Seven of the Deadliest Zombie Hordes

Return of the Living Dead (1985)
"More brains!. Return of the Living Dead had perhaps the most star-studded zombie horde ever! Undead legends Tarman and Half-Corpse crawled right out of Return of the Living Dead and into our nightmares. Additionally, one of the most overlooked zombies ever, the little person zombie (a personal favorite), is in there as well, shuffling amongst the horde.

Return of the Living Dead marked the first instance where zombies were looking for braaaaains, instead of just any living body part they could get their hands on. Not that they were overly fussy, but they did prefer grey matter. Again we have incredible special effects, but in Return of the Living Dead everything was enhanced by a great sense of humor. Return of the Living Dead is a treasure to the horror genre.

Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985)
The three greatest zombie films of all time? Yes, arguably. George A. Romero at his finest, directing the films that would introduce the unsuspecting viewing audience to a world of reanimated, undead creatures whose only goal was to eat living humans. Inspired by Richard Matheson's 1954 vampire novel I Am Legend, Romero single-handedly created a brand new monster.

And each of these three films are amazing in their own way. Night of the Living Dead is absolutely iconic. It started everything and spawned an entire sub-genre of horror that is flourishing like no other today. In Dawn of the Dead Romero was able to expand the production, resulting in a bigger and better story and many, many more ghouls to go around. And in Day of the Dead the humor and F/X took center stage. Howard Sherman's portrayal of the zombie Bub was immensely funny and entertaining, and the F/X, most notably the mass zombie kills at the end of the film, were amazing with Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero doing the heavy lifting.

The zombie sub-genre of horror is basically still very young. If you consider Night of the Living Dead the birth of the modern zombie, then you're talking about a creature that's not even 45 years old yet. However, the zombie has come a long way in that time. Here's hoping that Exit Humanity can follow in the footsteps of some of the great zombie hordes of the past.

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Vanvance1's picture

Great list. Another reminder that practical f/x and great makeup can bring movie monsters to life. Often I feel emotionally removed from a film when the CGI enters the picture.

Submitted by Vanvance1 on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 4:16am.
Foywonder's picture

Not movie related but I'd still give a shout out to the zombie horde from Left 4 Dead. Been a long time since I "accidentally" threw some Boomer on Uncle Creepy.

Submitted by Foywonder on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 12:30am.

Is the ROTLD zombie really a midget? I get that it was a little person playing the zombie, but I always thought it was supposed to be a dude missing both his legs. Hence the awesomely awkward chase after getting shot.

Submitted by AngryChairr on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:32pm.
Scott Hallam's picture

Oh dude, how funny is that chase! I love it. I never thought about it being a guy with his legs chewed off, but that makes perfect sense.

Submitted by Scott Hallam on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 12:37am.
Scott Hallam's picture

Yeah, glad you guys approve! This was a really fun list to put together. Went back and re-watched the Thriller video. I forgot how impressive the make-up was. Wow!

Submitted by Scott Hallam on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 8:43pm.
Hakk Wylde's picture

Ha! Fun list. Thanks for the Dead Alive shout-out! ;)

Submitted by Hakk Wylde on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 8:09pm.
Terminal's picture

Very cool list. I fucking love 28 Days Later.

Submitted by Terminal on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 6:21am.

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