Top 10 Memorable Zombies in Movies
VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Shannon Stovall
Sometimes the undead can be a lively bunch. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Zombies in Movies. For this list, we're looking at those zombies who stood out from the herd and reminded us that you don't need a pulse to have a personality. And just so you know: a SPOILER ALERT is probably in order.
Special thanks to our user Marc Magma for submitting the idea at WatchMojo.comsuggest
Top 10 Memorable Zombies in Movies
Sometimes the undead can be a lively bunch. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10zombies in movies.
For this list, we’re looking at those zombies who stood out from the herd and reminded us that you don’t need a pulse to have a personality. And just so you know: a SPOILER ALERT is probably in order.
When we first meet Ed in this horror comedy, he is the rude and crude, yet oddly lovable roommate of Shaun, the unlikely hero of the movie. When the town is taken over by zombies, though, it’s just a matter of time before the beer-guzzling, wisecracking slob is added to their numbers. Not one to let a little thing like flesh craving stand in the way of friendship or some video game time, Shaun decides to keep Ed in his shed – much to our delight.
“Shaun of the Dead” (2004)
Those infected with the Rage Virus in this film series are relatively intelligent, super fast and extremely bloodthirsty. We’re first introduced to this version of the undead in “28 Days Later,” through dark and dangerous characters like Private Mailer. However, in the 2007 sequel, Don leaves an even more memorable impression, as he starts out as the protagonist but eventually falls victim to the virus himself. After sharing one last kiss with the wife he’d left to die, he brutally attacks and kills her. Poor guy didn’t know she was infected, yet immune to its effects.
“28 Weeks Later” (2007)
#8: Standartenführer Oberst Herzog
Take one part zombie, add one part Nazi and you end up with a mean, menacing and memorable monster cocktail. This low-budget Norwegian flick introduces audiences to Herzog, commander to an army of Nazi zombies. He delivers an unforgettable performance that is humorously over the top, but still intensely creepy as he growls out orders and hunts down a group of vacationing students with military precision. Well, at least Hitler didn’t come back as a zombie.
“Dead Snow” (2009)
#7: The Bloated Woman
While some zombies stand out because of their physical skill or chilling presence, this zombie is memorable because of her grotesque appearance – both before and after her transformation. A character who died without ever revealing her name, she’s only referred to as the bloated woman, and her decaying flesh only adds to the look. Plus nothing gets the blood pumping quite like a zombie suddenly popping out of bed with an eerie look in its eyes before chasing someone through a furniture store.
“Dawn of the Dead” (2004)
#6: Bub the Zombie
It would be hard to have a list of the top movie zombies and not include this flesh-eater. In a film franchise where zombies seem to be mindless, vicious, and brainless monsters, Bub is definitely unique. As a research subject of Dr. Logan, Bub is proof that zombies can not only be trained to be passive, but also that they may have memories of their living years and can express emotion. Bub is a captivating character, mesmerizing us as he carefully studies a shaving razor, book, telephone and even a gun. We think audiences are drawn to the human side of this member of the undead.
“Day of the Dead” (1985)
#5: The Clown Zombie
Zombies are creatures designed to elicit chills and thrills. Now add some creepy clown makeup and you have a double scare. This clown’s brightly colored outfit, green hair and blood oozing smile make for a perfectly gruesome image as it stares down Columbus on the carnival grounds. Hilariously, this is Columbus’ greatest nightmare come to life, but it’s that which makes him change one of his cardinal rules. Even so, when it comes to this particular “Zombieland” addition, a clown is no laughing matter.
#4: “Warm Bodies” (2013)
Who says that zombies can’t have feelings? It’s love at first bite for audiences, as R stumbles upon Julie while in search of a warm body to devour. R is the opposite of what we’ve come to expect from the zombie genre, though: he’s handsome, if a bit pale, and innocently caring. Opposites attract for this zombie and his ladylove, making him as much a romantic comedy hero as he is a horror movie monster.
#3: Big Daddy
Once a gas station attendant, always a gas station attendant – even after a zombie apocalypse. One of the few zombies we’ve ever encountered with enough wherewithal to be a truly terrifying foe. He dominates the screen as he leads the hordes of zombies toward the group of survivors, showing little consideration for anyone who gets in his way. He uses his intellect, strength and commanding presence to strike terror into the living. In an age where zombies have become pretty straightforward and predicable, Big Daddy breathes new life into the archetype.
“Land of the Dead” (2005)
When a bumbling security guard accidentally pierces a tank of the experimental 2-4-5 Trioxin, this horrifying zombie is not only reanimated, but the gas causes his skin to rot away, leaving exposed a terrifying mixture of bone and mush. And, while he may look weak, appearances can be deceiving, as he’s got an ironclad grip. One of the most quotable zombies in the genre, Tarman’s insatiable hunger is punctuated with a demanding scream for brains, followed by some savory skull munching and requests for more.
“The Return of the Living Dead” (1985)
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- The Hare Krishna Zombie
“Dawn of the Dead” (1978)
- Gage Creed
“Pet Sematary” (1989)
- Dr. Hill
- The Darkseekers’ Alpha Male
“I Am Legend” (2007)
“White Zombie” (1932)
#1: Karen Cooper
When it comes to horror movies, little kids can up the creepy factor. After all, there’s nothing like the vision of innocence and youth contrasting with evil intent. When little Karen transforms into a member of the living dead, it’s impossible to look away from the screen. A few moments after devouring her own father, she brutally kills her mother in her quest for flesh, forever earning her place as one of the topzombies in cinema and our number one pick.
“Night of the Living Dead” (1968)
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