Warning! There is no definitive “best movies for Halloween” list. The 4 movies highlighted below are my favorite and I watch them over and over again at/around Halloween.
This Halloween, instill the scare factor in your festivities by indulging in some undead cinema. Many would say that zombie cinema began in 1968 with George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead.” While this film is certainly a must-see, many other zombie movies are sure to entertain with their always-terrifying, sometimes humorous takes on the undead.
As mentioned already, George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” is the quintessential zombie flick. Lauded for its importance in culture, this movie may seem tame by today’s standards. The movie tells the tale of survivors of a zombie attack, who take refuge in an old farm house. A swarm of undead creatures surrounds the house and the group must either band together to survive, or crumble under their own fear.
The 2004 English film “Shaun of the Dead” became a cult classic unlike any other zombie movie in recent history. The film took the horror of zombies and mixed in comedy and a hilarious love story. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost serve as the comedic leading duo, who must save their loved ones from a sudden outbreak of zombies. The film mixes humor and horror so perfectly, it is no wonder “Shaun of the Dead” has achieved such success. It is a must-see for Halloween or any time of the year.
Another zombie flick ported out of England is the 2002 film “28 Days Later.” This take on zombies alters what most movie-goers have come to know about zombies. An epidemic quickly spreads and infects the general population with a “Rage” virus, turning normal humans into bloodthirsty monsters. The most frightening thing about the creatures in “28 Days Later” is their speed. Unlike the slow-moving zombies populating previous movies, these zombies can run at almost superhuman speeds. The movie follows a group of survivors seeking safety – wherever that may be.
While “Zombieland” is primarily a comedy, viewers will still feel their adrenaline rushing while watching this 2009 film. Starring Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, the unlikely duo must find safety during an apocalyptic zombie breakout. While survival is one of the main elements, Zombieland provides viewers with character-building storylines. Humor, love, horror and Twinkies – Zombieland has everything.
What are your best movies for Halloween suggestions?
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