.  (it’s not season 1, but still good) also, free on Amazon Prime. Halle Berry, A.I. and aliens..

0458ddafa0f77168547d0b366775db0fHumans.  Yes, Watch.  (a British take on A.I. and cyborgs. heavy on the family drama, but also heavy on the sci-fi)

ScreenShot2015-05-08at8.20.52PMKilljoys.  Yes! Watch. It’s mostly lighthearted entertainment with a multilevel plot that slowly unfolds. it’s enjoyable and a nice break from the dark, heavy drama television these days. It’s not Firefly, but pretty close.

True Detective.  not as great as season 1, although Rachel McAdams’ acting is amazing. heavy drama. the first season was loosely based on the comic book ‘Top 10.’

Defiance.  maybe watch. it’s ok. sci-fi, family drama. It’s better than Terra Nova, but..

Dark Matter.  maybe watch. it’s ok. SyFy.

What to Avoid:

The Strain. season 2.  SKIP!  (after seeing the head vampire in season 1.. he looks like a green version of Sloth from ‘Goonies’ without a nose = hilarious, I couldn’t take him seriously after that. “Oooo, scare me with those worms, Hahahaha, whatever dude.”  not scared and no longer care about the fate of New York. sorry, not sorry.)

The Last Ship.  skip. a good premise, just poorly executed. an advertisement for the military, which I’d be ok with if they were accurate in their depictions of military procedure, but it fails and just ends up being somewhere in the middle and is just uncompelling.

Under the Dome, season 3.  Skip. they lost me after the anti-climatic season 2 episode 1, where they went against everything they built upon for the entire first season. the cliff hanger dictated that either the hero dies or the best actor on the show dies, but they just did an ego ‘dance off bro’ instead. not worth it, sorry Steven King, I know they were trying to make this your Game of Thrones.

Stichers. SKIP. a lot like Minority Report; fails on many levels.

Zoo.  SKIP! faulty, unrealistic premise: all the animals in all the zoos in the world go crazy, escape & attack people. this works (somewhat) if they are dinosaurs, but not if they are regular animals. an NRA dream come true. just buy bunches of guns, you’ll be fine. actually, the police & the military could easily handle it. don’t waste your time.

Falling Skies.  Skip! how does this show keep getting renewed? bad sci-fi, family drama.

Teen Wolf.  ugh.

What should you be watching? or not.

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now that tv season has finaled this past week, you may be wondering what should I be watching?

well, new sc-fi -esque shows have started recently, like season3 of Continuum or Penny Dreadful.

please note that Continuum is not that great of a show and is the worst at depicting time travel, but it’s sci-fi, and, as you know, we watch many things just because it’s sci-fi related. i’ll admit i watched more than one episode of Terra Nova; i kept hoping it would stop being family-value centric and start telling an interesting story. but eventually i started routing for the dinosaurs; hoping they would just eat everyone in Terra Nova and eventually figure out how to reverse the time portal, travel into the future and eat everyone there too. a dino-centric plot would have been way more interesting than the mentally challenged writers trying to be sci-fi with family drama; no offense to the mentally challenged.

an oddity about Continuum, 6 actors from the show appeared in season 1 of Arrow, one of whom also appeared in the new Godzilla movie.

although Penny Dreadful is basically Showtime’s tv version of the “League of extraordinary Gentlemen’ movie, it comes at a time when vampire tv shows have finale -d for the season and peeps have finally given up on Supernatural, (as you know, it should have ended after season5, but continues to linger like an ex-sig-o (ex- “significant other”) rubbing you the wrong way like a fecal matter infused cheese grater). also related to this genre is Grimm, but it’s really ok if you stop watching after season2; season3 episodes 1 through 9 are just filler, we get it, a creepy baby is on the way, royal family blah, blah and Nick recovers from Zombie Life (i was going for a Thug’s Life reference here, but..), anyway, more Wesen (pronounced “Vessin,” if you’ve never watched it), that look like dogs, etc. i enjoyed most of seasons 1 and 2, but the plot really needs a powerful antagonist story-arc that stretches over entire season, like they could have used the god Vulcanis for this, but instead decided to make it ridiculously easy to kill him with a fire extinguisher. you caught the part where i said, “god,” right?  #lazywriters

so what else is good?

you could be more science smart and watch Cosmos, a reboot of the Carl Sagan series from the 70s with Neil Degrassi Tyson and Family Guy guy, Seth “beady-eyed” McFarlane. you could try Atlantis, haha just joking. Atlantis was trying for a Xena : Warrior Princess type of show but fails everywhere, even in the cheese department; yeah, way worse than Terra Nova. you could mourn the loss of Almost Human, no not Being Human with ghost-vampire-werewolf version of the Superfriends; the future cop show that started off very cool like iRobot, but turned into a cop drama with future tech. it was just never given a chance to get better, like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did. Stay away from Believe, yeah, not a Believer or a Belieber. attention you dumb-ass writers: (yeah, this makes me angry) : YOU CANNOT EVER MAKE A SHOW WITH SUPERNATURAL POWERS THAT IS UNREALISTIC IN IMPLEMENTATION. i know that sounds contradictory, but when you give a little girl superpowers, that aren’t fully understood, and have her stalked by a highly sought after international assassin, who can still walk and shoot people with great accuracy, after being sedated with 4x the normal dosage, then have cooing pigeons immobilize her for a full minute while the girl escapes. the assassin just stood there while the pigeons made noise, then the pigeons flew inside, then the little girl started screaming/using her power (at this point is when the assassin could have conceivably been stunned or stopped, but you soon discover the girl’s power were only affecting the pigeons, not the assassin, and all the pigeons did was fly around the killer, who wasn’t even mad she lost her target, but was more concerned she missed mom birthday phone call. so you can see why you should not watch any further. you can’t reboot an over-used Heroes/4400/Taken/Alphas/Xmen theme and make it this lame, and ironically, this unBelievable. pilot crashed and burned; no black box worth recovering.

i’ll just assume you’ve been watching the regular, must-see tv shows this past season and wont go over those shows, . you may have missed True Detective, as it is an HBO show. start watching this immediately. it is based on a comic called, ‘Top Ten,’ if you are familiar.

also, if you’ve watched more than one episode of Helix, then we are no longer friends. let me put this into perspective for you, Sharknado had a much better story. ok, maybe i should put story in quotes here, like; “story.”

what will happen in the next season of Vampire Diaries (yes, i’m trying to attract a younger audience to my blog, so stuff it regular readers, all 3 of you), and i hope Sheldon (Big Bang Theory) will be ok, wandering aimlessly with no purpose, from train to train.

spring tv land out, see you next fall. did i say that wrong? oh trip something– bye.