The end of times are here folks and what better way to celebrate than to binge some of our favorite apocalyptic films! My drug of choice? Zombie movies! So here are 5 films I’ve watched while self-quarantined that I haven’t seen in a while…
- Quarantine (2008)
What better way to start off the list than with a film titled Quarantine. Although a remake of the 2007 Spanish film REC (which is far more superior), Quarantine holds a very special part in my heart for being one of the few films to actually terrify me. After all this time too, I was amazed to find that it still sent my anxiety through the roof. Would highly recommend you to watch it, if you haven’t seen it already, and if you can find REC, give it a look as well!
2. Day Of The Dead (1985)
One of my personal favorites (and possibly yours too), Romero‘s Day of the Dead is a zombie classic. Taking place some years after the events of the previous film (we’ll get to that one in a moment), we get to see the near extinction of the human race from an underground bunker with a small group of scientists and all American soldiers going head to head in an all out brawl for survival. Although some moments suffer a bit due to the age of the film, it still holds up and presents an interesting dilemma on the narcissism of what it means to be a hero.
3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
A precursor to the events of Day of the Dead and the second installment in Romero‘s undead series, Dawn of the Dead proved to be an iconic film and a main inspiration for many more zombie films to come. Taking place primarily in a shopping mall, a small group of survivors go through both moral and personal highs and lows. As stated before, this movie is iconic. Although (again) certain parts age themselves due to the changing times, it is still a great film and proves to be an important benchmark in both film and horror history.
4. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
How can we talk about both zombie films and the original Dawn of the Dead without bringing up the 2004 remake?! It has been a very long while since I watched this film. Along with 28 Days Later, 2004’s Dawn of the Dead sort of gives birth to the modern day zombie genre. A bit rushed in some parts and a lack of character development in others, the action sequences and evolution of the monsters makes up for some of the more weaker moments.
5. Night of the Comet (1984)
The beloved cult classic Night of the Comet also turned out to be the most family friendly! One of my favorite “little known” films, these survivors face the world after a comet wipes out all human life. What threat could they possibly face though? WHERE ARE THE ZOMBIES? Even though anyone who was fully exposed to the comet turns to dust, those who had any type of partial exposure turn into fully functioning, all though a little murder obsessed, zombies. This movie is quintessential 80’s for me between the fashion, style, references, and story. You literally cannot get more enjoyably 80’s than this. Between a mall shopping spree set to “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” to our main protagonist getting the top score in Tempest, it’s hard not to enjoy something out of this.
Surprisingly, you can find most of these on YouTube, so they are not only easily accessible, but also highly enjoyable. Hopefully these should get you into the mood for the upcoming apocalypse and give you some entertainment while we are self-quarantining.