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.

Every Future Superhero movie ever : Upcoming Marvel & DC superhero movies thru 2020 (UPDATED!!)

Upcoming Marvel & DC superhero movies 2015 thru 2020 ( this is what we know so far..)  28 Oct 2014. (UPDATED: 7Jan2015)

Marvel has planned out superhero movies thru 2036, but hasn’t released the titles yet. DC is quickly catching up.

note that some of these dates have yet to be confirmed by the movie studios, or the date has been confirmed, but not the movie title for that specific, confirmed date. best-guesses for dates with confirmed dates have been used here, as noted,  based on clues from the movies studios or hints at comic cons. movie studios do change release dates, Batman v Superman & Shazam have both been changed. this list will be updated when more information becomes available. upcoming Star Wars, Harry Potter and other sci-fi related movies are not listed here, see corresponding blog posts.

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2015

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may 1   Avengers 2 : Age of Ultron  (Marvel)

july 17    Ant-man  (Marvel)

aug 7   Fantastic Four  [reboot]  (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

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2016

feb 12   DEADPOOL  (Cable will appear in this movie) (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

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march 25   Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice  (will feature Wonder Woman, the Flash & Aquaman)  (DC / Warner Bros)

may 6     Captain America 3  : Civil War  (will feature Iron Man)  (Marvel)

may 27    X-men : Age of Apocalypse  (will feature Deadpool) (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

july 8     Dr Strange  (Marvel)

august 5     Suicide Squad (may include Harley Quinn) [was the Shazam release date] (DC / Warner Bros)

oct 7       Gambit  (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

nov 4     Dr Strange   (Marvel)

nov 11      Sinister Six  (Spider-man villains) (Marvel heroes/ Sony)

dec        Sandman  (DC / warner bros)  [this movie has now been canceled as of Oct 2014]

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2017

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march 3      Wolverine 3  [may include Deadpool. this may turn out to be the X-Force movie]  (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

may 5         Guardians of the Galaxy 2   (Marvel)

june 2       Fantastic Four 2    (was july 14)  (Spider-man may appear in this movie)   (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

june 23      Wonder Woman    (DC / Warner Bros)

july 28      Thor 3 : Ragnarok  (Marvel)

nov 3        Black Panther    (Marvel)

nov 10        Justice League, part1   (DC / Warner Bros)

fall/winter     Venom  [this movie has now been canceled as of oct 2014]  (Marvel heroes/ Sony)

fall/winter      Black Cat?   [unconfirmed]  (Marvel heroes/ Sony)

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2018

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march 23    The Flash   [was ‘Flash & Green Lantern’]   (DC / warner bros)

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may 4         Avengers : Infinity War, part 1   (Marvel)

may 4         Amazing spiderman 3  (Sony)

july 6          Captain Marvel   (Marvel)

july 13       [unconfirmed superhero movie title]  (Fox)

july 27       Aquaman   [was: Man of Steel 2]   (DC / Warner Bros)

nov 2         Inhumans    (Marvel)

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2019

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april 5       Shazam  [was Aug 5 2017]  (Warner Bros)

may 3        Avengers : Infinity War, part 2   (the Infinity Gauntlet is coming..) (Marvel)

june 14      Justice League, part2  [hoping to see ultimate villain Darkseid in this or future films] (DC / Warner Bros)

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2020

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april 3         Cyborg   (DC / Warner Bros)

june 19     Green Lantern  (Reboot)   (DC / Warner Bros)

Marvel has confirmed the superhero movies of Iron Man 4, Thor 3, and Black Panther, but has not confirmed their release dates; most likely Thor 3 will be the year before Avengers 3, (Nov 3 2017) and Iron Man 4 will be released the same year as Avengers 3 (July 6 2018) and will continue the plot established in Avengers 3 and Captain America 3; yes Iron Man will be appearing in Captain America 3. major things will happen in Avengers 3, major things. not every hero will survive (the destructive path of Thanos). Avengers 3 will be the culmination of everything Marvel has been building in all of it’s movies to date, and in Marvel’s soon to be released movies leading up to Avengers 3. we will see even more plot threads and hints of what is to come; more than just more Infinity Stones. too bad Marvel couldn’t lease it’s other superheroes from Fox & Sony for this epic cinematic event. Marvel is developing a Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel movie, much to the fans wild approval. Captain Marvel, (formerly Ms Marvel), in the comics, is a role model for girls and women everywhere. a strong female lead superhero movie is a much needed, and long awaited arrival. DC / Warner Bros has been saying for years that a female lead superhero movie just wont work; just this week, they changed their minds, because of the fans, and green-lighted the Wonder Woman movie. Marvel was also developing a Black Widow movie, which may include Hawkeye and her time at Hydra, but that is now on the back burner (update). who will be first to release a strong female lead superhero movie? Marvel with Captain Marvel or Black Widow or DC / Warner Bros with Wonder Woman? (update): it looks like DC will be first with Wonder Woman, June 23, 2017; Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers will be released on July 6, 2018. Marvel is also developing several other superhero movies for the immediate future and is developing every Marvel superhero and every major comic book storyline for the years to come, through year 2036. yes, ‘Secret Invasion,’ and other favorites, will be in film, so start looking for clues leading up to and beyond Avengers 3.

Marvel (update): Iron Man 4  Marvel has confirmed this as a movie and now has a contract with RBJ, Robert Downey Jr, but there are no more official Marvel movie dates for the next 5 years. Marvel only has one movie title for 2019, Avengers : Infinity War, part 2; i’m hoping we wont have to wait that long for Iron Man 4. Iron Man will be appearing in Captain America 3: Civil War, and of course, the Avengers 2 : Age of Ultron, Avengers 3 : Infinity War, part 1 & 2. if only only Iron Man had appeared in Captain America 2 : the Winter Soldier, catching Steve Rogers, just before hitting the ground, as he fell from the Helicarrier, if only..  Thor 3, now known as Thor : Ragnarok will feature one of the best story lines in the Thor comics. The Avengers : Infinty War, is, of course, about Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet and the immanent destruction of, not just earth, but also the universe; spoiler alert: Captain America’s shield will pass to another. sad, i know, but both the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes and Falcon have carried Cap’s shield after Captain America was _________ in the comics.

Fox, who owns the cinematic rights to Marvel’s X-Men and Fantastic Four, has confirmed an X-Force movie, the X-Men spin-off. it has yet to be confirmed whether it will be X-Force or Uncanny X-Force from the comics, we the fans want to see Psylocke, Domino, X-23, Cable and Fantomex, and ArcAngel, and including Deadpool would be cool too. Unfortunately, Fox will not be returning X-Men or anything under the X-Men umbrella back to Marvel any time soon. Fox (and Sony) should at least strike a deal with Marvel to lease certain characters, so the Marvel movies can be more complete and true to the comics. for example, when an ominous foe threatens earth, every Marvel bands together to defeat them; ie, Thanos, Ultron, Kang the Conqueror, etc., instead of how it is now in the cinematic universe, where it seems like Spider-man & teh Fantastic Four were napping when Loki and the Chitauri almost conquered New York, and also as the X-Men watched it all on TV.

Sony, who owns the movie rights to Marvel’s Spider-man and all of Spiderman’s villains and cohorts, will be creating its own Spidey cinematic universe. Sony plans to launch a Sinister Six movie soon and plans to launch other Spider-man related films, although “officially” both the Black Cat movie and the Venom movie have been shelved for now. it’s obvious Sony has rushed the Spider-man movies before. this was blatantly obvious with Spider-man 3, great characters, but poorly executed. Spider-man 3 was merely a pre-cursor to the horror that was to come; the Amazing Spider-man movie. it was way too soon to reboot the franchise Sony. although Amazing Spider-man 2 was better than Amazing Spider-man, it was clearly rushed, with no clear story arc; and why were there 3 villains? and why did the movie have 3 endings? Sony was trying to set up it’s Spidey universe, hinting at future films, but it was poorly executed. rumor: Sony may have struck a deal with Fox and future movies may see an X-men/ Fantastic Four/ Spider-man crossover of some sort. Sony has confirmed Amazing Spider-man 3 and Amazing Spider-man 4, but not Andrew Garfield for Amazing Spider-man 4. Sony could be planning on killing Peter Parker, like Marvel did in the comics, and passing the web slinger role to Miles Morales / Ultimate Spider-man. we shall see.. (UPDATE Dec 2014): Sony may reboot the Spider-man franchise for Amazing Spider-man 3, due to conflicts with Andrew Garfield. please consider Sony, the fans will not stand for this, many still complain about the Andrew Garfield reboot. it’s too soon to reboot again; superhero fans and regular peeps will become disinterested and just stop going to the theatre. let Marvel show you hoe to use Spider-man, or at least lend him to Marvel.

DC / Warner Bros  (UPDATE)  has confirmed a solo Batman movie and Man of Steel 2, but has not confirmed their release dates yet. this post will be updated as new release are confirmed. Batfleck, Ben Affleck has signed an 11 movie deal to appear as Batman for DC / Warner Bros. Jason Momoa, ‘Kahl Drogo’ from Game of Thrones, (has been confirmed to play Aquaman in Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice. Batman v Superman will also feature Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, The Flash and possibly Cyclops, besides the obvious Batman, Ben Affleck, and Superman, Henry Cavill.

note: Marvel & DC are not the only companies who produce superhero comics. other comic book companies will soon be launching their own superhero movies. Valiant comics is one of these companies. If you haven’t read Valiant, start with X-O Manowar, he will be the 1st of many Valiant movies. there have been other non-Marve-DC superhero movies in the past too, like the Phantom, from the 90s, with Billy Zane, which is one of my favorite superhero movies of all time (story is more important than visual effects).

BATMOBILE! the new Batmobile has been revealed! for ‘Superman vs Batman’ movie

BATMOBILE! the new Batmobile has been revealed! for 'Superman vs Batman' movie

This just in:
just moments ago, Zack Snyder released an actual, full-frontal photo of the new Batmobile with Ben Affleck standing despondent & emotionally tormented as the new Batman. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight will be hard to beat, and may always remain the best depiction of Bruce Wayne’s vigilante alter ego. but we can’t go back, the nolan trilogy will never collect dust on our shelves. we must move forward and uncover the pieces and hints of the future justice league and hope that it will not be the superfriends. so the theme for ‘Man of Steel 2’ or ‘Superman vs Batman’ will be closely related to the DC comic series, ‘The Dark Knight Returns.’ for those of you that can’t read, it was turned into a double feature animated series by warner brothers, and remained dark, not for young kids, true to the series. let’s hope Zack Snyder keeps the theme similar to the Watchmen and will never ever incorporate the Wonder Twins into future creations. from everything i’ve heard and read so far, the story will be paramount in this next series of DC superhero movies and each one will seed future movies, like Marvel movies. i’m really looking forward to it & may just have to bring Kryptonite to the premiere.

Despite What You’ve Heard, Ben Affleck Is NOT Playing the Role of Batman

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..was the title of a “news” article i read this week.

yes, it was very deceptive, but it got me to click on the link, as thoughts ran through my head, “did the petition work? did warner bros really listen? did they cancel ben affleck’s contract? who is going to play batman now?” i couldn’t wait the 2 seconds for the link to load. i quickly opened a new tab and searched for the petition to ban ben affleck from the role of batman. there are several apparently. i chose change.org, which was an odd choice, as it is mainly used for political and environmental causes or causes that make an actual and immediate difference in peoples lives, usually affecting millions. but here it was, the ben affleck, “just say no” campaign. i have read and heard so much bad press over the “crazy comic book fans,” and “why does it matter who plays batman? as there are cool effects, it’ll be good.” i want to stop right here and say whoever and whomever said this is a dumb piece of beep. do i really need to remind these stoopid people how many bad movies were made with great effects and horrible stories with accompanying bad acting? one word “2012.” ok, not actually one word, but..

also, to that point, we, the fans, have a lot invested in characters like batman. these aren’t just idle whims that pass in and out of theatres, these are our literal heroes. we’ve spent hundreds of hours reading comics, playing video games and watching animated movies, all exploring the depths of the character, their thoughts and motivations. we love everything about them, and if there is something so annoying or disharmonious with a character, sidekick or story line, we let the creators know, uh-hum, jason todd; (i love the red hood, by the way). people who accuse us as being “crazy fans” don’t accuse nfl football fans of being crazy, that’s just “normal,” they say. football stars come and go, usually after a few seasons, but there is only one, BATMAN : The DARK KNIGHT. we have a right to express however we feel about our heroes, especially one as iconic as the Dark Knight. after all the years and all the story lines, Batman has only become better and more intriguing, culminating with the christopher nolan Dark Knight threequel. so where can we go from here? we have edgy zack snyder, from ‘300’ and the ‘watchmen,’ so the next batman screen appearance can’t be THAT bad, but what of the character? the dark, emotionally tormented Bruce Wayne? and what of Ben Affleck? can he pull this off? the convincing role of Bruce Wayne/Batman? well goofy, ‘blame it on rio’ michael caine was not my first choice for alfred, but he seemed to pull it off. it is quite obvious that ben affleck is an accomplished actor and director; yes, i am talking about ‘argo.’ he may not have made the best choices in his career, uh-hum- ‘gigli’/jennifer lopez. can the guy from ‘mallrats’ prove himself as actor and depict a superhero? superhero? yes as ‘daredevil,’ but prove? ben affleck’s character was muddled and repressed, not the blind lawyer, Matt Murdock, specialty billy club wielding vibrant character we have known so well. perhaps it was his personal feelings/emotional state interfering with the role. at the time, he was engaged to jennifer lopez (“i like tacos and burritos”-eric cartman) and they were planning ‘their’ dream wedding by building a fairy tale chapel to be married in; maybe i should say, “her” dream wedding. i think ben wanted out and saw no way out of ‘Bennifer.’ who comes up with these names like ‘bennifer’ and ‘batfleck?’ are they trademarked? am i supposed to send royalties to someone if i use them?

anyway, back to our story..
Ben met another Jen, yep, that was it, ‘Bennifer2: the sequel’ in the form of ELEKTRA. can’t say i blame you Ben, Elektra is hot. no more bennifer1 and new romance with jennifer garner, bennifer2. clearly with a breakup/rebound going on in the background, one would be distracted from delving in deep and exploring the character.

i don’t want to make excuses for ben affleck and i am not defending him. before argo, i would have thought the dark knight & Wayne Mansion turning into a southie boston tea pahty. i think all the Batfleck h8rs (the change.org petition is now at 92,000 against Batfleck) will actually be good for batman. now ben affleck has a real challenge. batman is not just another paycheck-uh-hum nicholas cage in every movie in the last 4 years. ben must take on this challenge and be the best batman ever played or we will literally go to his house and lynch him; and i am not exaggerating here. so no distractions this time ’round ben, we have your number (well, i do and i’ll tweet it out if the first batfleck sucks). i hope and trust that ben can do pull it off. if not, we have 13 movie appearances and feature films to regret seeing.