6 Best Non-Romero Zombie Films

Shaun of the Dead

3. Dawn of the Dead – 2004

Dawn of the Dead

You might think this is a bit of a cheat but considering Zack Snyder’s remake of Romero’s classic seemingly only has the setting of an American shopping mall in common with it source of inspiration, it’s fair to say that it’s a standalone film.

One of the most watchable films you will ever come across: the action is relentless, the zombies are fast and the character development is non-existent. Don’t let the latter put you off one of the most thoroughly satisfying living dead flicks to come out in the last decade.

Dawn of the Dead is ten years old too? May as well just strap on my colostomy bag now.


2. Braindead – 1992


Directed by Peter Jackson prior to his Lord of the Rings fame, Braindead (or Dead Alive if you’re ‘murican) is just about the most demented film you will ever see in the most glorious way possible.

Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that there’s something unforgettable about witnessing zombies being mowed down with a er, lawnmower. If you want your zombie films to be hard-hitting and allegorical, then you’re best off sticking with Romero.

For the rest of us, let’s watch an undead baby being used as rugby practise and a priest unleashing some Kung Fu on zombie bikers. Oh, and the protagonist’s mother turning into a giant zombie rat creature with tits in the finale is hard to beat. Suck it, Michael Bay.


1. Return of the Living Dead – 1985

Return of the Living Dead

This is more 80’s than people still liking Madonna and it is all the more beautiful for it.

Seen as the perfect antidote to the heavy subject matter and tone of Romero’s classic trilogy, Return of the Living Dead is a complete and utter romp from start to finish. After toxic gas is released from a chamber in a warehouse, the residents of a sleepy town start to feel the brain-hungry side effects with some seriously slapstick results.

Many quotes from this seminal zombie yarn have seeped into pop culture throughout the years including possibly the most famous one below.


HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Pontypool (2008), Zombieland (2009), Versus (2000), Deadgirl (2008), White Zombie (1932), Dead Snow (2009), Re-Animator (1985)

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